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Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Biomedical Analysis of Mummies and Canopic Jars
October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pmFree and open to the public.
The Harvard Semitic Museum welcomes Professor Frank Rühli, Founding Chair and Director of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich.
Egyptian mummies and the remains found in ancient canopic jars can now be studied in great detail using noninvasive medical imaging techniques such as X-rays and computerized tomography, and chemical analysis using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. Drawing from interdisciplinary research conducted in the Valley of the Kings and Egyptian museum collections, Frank Rühli will discuss the value of using state-of-the-art technologies for understanding the life conditions, pathologies, death, and mummification procedures of ancient Egyptians. He will also address ethical concerns associated with these research methods and future research possibilities.