ARCE NY: Forensic Egyptology, Graeco-Roman Child Mummies & Tutankhamun

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Presented by: Dr. Janet Davey

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Lecture Information

Forensic Egyptology utilizes modern medical and scientific technology to perform non-invasive, non-destructive examinations of ancient Egyptian mummified bodies. This presentation will show how the various methodologies have enabled fourteen Graeco-Roman child mummies to be investigated to determine age, sex, injuries, and possible cause of death. The investigative protocols used to follow those who adhered to in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) situations. The presentation will conclude with an overview of the investigation into the mummified remains of Tutankhamun and how, if modern medical technology had been available, many of the theories about his mummification and death may have been challenged. 

Speaker Bio

Janet Davey holds an MSc in Biomedical and Forensic Studies in Egyptology from the University of Manchester, UK, and PhD in Forensic Egyptology from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Janet is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Department of Forensic Medicine (Faculty of Medicine). She is based at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine where she has access to the support of other forensic experts for her research. Academic papers relating to this research are readily available online. Janet’s investigation into a cohort of Graeco-Roman child mummies is the first of its kind and it has added information about mummification techniques and the perils of childhood in that era. She has recently been involved with a team to restore the face of one of these children who had suffered a severe post-mortem injury at mummification. 

Janet has travelled and lectured extensively in Australia, Egypt, and internationally. She has a particular interest in Tutankhamun and entered his collection into the Egyptian Museum Data Base when she was based at the museum in 2006.