An Experimental Approach to Ancient Egyptian Metal Working

Lecture given by Chelsea Kaufman, doctoral student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Ben Doddy, undergraduate student in the Materials Engineering program with an interest in archaeometallurgy and experimental archaeology at Loyola University.

  • 7:00 pm lecture Washington, DC
  • 505 E. Braddock Rd. Alexandria, VA
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A great deal of attention has been paid to ancient Egyptian metal works for their beauty, elegance, and refinement. Serious discussions of metal-production processes have been largeley overlooked, however- perhaps, in part, because the ancient Egyptians do not leave us with explanations of these processes beyond sparse and elusive tomb imagery (such as this scene from 18th-dynasty tomb of Rekhmire), and intermittent and enigmatic mythologucal allusions. In this talk, we will present our investigations into the metallic properties of copper-alloy loop sistra, or ritual rattles, to reveal the ways in which the materials were manipulated to achieve the desired sound and where that sound falls in the spectral field. For more information, visit www.arcedc.org