Pennsylvania: Double Lecture

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Presented by: Dr. Aidan Dodson & Dr. Salima Ikram

  • 1:30 PM ETPennsylvania
  • Penn Museum Classroom L23260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Lecture Information

The Serapeum at Saqqara

This afternoon we will explore the history of the catacombs of the sacred Apis bull at Saqqara. We will trace its story from the first known burial under Amenhotep III to the end of the employment of the complex following the demise of Cleopatra VII.

Moo-ving Along: Cattle Mummies from Ancient Egypt

Cattle have been central to many cultures over the millennia, and this is also true for that of ancient Egypt. On a practical level they provide food, clothing, shelter, tools, jewellery, and are a measure of wealth; on a sacred level ,they are the focus of cultic activity, with many deities, both female and male, manifesting as cows and bulls.  This lecture will briefly discuss the main cattle cults of ancient Egypt and then present the different types of cattle mummies that are known. Their purpose, mummification process, and histories will be featured.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Aidan Dodson is honorary full Professor of Egyptology at the University of Bristol, UK, where he has taught for over 25 years. He studied at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, and was Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo for the spring of 2013, and Chairman of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2011 to 2016. He is the author of some thirty books, most recently The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt (American University in Cairo Press, 2023).

Dr. Salima Ikram is Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University. She studied at Bryn Mawr College (AB) and Cambridge University (MPhil and PhD). She has worked throughout Egypt, and has directed the North Kharga Darb Ain Amur Survey, the Amenmesses Project KV10-KV63, and the Egyptian Museum Animal Mummy Project and has published extensively for both scholars and the general public.

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