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The biology of ancient Egyptians and Nubians
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While interest was growing during the 19th century on the human remains and mummies being found in Egypt and Sudan, the next century was to see a great expansion of scientific enquiry in relation to archaeological research. Considerable effort over the next fifty years resulted in a massive collection of skeletal data from Pre-dynastic to Coptic times. Since then, new statistical techniques, aDNA and isotope analyses have considerably broadened the research base for these earlier populations. New questions were also asked as regards palaeodemography, and the health status of these peoples. But plenty of research questions remain, including at a biometric, diagnostic and biomolecular level. Some of these questions will be considered further here.

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