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The evolution of imaging ancient Egyptian animal mummies at the University of Manchester, 1972–2014
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The Manchester Mummy Project, established by Professor Rosalie David in 1972, pioneered the study of ancient Egyptian mummified remains using a multi-disciplinary approach. As is often the case, human mummies formed the basis of the project, with little research dedicated to the animal mummies beyond cataloguing. Since 2000, research by the authors aided in raising the profile of animal mummy research; in particular those dedicated as votive offerings. In 2010, funding was acquired through the KNH Charitable Trust to continue this early work, leading to the foundation of the Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank. The acquisition of a Research Project Award from the Leverhulme Trust in September 2013 aimed to further the non-invasive investigation of mummified non-human remains using clinical imaging modalities. This paper highlights the role of the University of Manchester in imaging mummified remains, from the humble beginnings in the 1970s to the technology in current use; with a particular focus on how the study of animal mummies capitalised on advances in imaging science, which, in turn, enabled the potential of the techniques to be documented.

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Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt

Multidisciplinary essays for Rosalie David


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