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The lasting legacy of Sir Grafton Elliot Smith
in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
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Sir Grafton Elliot Smith is known to many in Egyptology and palaeopathology as an early pioneer in these fields. His work on ancient Egyptian mummification methods and the Archaeological Survey of Nubia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries is extensively referenced and quoted. Whilst recognising that his methods were not always perfect by modern standards, there are few who would deny that Elliot Smith played a pivotal role in the development of the scientific study of human remains. Despite this recognition, studies of Elliot Smith’s career in archaeology and anthropology tend to focus on his controversial views on cultural diffusionism. As a consequence, a comprehensive assessment of his legacy to both palaeopathology and Egyptology has yet to be attempted. This paper intends to address this, drawing on a wide range of sources including published work, archival sources, collections data and evidence provided by the human remains he studied.

Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt

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