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Making an ancient Egyptian contraceptive
Learning from experiment and experience
in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
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The name of Professor Rosalie David will forever be associated with her exploration of diverse aspects of Egyptian medicine, her pioneering work on Petrie’s Kahun material, together with her exemplary promotion of lifelong learning. This article seeks to acknowledge and seamlessly combine all three aspects. Using equivalent ingredients to those in prescriptions Ebers 783 and Kahun 22, namely acacia gum capsules, natural carob drops, dates and honey, together with modern pestles and mortars, a contraceptive was recreated as a paired task at classes conducted by the author at both Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Studies (OUDCE) and at the City Literacy Institute (City Lit). The concoctions produced as a result of this paired task were each placed on lint and engendered lively debate as to the contraceptive’s alleged up to three year efficacy. An educational analysis in the final section of the paper explores the value of experimental archaeology in encouraging mature students to engage in deep meta-learning.

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Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt

Multidisciplinary essays for Rosalie David


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