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The sorry tale of Mr Fuller’s coffin
Robert G. Morkot

The paper discusses the acquisition history of a 21st-Dynasty coffin in the Egypt Centre, Swansea, and its associated mummy board in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. It is suggested that the donor, Robert Fitzherbert Fuller, is to be identified with the 'Mr Fuller' referred to in the travel account of Irby and Mangles, and memoirs of Belzoni. The provenance of the artefacts would thus be one of Belzoni's 'mummy pits' at Luxor, and the material related to that acquired by Fuller's travelling companion, Col. Straton, now in the National Museum of Scotland. Other artefacts belonging to the ensemble's original owner, a Chantress of Amun, Iusemhesumut, are listed. The history of the ensemble since its arrival in the UK reflects changing attitudes in museum practice towards ancient human remains and funerary equipment.

in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
Multidisciplinary essays for Rosalie David

Combining approaches to ancient Egyptian religious expression, medical practice and the modern scientific study of human and material remains from Egypt and Sudan, this volume celebrates the multidisciplinary career of Prof Rosalie David OBE. The UK’s first female Professor in Egyptology, Rosalie David’s pioneering work at the University of Manchester on Egyptian mummies, magic and medicine has attracted international attention.

This volume presents research by a number of leading experts in their fields: recent archaeological fieldwork, new research on Egyptian human remains and unpublished museum objects along with reassessments of ancient Egyptian texts concerned with healing and the study of technology through experimental archaeology. Papers try to answer some of Egyptology’s biggest questions - How did Tutankhamun die? How were the Pyramids built? How were mummies made? – along with less well-known puzzles.

Rather than address these areas separately, the volume adopts the so-called ‘Manchester method’ instigated by Rosalie David and attempts to integrate perspectives from both traditional Egyptology and scientific analytical techniques. Much of this research has never appeared in print before, particularly that resulting from the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Project, set up in the 1970s. The resulting overview illustrates how Egyptology has developed over the last 40 years, and how many of the same big questions still remain.

This book will be of use to researchers and students of archaeology or related disciplines with an interest in multidisciplinary approaches to understanding life and death in ancient Egypt and Sudan.