The International Ancient EgyptianMummy Tissue Bank
The concept of tissue banking is well established, and has many applications
in the medical field. Good examples are tissues stored for transplant surgery
and also blood and blood product banking, all of which have contributed in
many ways to modern medicine and research. Tissues are collected, stored,
studied and distributed in a variety of ways appropriate to their uses, and each
type of tissue bank has its own scientific and ethical considerations, which are
An investigation into the evidence
of age-related osteoporosis in three
Osteoporosis can be defined as a systemic skeletal disease characterised by low
bone density, micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue and low-trauma
fragility fractures. Prolonged immobilisation of a limb can result in a localised
osteoporosis, whereas in instances of metabolic bone disease, the complete
skeleton is affected (Legrand et al. 2000: 13–19). The condition normally affects
females far more than males, and in females the onset commonly
Golden Mummies of Egypt presents new insights and a rich perspective on beliefs about the afterlife during an era when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman worlds (c. 300 BCE–200 CE). This beautifully illustrated book, featuring photography by Julia Thorne, accompanies Manchester Museum’s first-ever international touring exhibition. Golden Mummies of Egypt is a visually spectacular exhibition that offers visitors unparalleled access to the museum’s outstanding collection of Egyptian and Sudanese objects – one of the largest in the UK.
‘The practice of embalming the dead is deeply interesting, were
it to rest upon its antiquity alone’
Thomas Pettigrew 1834 , xv
‘No child is born with a natural interest in mummification;
adults, primarily teachers, are their informants’
Bernard Bothmer 1976 , 159
Egyptianmummies regularly top
the list of the most visited attractions in museums. Such prominence has fuelled fascination
within popular culture, which
early Nineteenth Century in the UK, 3 Europe
and America, 4 a contemporary press account
gives a synopsis of the unwrapping:
Watercolour by architect Alfred Waterhouse of the proposed
museum building at Owens College, 1882.
On Tuesday last, a most valuable addition was made to the
Museum of the Natural History Society in this town, by a donation of R. and W. Garnett,
Esqrs. Consisting of an Egyptianmummy
Greek, Roman and Byzantine Costume and Decoration (London:
Barnes and Noble).
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‘“Think not of the wan, sunken face within,” the
artist seems to say to us; “but remember your dear lost one as he
Illustrated London News, 30 June 1888 1
Amongst the most striking images
to have survived from the ancient world, the painted wooden panels found on Roman Period
(First to Third Centuries CE) Egyptianmummies hold a significant place in the representation
of the human image. Although they fulfilled the same essential purpose as a sculpted
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.
The scientific study of Egyptian mummies, initial phase, 1973–79
Science in Egyptology: the scientific
study of Egyptianmummies, initial
Ancient Egypt and its highly developed civilisation often captivate us. However,
the scientific study of ancient Egyptian artefacts and mummies was uncommon
before 1970. Enter Dr Rosalie David, who was appointed as Assistant Keeper
of Archaeogy at the Manchester Museum in 1972. The Manchester Museum
has been closely associated with the University of Manchester since the university’s inception in 1824 (Rothwell 2012: 6). Shortly after her appointment, it
certainly more interested in the mixing of these earlier populations, and this has been a recurring question in various studies subsequently.
Strouhal (1968), for instance, considered the question of population mixing and
viewed the X group people of Wadi Qitna to be a mixed group, but mainly
black Africans. Without far more population studies, the people extending
along the Nile might be thought of as purely North African and Mediterranean
in appearance. In fact, the degree of homogeneity and the origins of the genes