Date: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, 02-Oct-2015
Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2
Extraordinary mortuary deposits at Kom el-Adhem in the Egyptian delta represent a vandalized sacred animal necropolis, an unusually complex cemetery of Graeco-Roman date, and evidence for the sudden, violent deaths of men, women, and children. Situated on a geographically significant tributary of the Mendesian branch of the Nile, and close to the mounds of Tell er-Ruba’a (ancient Mendes) and Tell Timai (ancient Thmuis), the site presents a perplexing mosaic of uses. In this illustrated talk, Dr. Nancy Lovell will describe the excavations at Kom el-Adhem and the analyses of human and animal remains.
About the speaker:
Nancy Lovell is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. After establishing her expertise in skeletal excavation and bioarchaeological research at sites of the Indus Valley Civilization, she made her first trip to Egypt in 1989 and shortly after began research on the skeletal remains of ancient Egyptians. In addition to the excavations that are the subject of this talk, she has studied and published on human skeletons that were excavated by Petrie, Reisner, and other archaeological luminaries and that are now curated at museums and universities around the world.
Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.