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Identification of avian remains contained within wrapped ancient Egyptian mummies: Part 1, A critical assessment of identification techniques

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posted on 03.08.2022, 15:31 authored by Lidija McKnight, Judith White, Amy Rosier, Joanne Cooper, Richard BibbRichard Bibb

Ancient Egyptian bird mummies manufactured in huge numbers present a unique and intriguing body of material with great archaeological and zooarchaeological significance. Research into this ancient practice is gaining momentum; however, one area that lacks clarity, but that is vital for the accurate interpretation of mummies as objects of ritual significance, is our ability to proffer accurate identifications of remains contained within wrapped mummy bundles. This is particularly relevant in the case of bird mummies where morphological variation between species can be minimal.

This paper presents the results of a multi-faceted research project combining non-invasive radiographic modalities, experimental techniques and 3D replication, designed to assess the accuracy of avian skeletal identification when physical access to the bones themselves is not possible.

Funding

Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2013-143)

Appearance and Reality in Ancient Egyptian Votive Animal Mummies

Arts and Humanities Research Council

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School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports

Volume

45

Issue

2022

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2022.103585

Acceptance date

25/07/2022

Publication date

2022-07-30

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

2352-409X

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Richard Bibb. Deposit date: 31 July 2022

Article number

103585