Identification of avian remains contained within wrapped ancient Egyptian mummies: Part 1, A critical assessment of identification techniques
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.
Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2013-143)
Appearance and Reality in Ancient Egyptian Votive Animal Mummies
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Published inJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
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Publisher statementThis 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