the discovery, investigation, and display of human remains from Egypt

5-6.30pm (UK) / 7-8.30pm (Egypt) | This panel will be recorded and made available for those unable to attend the live session.

This discussion panel will consider the historical treatment of ancient Egyptian mummified human remains, often simplified as ‘mummies’. Our expert panel, chaired by Dr Angela Stienne (Mummy Stories) will consider this issue with specific regard to the ways in which the preserved body of Tutankhamun, an 18-year-old king of Egypt who reigned c. 3300 years ago, have been presented to both scholars and the public in the past and today. Our panel will bring in their own experiences of working with and displaying human remains from ancient Egypt to understand better how or if this should be achieved in the future. 

Please note: this event may contain images of human remains.

Panelists

Dr Angela Stienne (Chair) founded Mummy Stories in 2016 as a platform to share contemporary research on human remains in museums, and to give individuals a voice in the conversation on the retention, study, and display of human remains in museums. Dr Stienne is a museum researcher, cultural historian, public speaker, and author specialising in ways of engaging the public with the ethics of bodies in museums.

Dr Paolo Del Vesco is a curator and archaeologist at the Museo Egizio in Turin.  He is deputy field-director of the joint Dutch-Italian archaeological mission at the New Kingdom necropolis of Saqqara. He has been involved in the redisplay of human remains at the Museo Egizio and is an expert in the historical display and treatment of the remains of Kha and Merit after the discovery of their intact tomb in 1906.

Dr Monica Hanna is an Egyptologist, campaigner, and advocate for Egyptian archaeology. She is the Dean of the College of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Aswan, where she has founded a program specialising in archaeology and cultural heritage.

Dr Campbell Price has been Curator of Egypt and Sudan at the Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections, since 2011. He has published widely on ancient Egyptian material culture with a focus on sculpture and the (re)construction of ‘Ancient Egypt’. His most recent book is 'Golden Mummies of Egypt. Interpreting Identities from the Graeco-Roman Period' (2020), to accompany Manchester Museum's first international touring exhibition. He has lectured extensively throughout the UK, and internationally. Campbell is currently Chair of the EES' Board of Trustees.

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