Much Wine and a Little Fava

11am-12pm (UK) / 12-1pm (Egypt)

Since the late 19th c., the study of Egypt’s ancient flora has steadily contributed towards a clearer understanding of ancient lives and societies. Plants, after all, have been used as food, fodder, fuel, furnishings, medication, building materials, and variety of funerary and living rituals throughout Egyptian history. The production and disposal of plant products has left us a range of evidence that can be employed to make inferences about ancient lives. This talk will focus on the study of historic plant remains – archaeobotany – with reference to Egypt: its history and development, methodologies, and will present some particular case studies

Mennat-Allah El Dorry has a PhD in Egyptology with a focus on archaeobotanical analysis. She has worked extensively on the field, particularly on monastic sites where she has been studying monastic foodways and agricultural practises.

She is affiliated with the Ministry of Antiquities, where she has served as head of the Minister’s Scientific Office. El Dorry also served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the French and Polish Archaeological Institutes in Cairo, where she organized an international conference on food and drink in Egypt and Sudan, in addition to undertaking her own research on food history. She guest edited the tenth issue of Rawi: Egypt's Heritage Review, which was about Egyptian culinary history. 

El Dorry holds an M.A. degree from UCLondon (2007), and a PhD from WWU-Münster (summa cum laude, 2015), where both her thesis and dissertation focused on the analysis of archaeobotanical remains. In 2015, she received the Ahmed G. Fahmy Memorial Award for young African archaeobotanists, in recognition of her research in the field. 

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