replica or real, Sudanese or Egyptian, what can you share with us?

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

In 2019, with the assistance of the EES, three digitally produced replica shabtis were commissioned with ThinkSee 3D. These replicas embarked on an epic journey visiting with teens on Mograt Island in Sudan, Numurkah in Australia, Manchester and East London in the UK. The real shabtis originally from Nuri and Hawara, reside in the UK at the Petrie and Manchester museums with virtual siblings existing on the Sketchfab website. This PhD research aims to engage with the generational community of teenagers to investigate the use of digitally produced replicas in the meaning making process of historical objects. Specifically, teens engage with the digitally produced replica shabtis and co-create performative representations that include interviews, posters, videos, illustrations and Manga cartoons.

Amanda Ford Spora is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Archaeology UCL and was the co-recipient of the EES Patrons’ 2019 award for her research. She is passionately committed to archaeology education that fosters transparent communication practices regarding archaeology of Sudan and Egypt with all stakeholders. Amanda is also a part of the Mograt Island Archaeological Mission and she hopes to return to Sudan soon.

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