Dr James Grant Bey of Cairo and his Egyptian Collection at the University of Aberdeen

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

James Grant was born in Methlick, Aberdeenshire in 1840. He studied Arts and Medicine at the University of Aberdeen and went to Egypt to support the efforts to contain the Cholera Epidemic. He then fell in love with Egyptian archaeology, a field that was in its infancy at the time. This is the story of a man who chose Egypt as his home, while maintaining a strong connection with his home city until his death in 1896. He excelled in both his main career, medicine, and as an Egyptologist, but he remains little known within the present-day discipline. The rediscovery and dating of a fragment of wood he found in the Great Pyramid has brought him to attention, so this talk will explore his life and highlight his achievements in the field of Egyptian archaeology.

Abeer Eladany graduated from the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University and then gained a Post Graduate diploma and Pre-MSc degree from the Faculty of Tourism, Helwan University. She worked at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo for more than 10 years then travelled to Italy to study conservation of ceramics in Florence. Abeer joined the KNH Centre, University of Manchester to study Biomedical and Forensic Studies in Egyptology where she achieved her MSc (A study of a selected group of animal mummies in the British Museum) and PhD (A study of a selected group of Third Intermediate Period mummies in The British Museum).

In 2015 Abeer gained an MLitt in Museum Studies, University of Aberdeen. Her research interests are mainly related to mummification, museums, repatriation, and history of Egyptology. She Joined archaeological excavations in Egypt and in Scotland (Aberdeen & Orkney). Abeer is currently a curatorial Assistant at the University of Aberdeen Museums and Special Collections.

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