FEAG talk ‘Research into ancient Egyptian funerary culture’ by Melanie Pitkin

28.11.2019 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk & AGM
‘Seeing the unseen: research into ancient Egyptian funerary culture at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge’ by Melanie Pitkin (Fitzwilliam Museum)
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 7:30pm
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
To many people, an ancient Egyptian coffin is a mysterious container made to hold a mummified body, thousands of years old. They are often decorated with strange looking gods and enigmatic hieroglyphic signs. This decoration and text can sometimes tell us much about who the owner was. Techniques, such as CT-scanning and X-radiography to examine coffins, are now revealing unprecedented insights into how coffins were made, opening up a whole new way of thinking about the ancient Egyptian funerary industry and beliefs in the afterlife. This talk will focus on some fascinating finds made on coffins from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection. Melanie Pitkin is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Egyptian Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Melanie has worked on several archaeological digs and travelled extensively throughout Egypt.
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.