H. Strudwick & M. Pitkin (Fitzwilliam)

Reuse, Recycling and Ownership in Ancient Egypt: Current Research at the Fitzwilliam Museum, by Helen Strudwick & Melanie Pitkin (Cambridge)

5:00pm - 6:00pm / Thursday 1st July 2021
Type: Webinar / Category: Department / Series: Egyptology Seminar Series
  • Suitable for: Everyone.
  • Admission: Free.
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This talk shares some of the latest research underway into ancient Egyptian concepts of use, reuse and ownership, which have been raised by data from CT scanning and X-radiography of the Museum's coffin collection. The first part of the talk, presented by Helen Strudwick, will focus on the overarching aims and interdisciplinary methodologies of the project using the coffins project as a case study. The second part of the talk, presented by Melanie Pitkin, will focus on the wider application of this research to other types of objects - especially false doors and stelae – showing how collaboration with a geologist, stonemason, conservators and other Egyptologists can open up entirely new ways of understanding the materiality of ancient objects, and their individual biographies.