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DR. SALIMA IKRAM - Egyptologist

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« on: March 04, 2009, 08:02:45 pm »

June 15, 2005

Book corner

All Wrapped Up

ALTHOUGH PRACTICED BY other civilizations, mummification is most popularly associated with the ancient Egyptians. Our modern fascination with the mummy is only too apparent in the crowds that
flock to the Egyptian Museum to gawk at the wizened remains of long dead pharaohs, or the enduring popularity of certain B-rate horror movies of which they are the spine-tingling focus.

Apparently the human mummy is only just part of the story, for not only did the ancient Egyptians also mummify their animals, they did so in industrial quantities. Animal cemeteries at places such as Tuna al-Gebel, Saqqara, Bubastis and numerous other sites have yielded animal mummies that number in the millions and yet have received relatively little attention.

'Divine Creatures Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt', edited by American University in Cairo (AUC) Egyptology Professor Salima Ikram, does much to redress this imbalance though it remains, in the
most positive sense, very much still a work in progress.

We here at ArchaeoBlog

can readily testify that Dr. Ikram is indeed a delightful lecturer, and if this book reads anything like her personal style, it ought to be an excellent read. We've worked with Salima in the field and we swear that if her energy could be bottled up and sold, the Saudi royal family would be back to living in tents following herds of sheep within a month or two.

She obviously loves her work, more importantly is good at it, and has that rare ability to be both entertaining and informative at the same time. Not to mention utterly charming and with a truly
wicked sense of humor.

She also has a rather keen sense of what may be causing various bowel afflictions among furreigners
in Egypt and what to do about them.

This skill should not be underestimated.
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