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Dr Jamie Fraser, Dr Conni Lord & Professor John Magnussen

By Departmental Research Seminar

Tuesday 14 May (Week 9), 2-3.30pm

Recreation Room (S2.6), Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University

The Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie University Ancient History Association (MAHA) offers a research seminar series, intended to bring together those within Macquarie and outside who have an interest in the languages, histories, and cultures of the ancient world. View the schedule for the research seminar.

All are welcome! Please arrive on time and join us after the seminar for coffee, tea and biscuits!

Convenor: Dr Alexandra Woods Twitter


Dr Jamie Fraser (Nicholson Museum), Dr Conni Lord (Nicholson Museum), Professor John Magnussen (Macquarie Medical Imaging)

New research by the Nicholson Museum’s Mummy Project

The Nicholson Museum’s Mummy Project is a multifaceted research project that combines physical anthropology, Egyptology, digital imaging, scientific analyses, scientific illustration and conservation to investigate three Egyptian mummies and one coffin with mixed remains. These mummies were acquired by Sir Charles Nicholson in Egypt in the 1850s and were donated to the Nicholson Museum in 1860, including:

  • A 26th Dynasty coffin for the lady Mer-Neith-it-es containing mixed debris;
  • A well-preserved Roman period mummy of an adult (acquired in the 25th Dynasty coffin for Padiashiakhet);
  • A well-preserved late New Kingdom mummy of an adult (acquired in the Third Intermediate Period coffin for Meruah);
  • The well-preserved 2nd century CE mummy of a small boy called Horus.

This presentation overviews the project’s new discoveries and recent research, particularly drawing on the results of CT scanning undertaken at Macquarie Medical Imaging in December 2016. The Mummy Project will shape the presentation of the Mummy Room exhibition within the Chau Chak Wing Museum, scheduled to open at the University of Sydney in July 2020.

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