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Dr Conni Lord: Ancient birds, new technology

By Departmental Research Seminar

Tuesday 2 Oct (Week 8), 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


Conni Lord ⃰ , Floriana Salvemini^, Candace Richards ⃰


⃰ Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, ^Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Ancient birds, new technology

The Animal Mummy Project

The records of the Nicholson Museum read, until recently, that it housed five ibis mummies – two wrapped in linen and three interred within clay jars.  Radiography had been performed on the two linen mummies but the results lacked detail.  In 2017, the Museum received a grant from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to examine all five ‘mummies’ using Neutron Tomography, which has, so far, been utilized only in a limited way on ancient Egyptian organic material.  Concurrently, the Charles Perkins Centre within the University of Sydney had just installed a state-of-the-art dual energy CT scanner and asked if we would like to scan the two wrapped mummy bundles as a trial.  The results of both techniques have been evaluated in order to ascertain if one is more suited to the study of ancient Egyptian animal mummies than the other.  This talk will discuss these results as well as the findings of the ibis mummies and what this means in terms of the advancement of ancient Egyptian animal mummy research and conservation, storage and display within the museum context.

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Departmental Research Seminar

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.