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VIRTUAL - A Burial’s Burden: Occupational Stress in Ancient Egypt
February 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EST Pacific Time
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Orange County
Lecturer: Anne Austin
Popular depictions of ancient Egypt often focus on the labor required to build, decorate, and complete major building projects like the pyramids. Yet, these depictions rarely take into consideration the variety of evidence we have from ancient Egyptian bodies and texts. This lecture evaluates evidence from three major building projects in ancient Egypt: the Giza pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, and the city of Akhetaten. Beginning with a detailed discussion of the bioarchaeology of Deir el-Medina, we will explore how texts and comparative skeletal material help us to reconstruct how state building projects impacted the health of ancient Egyptian workers. We will then evaluate what kind of health care support the state did and did not provide to maintain its workforce.