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Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine – Northern Cal. ARCE Egyptology Lecture

September 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm EDT

Room 20 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a lecture by Renée Dreyfus, PhD, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco:

Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine

Sunday, September 9, 3 pm
Room 20 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley Campus

(Near the intersection
of Bancroft Way
and Barrow Lane)
About the Lecture:

Scientists, Egyptologists, physicians, and museum curators and conservators have worked together to explore two of the Fine Arts Museums’ mummies and, in this talk, Dr. Dreyfus will interpret their findings about how these individuals lived, died, and were prepared for eternity. This interdisciplinary team has made use of state-of-the-art scientific techniques, more commonly used on the living, and their discoveries have revealed vast differences between these two mummies–Irethorrou, a priest from an important family living in Akhmim about 2,600 years ago and an older woman known as “Hatason” who died perhaps 500 years earlier and may have come from Asyut.

About the Speaker:

Renée Dreyfus is Curator in Charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  She received her MA in Mediterranean Studies from Brandeis University and her PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Her exhibitions and publications are numerous: she was curator of the King Tut exhibition in San Francisco twice, was co-curator of Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh with Candy Keller and Catharine Roehrig (Berkeley alumnae), recently installed Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World—and is co-editor and author for its accompanying catalogue—and just opened Islam and the Classical Heritage at the Legion of Honor. She has a keen interest in the Near East and its interconnections with the Egyptian and Classical worlds, which gives her a unique perspective on the cultural heritage and artistic development in antiquity.

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September 9, 2018
3:00 pm EDT
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Glenn Meyer


Room 20 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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