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October 2019

Keep it Secret! Keep it Safe! Hidden Magic and Coffin Construction in Ancient Egypt

October 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
University of British Columbia, Buchanan Bld A103
1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Canada

In ancient Egypt, there were many spells, materials, and rituals used to magically protect the deceased on his or her journey to the afterlife. Hieroglyphic spells were painted on tomb walls, magical amulets were placed among mummy bandages, and priests performed lengthy ceremonies to allow the deceased to breathe, to walk, and to be reborn after death. In this paper, we will explore the possibility of a new ritual, hidden in the invisible joints of wooden coffins. Here secret spells…

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Death Comes to Oplontis: Victims of Mt. Vesuvius Reveal Life in 79 AD

October 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
University of British Columbia, Buchanan Bld A103
1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Canada

Numerous urban centers in the Bay of Naples were completely destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii and Herculaneum are the most famous of these, but other areas were also affected and are less understood, even today, because of their location underneath modern development. The villa complex of Oplontis is one of these. Partial excavations in the 1980s found more than 50 skeletons together in one room, killed by the catastrophic volcanic eruption. None of the…

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