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Egyptian Smells with Robyn Price

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Date(s) - 11/07/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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The Institute for Art and Olfaction – Chinatown


$25 USD
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The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Los Angeles, CA-

PhD Candidate Robyn Price will speak on her dissertation research, which focuses on the significance of smelling in ancient Egypt. Join us for a discussion on how a simple desire for a particular sensory experience contributed to the overall organization of this ancient society.

In this talk, Robyn will share some scents of products used by the ancient Egyptians, while also discussing the issues archaeologists face when trying to identify ancient recipes and materials. Other topics to be covered will include: how the ancient Egyptians used scented products, how such products were procured and/or manufactured, and the importance of smelling to the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians (think sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll). The workshop will end with a comparison of the issues modern Egypt is facing with regards to the trade of scented materials and its ancient counterpart.

About the Speaker

Robyn Price is a PhD Candidate in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has participated in archaeological excavations in many countries, including: Cyprus, Israel, Spain, Egypt, Ethiopia, and in the US. Her interests include understanding how sensory experience, particularly that of smell, functions as an organizing factor in society, and with her research she seeks to humanize the past, working to make it more accessible and relevant to modern peoples. She has MA degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Memphis in Linguistic Anthropology and Egyptian Art and Archaeology, respectively.

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