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Exploring the Life of A Woman in Ancient Egypt

By: | posted on: Dec 8, 2019

Date(s) - 12/08/2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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The Barnum Museum


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The Barnum Museum


Join us for a very special presentation by world-renowned Paleo-Radiologist Dr. Sahar Saleem at the Barnum Museum on Sunday, December 8th at 2 pm.

Following the exciting forensic facial reconstruction of the Barnum Museum’s Egyptian mummy, we are about to learn more about what her life might have been like 4000 years ago! Since 1894 the mummy was known as “Pa-ib,” a male priest from Luxor, but this interpretation changed in 2010 when diagnostic imaging showed her to be a woman, about 30 years old.

Dr. Sahar Saleem has studied CT scans of the Barnum’s mummy and will interpret the evidence that provides information about age, gender, health, trauma or disease, and even clues about diet and physical activity that point to social status and possible occupation.

She will be speaking at the Museum on Sunday, December 8th at 2 pm.

Dr. Saleem will provide a personalized picture of the unknown woman’s life based on the results of forensic and radiological examinations of the remains. Her illustrated presentation will place the evidence in the context of ancient Egyptian culture circa 2000 BCE and, in particular, discuss women’s roles and compare them with other civilizations. An Egyptian herself, Dr. Saleem will also talk about her female ancestors’ family life, status, education, and career opportunities.

This program is made possible by a grant from Connecticut Humanities.

It is free to members and students; for others we suggest a $5 donation. On-street parking is free on Sundays. Enter from the plaza doors around back; the building is handicapped accessible.

Dr. Sahar Saleem is a Professor of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University, Egypt. She is an expert on mummies. With Zahi Hawass, she is co-author of Scanning the Pharaohs: CT Imaging of the New Royal Kingdom Mummies (2018)..

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