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MAT_SCI 395-1: Special Topics

Quarter Offered

Spring ;

Description

In this unique one-time seminar, we will look at the role scientific examination plays in investigating the production of ancient Egyptian mummy portraits and how these objects fit into the larger socioeconomic context of Roman Egypt in the 2nd century CE. These explorations will be presented in an exhibition at the Block Museum during Winter 2018. Students will have the opportunity for hands-on work in a laboratory environment with an actual mummy from this period to assess how it was made, used, buried and what these data mean in a wider archaeological context. Students will gain insight into and actively contribute to exhibition layout and interpretation, and publicly share their research through a public program in winter 2018.

No textbook required.

Winter: TBD

Spring: TBD