A belated update from animal mummies HQ

Phew! I am currently experiencing frantic times at animal mummy HQ and I want to apologise to all of the blog followers for being so quiet on here for so long. I thought I’d write a quick post to update you on where the project is up to and on future plans, so here goes……

Work on the Bio Bank is continuing, largely concerning the project database which is available online at https://www.mummies.manchester.ac.uk/. At the moment, there are a small number of entries available to view online, however, I have been fortunate to begin working with a volunteer who is working hard to upload more of the data. The online database will enable visitors to view photos and radiographic images of the mummies, alongside information on their histories from the point of excavation until the present day. This is vitally important for the future of the animal mummy project, enabling valuable information to be shared digitally with an online audience.

Media interest in the Bio Bank project and in mummy studies at Manchester in a more general sense has continued to gather momentum. Just last night, the story of two human mummies from the collection at Derby City Museum aired on BBC1’s Inside Out NW. The story covers the journey undertaken by the two mummies in may this year to Manchester for investigation at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and some of the results of the analysis. You can view the clip using this link: – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-manchester-49690656/manchester-ct-scans-reveal-secrets-of-egyptian-mummies?fbclid=IwAR1MV9-6VmNbWohycG0Ej79uvaobQq2pT8jDoVnMs32SCcdexTU6oeI1RhY

AP Skull (X-ray)

The mummy of Arafekh undergoes radiograhic analysis at the RMCH in May 2019.

I am working hard on publishing the results of the AHRC project so far. At present, I have 11 papers in progress, all at varying stages of the writing process! It’s no wonder I’ve been quiet!

Alongside my friend and colleague, Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin, I was lucky enough to be invited back to coordinate a course for the Bloomsbury Summer School at the start of July. It was an honour to welcome colleagues from around the world to collaborate on this course, making it truly interdisciplinary. This year marked the third course that I have been involved with BSS and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy my time in London teaching like-minded groups of students. Roll on next year!

As for the award-winning Gifts for the Gods exhibition, I am pleased to announce that the show will be on display at the Natural History Museum in Tring during 2020 (exact dates are yet to be confirmed). I have worked alongside the staff and collection at Tring for 20 years and I am pleased that the exhibition will be modified to include more of their own collection of bird mummies.

Further success came in the form of promotion from Research Associate to Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. It was certainly nice to be recognized and rewarded for my efforts so far.

Right, back to the writing…….

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