Speak My Name

Investigating Egyptian Mummies
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Explores four mummies and three coffins from the Chau Chak Wing Museums Mummy Project, which has undertaken interdisciplinary research through a combination of scientific and Egyptological methods. - The mummies and coffins explored in the book are now on permanent display at the Chau Chak Wing Museum in Australias only dedicated Mummy Room. - These mummies constitute Australias most celebrated collection of Egyptian mummies, and are visited by over 100,000 people per year - There is significant demand in Australia and beyond for Egyptological research that is accessible to general audiences Speak my name so that I may live again was often written on the walls of Egyptian tombs, imploring visitors to speak the names of the dead and make offerings on their behalf. These acts of continued remembrance sustained the dead in the afterlife. Speak My Name: Investigating Egyptian Mummies explores the coffins and mummies of Meruah, Padiashaikhet, Horus and Mer-Neith-it-es, who lived in Egypt between 1200 BCE and 100 CE and whose mummies and/or coffins are now in the Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney. A multidisciplinary team provides new insights into mummification and coffin manufacture in ancient Egypt through a combination of scientific and Egyptological methods, including CT imaging, skeletal analysis, radiocarbon dating, and digital modelling and illustration. Their discoveries illuminate the personhood of the individuals these mummies and coffins represent. Advances in technology allow us to respectfully learn about their daily lives, including nutrition, health and disease. Beautifully illustrated, Speak My Name demonstrates how science and archaeology work together to help us better understand the past. By studying the life and death of Meruah, Padiashaikhet, Horus and Mer-Neith-it-es, we speak their names again.