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CSI: Ancient Egypt, Part 2 of 2

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 6:30pm
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"CSI": Ancient Egypt - Investigating Deaths Along the Nile, Two-Part Series

with Stephen “Dr. Steve” Phillips, Ph.D., Penn Museum, Philadelphia


In an effort to learn more about the physical aspects of humankind, both past and present, anthropologists developed methods and techniques to evaluate human skeletal remains, techniques that also apply in modern forensic (criminal) investigations. Using examples from Dr. Steve's own archaeological research, this 2-part series of lectures introduces the audience to those scientific methods and techniques via digital images of actual human remains from ancient Egypt, some of whom are nearly as old as the pyramids themselves.

In Part 1, we learn how anthropologists analyze human skeletal remains. We learn, in non-technical terms, the basic steps to distinguish a female from a male, estimate biological age at death, and uncover what the bones can tell us about the person.

In Part 2, we learn that the dead really do tell tales, based on their skeletal remains alone. We can investigate disease, trauma, and even solve murder cases as old as the pyramids themselves. 

DON'T MISS these opportunities to explore the ever-fascinating world of Ancient Egypt! Registration required to receive the Zoom link to attend.

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About the Presenter 

Dr. Stephen R. Phillips is the Curatorial Research Coordinator in the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr. Phillips received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in physical anthropology and archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.

He has traveled extensively and participated in a wide range of archaeological excavations over the past 25 years, including excavations at Petra, Jordan; near Bordeaux in southwestern France; and, he has participated in eight excavation seasons in Egypt - at Giza and Saqqara. He is the Archaeological Site Supervisor and Physical Anthropologist for the ongoing Cairo University-Brown University Expedition in the Great Western Cemetery at Giza. He is also a professional guide for American tour groups to Egypt.

Dr. Phillips specializes in the analysis of ancient Egyptian and modern human skeletal remains, mummies and mummification techniques, as well as the tombs and artifacts of the Great Pyramid Complex on Egypt’s Giza plateau.






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