Controlling Landscapes and Bodies

During my time at STIAS I will collaborate with Stellenbosch and Cape Town faculty in both the humanities and the sciences to look at the positioning and chronology of Egyptian rock art in the Eastern Sahara in order to establish whether the animal or human images shown reflect changes in the environment and how it was manipulated, and ways in which this can be proven. The results of the study will form part of the publication of the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey. I will also examine the process of collecting ancient Egyptian mummies, particularly those belonging to humans, with a view to understanding why such objects were collected and how they were displayed, in order to explore issues of the ownership of cultural property, particularly human remains, and its manipulation for personal or national purposes.

Project leader(s):
  • Salima Ikram (Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology, The American University in Cairo)

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