- Posted by Fabrice Boucherat
- On January 27, 2019
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We have a change of speaker for lunch on Wednesday 20th February. Professor Katie Allen being unavailable to address us at lunch, Chris Davey will now deliver a speech on animal mummification in ancient Egypt and report on the associated research carried out by the Australian Institute of Archaeology.
The ancient Egyptians mummified millions of animals and birds. The Australian Institute of Archaeology has a mummified cat which has been the subject of research involving scans made at ANSTO and the Australian Synchrotron. This research has revealed that there is quite a story behind this cat mummy. Christopher Davey will discuss the reasons why Egyptians devoted so much energy to animal mummification and he will report on the results of the research associated with the mummified cat held by the Institute.
Chris Davey became the honorary director of the Australian Institute of Archaeology in 2002 after retiring from National Australia Bank where he was a project finance executive. He has been responsible for the Institute’s re-establishment at La Trobe University after it ceased to operate in 1999. Chris began his archaeology at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he also studied ancient languages, and then at the Institute of Archaeology, London. He has dug in the Middle East, Australia and the United Kingdom; he now digs regularly in Cyprus. He has published papers on the history of mining and metallurgy, ancient architecture and archaeology. He edits the Institute’s annual journal Buried History.