Grave Secrets: Tales of the Ancient Nubians
|19 November 2011 - 4 March 2012
|What is it:
An exhibition of bone specimens and artefacts excavated during the Archaeological Survey of Nubia (1907-1911), revealing the lives of the inhabitants of ancient Nubia, Egypt’s southern neighbour.
The anatomical study of these remains was co-ordinated by Sir Grafton Elliot Smith, Professor of Anatomy at The University of Manchester, who is credited as one of the founders of Palaeopathology, the study of ancient disease. One of the most important outcomes of the project was the creation of Elliot Smith’s Palaeopathology study collection, now dispersed throughout the UK. The collection contains evidence for Nubian health and disease, mummification techniques and racial characteristics, and as such is an invaluable resource for studying ancient Nubia.
The exhibition features specimens from the Nubian Pathological Collection housed in the Natural History Museum, London, material from the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at The University of Manchester, displayed alongside excavation photos and artefacts from The Manchester Museum.
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