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AIA-OC Society Lecture: Revealing the Practice of Tattooing in Ancient Egypt

February 21 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm PST

via Zoom: All current society members will receive an email with the Zoom link a week before the lecture. If you don’t currently receive email from AIA-OC Society, please fill out the contact form on this website to be added to the list.

Matson Lecturer, Anne Austin is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Her research combines the fields of osteology and Egyptology in order to better understand daily life in ancient Egypt. Specifically, she uses data from ancient Egyptian human remains and daily life texts to reconstruct ancient Egyptian health care networks and identify the diseases and illnesses people experienced in the past. While working in Egypt, Anne discovered the only known ancient Egyptian tattoos on a mummy with over 30 different tattoos. Anne’s next research project will focus on the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt and its potential connections to gender, religion, and medicine. In addition to her interested in Egyptology and osteology, Anne works on improving archaeological data management practices through her participation in an international, collaborative ethnographic research study on archaeological field schools.

For a short (4-minute) video summarizing our first discovery of a tattooed woman, see http://histoires-courtes.fr/v.html?subject=Austin&fbclid=IwAR22qGIEO-WCI4w8Z2qIuaK5qMgDKjWv9rADIowXwVTZx5Ms7vxlxvbEW2M