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CSI: Ancient Egypt Investigating Deaths Along the Nile by Stephen R. Phillips, Ph.D.

Wed. Sep 20, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Manning Academic Center, Owings Mills Campus

8th Annual Susan Palmer Slattery Memorial Lecture

Location: Manning Academic Center SoLVE Center, Owings Mills North


The Slattery Lecture honors the legacy of Susan Palmer Slattery Ph.D., former Department Chair and Professor of Mathematics, who passed away in 2010. Slattery was a vital force in the University’s School of the Sciences and worked tirelessly to engage students and colleagues in the pursuit of science, academic excellence, and collegiality across disciplines.


This year the School of the Sciences hosts Stephen R. Phillips, Ph.D., Curatorial Research Coordinator, Egyptian Section, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.


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 Phillips’ own archaeological research, this lecture 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.


Participants will learn, in non-technical terms, basic steps to distinguish a female from a male, estimate biological age at death, and uncover what ancient bones can tell us about the person.


The lecture also highlights present day investigations into ancient Egyptian royal murder cases— cases that are truly “cold.”