Archaeology Around the World Lecture Series: Evidence for Coffin Reuse in the 21st Dynasty Coffins of Theban Burial Caches

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC), Forum (TCC 450)
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Evidence for Coffin Reuse in the 21st Dynasty Coffins of Theban Burial Caches

Presented by:

Dr. Kara M. Cooney, Ph.D.

Chair, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department, UCLA

In ancient Egypt, was it a socially approved custom to take a coffin made for someone else and reuse it? Over the past decade Egyptologist Kara Cooney's ongoing research on 21st Dynasty coffins has attempted a wide scale systematic examination of coffin reuse to understand the scale and methods used by ancient craftsmen. To date she has examined nearly 300 coffins in museums across the world, including those from two famous burial caches in Thebes, known as the Bab el-Gasus Cache and the Royal Cache. This lecture will highlight findings from her study of 21st Dynasty coffin reuse, investigating the methods of reusing another person's coffin, who reused coffins, and how funerary arts reuse and theft impacted the way that ancient Egyptians approached funerary materials and rituals during a time of social crisis and after.

Friday November 2nd, 2018  12:00 p.m

Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum (TCC 450)

USC University Park Campus

Co-Sponsored by the USC Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program and The Department of Classics

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Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus

Archaeology Research Center

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