Digging in Museums and Archives: Recontextualizing Tulane University's Egyptian Collection October 24, 7 pm, SCI 1001, University of New Orleans
During the 1840s and 1850s, George R. Gliddon traveled the United States, bringing with him a glimpse into the world of ancient Egypt. Although the current locations of some of the artifacts that Gliddon used for his tour remain unknown, a number of these objects and two of the four mummies that he unwrapped have resided at Tulane University since the 1850s. This collection has remained relatively unknown to the public and scholars alike, especially since it was removed from public display in the middle of the twentieth century. Despite their sensational past – including having resided in a football stadium – and some relatively recent anthropological research, little has been known about the mummies, coffins, cartonnages, and papyrus in the collection. Utilizing Egyptological approaches, paleopathological examination of the human remains, and information from archives and nineteenth-century printed materials, a new research project aims to solve some of the many questions surrounding the collection. Some of these questions address the items’ date and provenience and to whom they belonged in ancient times, how the collection came to America and found a home in New Orleans, and where related items from Gliddon’s collection reside today. In this talk, Egyptologist and ARCE-NOLA organizer Melinda Nelson-Hurst (Tulane University) will discuss the collection's history and future plans, as well as reveal the project’s latest research findings.
Sponsored by the Anthropology and Geography Departments of the University of New Orleans and the Delta Chapter of the Louisiana Archaeological Society.
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