Ewart Hall

American University Cairo

Tahrir Campus

Joint Conference on the Bioarchaeology of Ancient Egypt & The International Symposium on Animals in Ancient Egypt

10 to 13 January 2019

American University in Cairo 
Cairo, Egypt
10-13 January, 2019
***** Abstract Submission Deadline: Sep 20 *****

Joint Conference on the Bioarchaeology of Ancient Egypt & The International Symposium on Animals in Ancient Egypt

American University, Cairo (Tahrir Campus)
Jan 10-13, 2019
Ewart Hall

The study of the bioarchaeological remains (humans, animals and plants) from ancient Egypt, within the archaeological context in which they were found provides profound insights into diverse topics, such as religion, cultural practices, the health and nutrition of ancient populations (both human and animal), animal husbandry, diet, agricultural practices, economy, the natural environment, and ancient Egyptian lifeways. Nevertheless, archaeological context is frequently understood as static, while in reality the environment-- whether physical or cultural-- is apt to itself affect living beings to just as great an extent as it is affected by them. To that end, the theme for the 2019 BAE conference is “Interaction”. This theme will form the basis of the conversation initiated by the conference organizers and keynote speaker; however, conference participants are invited to interpret the theme in its broadest sense.


“Interaction” can be taken to emphasize:


  • Interaction between humans and animals, humans and/or animals and the environment (with emphasis on the reciprocal), interaction between different human or animal groups

  • Interaction between various fields or specialties of research (i.e. hard sciences, social sciences, humanities)

  • Interaction between different groups across time


This joint conference will provide a venue for scholars from the different disciplines of Egyptology, archaeozoology, physical anthropology, and archaeobotany to meet, present and discuss their research in the hopes of future integrated collaboration. The conference will accept abstracts on both human and faunal remains, as well as archaeobotany, though scholars doing research on animal remains are particularly encouraged to apply. Deadline for abstract submissions is Sept 20, 2018. 


About the Conference

Previous events

The BAE 2019 conference is the third conference on the Bioarchaeology of Ancient Egypt organized with the help of American University Cairo, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Institute for Bioarchaeology, and the second funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Previous conferences took place in Cairo in 2010 (CHRAE 2010) and 2013 (BAE 2013) respectively. Papers at the 2013 conference included topics such as the level of success of ancient DNA studies on Egyptian material, provisioning the pyramid builders at Giza, Carbon 14 studies, the presence of malaria and tuberculosis in the Graeco-Roman era, dwarfism, the diet of monks in the Wadi Natrun, and animal mummies. The conference was attended by over 200 conference goers, with podium and poster presentations given by over 75 international scholars. In 2019 it is twinned with the second International Symposium of Animals in Ancient Egypt. The first such conference was held in Lyon in 2016, hosted by the Musée des Confluences. Topics included DNA, mummification, diet, conservation of animal remains, biodiversity, animals in religion and as food.



Featured Speakers

Salima Ikram, Distinguished Professor of Egyptology, AUC Egypt
Roxie Walker, Institute for Bioarchaeology, BM/AES
Richard Redding, Kelsey Museum of Archeology/AERA

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