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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tulane to unveil ancient Egyptian mummies at Thursday event


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Tulane to unveil ancient Egyptian mummies at Thursday event

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Tulane Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst investigates one of the coffins in the university’s collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. (Rene Guitart)
Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on November 11, 2015 at 3:22 PM

Unbeknownst to many members of the Tulane University community, Tulane has had two Egyptian mummies in its possession for more than a century. On Thursday night, Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst will explain how these ancient artifacts ended up in New Orleans, as well as what the public can do to preserve the university's Egypt Collection into the future.
Titled "Ancient Egypt at Tulane: Preserving the Past for the Future," the event will begin at 6 p.m. inside Dinwiddie Hall on Tulane's Uptown campus. It is part of a preservation effort by the Middle American Research Institute, which is raising funds to bring a conservator of ancient Egyptians artifacts to New Orleans to work on the collection, according to a news release.
Nelson-Hurst, a research associate at Tulane's anthropology department, specializes in the social history and archaeology of ancient Egypt. She has been conducting a research project on Tulane's Egyptian Collection since 2012, and is currently researching the role of women in elite households during ancient Egypt's Middle Kingdom.
The event is free and open to the public. Tulane's Middle American Research Institute will be accepting donations for the collection.