"Being an archaeologist means that you never have to grow up, and the past is always part of the present."
- Salima Ikram to Morgan Freeman
Dr. Salima Ikram is a Professor, Archaeologist and Author. She is also the leading expert on animal mummies. As a founder of the Animal Mummy project at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, she has emerged as one of the leading scholars in Egyptian funerary archaeology. Combining an interest in and understanding of the past with a passion of preserving it for the future, she has brought the little known world of animal mummies to light.
In addition to the authoritative works "Divine Creatures", "The Mummy in Ancient Egypt", " The Tomb in Ancient Egypt", and "Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt", she has written a line of children's books as well as numerous articles. She also lectures year round at conferences, museums and more around the world.
Education (Abreviated List)
PhD, 1994, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom .
AB, 1985, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA.
Courses Taught (Abreviated List)
Introduction to Egyptian Architecture.
Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt II.
Culture and Society of Ancient Egypt.
Dr. Salima Ikram has been inducted into the American Academy for Arts and Sciences.
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AS SEEN ON
The ancient Egyptians mummified animals as well as humans. Animals played an important role in Egyptian culture, not only as food, a source of raw materials, and as pets, but also for religious reasons. They were typically mummified for four main purposes — to allow beloved pets to go on to the afterlife, to provide food in the afterlife, to act as offerings to a particular god, and because some were seen as physical manifestations of specific gods that the Egyptians worshipped.
Animals of all sorts were mummified and buried all through Egypt. Millions of ibises, raptors, crocodiles, dogs, and cats are found interred in pit tombs and catacombs. These shed light on ancient Egyptian religious practices, mummification technology, trade, economy, veterinary science, the environment, and the complex human-animal relationship.
Salima is a regular on TV. She has been featured in over 30 documentaries, series and specials on Egypt, Pyramids, Mummies, and Animal Mummies.
Her TV credits include "Unearthing Ancient Secrets: Animal Mummies" (Sci Channel), "Da Vinci Code: Decoded" (Channel 4 UK), "Tomb Raiders: Robbing the Dead" (History Channel), "The Real Scorpion King" (History Channel), the series on KV63, and several more series and specials for Discovery Channel, History, Nat Geo Channel, BBC, Channel 4 UK, Canal+ and many more.
She has also served as an advisor on Universal Pictures hit movie "The Mummy."
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North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey
Saqqara Dog Catacombs
Swiss Mission to the Valley of the Kings
IFA Abydos Project