Egyptian Skeletal Biology Project
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nancy C. Lovell

This project is in the final stages of data analysis and publication.

Supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the University of Alberta

The Egyptian Skeletal Biology Project began in 1989 with a presentation in a Seminar on Bioanthropological Sciences in Egypt at the Kasr el Einy Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, followed by a surface survey at the Hill of Bones at Mendes in 1990. The Project consists of the excavation and analysis of human skeletal remains from two sites in the Delta of Lower (northern) Egypt (Mendes and Kafr Hassan Daoud) and the analysis of skeletal remains excavated early in the 20th century and presently curated at museums and universities in Europe, the United States, and Egypt.

The goals of the Project are 1) to investigate the relationship between the health of ancient Egyptians and the development of social stratification, occupational specialization, and highly organized bureaucracy (particularly during the transition from the Predynastic through Archaic to Old Kingdom Periods) was related to their social position or occupation; and 2) to investigate the role of in- and out-migration in the origin and development of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

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