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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:05 am    Post subject: Cat Mummification Project Reply with quote

There ia a brief article online called The Cat Mummification Project
available online at the following URL:

[/url] http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/CCAB/isaznewsletterjune05.pdf[url]

Cat Mummification Project
by Richard Lobban and Emily Boisseau
ISAZ Newsletter, No. 29, June 2005 pp 10-12

While not for everybody, this article has a few interesting points. I
need to try to track down the authors, because the article mentions
that they figured out how to do the elaborate wraps of the Greco-Roman
era cat mummies.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:07 pm    Post subject: Selima Ikram Reply with quote

Dr. Selima Ikram has a website devoted to the study of cat mummies, and the ongoing project to restore them.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have the link for that web site, sonofthemummy? Ikram is a very interesting person and I'd like to see that.

I recently purchased her book Divine Creatures and look forward to reading it.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 1:18 am    Post subject: Animal Mummy Project Reply with quote

It had been a while since I visited the site. It is a conservation for animal mummies of all kinds:

http://www.animalmummies.com
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The website is still up and running. But the book _Divine Creatures_ is the end result of the work outlined on the website, but far more detailed. I got the book as soon as it was published, and can't recommend it enough. In another thread in this section, I think I linked to a review of it.

Meanwhile, here is my collection of Cat and Animal Mummy links:


Ancient Egyptians Sold Fake Cats
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20050117/catmummy.html



Animal Mummies
http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/mummies/animal/animal.html



Cat mummies
http://www.cama.org.za/CAMA/countries/egypt/Makers/General/Html/RA1_69.htm



McClung Museum Research Notes
Cat Mummies
http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/research/renotes/rn-20txt.htm



The Animal Mummy Project in the Cairo Museum
Dr. Salima Ikram's Project
http://www.animalmummies.com/


Somewhere, I also have the notes from a lecture by Alain Zivie, of the French Mission to the Bubasteion at Saqqara, who found the first lion mummy in Egypt. There's an article on the French Mission's work in the Ikram _Divine Creatures_.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the links, sonofthemummy and kat. I especially look foreward to perusing the animalmummies site.

I'm not surprised you already have Divine Creatures, kat. LOL You were probably one of the first to purchase a copy. Ikram has done lots of valuable research on this topic and I find her to be a fascinating researcher, which is why I bought this book. I also have her book on human mummification and the one she co-authored with Dodson.

Incidentally, kat, that one link you posted with the X-ray of the fake cat-mummy head from the Field Museum, is the one the anthropologist brought out on display awhile back. He didn't have the film at the museum but it's actually more interesting to see than the linen-bundled "head" was. The film reminds me of a jellyfish with those tubes of linen hanging down. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:09 pm    Post subject: The Mummy Reply with quote

The big book by Ikram & Dodson is nifty because it examines the progression of the plastic arts surrounding the concern of mummification. This allows a student a better guess of the time period of the mummy, coffin, or sarcophagus he or she is looking at.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly. I also like how each subject (mummification, coffins, canopics, etc.) is broken down into time periods. This gives an organized and clear idea of how burial practices developed throughout the pharaonic period. Another book of the same topic I enjoyed a lot is John Taylor's Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When The Animal Mummy Project website first went online, Dr. Ikram answered her own email. I asked if beyond conservation, were they planning on testing the cat mummies to see if these cats showed evidence of two modern scourgees - FeLeuk and FIP. Dr. Ikram replied that they hadn't the funding for that, but that the erays would show at least some of the traces of veterinary care these animals might have had available. But I still think that's an area worth exploring.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a very good idea, kat. It would be interesting to compare feline diseases then and now. This has been done quite a bit on human mummies but I don't recall seeing any comparable studies on mummified animals. I'm familiar with museums and institutions so I have an inkling of what folks like Dr. Ikram have to go through, always fighting for funds to carry on their projects.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you! Very Happy You're a smart cookie, too! Very Happy
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