Science Café: The Lost Ceneteries of Tell-el Amarna, Egypt, Non-elite Life in the Birthplace of King Tut
February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Analysis of King Tut’s mummy shows he was sickly and frail, with numerous congenital birth defects, traumatic injuries, and diseases. How different was he, the future king, from other individuals born in the same place and time?
The bioarchaeological study of the skeletal remains of non-elite individuals from the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaten strives to answer this, and other questions, about the lives of the non-elites in Egypt during the Amarna Period (c. 1350BCE). The remains of Akhetaten represent the single best preserved site in Egypt that includes both settlement areas and cemeteries.
Written sources of information were often skewed toward the viewpoints and needs of the elites and royals. How do archaeological evidences add to these, and how do they differ?