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The beautiful burial in Roman Egypt

Gilded Roman period cartonnage mask for the burial of an elite woman.

Feature Presentation

In their quest for immortality ancient Egyptians developed elaborate burial practices that were used for over 3,500 years. Burial sites of the Roman period in Egypt reveal painted and gilded body coverings in preparation for the afterlife – practices that only disappeared with Christianity.

Discussing his own excavations in Egypt, Associate Professor Colin Hope from Monash University will share first-hand his discoveries of sacred tombs and elaborate burials from the Roman period. He will shed light on how elite Egyptians prepared their beautiful burial in this era using examples he has unearthed on archaeological digs.

About the speaker

Colin Hope

Colin Hope is an Associate Professor at Monash University and Director of its Centre for Archaeology & Ancient History. He has participated in archaeological fieldwork throughout the Near East and specialises in the archaeology of Egypt, where he has worked since 1974. He currently directs excavations at two sites in Egypt's western desert in Dakhleh Oasis that cover the timeframe of 3,000 bce to 1,000 ce.

Event Details

11 August 2012, 01:00 PM
Theatre, Level 2, Queensland Museum & Sciencentre