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Dr. Salima Ikram has been teaching Egyptology at the American University in Cairo for six years. Her areas of specialty are Egyptian archaeology, mummification, both human and animal, cultural resource management with a focus on museums, experimental archaeology, zooarchaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and aspects of daily life in ancient Egypt. She is co-director of the Animal Mummy Project at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, as well as the North Kharga Oasis Survey. Dr. Ikram has worked in Greece, Turkey, the Sudan and Egypt.


Ikram has an AB from Bryn Mawr College in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, as well as in History, and spent a year at AUC as a year abroad student. She received her M. Phil. and Ph. D. from Cambridge University, England. Her M. Phil. was in Archaeological Method and Practice, as well as in
Museology. Her Ph. D. was entitled: Choice Cuts: Meat Production in Ancient Egypt (Leuven: Peeters, 1995).


Dr. Ikram's publications include The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity (London: Thames and Hudson/Cairo: AUC), The Royal Mummies (Cairo: Zeitouna/AUC), Pyramids (Cairo: Zeitouna), and contributions to Road Archaeology in the Middle Nile (London: British Museum), Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (Cambridge: CUP), and the Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (New York: OUP). In addition to scholarly works, she has published a series of children's books on Ancient Egypt. She is currently working on a book on animal mummies, and another on tomb decoration.




Assistant Professor of Egyptology
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, & Egyptology
The American University in Cairo

Research Interests
Zooarchaeology, mummification, daily life in ancient Egypt, tomb decoration, and ancient food.


  • 1989-92 Cambridge University. Ph.D. ‘Choice Cuts: Meat Production in Ancient Egypt’.
  • 1988 University of California at Berkeley. Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology.
  • 1986-87 Cambridge University. M. Phil. in Egyptian Archaeology & Museum Techniques.
  • 1985-86 American University in Cairo. Year Abroad Program.
  • 1982-85 Bryn Mawr College. A.B. in Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology & History.


  • 1996 Road Archaeology in the Middle Nile , with others, SARS Publications, London.
  • 1995 Choice Cuts: Meat Production in Ancient Egypt, Peeters Publications, Leuven.
  • 1995 Egyptian Pyramids, Zeitouna, Cairo.
  • ?? The Mummy Handbook, in press, with A. Dodson, London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd.
  • 1997 The Royal Mummies , with A. Dodson, Zeitouna & American University Press, Cairo.
  • 1997 Egypt: Land and People , Cairo: Hoopoe Books.
  • 1997 The Pharaohs , Cairo: Hoopoe Books.
  • 1997 Egyptology , Cairo: Hoopoe Books.
  • ?? 2 books on ancient Egypt for children, in press, Hoopoe Books, Cairo.
  • ?? Entry on “Diet” in the Oxford University Press’ Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt , in press.
  • ?? Entry on “Banquets” in the Oxford University Press’ Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt , in press.
  • 1994 “Nile Currents”, KMT from winter onward, published quarterly.
  • ?? “An Interview with Zahi Hawass”, KMT 8.2.
  • ?? “The Fauna of Gisr el-Mudir”, forthcoming, JEA .
  • ?? Entry on “Meat Production”, forthcoming, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technologies, CambridgeUniversity Press, Cambridge.
  • 1996 “Unique Structure Revealed” KMT 7.3.
  • 1995 “Did the Ancient Egyptians Eat Biltong?” Cambridge Journal of Archaeology 5.2.
  • Feb1994 “Abydos Funerary Boats”, Egypt Today , February.
  • May 1994 “A Second Flowering at El Amarna: Egyptians and Romans”, Egypt Today ,
  • 1994 “High Society at Gebel el-Haridi” with C. Kirby, Egyptian Archaeology: Bulletin of the Egypt Exploration Society, 4.
  • 1994 “Food for Eternity” two parts, KMT 5.1 and 5.2, “Diagnosis of Plasmodium faciparum Infections in Mummies Using the Rapid
  • Manual Para Sight-F Test”, with R. Miller et al, Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 88.
  • 1992 “Palaeo-epidemiology of Schistosoma Infection in Mummies” with R. Miller et al, British Medical Journal 304, Feb.
  • 1992 “Land of the Plumed Serpent” with C. Kirby, Egyptian Archaeology: Bulletin of the Egypt Exploration Society.
  • 1991 “Animal Mating Motifs in Tombs of the Old Kingdom”, Gottinger Miszellen, 124.
  • 1989 “Domestic Shrines and the Cult of the Royal Family in el-Amarna”, Journal of Egyptian

    Classes Taught

  • Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt
  • History of Ancient Egypt
  • Death in Ancient Egypt
  • Culture and Society of Ancient Egypt
  • Archaeology and Prehistory
  • Food in Ancient Egypt

Reports and Reviews

  • ?? Book Review: The Animal World of the Pharaohs , KMT 7.4.
  • ?? Book Review: The Tomb of Nefertari , KMT 8.2.
  • ?? Book Review: Bioarchaeology of Ancient Egypt and Nubia: A Bibliography , KMT forthcoming.
  • 1997 Book Review: Cairo: the Egyptian Museum & Pharaonic Sites,Egypt Today , March :31-2.
  • 1997 Book Review: Memphis & Sakkara; Luxor; Upper Egypt, Egypt Today , October.
  • ?? Museum Review: The Mummification Museum , www International Association of Egyptologists.
  • 1995 Book Review: P. Crocciani’s Bedouins of the Sinai , Egypt Today , January.

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