2015-08-30 06:08:04 UTC
Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, are sponsoring
the following lecture:
Textual and Osteological Indicators Of Disease and Health at Deir el Medina
By Anne Austin, Stanford University
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 2015
WHERE: Room 20, Barrows Hall, Barrow Lane and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley
There is no admission, but donations are welcomed.
ABOUT THE LECTURE
Despite its importance today, health care in the past is difficult to identify even though it played
an important role in the health of past populations. Ancient Egypt is an ideal place to conduct a
case study on the archaeology of health care due to pervasive concerns regarding health and
mortality in ancient Egyptian thought. Previous research through both medical texts and human
remains has identified the kinds of illnesses and treatments present in ancient Egypt, yet these
studies tell us relatively little about health care. In essence, we know how people died in ancient
Egypt, but what helped them to survive?
In this talk, Anne Austin explores two unique data sets to identify both illness and care at Deir
el-Medina, the village of the workmen who cut and decorated the Egyptian royal tombs of the New
Kingdom (1550-1070 BCE). First, she evaluates the village's extensive administrative, personal, and
medical texts in order to identify what texts can tell us about disease and care. Second, she offers
the first and only research on the New Kingdom human remains from the site that demonstrates
differences in the illnesses and health statuses of its inhabitants.
ABOUT THE LECTURER
Anne Austin is a Postdoctoral Mellon Fellow in the History Department at Stanford University. She
received her B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard University, and she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in the
Archaeology program at UCLA.
Go to http://home.comcast.net/~hebsed/lectures.htm or send email to Chapter President Al Berens at
Northern California ARCE