A lecture by Stuart Tyson Smith, Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The ancient Egyptians spent a great deal of time and effort preparing for the Afterlife, making mummies and providing them with the equipment that would allow them to live forever. Mummies have been a source of fascination for centuries - witness most recently the success of Universal's remake of "The Mummy." So what makes a mummy? What was the most important funerary equipment for a successful afterlife? Just how much did immortality cost an average or above average ancient Egyptian? Drawing upon his own work for The Mummy, and archaeology at Luxor's Theban Necropolis and in Sudanese Nubia, Prof. Smith will explore some modern myths and the fascinating insights we can gain from mummies and their equipment.