Dr. Salima Ikram (B.A. 1985, Bryn Mawr College; M.Phil. 1987, Ph.D. 1993 Cambridge University) is visiting Yale University for the fall term 2017. She is a Professor of Egyptology at American University in Cairo. Dr. Ikram is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At Yale she is teaching two courses: Death and Burial, and Food and Drink in Ancient Egypt.
Dr. Ikram has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and is Director of the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey and the Amenmesse Mission of KV10 and KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. Dr. Ikram has worked on several excavations in Egypt as well as in the Sudan, Greece, and Turkey. Her research interests include death, daily life, archaeozoology, the relationship between animals and humans, ethnoarchaeology, rock art, environmental history, experimental archaeology, and the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage. She has lectured on these and other subjects all over the world. Dr. Ikram has written several books (for adults and children) and articles, with subject matters ranging from mummification to the eating habits of the ancient Egyptians. These include, Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt; Choice Cuts: Meat Production in Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egypt: An Introduction, Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt; and with Aidan Dodson, The Tomb in Ancient Egypt and The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity.