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ARCE: Egyptian Predynastic Body Ornaments and Manufacture with Maryan Ragheb


Presented by Maryan Ragheb, a PhD candidate in Archaeology at UCLA, with a special focus on ancient Egyptian archaeology.

Our bodies and body images are manufactured through one’s treatment of their body surface, as well as through clothing, jewelry, hairstyles, makeup, or tattooing. We intentionally create and recreate images that can be readable to others and turned into identity. Body ornamentation is thus important for affirming social cohesion and shared ideologies of identities both in life and death. In Predynastic Egypt, body ornamentation of the deceased was practiced to varying degrees. This talk discusses the shared community practices in the making and use of Predynastic body ornaments to adorn the deceased’s body. Through a microscopic study of beaded ornaments, their manufacturing processes, and wear marks, the technical and social processes of invested in their making, and by extension the making of the deceased’s image at the time of the funeral, can be reconstructed.

ARCE-OC: American Research Center in Egypt: Orange County Chapter


Ticketed Onsite Event: Free for Bowers and ARCE Members | General $15

Recorded Online Screening: Free for Bowers and ARCE Members | General $10 | Online version will be emailed to ticketholders one week after the onsite event.


Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

About the speaker: 

Maryan Ragheb is a PhD candidate in Archaeology at UCLA, with a special focus on ancient Egyptian archaeology. Her dissertation research is concerned with identity expressions pre- and post-state formation in ancient Egypt through the study of body ornamentation. Her research interests include identity expressions of different minority groups and the cultural entanglement between different ethnicities within Egypt. In addition to archaeological work in Egypt and Ethiopia, she is also interested in community outreach and preservation of cultural heritage initiatives. As such, she is currently involved in the Waystation initiative and the voluntary return of cultural objects to China, while also building skillset in cultural heritage laws in the USA and provenance research.

Event details

February 10, 2024 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


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