Mummy Studies

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Department / Centre
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Varsha Pilbrow +61 03 8344 5775 Personal web page

Summary This project brings together the fields of topographic anatomy, biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, digital analysis and Egyptology.

Project Details

Egyptian mummies are a compact capsule of information on ancient life, death, health, and culture. With advances in computerised scanning, interest in mummy studies, which has always been strong, has burgeoned, as we are now able to reconstruct several aspects of the biology, health and behaviour of ancient life in much greater detail using minimally destructive techniques. In this project we will undertake anthropological analyses to study the process of mummification and get an understanding of the life history, diet, and cause of death of two child mummies from the Australian Institute of Archaeology.

Photos courtesy Rob Williams/Rebecca Glarin – Melbourne Brain Imaging Unit


Dr Varsha Pilbrow, Academic, Anatomy and Neuroscience


Dr Christopher Davey, Executive Director, Australian Institute of Archaeology

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Biomedical Neuroscience, Cellular Imaging & Structural Biology

Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Anatomy and Neuroscience

Research Group / Unit / Centre

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