Salima Ikram

Salima Ikram is Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, and has excavated extensively in Egypt as well as in Turkey. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, the Amenmesse Project (KV10/KV63), the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Project, and headed the archaeozoology team at Kinet Hoyuk in Turkey.

She has a variety of research interests, especially the interaction between humans and animals, ancient Egyptian foodways, rock art, death, and mummies of both humans and animals. She has published extensively both for scholarly and non-specialist audiences, as well as for children, and is currently collaborating on the publication of the animal mummies in the Museo Egizio, Turin. Ikram is a member of the MAHES (Momies Animales et Humaines EgyptienneS) project.


Books by Salima Ikram

Creatures of Earth, Water and Sky

Essays on Animals in Ancient Egypt and Nubia

Edited by Stéphanie Porcier, Salima Ikram & Stéphane Pasquali | 2019

Ancient Egyptians always had an intense and complex relationship with animals in daily life as well as in religion. Despite the fact that research on this relationship has been a topic of study, gaps in…



Chariots in Ancient Egypt

The Tano Chariot, A Case Study

Edited by André J. Veldmeijer & Salima Ikram, with contributions by Ole Herslund, Lisa Sabbahy & Lucy Skinner | 2018

Chariots, the racing cars of the ancient world, first appeared in Egypt about 1600 BC, and quickly became not only the preferred mode of transport for royalty and the elite, but also revolutionised military tactics…



Egyptian Bioarchaeology

Humans, Animals, and the Environment

Edited by Salima Ikram, Jessica Kaiser & Roxie Walker | 2015

Although the bioarchaeology (study of biological remains in an archaeological context) of Egypt has been documented in a desultory way for many decades, it is only recently that it has become an inherent part of…



Catalogue of the footwear in the Coptic Museum (Cairo)

André J. Veldmeijer & Salima Ikram | 2014

This catalogue presents the ancient Egyptian footwear in the collection of the Coptic Museum in Cairo. The catalogue contains detailed descriptions and measurements, photographs and drawings. Each description of a footwear category is followed by…



Chasing Chariots

Proceedings of the first international chariot conference (Cairo 2012)

Edited by André J. Veldmeijer & Salima Ikram | 2013

The present work is the result of the First International Chariot Conference, jointly organised by the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) and the American University in Cairo (AUC) (30 November to 2 December 2012). The…



The Ancient Egyptians and the Natural World

Flora, Fauna, and Science

Edited by Salima Ikram, Jessica Kaiser & Stéphanie Porcier | Forthcoming

This book explores the interaction between animals, plants, and humans in ancient Egypt. It draws together different aspects of the bioarchaeology of Egypt: flora, fauna, and human remains. These come from sites throughout the country…









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