Bees, Honey and Wax Ritual Figures

Date & Time: 
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

CT scans of the museum's mummies reveal objects in the body cavity of one, including small beeswax figures. The Egypt Work Group will review the magical use of these and similar beeswax objects. The group will summarize their experimental archaeology efforts to determine how the Ancient Egyptians processed beeswax. Methods of separating wax, coloring wax, and sculpting wax are examined. The crudely made figures found in the DMNS mummy were probably produced by a process we call "poured wax slab".

The Egypt Work Group consists of volunteers at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; most are also members of the Egyptian Study Society. They conduct experimental archaeology investigations of ancient technology to determine "how they did it". The group's museum liaison is Jeff Stephenson; other members are Courtney Crawford, Delores Eckridge, Stephanie Grossart, Anita McHugh, Evan Mitchell, Jay Phillips, Robert Rushforth, and Cynthia Russell.

The Egypt Work Group

About half the group is shown in the presentors' photo. In the photo, the group is preparing hands-on educational material for the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit; writing Archaic Hebrew onto pottery pieces. Many of the earliest Hebrew alphabet characters were borrowed from the Egyptians, although they were given different sound values in Hebrew. The Egypt Work Group is a part of the Museum and members are museum volunteers. 


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