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Kemet: Ancient Egypt, Africa Workshop 2

Lecture: biological anthropology and Ancient Egypt
with Dr Shomarka Keita

Saturday 16th February 2008

Were the ancient Egyptians Black?
Why is Egypt not seen today to be part of Africa by some people?

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Department of Antiquities through the work of Dr Sally-Ann Ashton Senior Assistant Keeper and with the support from Dr Stephen Quirke Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology organised free workshops consulting communities who were invited to raise important questions and issues with key African intellectuals. Saira Law was the Project Coordinator and Chair of each workshop. This work was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Our aim is to allow community and student groups the opportunity to ask questions about the ethnicity of the ancient Egyptians and to obtain an understanding of how Egypt fits into African cultural heritage, now.

Dr Shomarka Keita is a biological anthropologist and medical doctor. For a long time he has been interested in human variation, especially in Africa. He has published widely on a variety of subjects related to these areas, including ancient Egyptian skeletal biology, the connection between biology, language and archaeology in the study of population history and the history of ideas about race and identity. Currently a Senior Research Associate at the National Human Genome Centre at Howard University and Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institute.

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