Event reveals details of research on Egyptian mummy

In addition to discussion panels, “Findings on Iret-Neferet” will present a digital recreation of the mummy’s face, on August 14 and 15.

Thais Sousa

São Paulo – The Pontifical Catholic University in Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS) is hosting Findings on Neferet, an event focusing on a recent find by local archaeologists. In-depth information will be made available on the process whereby the researchers proved the age, gender and origin of the mummified head that was dubbed Iret-Neferet. The piece had been brought to Brazil in the 1950s, where it sat in a museum in Cerro Largo, Rio Grande do Sul.

Panel discussions will take place on Wednesday (14) and Thursday (15). The event is open to the public and admission is free. Registration will be available at the event venue itself – the Ir. José Otão Auditorium at the PUC’s Hospital São Lucas.

“The event is designed to show the different fields of research that came into play: Carbon-14 dating, the craniometry and cranioscopy whereby the gender was determined, for instance,” Edison Hüttner, a professor in PUC-RS postgraduate History course, told ANBA.

The speakers will be the researchers from the Study Group in Afro-Egyptian Identities, from the PUC-RS School of Humanities, who presented the findings on Neferet last May. The mummified head will be on display at the venue. On the 16th, it will be returned to the Cerro Largo Museum, which relinquished the item temporarily so the research could be done.

Apart from the research work, the event will feature a digital 3D reconstruction of the mummy’s head (pictured). The research was done by a team including 3D designer Cícero Andrade da Costa Moraes, who also did the digital recreation of another mummy – Tothmea. Check out a video of Iret-Neferet’s face:



On the 14th, Findings on Neferet will cover interdisciplinary research, dentistry in the dating process, gender determination through craniometry and cranioscopy, and ageing in Ancient Egypt (700-300 BC). On the 15th, the team will reveal details about mummification techniques, isolation of microorganisms, the facial recreation of Iret-Neferet, the history of Medicine in Ancient Egypt, and the mummification process.

Quick facts

Findings on Iret-Neferet
7:30 pm
August 14, 15
Ir. José Otão Auditorium, Hospital São Lucas – Av. Ipiranga, 6690 – Jardim Botânico, Porto Alegre
Find out more from the PUC-RS site

Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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