Dr. Salima Ikram (a professor at the American University in Cairo) will share how ancient Egyptian mummies have gripped the popular imagination from early times. Mummies have been regarded as immortals, a source of medicine, terrifying monsters, and objects of curiosity. Now they are regarded as an invaluable source of information of funerary beliefs, technology, ancient diet, and the health of the ancient Egyptians. This lecture explores the history of mummies from their inception, into their most recent incarnations in Egypt. The evolving details of mummification over time will be explained, with attention paid to methods of wrapping and the jewelry and amulets included within the wrappings. The talk will also summarize the ways in which scholars now use their analysis of mummies to elucidate the history, economy, culture, and religion of ancient Egypt. This Masters Series lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America—Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.