IKRAM, Salima

A.B. Double major in Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology & History (Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA), MPhil. in Egyptian Archaeology & Museum Tecniques (Cambridge Univ.), PhD 'Choice Cuts: Meat Production in Ancient Egypt' (Cambridge Univ.), professor in egyptology at the American University in Cairo (Egypt).
Egyptology, rock art, zooarchaeology; North Africa (Egypt, Sudan), Turkey.

Prof. Salima Ikram is Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, and a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. She has worked as an archaeologist in Egypt since 1986. She has co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and has directed the Animal Mummy Project, the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey, which focuses on rock art, and the Amenmesses Mission of KV10 and KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. She has also worked in Egypt, Sudan, and Turkey as an archaeozoologist and archaeologist. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Académie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer, Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente, and the Spanish Geographical Society, Dr. Ikram has published extensively in both scholarly and popular venues (for adults and children) on diverse subject matters, ranging from traditional Egyptological subjects to zooarchaeological topics. Currently her research focuses on the changing climate of Egypt as reflected in the fauna, relying on evidence derived from pictorial, textual, archaezoological, and climatalogical evidence; changing food sources and eating habits; rock art; funerary customs; and the protection and presentation of cultural heritage.  

key publications

Bednarski, A., A. Dodson, and S. Ikram (eds.) 2021. A History of World Egyptology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Rossi, C. and S. Ikram, eds. 2018. The North Kharga Oasis Survey: Explorations in Egypt’s Western Desert. British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 5. Leuven/Paris/Bristol, CT.: Peeters.

Ikram, S. (ed.) 2015. Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt.  Cairo: American University in Cairo.

Ikram, S. 2020. ‘Physical anthropology and mummies’, Oxford Handbook of Egyptology, I. Shaw and E. Bloxham, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 409-26. 

Ikram, S. 2020. ‘Ancient Egyptian Fauna’, Oxford Handbook of Egyptology, I. Shaw and E. Bloxham, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 151-64.