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Qualitative Analysis of Rare Egyptian Archeological Objects

Photograph of the doll artifact (A) and a 3D rendering of its body (B)
3D rendering of the hair piece (A) and the head, clearly showing eyes, eyebrow and ears (B)

Two artifacts (referred to as “dolls”) were excavated in the 1930’s by the University of Michigan at the site of a Roman farming village in Karanis, Egypt. These dolls are the subject of great interest due to their mixed media construction, the first having a rigid head and body wrapped in fabric while the other being composed of an undifferentiated mass of textile. X-ray Microscopy provided a unique opportunity to non-destructively investigate the internal structure of these artifacts.

Presented at the Micro-CT/XRM user meeting 2016, Brussels (Belgium)

B.M. Khoury1, J. Battkin-Hall2, S. Davis2, K.M. Kozloff2
1
Orthopaedic Research Labs, Orthopaedic Surgery Department, University of Michigan,
109 Zina Pitcher Pl, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
2Kelsey Museum of Archeology, University of Michigan, 434 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109