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​Salima Ikram is a leading expert on animal mummies. As founder and co-director of the Animal Mummy project at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, she has emerged as one of the leading scholars in Egyptian funerary archaeology. Combining an interest in and understanding of the past with a passion of preserving it for the future, she has brought the little known world of animal mummies to light. Her series of books include a line of children's books and three authoritative works - "Divine Creatures," "The Mummy in Ancient Egypt," and "Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt." Her TV credits include "Da Vinci Code: Decoded" (Channel 4 UK), "Tomb Raiders: Robbing the Dead" (History Channel) and "The Real Scorpion King" (History Channel).

BIO: Dr. Salima Ikram is a professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo, a grantee of the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration, and an international guest speaker. Highlights of her professional career include a visiting scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), a consultant Egyptologist at Giza, Saqqara, Abu Sir, Valley of the Kings, and Co-Director of the North Kharga Oasis Survey.

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