CUMBERLAND — World Artists Experiences, in partnership with the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, will present a talk by Dr. Sahar Saleem, titled “Recent Discoveries about Royal Egyptian Mummies” on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Allegany College of Maryland’s Science Building, Room 68 lecture hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. Other WAE Egyptian presentations by experts have been about maritime archeology, pyramids and Egyptian dinosaur discoveries.

Saleem, a physician and professor of radiology at Cairo University, is an international expert in paleoradiology — imaging studies of ancient remains — specializing in imaging of antiquities at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

She will review current knowledge about the life, death and mummification of the great pharaohs and queens of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt. Using computed tomography scanning, a safe, non-invasive tool for investigating ancient objects, Saleem has conducted a study at the museum to examine the interior of sealed golden coffins, closed boxes and pots containing mummies that have been locked for more than a century in the basement of the museum.

Saleem was a leading member of the Egyptian Mummy Project who did the CT scanning of the royal mummies of ancient Egypt. She developed the method by which the findings can be scanned. Her research has revealed more about Egyptian mummification practices, corrected long-standing misdiagnosis of mummy diseases and examined unique jewelry found with the mummies.

Her work is published in renowned journals such as Nature Medicine, American Journal of Neuroradiology, Radiographics, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Neuropediatrics and American Journal of Roentgenology.

In addition to her role as an author, she is an active reviewer in several international medical journals and serves as associate editor in multiple medical journals.

WAE is a nonprofit organization that bridges international understanding through citizen and cultural diplomacy.  For additional information, call 301-268-4037, go to the WAE website at worldartists.org, or email wae@comcast.net.

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