The Egyptian collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum contains two nested coffin sets, belonging to Nespawershefyt (21st Dynasty) and Pakepu (25th/26th Dynasty). Detailed examination of these coffins, as part of a large scale project to publish all the coffin material at the Fitzwilliam, has revealed unexpected new findings about them and the people for whom they were made.
Helen Strudwick is Senior Curator Ancient Nile Valley at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. She is responsible for the Museum’s collection of Egyptian Antiquities. Since 2014, with Julie Dawson (Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow and Affiliated Researcher), she has a led a project to study, document and publish information about the Fitzwilliam’s collection of Egyptian coffins. She first joined the Department of Antiquities in 2001 as an Egyptologist, working in documentation of the collections, as a dedicated outreach officer for ancient Egypt and then as acting Senior Assistant Keeper. In 2009 she became the Fitzwilliam’s first exhibitions officer, a post she held until her return to Antiquities in 2014.
This talk was given at the December 2018 meeting of the Essex Egyptology Group, which was held on 2nd December 2018 at 3pm at Spring Lodge Centre, Witham – click here for a link to download a review of this meeting.