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Expert in Forensics and Egypt to Lecture at Millsaps


In the next installment of Millsaps College's Moreton Lecture Series in the Sciences, Dr. Angélique Corthals of the State University of New York at Stony Brook will present her lecture entitled, "Forensic Anthropology: Gone, But Not Departed." She will focus on her involvement in an ongoing project in which she excavated and investigated Hatshepsut and other royal mummies in Egypt. Hatshepsut, who ruled in the 15th century BCE, is thought to have been the greatest female ruler in Egypt.  The project was featured both on the Discovery Channel and in an IMAX documentary in 2007. Many consider her a leading expert on mummies and deciphering degraded DNA.

This visit by an expert in the field is a great opportunity for Millsaps student and faculty to learn firsthand about forensic anthropology and Dr. Corthals's work in Egypt.

In her lecture, Corthals will explain how the discovery of Egyptian mummies has helped forensic anthropologists, archaeologists, and Egyptologists discover previously unknown influences such as disease, landscape, and climate change on ancient Egyptian culture.

Since 2000, Corthals has been involved with projects ranging from fresh water fish sampling to analyzing social and geographical factors contributing to the malaria epidemic. She has worked with the American Museum of Natural History on numerous occasions and has had a hand in the production several large exhibits, including a 2006 exhibit featuring "Copperman," a 7th-century Chilean mummy.

Dr. Angélique Corthals is a forensic anthropologist, using historical, medical, anthropological, forensic and genetic approaches to reveal information about ancient biological remains. She is able to combine disciplines to gain a well-rounded understanding of ancient civilizations in the wake of environmental change, specifically in climate fluctuations.

Her main focus involves infectious disease in the past, present, and future. In her research, Corthals uses DNA-based ecological and epidemiological models to recreate the environmental risks of infectious disease.

Her lecture is scheduled for Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex room 215. It is part of the Moreton Lecture Series in the Sciences. Instituted in 1986, the Moreton Lecture Series brings nationally reputed experts to Millsaps College.  This year the series focuses on archaeological science in conjunction with the opening of the W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and BioChemical Comparative Archeology at Millsaps.  The lecture is free and is open to the public.

Find more information about Dr. Angélique Corthals at http://www.aspcorthals.net/Site/Welcome.html.