The Egyptian Study Society’s November lecture will be:
Shelby Justl (University of Pennsylvania)                
MONDAY, November 12, 2018, 7:00 pm
At The Denver Museum of Nature & Science
In the Ricketson Auditorium (enter by west side doors)
This is a repeat of her well-received presentation given last year at the American Research Center in Egypt annual meeting.
Honey was the major sweetener for ancient Egyptians. It was used in food and medicine and was a valuable tribute commodity. Honey production might have been a royal prerogative in the Old and Middle Kingdoms, but appears to be a more expansive industry from the New Kingdom onwards. This lecture assesses the industrialization of Egyptian honey production and the extent of royal and temple control over bee-keeping from the New Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period through beekeeping titles, New Kingdom letters, the Wilbour Papyrus, Abydos Stela of Sheshonq, and Zenon archives. Location and size of beekeepers’ land-holdings and hives, productivity levels, and evidence of honey grading, transport, and the taxation of bee-keepers suggest honey production as a larger scale industry than previously thought. A snapshot of the archaeological site of Abydos and excavated honeypots may indicate the extent of state-level production facilities and use.
Shelby Justl received an MA in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture was first presented last year at the American Research Center in Egypt annual meeting.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Sturm 154
Sturm Building
University of Denver
2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver, CO 80210
The building is located just off High Street on Asbury Ave. There is parking available directly adjacent to the building on the west side. Most street parking around the area is time-limited, so please be aware of where you are parking for the meeting.
7:00 PM

Dr. Meredith A. Wismer

Good Things in Small Packages? Investigating Pocket Gophers as Food at the
Rainbow Site.

Archaeologists often exclude the remains of burrowing rodents when reconstructing the diets of ancient people, as frequently these creatures intrude into a site long after it was formed. A surprising number and spatial concentration of pocket gopher specimens from the Rainbow Site (13PM91) in northwestern Iowa suggests that people
accumulated a large quantity of pocket gophers for use during the Early Late Woodland period (AD 550-620). Individually, pocket gophers may have had little to offer nutritionally; however, collectively their predictable habits, visibility on the landscape, and fat content may have made them a valuable supplement during lean winter months. This talk examines the possibility of pocket gophers as a “survival” food for Rainbow’s prehistoric inhabitants and explores how they may have been obtained and processed. Importantly, most methods for cooking and consuming pocket gophers leave little evidence behind for archaeologists to find, perhaps leading us to underestimate their use as food by ancient people.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Meredith A. Wismer is a zooarchaeologist and instructor of anthropology at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. She was recently awarded a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, where her dissertation research focused on animal use during the transition to horticulture within the tallgrass prairie region. She has worked on archaeological projects in Arizona, Alaska, France, Romania, and Colorado.