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Robyn Price - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Robyn Price Robyn Price

Lecturer of Classics and Archaeology | Loyola Marymount University


Robyn Price specializes in sensory archaeology, with a particular focus on the experience of smell in Ancient Egypt.





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Robyn Price is a PhD Candidate in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has participated in archaeological excavations in many countries, including: Cyprus, Israel, Spain, Egypt, Ethiopia, and in the US. Her interests include understanding how sensory experience, particularly that of smell, functions as an organizing factor in society, and with her research she seeks to humanize the past, working to make it more accessible and relevant to modern peoples. She has MA degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Memphis in Linguistic Anthropology and Egyptian Art and Archaeology, respectively.

Education (3)

University of Memphis: M.A., Art History, Egyptian Art and Archaeology 2015

University of Virginia: M.A., Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology 2013

Lycoming College: B.A., Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, French 2011


Areas of Expertise (5)

Egyptian Art

RTI and Photogrammetry

Sensory Archaeology

Egyptian Archaeology


Industry Expertise (2)

Writing and Editing


Articles (5)

Sniffing out the Gods: Archaeology with the Senses

Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections

2018 All knowledge of the world is shaped by the way our senses perceive it. In archaeology, and especially in Egyptological studies, a visual approach has predominated the analysis of ancient material remains.

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"Your scent is as their scent." The Invisible Presence in New Kingdom Egyptian Art.

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

Ancient Egyptian art often includes depictions of the act of smelling and of smell-carrying objects. Though the act of smelling and the objects themselves are visibly recognizable, both underline the presence of an invisible force, that of scent.

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Just a Whiff: Accessing Ancient Sensory Frameworks

University of California

This paper uses sensory related imagery in early 18th dynasty Theban tombs to discuss our ability to access the ancient sensory past, while also establishing a strategy for conducting such analyses.

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A Body-First Approach to Egyptological Studies

University of Califoria

All knowledge of the world is biased by the way our senses perceive it. In the modern world, the visible and the tangible have taken prominence above the tasteful, audible, and the scented.

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Considerations in the Technical Analysis of Ancient Egyptian Material Remains: Destructive and Non-destructive Methods

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

In this examination, the authors sought to identify the materials present in several museum samples from DMNS, as a way of contributing to the larger discussion of how the coffins were decorated.

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