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.
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
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Sniffing out the Gods: Archaeology with the SensesJournal 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.
"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.
Just a Whiff: Accessing Ancient Sensory FrameworksUniversity 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.
A Body-First Approach to Egyptological StudiesUniversity 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.
Considerations in the Technical Analysis of Ancient Egyptian Material Remains: Destructive and Non-destructive MethodsDenver 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.