28 September 2019 Start
28 September 2019 End
11am-2pm Time
The Netherlands


Recreate the Essence of Mummification

September 28, 2019

Learn all about the smells of mummification and their significance, with Dora Goldsmith at this workshop.

What you will do

Throughout this workshop, you will learn about the smells that defined the mummification chambers and tombs, and the scents that the ancient Egyptians themselves wished to be surrounded by in their life after death. In the first hour, Dora will teach you about the olfactory motivation for mummification and the substances employed during the process. In the second hour, she will give you a detailed insight into the materials. You will be able to smell each ingredient and you will learn about their significance for the Egyptians and the reasons behind their use. In the third and last hour, you will recreate the essence of mummification in a bottle by using the very same ingredients the ancient Egyptians employed for embalming their dead. Don’t worry, you will end up with an exceedingly pleasant smell.


Dora will also be speaking at Odorama on the 27th of September. If you are interested in hearing her take on smellscaping Ancient Egypt, you can find tickets to the event here.

Dora Goldsmith

Dora Goldsmith is PhD student of Egyptology at the Freie Universität Berlin. The topic of her PhD project is the sense of smell in ancient Egypt, the exact title of her research being “The Archaeology of Smell in Ancient Egypt. A Cultural Anthropological Study Based on Written Sources”. Dora’s PhD project incorporates linguistic and cultural anthropological research. She records and translates all ancient Egyptian texts that include words related to olfaction, which help her define the role of smells in the ancient Egyptian society. In order to better apprehend the ancient Egyptian documents she works with, Dora also employs the method of experimental archaeology or ‘learning by doing’. She reconstructs the smells the ancient sources describe.


Workshop: The Smell of Mummification & Ancient Egyptian Afterlife
28th of September, 11:00 – 14:00
Tickets: Full price: €90,- | Students / Artists / Stadspas: €63,-* (including €1,- administration costs)

The workshop will be held in English.