Amr Shahat

Amr Shahat
University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA · Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (IOA)


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Citations since 2017
6 Research Items
2 Citations


Publications (6)
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The interdisciplinary analysis of Archaeobotanical materials from Ancient Egypt contributes to advances in humanities and life sciences. This dissertation discusses how botanical remains from different sites such as Nag ed Deir and Deir el Ballas broaden our knowledge of ancient Egyptian social structure, regional cultural variation and cross-cultu...
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The reuse of the Ramesses VI to Ramesses IV inscriptions and cartouches in the Karnak hypostyle Hall in Karnak and Luxor temple have a systematic pattern. Only the cartouches facing the processional way were the ones recarved and reused. Other cartouches of Ramesses IV were skipped. Recent restoration in Luxor temple have removed the plasters that...
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This contribution presents results of an archaeobotanical study of food remains found by the Hearst Expedition's excavations (1900-1901) at the site of Deir el-Ballas, Upper Egypt, currently held at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology (PAHMA), University of California Berkeley. The plant remains were discovered in a non-elite cemetery, Ceme...
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The food offerings in the tomb of Kha and Merit in Egypt invite excitement and pose challenges to the methods and theory of archaeobotany. Most food offerings appeared to be fruits from the palm family (Areca- ceae), including dates (Phoenix dactylifera) with their skin preserved, and doum nuts (Hyphaene thebaica). Next to these, large quantities o...
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This report presents an experiment in which four starch sampling methods are compared in order to identify the most successful and effective technique for starch extraction from large groundstone and milling features in the field. Testing archaeological specimens in situ is necessary when the artifact is too large or cumbersome to bring back to a l...


Question (1)
I have analyzed archaebotanical (ancient plant remains) of castor beans from ancient Egyptian tombs dated to over 5000 years BP. The castor beans were threaded and tied as a necklace and were found around the neck of a deceased buried in the tomb.
I appreciate any comments, feedbacks on the cultural history of uses of castor beans.
Best regards,


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