Specialist in zooarchaeology, mummification, daily life in ancient Egypt, tomb decoration, and ancient food.
Studied Egyptology and Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA, where she earned an A.B. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and History. Earned her M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University in Egyptology and Museum Studies.
Professor of Egyptology at American University in Cairo and a leading expert on animal mummies.
According to the Theban Mapping Project website (http://www.thebanmappingproject.com/about/staff_11.html), she worked as a "faunal analyst" in "identifying and analyzing the thousands of animal bones unearthed in" archaeological digs, and "has identified some as remains of meat offerings, but many also are the remains of wild animals who may have wandered into the tomb and died after becoming lost in the tomb's many chambers."