Dr Salima Ikram

Distinguished Professor
American University in Cairo

Salima Ikram is a Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo. She received her AB from Bryn Mawr College and her PhD in Egyptian archaeology from Cambridge University. Dr. Ikram was visiting professor at Yale University in 2017, and since 2015 she has been Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Professor Ikram has worked on several excavations in Egypt as well as in the Sudan, Greece, and Turkey. She previously directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery Project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and is currently director of the North Kharga Darb Ain Amur Survey and the Amenmesses Mission to the Valley of the Kings KV10/KV63.

Professor Ikram has lectured on her work internationally and publishes in both scholarly and popular journals. She has written several books (for adults and children) and a profusion of articles, with subject matters ranging from mummification to the eating habits of the ancient Egyptians. These include Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt; Choice Cuts: Meat Production in Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egypt: An Introduction; and Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. She has been on several TV and radio shows, including the Discovery Channel, BBC and NPR on Dog Mummies. Dr. Ikram’s extensive knowledge and enthusiasm about all things ‘ancient Egyptian’ is infectious and entertaining.

Archaeology Tours Led by Professor Salima Ikram


Undiscovered Egypt Tour & Nile Cruise

14 Days
Availability : TBA 2025
Egypt Tour: See Alexandria, Amarna, and culminating with a three day cruise down the Nile aboard a traditional Egyptian sailing yacht
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Majesty of Ancient Egypt Tour

14 Days
Availability : TBA
Travel from Cairo to Luxor to Aswan to Abu Simbel with private entrée to some of Egypt’s most memorable temples and tombs.
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