Rita Lucarelli

Rita Lucarelli

Title
Associate Professor of Egyptology
Department
Dept of Near Eastern Studies
Research Expertise and Interest
Egyptology
Research Description

Religion of ancient Egypt; funerary culture and literature of ancient Egypt; history and translation of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead; demonology and magic in ancient Egypt and the ancient world; ancient Egyptian religious and mortuary iconography; digital humanities; egyptomania.

In the News

March 8, 2021

A tomb with a view: Egyptologist recreates after-death experience

If playing the video game Assassin’s Creed Origins is as close as you’re likely to get to a pharaoh’s tomb — especially in this time of pandemic-thwarted travel — look no further than UC Berkeley for an expedition into an Egyptian burial chamber that won’t expose you to a mummy’s curse.
March 2, 2021

What crocodile mummies can tell us about everyday life in ancient Egypt

More than 100 years after their discovery, 19 mummified crocodiles are part of the Egyptian collection at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. These mummies, along with a collection of papyri held by the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri at the Bancroft Library, give us clues about how everyday ancient Egyptians lived and how far they went to appease crocodiles, hoping their devotion would win them some good will toward humankind.

In the News

March 8, 2021

A tomb with a view: Egyptologist recreates after-death experience

If playing the video game Assassin’s Creed Origins is as close as you’re likely to get to a pharaoh’s tomb — especially in this time of pandemic-thwarted travel — look no further than UC Berkeley for an expedition into an Egyptian burial chamber that won’t expose you to a mummy’s curse.
March 2, 2021

What crocodile mummies can tell us about everyday life in ancient Egypt

More than 100 years after their discovery, 19 mummified crocodiles are part of the Egyptian collection at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. These mummies, along with a collection of papyri held by the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri at the Bancroft Library, give us clues about how everyday ancient Egyptians lived and how far they went to appease crocodiles, hoping their devotion would win them some good will toward humankind.

Featured in the Media

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March 11, 2021
Mindy Weisberger
The tomb of an ancient Egyptian called "the Doctor," found in the necropolis of Saqqara, Egypt, inscribed with mystical spells invoking gods and demonic guardians, comes to life in a new immersive virtual reality experience. "You can have the experience of entering a tomb, walking around a coffin and interacting with these beautiful funerary texts and images," said project lead Rita Lucarelli, an associate professor of Near Eastern Studies and faculty curator of Egyptology at the Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley. For more on this, see our press release at Berkeley News.
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