ARCE-DC: Egyptology Lectures in DC!

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September 2011 Lecture

On September 16, 2011, at 6:30 pm, ARCEDC.org will feature a talk by Dr. David O’Connor of NYU.

This talk will be held at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies’ Rome Auditorium. The auditorium is located at 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Here’s a link to a map on Google.com to help you find your way.

In  Dr. O’Connor’s  lecture,  entitled “Mysteries  of  Abydos: Excavating  and  Saving  the  Monuments  of  Egypt’s Earliest  Pharaohs,” he will  describe  the  revealing  discoveries  that are  being  made  about  these  enigmatic  monuments  to  Egypt’s  earliest kings; their documentation  and  preservation;  and  the  intensive  conservation and stabilization program  that  will  assure  the  survival  of  the  greatest  of them for  the  next  5000 years  and  more.

David O’Connor studied Egyptology at University College, London and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Since 1960, he frequently has excavated in Egypt, mostly at Abydos, but also at the palace site of Amenhotep III at Malkata. After 31 years as a professor and curator at the University of Pennsylvania and its museum, he was appointed Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU.

His recent book Abydos: Egypt’s First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris (New Aspects of Antiquity), (published by Thames and Hudson) is the first comprehensive study of this major site to appear for many years. The paperback edition has recently been published.

“When  we  think  of  ancient  Egypt, we  usually  visualize  pyramids,  sphinxes and  temples,  all  built  by  the  Egyptian  pharaohs  over  several  thousands of  years. However,  long  before  the  pyramids,  Egypt’s  earliest  kings – literally , “the  First  Dynasty” –  were  provided  with  monuments  that  seem very  alien  to  the  ancient  Egyptian  world  as  we  usually  imagine  it. The tombs  of  these  earliest  pharaohs  are  at  Abydos,  along  with  two  for Second  Dynasty  kings,  but  nearby  are  much  larger  and  much  more mysterious  structures  dedicated  to  these  same  rulers.

These  structures  seem  almost  inscrutable  to  modern  Egyptology.  Why  is their  form  so  strange; for  what  unusual  rites were  they  used;  why  are some  surrounded  by  human  sacrifices,  and  in  one  case,  flanked  by  a fleet  of  ships, seemingly  moored  far  out  in  the  desert?  These  mysterious structures  were  the  largest  built  at  this  time  and  amazingly  one –  the largest  and  most  massive-  still  survives  today,  almost  5000  years  later. Dedicated  to  the  last  king  of  the  Second  Dynasty, it  occupies  two  and  a half  acres  and  in  places  stands  close  to  its  original  height  of  about  33 feet; nevertheless,  today  this  unique  structure  is  on  the  brink  of  collapse but  is being  saved  thanks  to  massive  financial  support  available  only because of ARCE’s  extraordinary  conservation  and  restoration  program which has already preserved  or  enhanced  many  buildings  testifying  to  Egypt’s unique cultural  heritage.”

Here is a flyer for the event. Click on it for the full size, and email it around to friends and colleagues! See you at the lecture!

4 thoughts on “September 2011 Lecture

  1. Pingback: Next Egyptology lecture in DC: September 16 « ARCE-DC: Egyptology Lectures in DC!

  2. Wow. Very impressed with what you’ve done with this website.
    Randi R-S

  3. The Website really is beautiful as well as informative. Thanks for all your hard work on this.

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