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The Pharaohs of Anubis-Mountain: Recent Investigations in a Royal Necropolis at Abydos

October 15, 2017
3:00 pm
NES Lounge, Rm 254 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a lecture by Dr. Josef Wegner, University of Pennsylvania Museum: "The Pharaohs of Anubis-Mountain: Recent Investigations in a Royal Necropolis at Abydos" Sunday, October 15, 3 pm. NES Lounge, Room 254 Barrows Hall. UC Berkeley Campus. (Near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Barrow Lane) Please Note the Room Change! About the Lecture: The lecture will discuss the ongoing archaeological work at South Abydos examining a necropolis established ca. 1850 BCE by pharaoh Senwosret III of Egypt's 12th Dynasty. The kings buried at the site include several pharaohs of the 13th Dynasty, as well as a recently identified forgotten dynasty of minor kings dating ca. 1650-1600 BCE who may have been involved in the conflicts of Egypt's Hyksos Period. We will look at the many mysteries of the huge underground tomb of Senwosret III as well as the tombs of king Sobekhotep IV, Senebkay and the recently identified area devoted to boat burials connected with royal funerary ceremonies at South Abydos. About the Speaker: Josef Wegner is Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, and Associate Curator in the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He received his BA in 1989 and his Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania) in 1996 on the topic of the development of the Osiris cult at Abydos during the Middle Kingdom. He is a specialist in the archaeology of Egypt's Middle Kingdom (ca. 2050-1650 BCE). Since 1994, as part of the combined University of Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Expedition to Abydos, he has directed excavations at the mortuary complex and settlement site dedicated to pharaoh Senwosret III at South Abydos. His interests include the study of state organization, administration, and settlement archaeology during Egypt's late Middle Kingdom. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the American Research Center in Egypt, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society, American Philosophical Society. He is author of The Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos(2007); co-author (with D. Silverman and J. Houser-Wegner) of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun: Revolution and Restoration (2006); and co-editor, (with D. Silverman and W. K. Simpson) of Archaism and Innovation: Cultural Studies in Egypt's Middle Kingdom (2009). He is author of numerous articles and edited contributions including a chapter in W. Wendricke (ed.), Egyptian Archaeology, Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology (2010). ----------------------------------- Parking is available in U.C. lots after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends for a fee. Ticket dispensing machines accept either $5 bills or $1 bills, and credit cards. Parking is available in Parking Structure B on Bancroft between Hearst Gym and Kroeber Hall and just across the street from the University Art Museum. Parking is also available under the shops on Bancroft opposite Barrows Hall. There is a parking structure under the Student Union further west on Bancroft. A map of the campus is available online at http://www.berkeley.edu/map/ For more information about Egyptology events, go to http://www.arce-nc.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/NorthernCaliforniaARCE

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