An archaeological theory that the boy-king Tutankhamen was murdered will be the topic of an upcoming lecture at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Presenter will be Dr. Robert Brier, a renowned Egyptologist and host of numerous TLC shows, including most recently Mummy Detective. Brier will speak at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 at the museum, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.
Brier is a philosophy professor at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y. He teaches Egyptology, including a seminar called The Mummy and can read and write hieroglyphs, as well as speaking fluent Arabic.
In 1994, Brier made international headlines as the only person to make a modern mummy using ancient Egyptian methods. He is currently studying mummies to determine whether Alzheimers disease existed among ancient Egyptians.
The lecture is titled The Murder of Tutankhamen and is based on a book of the same title that will be made into a feature film in 2005. Using X-rays, artifacts and ancient records, Brier will examine the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Tutankhamen and his wife. Ankhesenamen, and will conclude that murder is the most likely explanation.
Briers previous projects include the reconstruction of the tomb of an Egyptian nobleman, complete with accurate hieroglyphs, for the Hillwood Art Museum at C.W. Post. He is the author of several books, including Ancient Egyptian Magic: Spells, Incantations, Potions, Stories, and Rituals (1981); Egyptian Mummies: Unraveling the Secrets of an Ancient Art (1996); Encyclopedia of Mummies and The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story (both 1988); and Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians (2000, co-authored with A. Hoyt Hobbs).
The lecture is sponsored by the Classics Department of Rockford College and The Archaeological Institute of America, Rockford Society in collaboration with The Burpee Museum of Natural History.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Classics Department at Rockford College, 226-4027.