Professor Harvey to speak about Egypt

Professor Stephen P. Harvey of the Oriental Institute and the University of Chicago will speak in Rockford at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6 at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. The lecture, “Egypt’s Last Royal Pyramid: The Monuments of King Ahmose and His Family at Abydos”, will concern discoveries resulting from excavations that he has directed at the largest pyramid complex in southern Egypt. British excavations at Abydos a century ago initially revealed a series of cult buildings of King Ahmose that constitute the largest pyramid complex in southern Egypt, as well as the last pyramid ever built by a pharaoh on Egyptian soil. Renewed excavations since 1993 in and around the pyramid complex of Ahmose have radically altered our conception of the site, revealing additional royal cult structures as well as evidence of centuries of economic and domestic activity. These discoveries demonstrate the value of ongoing work at the site and provide a direction for many future seasons of excavation at Abydos on behalf of the Oriental Institute. Stephen P. Harvey is an assistant professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology in the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago. Since 1993, Harvey has directed the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, responsible for the excavation of the monumental complex of King Ahmose at Abydos, southern Egypt. Harvey’s fieldwork in and around the pyramid complex has provided important new insights into temple architecture and decoration at the outset of Egypt’s New Kingdom. His discovery of artistic narratives apparently depicting Ahmose’s Hyksos battles provide the earliest known visual evidence from Egypt for horse and chariot warfare. In addition to his fieldwork in Egypt, Harvey has participated in archaeological research in the U.S., Syria and Turkey. 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.

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