Place Dome classroom, rm. 142
5 Bancroft Ave.
Toronto, ON M5S 3J1
SSEA TORONTO CHAPTER Lecture:
“Forgotten Fortress: Returning to Lower Nubia”
Speaker: Prof. Laurel Bestock (Brown University)
Friday, November 1, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Location: Room 142, basement of 5 Bancroft Ave, campus of the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
This event is free and open to all.
Description: The kings of Egypt's Twelfth Dynasty built a remarkable string of monumental fortresses along the Nile in Lower Nubia. Only two of these fortresses still exist, and one, Uronarti, is the subject of a new archaeological project. This talk will discuss the system of fortifications, the logistics of starting a new project in the Sudan, the finds of the first season's survey, and plans for future work at Uronarti.
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About The Speaker: LAUREL BESTOCK is a professor in the Department of Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies at Brown University. She holds a BA from Brown and MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Her research focuses on the material culture of the Nile Valley. She says "I am particularly interested in kingship and monumentality, but also in the development of sacred space over time and on cultural interactions". Prof. Bestock directs two excavations: at Abydos and at Uronarti. At Abydos, in Egypt, they have recently discovered a mortuary temple built for one of the very first kings of Egypt as well as a much later underground structure for the burial of sacred ibis mummies; this was remodeled into a church and hermitage by Coptic Christians in the 1st millennium AD. At Uronarti, in the Sudan, Prof. Bestock and her co-director (Christian Knoblauch of the University of Vienna) are exploring the relations between Egyptians and Nubians in the context of a monumental fortress built by the conquering Egyptian kings in the early 2nd millennium BC.