NES Lounge, Rm 254 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA, 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 Egypt archaeologist Dr. Carol Redmount
El Hibeh 2017
Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley Campus (near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Barrow Lane)
Please Note: There may be a room change in Barrows Hall. Any change will be posted at entrances to the building, as well as on-line before the day of the event.
About the Lecture:
Dr. Redmount has just returned from El Hibeh, where she and her archaeological team from Berkeley worked this summer. This lecture will bring us up to date on the remarkable and sometimes heartbreaking modern story of this ancient site.
El Hiba (alt. el-Hibeh; Arabic الحيبة) is the modern name of the ancient Egyptian city of Tayu-djayet (t3yw-ḏ3yt), an ancient nickname meaning "their walls" in reference to the massive enclosure walls built on the site. In Coptic, it was known as Teudjo, and during the Graeco-Roman Period, it was called Ankyronpolis. In antiquity, the city was located in the 18th Upper Egyptian nome, and today it is found in the Bani Suwayf governorate.
From the late 20th Dynasty to the 22nd Dynasty, Tayu-djayet was a frontier town, marking the division of the country between the High Priests of Amun at Thebes and the kings of Egypt at Tanis. A massive enclosure wall was built at the site, with bricks stamped with the names of the High Priests Pinedjem I and Menkheperre. Earlier, the High Priest Herihor also lived and operated from al-Hibah. During the 22nd Dynasty, king Shoshenq I built a temple dedicated to "Amun-Great-of-Roarings" at the site, complete with a topographical list of cities captured during his "First Campaign of Victory" in Palestine; the temple is also decorated by his son, Osorkon I. The ancient settlement is at 28°47′14″N 30°55′16″E a little to the North of the modern town. Since 2001, El Hibeh has been the focus of ongoing excavations by a team of U.C. Berkeley archaeologists. However, due to instability as a result of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, looters have been allowed to systematically plunder the site, digging hundreds of pits, exposing tombs, destroying walls, and leaving human remains strewn about the grounds.
About the Speaker:
Carol Redmount is associate professor of Egyptian archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, which she currently chairs. She is principal investigator of the campus's archaeological excavation project at El Hibeh.
Selected Professional Positions:
University of California, Berkeley: Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies Department, 1998-present (Assistant Professor 1992-1998; Lecturer 1990-1992); Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Joint Program in Near Eastern Religions, Religious Studies Program, Archaeological Research Facility
Curator of Egyptian Archaeology, Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, 1998-present
Chair, Near Eastern Studies Department, UC Berkeley, 2007-present
Vice-Chair, Near Eastern Studies Department, UC Berkeley, 2000-2007
Acting Chair, AHMA Program, UC Berkeley, 1999-2000
American Research Center in Egypt: President Ex-Officio—Advisory Capacity (2007-2009); President (2004-2007); Vice-President (2002-2003); Executive Committee (2002-2003); Board of Governors (1999-2002, 2009-present); Long-Range Planning Committee Member (1999-2003, chair 2003); Archaeological Research and Expeditions Committee Chair (1999-2003); Finance Committee (2007-present); Major Gifts Committee and Finance Committee (2007-present)
Technical Writer and Editor, International Development Organization, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1986-1987
Technical Writer and Editor and Director of Report Production, Environmental Quality International, Cairo, Egypt, 1984-1986
Ph.D. with distinction, University of Chicago, March 1989; Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, dissertation "On an Egyptian/Asiatic Frontier: An Archaeological History of the Wadi Tumilat"
M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School, 1976; Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies B.A. with Highest Honors in Religion, Oberlin College, 1974; Anthropology and Religion Double Major; Phi Beta Kappa
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