Events

Photographing Tutankhamun: How the Camera Helped Create “King Tut”

Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, United States

Christina Riggs, Professor of the History of Art and Archaeology, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom When Howard Carter found the sealed entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, he secured the services of archaeological photographer Harry Burton to document the site. Over the course of ten years, Burton produced more than 3,000 glass negatives of […]

Origins of the Silk Roads

Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, United States

Rowan Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University Approximately 4,000 years ago, the peoples of China and Eurasia gradually began to develop networks of interaction and exchange that radically transformed the cultures of both regions. These networks eventually gave rise to the Silk Road trade routes connecting the East and […]

Memories of the Kings and Queens of Kush: Archaeology and Heritage at El Kurru

Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, United States

Geoff Emberling, Research Scientist, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology; Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan Ancient Nubia was one of Africa’s earliest centers of political authority, wealth, and military power. After the Nubian kings and queens of Kush rose to power around 800 BCE, they controlled a vast empire along the Middle Nile […]

Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created

Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, United States

Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director, Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine,  Fermented Beverages, and Health, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania The makers of the earliest fermented beverages must have marveled at the “magical” process by which mixtures of wild fruits, honey, and cereals produced mind-altering drinks. […]