Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Northern Cal. Nov. 13 Souk & Egyptology Lecture - A Tour Through Town: Reimagining Hierakonpolis

Resending to correct my omission of the Annual Holiday Souk from this month's emailing. Apologies for the extra posting. Glenn


The Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt; the Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, are sponsoring the following lecture:

A Tour Through Town:

Reimagining Hierakonpolis

Dr. Renee Friedman
Director, Hierakonpolis Expedition
University of Oxford

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2016
WHERE: 20 Barrows Hall, Barrow Lane and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley
There is no admission, but donations are welcomed.

A Holiday Souk precedes the lecture at 2 p.m., with sales of Egyptian-themed books and items to benefit ARCE Northern
California and the Baer-Keller Egyptology Library of the Department of Near Eastern Studies.


Egypt's earliest funerary mask from the elite cemetery at Hierakonpolis.

Hierakonpolis has long been famous as the home of the palette of King Narmer, a potent icon for the birth of Egyptian civilization at c. 3100 BC. However, on-going work at the site is now extending back our view of its development by some 500 years. Explorations in the elite cemetery have revealed tombs of the local rulers, who expressed their power not only in the elaborate architecture and contents of their sizable graves, but also with the people and intriguing array of animals they took with them to the afterlife. Exotic animals such as elephants, a leopard and troops of baboons attest to a veritable royal menagerie, while the recent discovery of a nearly intact royal tomb gives us a tantalizing glimpse at the complex rituals that must have surrounded their burials. These unique finds are providing new insights into the meaning and purpose of Predynastic art and artifacts, and augment our understanding of the influence the site's early elite had on the trajectory of Early Dynastic culture and the development of some of its most distinctive features.

Dr. Renée Friedman is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, in Egyptian Archaeology (1994) and has worked at many sites throughout Egypt since 1980. With special interest in the Predynastic, Egypt's formative period (4000-3100 BC), in 1983 she joined the team working at Hierakonpolis, the largest site of the predynastic period still extant and accessible anywhere in the Nile Valley, and went on to become the director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition in 1996. Renee is currently a Research Fellow of the Griffiths Institute, Oxford University and the author of many scholarly and popular articles about all aspects of the site of Hierakonpolis.


Parking is available in U.C. lots after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends for a fee. Ticket dispensing machines accept either $5 bills or $1.00 bills, and credit cards. Parking is available in Parking Structure B on Bancroft between Hearst Gym and Kroeber Hall and just across the street from the University Art Museum. Parking is also available under the shops on Bancroft opposite Barrows Hall. There is a parking structure under the Student Union further west on Bancroft.

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