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Monday, January 9, 2017

Northern Cal. Jan 29 Egyptology Lecture - Virtual Saqqara: Re-imagining Egypt's most enduring cemetery

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:

Virtual Saqqara: Re-imagining
Egypt's most enduring cemetery

By Dr. Elaine Sullivan
UC Santa Cruz

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017

WHERE: 20 Barrows Hall, Barrow Lane and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley
There is no admission, but donations are welcomed.


The ancient Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the location of the first monumental stone structure in the world (the famous step pyramid), and one of Egypt’s most popular tourist destinations. Despite its ancient and modern importance, much is still unknown about this exciting cemetery. This talk will discuss the presenter's ongoing project to visualize the site in 3D, digitally reconstructing the site through space and time.


Dr. Sullivan is an Egyptologist and a Digital Humanist. Her work focuses on applying new technologies to ancient cultural materials. She acts as the project coordinator of the Digital Karnak Project , a multi-phased 3D virtual reality model of the famous ancient Egyptian temple complex of Karnak and project director of 3D Saqqara , which harnesses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies and 3D modeling to explore the ritual and natural landscape of the famous cemetery of Saqqara through both space and time.

Her field experience in Egypt includes five seasons of excavation with Johns Hopkins University at the temple of the goddess Mut (Luxor), as well as four seasons in the field with a UCLA project in the Egyptian Fayum, at the Greco-Roman town of Karanis. Dr. Sullivan received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from Johns Hopkins University. Her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in History is from Duke University. She now teaches at the University of California Santa Cruz.

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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