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Friday, November 24, 2017

Northern Cal. Egyptology Lecture Dec. 10: Salima Ikram on "Food Fit for Pharaohs"

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 Salima Ikram, American University in Cairo
Food Fit for Pharaohs: Food and Drink in Ancient Egypt 

Sunday, December 10, 3 pm

Room 20 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley Campus

(Near the intersection
of Bancroft Way
and Barrow Lane)

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

Relief of servants bearing food, Saqqarah, Egypt, Old Kingdom, 5th-6th Dynasty, c. 2491-2181 BC, limestone - Matsuoka Museum of Art - Tokyo, Japan - DSC06996.JPG. File courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

About the Lecture:

Food can be said to be a driving force in forming a culture and identifying a people. This lecture deals with the raw materials available to the ancient Egyptians that could have been used as food, and focuses on what the Egyptians ate at every level of society.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Salima Ikram is Visiting Professor at Yale University, and is Distinguished Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, and has worked in Egypt since 1986. After double majoring in History as well as Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College (USA), she received her M. Phil. (in Museology and Egyptian Archaeology) and Ph.D. (in Egyptian archaeology) from Cambridge University. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and is Director of the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey and the Amenmesse Mission of KV10 and KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. Dr. Ikram has written several books (for adults and children) and articles, with subject matter ranging from mummification to the eating habits of the ancient Egyptians.
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 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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