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Friday, September 27, 2019

Northern Cal. ARCE Egyptology Lecture Oct. 13: The Mystery of the White Wall

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 Dr. Galina Belova,
Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Mystery of the White Wall: New Discoveries at Memphis

Sunday,  October 13, 3 pm

Room 20 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley Campus

(Near the intersection
of Bancroft Way
and Barrow Lane)

About the Lecture:

Russian archaeologists excavate                                  'White Walls' of ancient Egyptian                                  capital Memphis

In 2001 the Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Science (CESRAS) was granted  permission by the Supreme Council of Anqituities to explore the northern part of the site of Memphis. The Russian concession includes three areas: Kom Tuman, Tell Aziziya and Kom Dafbaby. During the 2015 excavation of Kom Tuman, a massive defensive wall was discovered. This structure, 8 meters wide, was coated on both sides with a limestone-base plaster averaging 5 cm in thickness that appeared dazzling white in the sun. Our speaker has come to the conclusion that this is the wall referred to as "white" in the written sources, and that Kom Tuman could be the site of the ancient capital named The White Walls. Her lecture will present the recent results of CESRAS  excavations in Memphis, and what they suggest about the area over time.

About the Speaker:

Galina Belova                              portrait with Statue
Dr. Galina Belova


Galina A. Belova graduated from the Faculty of History of the Moscow State Pedagogical University in 1972. In 1975 she entered the postgraduate studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences with a degree in Ancient World History (Egyptology). In 1978 she defended her PhD thesis on "Formation of the Administration in Nubia (3000-1200 BC)." In 1995 Belova got her doctorate in historical sciences, defending her thesis on "Ancient Egypt and Neighboring African Countries."

She currently heads the Russian archaeological missions in Memphis, Deir el Banat, and Luxor. 
She was the director of the Centre for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (CESRAS) from 2000 to 2017 and is now the scientific director of CESRAS. She was co-director of the Russian-Dutch and Russian-German expeditions to Tell Ibrahim Awad between 1995 and 2001 and at the tomb TT320, the so-called "Royal Cache," between 1998 and 2005. Belova also participated in the activities of the Working Group "Informatics and Egyptology" of the International Association of Egyptologists.

She is the editor of the "The Secret Word of the East" series and the editor-in-chief of the journal "Egypt and Surrounding World" (in Russian).

Lectures are free and open to the public. Donations are welcomed.

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