This coming Sunday, Dr. Peter Piccione will make the case that the Ancient Egyptians were humanity's first terraforming engineers. Don't miss it!
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. Peter Piccione, University of Charleston
Terraforming the Nile Valley: The Ancient Egyptians as the World's First Great Environmental Engineers
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 3 pm
Room 20 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley Campus
(Near the intersection
of Bancroft Way
and Barrow Lane)
About the Lecture:
This lecture presents the work of the University of Charleston Online Geographical Information System for the Theban Necropolis, and the observations of the Satellite Survey of Theban Tombs Project, with a focus on the landscape of Western Thebes, and then Egypt beyond. We argue that the Egyptians were the world's earliest terraformers on a mega-scale, and demonstrate the ways in which they dramatically altered their landscapes. They were not the slaves of their environment, but were supreme exploiters, and were not averse to making dramatic changes to their landscapes to suit their needs. They were also confident adaptors of existing conditions, compensating for features and deformations in the terrain in their building projects and exploiting defects in the rock, e.g., by consciously seeking appropriate cracks and fissures and using them to facilitate construction, and even to guide their architectural planning. In another regard, they were able to reshape external landscapes on a massively large scale in ways that modern scholars often overlook, e.g. leveling large sections of uneven ground, removing thousands of tons of rock, quarrying away whole hillsides, reshaping large rock faces, even to the point of remaking the landscape of an entire valley, such as Deir el-Bahari. These adaptations, and the will to implement them, give the impression that the Egyptians viewed their landscapes as something plastic or malleable that could be molded and shaped, sculpted and remade to meet their needs, given enough imagination, resources, labor and coordination. (Excerpted from https://www.bowers.org/index.php/programs/bowers-book-club/event/2130-arce-terraforming-the-nile-valley-the-ancient-egyptians-as-the-world-s-first-great-environmental-engineers).
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