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Monday, January 18, 2021

Northern Cal. Egyptology Lecture Feb. 7, 2021: The Land of Gold and Nomads (Atbai Desert, Sudan)

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a virtual lecture by
Dr. Julien Cooper, United International College, Zhuhai, China:

The Land of Gold and Nomads: The History and Archaeology of the Atbai Desert of Sudan

When: Sunday, February 7, 2021, 3 PM Pacific Time

Zoom Lecture. A registration link will be automatically sent to ARCE-NC members. Non-members may request a registration link by sending email with your name and email address to Attendance is limited, so non-members, please send any registration requests no later than February 5.

About the Lecture:

A cemetery of 'ring-graves' found at Gebel Di'irabab in the Eastern Desert of the Sudan (Photo courtesy of Julien Cooper).

The vast and rocky deserts of the Eastern Desert of Sudan, known as the 'Atbai', is the heartland of ancient nomadic groups known as the Medjay, Blemmyes, and Beja. The desert was also the source of much of the gold for Egypt and Nubia, making it of vital importance to the Egyptian and Kushite states. Despite this importance, very little archaeological exploration has been undertaken in this desert - little is known of the nature of foreign incursions in this area nor the archaeology of the indigenous inhabitants. As part of a program aiming to uncover the local archaeology this region, a new fieldwork survey began in 2018 largely designed to record archaeological sites under threat from modern activities. This presentation will showcase the history of this desert and the discoveries of the Atbai Survey.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Julien Cooper

Julien Cooper is a Research Fellow at United International College, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai, China. He received his Ph.D. in Ancient History from Macquarie University, Australia in 2016. He was then a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oxford University and a Postdoctoral Research Associate & Lecturer in Egyptology at Yale University. He has conducted research in the areas of Egyptology and Egyptian Language (Old, Middle, and Late Egyptian, hieratic); Egyptian Epigraphy; Ancient Sudan & Nubia and relations with Egypt; Archaeology of Sudan; Red Sea Studies; Nomads and ancient nomadism; Blemmyes and nomads of Northeast Africa; Afroasiatic Languages; and Language Contact.

About ARCE-NC:

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