Monday, July 5, 2021

Northern Cal. Egyptology Virtual Lecture by Barry Kemp, Aug. 15

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. Barry Kemp, Amarna Trust:

King Akhenaten's Main Temple to the Sun God at Amarna:
How Archaeology Is Revealing Its Development and Use

When: Sunday, Aug 15, 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 August 13.

Glenn Meyer
Publicity Director

About the Lecture:

Great Aten Temple and environs (Frank Engel photo on Google Earth)

Tell el-Amarna (Amarna for short) is the largest easily accessible city from ancient Egypt, built by king Akhenaten around 1350 BC and abandoned less than twenty years later. Its remains include the principal public buildings, extensive residential areas and cemeteries. Since 2012 a major part of the fieldwork at Amarna has been an examination of the Great Aten Temple in the centre of the city. Although all that remains on the site are the building's foundations, these preserve a surprisingly complex record of how the temple evolved during its short existence. It suggests a willingness to experiment on Akhenaten's part. As the excavations proceed, a scheme is simultaneously unfolding to mark the temple's main outlines with fresh stonework.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Barry Kemp, Amarna Trust

Barry Kemp taught Egyptology at the University of Cambridge, UK, between 1963 and 2007, finally as Professor of Egyptology. One of his interests has been in ancient Egyptian cities and towns. Since 1977 he has developed a continuing programme of documentation and research at Tell el-Amarna as a way of furthering this interest. He is the author of The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and its people (London, Thames and Hudson – Cairo, American University in Cairo Press 2012) and Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization, 3rd edition (London and New York, Routledge 2018).

About ARCE-NC:

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