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The Doorways International Program Series presents Egyptologist Dr. Peter Lacovara, on the topic of "Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy."
Date: Thursday April 12, 2012
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114
An open lecture at Appalachian State University by Egyptologist Peter Lacovara will discuss the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere. More than 4,000 years old, Emory University's Old Kingdom mummy, acquired from excavations at the sacred cemetery of Abydos in Middle Egypt in 1920, comes from the twilight of Egypt's Pyramid Age. After more than two years of study and conservation, the Old Kingdom mummy has now been exhibited to the public for the first time, restored to its original appearance.
The open lecture will shed light on ancient Egyptian rites and rituals regarding the afterlife, by chronicling the development of the burial site of Abydos and the cult of Osiris, with reference to the current excavations where the Old Kingdom mummy was found nearly a century ago.
Peter Lacovara is one of this country's foremost experts in Egyptology, and is Senior Curator of Ancient Art Collections at the Emory Carlos Museum in Atlanta. He has written and contributed to numerous books and publications on Egyptian art. His fieldwork includes site supervision and excavation at locations such as the Valley of the Kings at Thebes, the Sphinx/Isis Temple, and now at the palace of Amenhotep III at Thebes, where Lacovara is currently excavating. Since Lacovara came to the Carlos Museum, Emory has become one of the South's leading centers for ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern art. In 1999, Lacovara was the driving force behind the Carlos Museum's acquisition of a collection of ancient Egyptian mummies. Included in that collection was a mummy identified as Ramesses I, the patriarch of one of ancient Egypt's greatest dynasties. In 2003, when a delegation led by Lacovara returned the pharaoh to Egypt and residence at the Luxor Museum, the University earned the thanks of a grateful Egyptian nation. Currently, Lacovara is excavating at the palace of Amenhotep III at Thebes.
This Doorways session is organized by John Stephenson in the Art Department, and co-sponsored by the Belk Library Doorways series, General Education, the Office of the Dean of Applied and Visual Arts, and the Anthropology department. The Doorways series provides a platform for people to share their research and knowledge on international issues and build relationships on campus based on interest in international affairs. For more information on this program or the Doorways series, call 262-4967.