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Study Day: Kings and Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt from the Mediterranean to Sudanese Nubia

Event includes two talks, refreshments, and an opportunity to connect with experts in Egyptian art and culture.

Maritime History & Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian culture arose from the “superhighway” of the Nile and neighboring seas. Egyptian fleets sailed the Red Sea and the Mediterranean in search of exotic cargos, and foreign ships moored at Egyptian harbors for trade. The ancient inhabitants of Egypt regularly incorporated life-sustaining waters in their material and spiritual worlds, and often circumvented geological barriers to redirect them for irrigation or military transport. This talk provides a brief review of ancient Egypt’s maritime interactions.

The Pyramid Field and Royal Cemetery of Nuri in Sudanese Nubia

Much of what today is The Republic of the Sudan was within Egypt’s sphere of influence during the pharaonic period. Virtually all of the New Kingdom pharaohs led expeditions to or built monuments in “Nubia.” Yet, the independent kings of ancient Sudan (the “Kushites”) reunified the lands of ancient Egypt as the 25th Dynasty, leading the empire into the Iron Age. In 2018, the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition started excavations at Nuri, one of two royal cemeteries in Sudan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear the story of the site and its builders.

Pearce Paul Creasman, PhD, is associate professor of Egyptology & Dendrochronology and curator of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. He is also director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition.

$40; $32 My Mia members. Register online or call 612.870.6323.