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LECTURE: Tutankhamun?s Father, followed by a brief update on Egypt

LECTURE: Tutankhamun?s Father, followed by a brief update on Egypt

LECTURE: Tutankhamun?s Father, followed by a brief update on Egypt

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 6:00pm

Chapter: New York, NY, in co-sponsorship with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW)

Speaker: Dr. James P. Allen, Wilbour Professor of Egyptology and Chair Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University

Location:  Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW/NYU), 15 East 84th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), New York, New York


Description: One of the key questions of ancient Egyptian history is the relationship of the “boy-king” Tutankhamun to his predecessor, the “heretic” pharaoh Akhenaten, and the Amarna royal family. Drawing on both well-established data and new findings from the study of DNA from the royal mummies, this talk presents one possible solution to the historical mystery.

About the Speaker:: James P. Allen is the Wilbour Professor of Egyptology at Brown University and President of the International Association of Egyptologists. He has served as Cairo Director of ARCE and curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is the author of numerous books and articles on ancient Egyptian language, literature, religion and history.

Visiting Guests from Egypt: Mr. Mansour Boraik is an Egyptologist and archaeologist with an extensive history of academic and field experience. At the present time, Mr. Mansour is the Director General of Upper Egypt and the Oases, a position to which he has been newly promoted. Prior to this appointment, he was Director General of Luxor Antiquities for five years. He has also held positions as an archaeological inspector with the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt including as the Chief Inspector of the Giza Pyramids Plateau project and Chief Inspector of Excavations in the Giza Inspectorate of Antiquities from the mid 1990s to the mid-2000s.

Mr. Boraik has excavated at a number of sites in Egypt including Luxor, where he has been the Field Director of excavations in front of the Karnak temple, the Sphinx Avenue, Luxor Temple and the Tombs of the Nobles on the West Bank. He also served as Field Director of the archaeological monitoring team for salvage excavations during the dewatering project for Luxor and Karnak temples.

Several international organizations, universities and museums conducting archaeological expeditions and conserving and restoring Egyptian cultural monuments have worked with Mr. Mansour. American groups include ARCE, the Getty Foundation, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since the early 1990s, Mr. Mansour has lectured extensively on Egyptian archaeology both at home and abroad to audiences in such diverse locations as Cyprus, New Mexico, New York, London, Atlanta and Luxor. His publications range in scope from reports to articles for newsletters and journals.

John Shearman, Associate Director, EAC Luxor

John Shearman brings his extensive experience working with culturally diverse Middle Eastern staffs to his current position as Associate Director of ARCE’s many projects currently underway in Luxor. He has managed several projects associated with historic preservation.

With his record of managing large-scale projects, he brings considerable experience to the numerous conservation projects spanning the New Kingdom through the Late Period of Pharaonic rule in the Luxor and Karnak temple complexes. These projects are bringing to light new materials and inscriptions that will impact our understanding of these iconic sites.

Before joining ARCE full-time, his work in Egypt included providing oversight for the construction of the flood control prototype to protect the tombs of Rameses I and Seti I in the Valley of the Kings, researching the Tomb of Isis, and surveying the Valley of the Queens. He also served as a member of ARCE’s Oversight Committee for the Egyptian Antiquities Project (EAP). His company, Shearman International Industries, specialized in providing construction management, including management of archeologically sensitive projects.

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