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LECTURE: Ancient Egypt and Punt: An Archaeological Perspective from Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt

LECTURE: Ancient Egypt and Punt: An Archaeological Perspective from Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt

LECTURE: Ancient Egypt and Punt: An Archaeological Perspective from Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015; 3:30pm

Chapter: Pennsylvania

Presenter: Dr. Kathryn Bard, Professor of Archaeology, Boston University Research Fellow, African Studies Center, Center for Remote Sensing

Location: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Classroom 2

Lectures are FREE to ARCE-PA chapter members, $7 for University of Pennsylvania Museum Members and UPenn Staff and Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and $10 for the general public.

Description: Punt was a land to the southeast of Egypt where the ancient Egyptians obtained exotic raw materials, especially frankincense, but also elephant ivory, ebony and gold. Textual evidence of Egyptian trade there dates to the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms, but what remains unknown about Punt is its location. In the Middle Kingdom a number of seafaring expeditions were sent to Punt from the Red Sea harbor of Mersa/Wadi Gawasis (ancient Saww) and ceramic and other evidence from recent excavations there are providing new insights on where Punt might have been located.

About the Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Bard received her PhD in Egyptian archaeology from the University of Toronto. Her areas of interest are wide-ranging and include late prehistory of Egypt; the origins of complex societies and early states in northeast Africa: Egypt, Nubia, and northern Ethiopia/Eritrea; the Red Sea trading network in the Bronze & Iron Ages.

Dr. Bard was the co-director of the joint BU/IUO (Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli) project at Aksum, Ethiopia from 1993-2002. The project excavated a number of sites, including a large elite residence and cemetery on Bieta Giyorgis Hill to the northwest of Aksum, dating to the late 1st millennium BC and 1st millennium AD.

She is also co-director (with Rodolfo Fattovich) of excavations at the Middle Kingdom port of Wadi Gawasis, on the Red Sea in Egypt. The author of numerous books and articles about the archaeology of Ethiopia and ancient Egypt, long-distance trade, and state formation, Dr. Bard is currently working on compiling and editing the publication of the excavations.


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