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Loyola hosts prestigious national lecture on ancient Egypt

Loyola press release - September 15, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans welcomes Stephen Harvey, Ph.D., to present the Michel and Nelly Abemayor Lecture in Egyptian Art and Archaeology on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. “Before the Valley of the Kings: Egypt’s last royal pyramids” takes place in Miller Hall, Rm. 114, on Loyola’s main campus.

The Abemayor Lecture is given annually at an active society of the Archaeological Institute of America in order to promote a better understanding of ancient Egyptian civilization.

Harvey, who is the director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project in Abydos, Egypt, will explore the construction and purpose of rock-cut royal tombs at Abydos that depart from the better known pyramidal forms found at Giza and in the Valley of the Kings.

Of particular interest to Harvey is whether the legendary King Ahmose (ca.1550-1525 B.C.E.) intended to be buried at Abydos, instead of Luxor or Thebes. Harvey will also discuss excavations which have revealed pictorial depictions of Ahmose’s historical successes.

Harvey currently works in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, where he specializes in Egyptian archaeology, narrative in ancient art, ancient warfare, pyramid construction, ancient religious institutions, and sacred landscapes.

This lecture is free and open to the public.