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Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Nigel Strudwick on Discoveries in the tomb of Senneferi, Pharaoh’s Chancellor
Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 5:30pm
Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Nigel Strudwick on Discoveries in the tomb of Senneferi, Pharaoh’s Chancellor

Smith Memorial Student Union Browsing Lounge (238), 1825 SW Broadway

A slide-illustrated lecture on the story of the excavation of an 18th dynasty private tomb and the findings that reveal the life of the noble Senneferi by Dr. Nigel Strudwick, Visiting Professor, University of Memphis

Senneferi’s career as an important official coincided with the middle to later reign of Thutmose III. Originally from the Delta, he was brought to Thebes to be in charge of the local administration and finances. His tomb on the West Bank has been rather neglected until the Cambridge Theban Tombs project began work on it in 1992. This lecture will look at the man himself, his family, and what his tomb tells us about the history of tomb use and reuse in Thebes.

In addition to the discovery of painted walls, beautiful ceilings, pottery, statues, papyri and textiles, Dr. Strudwick’s archeological fieldwork reveals how elite tombs were symbolically and physically designed. Visit Dr. Strudwick’s website to learn more.

Dr Nigel Strudwick obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, England and a B.A. in Ancient Egyptian and Coptic, Keble Collage, Oxford, England. He has been Assistant Keeper, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum, London since 1978. He has written extensively on ancient Egypt, including scholarly works on Egyptian grammar and translations, as well as popular books such as Thebes in Egypt: A Guide to the Tombs and Temples of Ancient Luxor; Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, which highlights the British Museum collection; and Hieroglyph Detective: How to Decode the Sacred Language of the Ancient Egyptians.

Free and open to the public

Presented by the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, a private, nonprofit organization that supports research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, fosters broader knowledge among the general public, and strengthens American-Egyptian cultural ties.

Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Center

The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library. | | 503-725-4074