ARCE Lecture: The King's Tomb in Ancient Egypt
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:30pm
ARCE Lecture: The King's Tomb in Ancient Egypt

Dr Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Location 2nd Floor Gallery, Urban Center

506 SW Mill St, Portland State University

Free Admission & Open to the Public



The royal tombs of ancient Egypt include some of the most stupendous monuments of all time, containing some of the greatest treasures to survive from the ancient world. Explore the history of the burial places of the rulers of Egypt from the very dawn of history down to the country’s absorption into the Roman Empire, three millennia later. During this time, the tombs ranged from mudbrick-lined pits in the desert, through pyramid-topped labyrinths to superbly-decorated galleries penetrating deep into the rock of the Valley of the Kings.

Venture from the heart of modern Sudan all the way down the Nile to its delta, with side-trips to remote locations, where foreign rulers of Egypt found rest. Along with famous necropoleis such as Saqqara, Giza, Abydos and Thebes, examine obscure spots such as Mendes, site of the last known ancient royal tomb in Egypt.


Dr Aidan Dodson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where he has taught Egyptology since 1996. He studied Egyptology at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003, served as Chair of the Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2011-16, and was William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo for the spring semester of 2013. He is the author of twenty books and over three hundred articles and reviews, including the recently published The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt.


Lecture sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt in cooperation with the Middle East Studies Center of Portland State University.