Portland State of Mind: Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Tutankhamun’s Last Secret
Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:30pm to Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 9:00pm
Portland State of Mind: Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Tutankhamun’s Last Secret

Smith Memorial Student Union, room 238, 1825 SW Broadway

The solid gold headpiece crowning the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamun is surely the best-known Egyptian artwork in the world. Or is it?

While many have looked, all have failed to see.

In this forensically detailed study, Nicholas Reeves reveals the mask's astonishing secret: that it had never been intended for Tutankhamun at all …

When Howard Carter and George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, entered the long-sought tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, few could have imagined the magnificence of the treasure soon to be revealed.

Within a stone sarcophagus and three dazzling anthropoid coffins of descending size, the young king lay undisturbed, his richly bedecked mummy crowned with a burial mask of solid gold, twenty-one inches high and weighing over twenty-two pounds. Tonight we will hear how this magnificent mask has a startling new story to tell.

Dr. Nicholas Reeves is Lila Acheson Wallace Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. A specialist in the history and archaeology of the Amarna Period, he is perhaps best known for his excavations in the Valley of the Kings with the Amarna Royal Tombs Project. Reeves previously worked as a Curator at The British Museum, the Freud Museum, Chiddingstone Castle, and Eton College, and was for some years Egyptological advisor to the seventh Earl of Carnarvon at Highclere Castle. He obtained his Ph.D. at Durham University, England. Among his extensive list of publications may be noted The Complete Tutankhamun, Howard Carter Before Tutankhamun, The Complete Valley of the Kings, Ancient Egypt: The Great Discoveries, and Akhenaten: Egypt's False Prophet.

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The Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt is 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.

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.

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