2021 Vårprogram

23e mars
Francesco Tiradritti
The Cenotaph of Harwa: a Masterpiece of the Pharaonic Renaissance
The Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor and in Sudan works in the Funerary Complex of Harwa (TT 37) and Akhamunru (TT 404) since 1996. With its 4000 square meters of extension the Cenotaph of the Great Majordomo of the God-Wife Harwa (end of the 8th Century BC) is one of the largest monuments ever built by an Egyptian official. The wonderful and fine decoration is inspired to an archaizing style with innovative tendencies that make the cenotaph a masterpiece of the cultural movement known as “25th Dynasty Renaissance”. Furthermore, texts and images are disposed to trace a virtual journey through the monument describing the human existence from life to death until the ultimate experience of resurrection on earth. Some of the ideas expressed by the “Journey of Harwa” remind and anticipate peculiar features of Greek Mystery religions. Excavations also led to the discovery of a 3rd century AD phase with unique archaeological traces of the so-called “Plague of Cyprian”. The results are at the center of a multi-disciplinary and international project.
Francesco Tiradritti is the director of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor and in Sudan.
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29 april
Bob Brier
Moving the Luxor Obelisk
In the 19th century massive obelisks left Egypt for Paris, London, and New York. The story of the New York and London obelisks are well known, but not so for the Paris obelisk, the first of the three moved. This lecture tells the remarkable saga of Apollinaire Lebas, the young engineer who overcame serious obstacles (including a plague) to bring the obelisk to Paris.
Bob Brier is a Senior Research Fellow Long Island University.

25e mars
Maria Nilsson
Revolutionära Revolutionära tider i antika Kheny:
Amenhotep III–Tutankhamun
Det svenska arkeologiska teamet i Gebel el-Silsila har de senaste åren grävt fram och studerat en rad olika monument och lämningar från den revolutionära tidsperioden i slutet av den 18e dynastin. I detta föredrag presenteras nya fynd från Amenhotep IIIs stenbrott, verkstad, strukturer och monument, ny epigrafik från Amenhotep IVs tid, samt en introduktion till Tutankhamuns arbetarby och restaureringsarbeten.
Föredrag med Dr. Maria Nilsson, forskare och ledare för de svenska utgrävningarna i Gebel Silsila.