We often think of Nubia, the area from Aswan south to sub-Saharan Africa, as being subservient to its more famous northern neighbor. However, this “Land of Kush” had its own powerful kingdoms and, in fact, ruled ancient Egypt during the 25th Dynasty. Dick Harwood will discuss the modern country of Sudan, the history of Nubia, and the current work being done by the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition at Nuri, a royal cemetery of Kushite kings with dozens of pyramids, tombs and temples.
When historians write about early women in Egyptology, we try to bring them into the excavation narrative when, many times, they simply do not show up there often enough. There is nothing wrong with this; it is simply that early archaeology tended to be strictly gendered in its roles for men and women. Men dug; women, for the most part, did not. Historical narratives become stale and stilted when we look only for women archaeologists in the field and not in the places where they were most active—home institutions. This talk presents a shift from that narrative of women as fieldwork inno
The tools and processes developed by the Egyptian carpenter.
Honey was the major sweetener for ancient Egyptians. It was used in food and medicine, and was a valuable tribute commodity. Honey production might have been a royal prerogative in the Old and Middle Kingdoms, but appears to be a more expansive industry from the New Kingdom onwards. This lecture assesses the industrialization of Egyptian honey production and the extent of royal and temple control over bee-keeping from the New Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period through beekeeping titles, New Kingdom letters, the Wilbour Papyrus, Abydos Stela of Sheshonq, and Zenon archives.