Monday, September 21, 2009

The scarab amulet is the single most abundant artifact to have survived from ancient Egypt, and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, were made throughout the course of Egyptian history. Today, scarabs continue to be found on excavations throughout Egypt and elsewhere with thousands residing in museum collections around the world. This fully illustrated lecture will examine these important artifacts by looking at the unique biology and behavior of the scarab beetle and its incorporation into Egyptian symbolism, religion and art as well as at the archaeological value of the many types of scarab produced by the Egyptians.

Richard H. Wilkinson

Richard H. Wilkinson is Regents Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Arizona. He is the Director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition, which has conducted archaeological projects in Egypt for over twenty years and is now excavating the memorial temple of Queen Tausert – the nineteenth dynasty pharaoh who ruled Egypt as a king at the time of Homer’s Troy. The author of over a hundred articles and reviews as well as eight acclaimed books – including the recent Egyptian Scarabs – Professor Wilkinson has received many honors in the field of Egyptian archaeology and is the editor of the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections.