Memories of the Kings and Queens of Kush: Archaeology and Heritage at El Kurru


Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Memories of the Kings and Queens of Kush lecture with Geoff Emberling

Geoff Emberling, Research Scientist, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology; Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan

Ancient Nubia was one of Africa’s earliest centers of political authority, wealth, and military power. After the Nubian kings and queens of Kush rose to power around 800 BCE, they controlled a vast empire along the Middle Nile (now Northern Sudan) and conquered Egypt to rule as its Twenty-fifth Dynasty. The kingdom’s political center, known as El Kurru, was first excavated by George Reisner in 1918–1919 on behalf of the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition. Geoff Emberling will look at recent discoveries at the site and show how they inform local and international ideas about history and heritage.

Free and open to the public.

Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.

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