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Exploring Ancient Nekhen – Hierakonpolis uncovered with the latest news and discoveries from the site
Fund raising study day

July 7th 2018,

Study day
By Dr Renee Friedman, Dr Liam McNamara and, Vivian Davies



Suzanne Onstein University of MemphisThis special study day presented by the Director of the Hierakonpolis expedition Dr Renee Friedman and Assistant Director Liam McNamara will include the results of a successful double season this past autumn and spring, and explore major aspects of Hierakonpolis across the ages.

Detailed Programme:

1. News from the Field. The results of the 2017-2018 season

The latest double season at Hierakonpolis was full of new discoveries aided by new technology. New finds in the elite cemetery HK6 including new animal burials, remarkable animal statues and the stunning ivory objects. Ground Penetrating Radar and magnetometry surveys have also provided a new and richer view of activities in the wadi. Things are bigger, more complex and more interesting than ever imagined.

Coffee/Tea Break

2. Exploring the Dynastic Town and Temple at Hierakonpolis

The town mound of ancient Nekhen is renowned for the fabulous discoveries made there by James Quibell and Frederick Green in 1897-99, including the spectacular 'Main Deposit' of early votive objects. This lecture will explore the history and development of the site, as well as the results of a recent survey in the temple enclosure.
Lunch (please make your own arrangements, the Oakwood Centre café will be open)

3. Hierakonpolis is the Early New Kingdom.

Continued study of the decorated tombs of the Dynastic period at Hierakonpolis shows that far from being a back water in early New Kingdom, Hierakonpolis was the seat of many innovations in religious ritual and iconography that will influence later tomb decoration and liturgy.

Coffee/Tea Break

4. The Painted Tomb and its conservat ion

In 1899, F.W. Green discovered the Painted Tomb. To record this amazing find, he drew each element on card and then glued them on a long roll of canvas, adding many notations. This roll is now in the Griffith Institute, Oxford, but both the card and the canvas are now cracking. This lecture will present the history of the Painted Tomb, the conservation of its irreplaceable record, and the new things we are learning from it.

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