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Lecture: Ancient visitors at the pyramids

Saturday April 4th 2020 2.00 pm
By Dr Hana Navratilova
Venue: Oakwood Centre

Abstract

Dr Hana Navratilova

Egyptian visitors' graffiti come from 15th to 11th century BC and tell a story of ancient Egyptians visiting temples and tombs, recognizing past kings as pyramid and temple builders, but also enjoying themselves on a trip. The graffiti have been likened to social media - as traces of individual lives, interests and identities. Yet, the testimony of Egyptian graffiti is even more intriguing. The graffiti are signs of individual human presence but they also are eloquent witnesses to culture and society, and to the many lives of pyramids.


Biography

Dr Hana Navratilova is an Egyptologist with specific interests in the Egyptian New Kingdom, Egyptian historiography, and the history of Egyptology. She studied at Charles University in Prague, where she wrote theses on the Egyptian revival in Bohemia (2002) and a study on Egyptian historical thought (2006). A former project participant on the Topographical Bibliography at the Griffith Institute (University of Oxford), she is currently engaged in the recording and publication of visitors' graffiti in the Pyramid complex of Senwosret III, Dahshur (Egypt), for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and work on a new biography of Jaroslav Černý.

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