LECTURE: Were Egyptian Tomb Stelae the Original Facebook? Find us
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7:00pm
Chapter: ARCE Northwest, co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages, University of Washington
Presenter: Cynthia Smith
Location: 105 Smith Hall, University of Washington Campus
Admission is free and open to the public.
Description: Ancient Egyptian stelae served many different purposes: boundary markers, commemorative monuments and tomb markers. Tomb stelae first appeared during the 1st Dynasty around 3000 BCE and continued through the Coptic period in the 7th century CE. The original purpose was the perpetuation of the name of the deceased. Over time, tomb stelae became much more expressive. In this lecture we will explore the information these stelae contain and how that information may relate to our modern social networking websites by looking at several examples of stelae.
About the Speaker: Cynthia L. Smith received her BS at UCLA, her MBA at Pepperdine University, and her MA in Egyptian Archaeology at University College London. She has participated in Native American archaeology excavations at various sites in southern California. Cynthia is a guest lecturer in Egyptian History and Archaeology at Bellevue College and will be teaching a 5-unit Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology course at Bellevue College Fall 2012.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.