Egyptologist discusses Senneferi’s tomb at Tulane lecture

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Egyptologist Dr. Nigel Strudwick will discuss his work at “Pharaoh’s Chancellor: The Tomb of Senneferi at Thebes” at Tulane Friday (April 5).

For more details, see the announcement below:

Pharaoh’s Chancellor:
The Tomb of Senneferi at Thebes

Friday, April 5 at 6:00 PM
102 Dinwiddie Hall, Tulane University

Ever wonder who helped the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs run Egypt? Administrators like Senneferi did, and they were richly rewarded for it by the king. Most notable among these rewards are the beautiful tombs meant to help them reach the afterlife. Originally from the Nile Delta in the north, Senneferi was brought to Thebes in the south by Pharaoh Thutmose III to be in charge of the local administration and finances. He would stay in Thebes the rest of his life and be buried there.

Join us as Egyptologist Dr. Nigel Strudwick (University of Memphis) discusses his work in Senneferi’s tomb on the West Bank of Thebes. Up until Dr. Strudwick started working there in 1992, as field director of the Cambridge Theban Tombs Project, Senneferi’s tomb had been rather neglected by archaeologists. In discussing this work, the lecture will look at Senneferi himself, his family, and what his tomb tells us about the history of tomb use and reuse in Thebes.

This event is free to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt, New Orleans Area Interest Group and the Department of Anthropology, Tulane University.

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About the Speaker:

Currently a visiting professor of Art History at the University of Memphis, Dr. Strudwick earned his Ph.D. from Liverpool University. He has excavated in Egypt for many years and has a long-standing interest in the Tombs of the Nobles at Thebes. Currently he directs the excavation of the tomb of Senneferi in Thebes. He publishes extensively on ancient Egypt, and his books include scholarly and popular works on ancient Egyptian history and archaeology. A very versatile scholar, he has produced a volume of translations of ancient Egyptian texts from the Old Kingdom (2500-2000 B.C.) and several books on Egyptian objects in the collections of the British Museum. Some of his fieldwork and publications are done in collaboration with his wife Helen, also a noted Egyptologist. To name only a few, his books include Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt and The Administration of Egypt in the Old Kingdom, as well as collaborative edited volumes, such as The Theban Necropolis: Past, Present, and Future.

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