Warning: The lecture is in a different room from the usual. Note the location below.
The Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt; the Department of Near
Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, are sponsoring
the following lecture:
Isis, Thoth, Mut and the Theban Hills, ARCE's Work in Luxor, 2011-2014
By Dr. Andrew Bednarski, Project Egyptologist, APS Luxor Papyri
*When*: 2:30 p.m., Sunday, September 21, 2014
*Where*: Room 254, Near Eastern Studies Lounge, 2nd floor, west end of Barrows Hall, Barrow Lane and
Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley
*How much*: No charge, donations are welcomed.
For parking suggestions and campus map please visit the Northern California Chapter website
*Description (from the arce.org website):*
Have you ever wished you could excavate an ancient Egyptian tomb? How about travel back in time to
see a temple as it looked thousands of years ago? Have you ever wished you could affect the way
people see the past? If so, then this lecture is for you. In this talk, Egyptologist Andrew
Bednarski will explain ARCE's work in Luxor over the past 3 years, including excavating the tomb of
Djehuty, cleaning the Roman Temple of Isis at Deir el Shelwit, opening the Temple of Mut in Karnak,
and completely transforming the ancient cemetery of the Valley of the Nobles in Luxor.
Theban Tomb 110 was the final resting place of Djehuty, a royal steward to two famous Egyptian
Pharaohs, Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III. ARCE's efforts in his tomb include excavating, cleaning, and
opening it to the public. While the tomb has been accessible for at least the past 100 years, the
interior was in a sorry state before work began. At the same time, neither the tomb's burial shafts,
nor the area of its forecourt, had ever been excavated. The excavations thus far have proven very
exciting, with newly discovered hieroglyphs, coffins, mummies, and more.
Up until recently, the Temple of Isis at Deir el Shelwit was being used to hang laundry by local
villagers. Long neglected, and still only partially understood, the temple's interior, replete with
lavishly painted scenes of gods and kings, has only now been brought to light.
While not neglected to the same extent, Mut Temple has remained closed to the public for nearly a
generation. An important part of the larger Karnak Temple complex, Mut Temple has now been opened
thanks to ARCE's site preparation efforts.
The Valley of the Nobles is an ancient cemetery that was used continually by Egypt's ruling elite
for thousands of years. ARCE's work there has created the most up-to date map of the area, recorded
the site's recently demolished hamlets, cleaned mountains of debris, built visitor pathways, and
At a time during which the Egyptian economy was been ailing between 2011 and 2014, ARCE employed
approximately 1000 local skilled and unskilled workers, ran training programs for Egyptian
inspectors in conservation and archaeology, and radically improved a number of major tourist sites.
The results are a spectacular success and are now accessible for visitation.
*About the Speaker**(from the arce.org website):*
Dr. Andrew Bednarski is ARCE Luxor's Egyptologist. For the past three years he has field-directed
ARCE's excavations in and around TT 110, the tomb of Djehuty, as well as ARCE's project to record
the former hamlets of Sheikh Abd el Qurna. He earned his Ph.D. in Egyptology at Cambridge
University, has excavated extensively, and has published broadly on ancient Egyptian civilization.
His personal area of research is the history of Egyptology, a subject he addresses in his most
recent book, The Lost Manuscript of Frédéric Cailliaud, which was published by ARCE through the
American University in Cairo Press.
Publicity Director, Northern California Chapter
American Research Center in Egypt