15 June 2019
Robert Morkot: 'Gebel Barkal, the Holy Mountain of Napata.
Rising some 300 feet the flat-topped sheer-sided mountain is a prominent landmark near the Fourth Cataract of the Nile. Recognised as the dwelling place of Amun by Tuthmose III, later pharaohs built a temple in front of the cliff. As the principal religious shrine of the Kushite kings it was greatly extended and decorated with monuments. The talk looks at the history and archaeology of the site, and some of the weirder ideas that have been proposed.
Dr Robert Morkot, FSA is an archaeologist and academic, specialising in Ancient Egypt. He is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Exeter. His current research is focused on the external relations of Ancient Egypt, particularly the relations with Kush (Sudan). He also works on the historiography of Ancient Egypt. He worked at the Petrie Museum before completing a PhD at University College London (1983–1987) on the relations of Egypt with Kush between 1500 and 700 BC. He was a Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Oxford from 1987 to 1991 and taught at The City University and the University of Surrey before he joined the University of Exeter in 1996. In addition to his academic work, he has written a number of books on Egypt aimed at the general public.