Saturday 16 December 2023 1400 UK Time
Dr. Hana Navratilova: 'Walking the Desert - Ancient Visitors to the Pyramids.'
Around 1400 BC, as now, coming near a pyramid required a desert trip, but it was not a trip into an alien environment. The pyramid fields were closely connected with the great cities of Egypt, prominently Memphis, and a desert necropolis was something of a special 'suburb'. Modern research has only begun to trace paths of the ancient builders, users, visitors, and even demolition crews wandering in the necropolis. The pyramids were the focus of many interests, and many visitors left graffiti – texts and drawings. The 12th dynasty pyramid of Senwosret III at Dahshur continued to attract people throughout the 18th dynasty until its stone was recycled into other royal buildings from the reign of Ramesses II onwards. Both visitors and demolition men scribbled and drew on its walls.
Dr Hana Navratilova is a Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and a Lecturer and Senior Tutor in the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. She is also a member of the Ancient World Research Cluster at the Wolfson College. She is involved in several research projects and in teaching. She works on the project 'Who was Who in Egyptology' for the Egypt Exploration Society and is a member of the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Hana has been involved in the study of Egyptian secondary epigraphy (graffiti) since 2003, and in fieldwork epigraphy in Egypt since 2010.
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