College of Communication and Fine Arts Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Pearce Paul Creasman Lecture April 20, 2012

"Radar for the Lost Barque"

Sponsored by the Archaeological Research Center in Egypt - Tennessee Chapter and the History Department of the University of Memphis

creasman pic Dr. Pearce Paul Creasman, Curator and Assistant Research Professor in the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research at the University of Arizona, will present a free public lecture on the afternoon of Friday, April 20, 2012.

Lecture: 4:15 p.m.

Location: Mitchell Hall Auditorium (room 200), the University of Memphis campus

Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin Garage (PG-2 #3 on the parking map) or in the Fogelman Garage (PG-1 #40).

In the late nineteenth century, excavations at the pyramid complex of the Middle Kingdom pharaoh Senwosret III at Dahsur, Egypt revealed five small boats.  Today, at least one boat reported at the time of excavation remains unaccounted for.  Unfortunately, the current conditions of the extant vessels have obscured critical evidence of the technologies employed in their construction.  Should the missing vessel be located in situ, its study could provide a rare glimpse into the maritime history and technology of ancient Egypt.  This presentation details the attempts to locate this boat with non-intrusive remote sensing techniques and relays the findings of this work.

back fill mound picgraph

The suspected site of the loast boat burial lay beneath a large 1894 excavation backfill pile.  The steep topography of the backfill pile necessitated nonstandard GPR processing methods to accurately image the subsurface of the site.  Although revealing no definitive traces of remaining boats, imaging results did indicate discernible strata associated with teh original naturally deposited surface, excavated boat pits, debris, and fill associated with either the pits' original creation or their excavation, and deeper, presently unidentified remains, which are most likely archaeological.

Dr. Creasman is Deputy Director of the University's Egyptian Expedition and assistant editor of the quarterly publication Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections.  His research interests include the use of ship timber to understand human/environmental interactions, maritime archaeology, dendrochronology, and Egyptian archaeology.

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