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U of M’s Egyptian Institute Lecture April 22nd Will Discuss Perils to Archaeological Sites

For release: April 18, 2013
For press information, contact Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, 901-678-2555

Dr. Carol Redmount
Dr. Carol Redmount

The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis and the American Research Center in Egypt-Tennessee Chapter will host the 10th annual Legacy of Egypt Lecture on Monday, April 22, in the University Center Fountain View Room (Room 350). A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:30.

Dr. Carol Redmount, associate professor of Egyptian archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, will present the illustrated lecture “Ancient Egypt Meets a Modern Revolution: El Hibeh and Cultural Heritage Destruction.”

The event is free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the adjacent Zach Curlin garage.

Since 2001, Redmount has been the principal investigator and director of UC Berkeley’s archaeological mission to El Hibeh. She has focused her work at this site in order to bring attention to a little-known period of ancient Egyptian history, the Third Intermediate Period (ca. 1070-712 BC). Located outside the usual tourist areas, El Hibeh has been endangered by a rising water table and encroaching farmlands. Recently, though, archaeologists have faced a new threat: gangs of thieves who are ransacking the site in search of treasure, their looting unimpeded by the lack of security in the area prior to the Egyptian revolution.

Redmount will speak about the measures being taken there and at other sites throughout Egypt to counteract the looting of antiquities and the destruction of its cultural heritage.

Redmount holds a BA degree in religious studies from Oberlin College, a master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from the University of Chicago. Her work as a field archaeologist has taken her to such disparate sites as Oklahoma, Tunisia, Turkey, Cyprus and Egypt. She has published extensively on ancient Egyptian ceramics and mud-brick typology and the use of pottery as an indicator of ethnicity. Her present goal is to bring awareness to the pressing need for the protection of Egypt’s endangered cultural heritage.

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