For release: January 24, 2013
For press information, contact Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, 901-678-2555
The Egyptology Graduate Student Association and the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology
(IEAA) at the University of Memphis will co-host a lecture by renowned Egyptologist
and archeologist Dr. Mark Lehner on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the University Center Fountain
View Room (Room 350). A reception will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed at 7 by the illustrated
lecture “Who Built the Pyramids? The Discovery and Excavation of the Workmen’s Village
at the Giza Plateau.”
The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.
Lehner, director of the Ancient Egypt Research Associates and the Giza Plateau Mapping
Project, received his Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from
Yale University. The celebrated American archeologist has directed excavations in
and around the pyramids and the Great Sphinx at Giza for more than 30 years. Together
with Dr. Zahi Hawass, Lehner discovered the city of the workmen who constructed the
Great Pyramid of King Khufu. His talk will illuminate the lives of the craftsmen and
builders responsible for one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and investigate
the complex origins of the Egyptian state.
Lehner’s publications include The Pyramid Tomb of Hetep-heres and the Satellite Pyramid of Khufu and The Complete Pyramids. He also has appeared in numerous documentaries such as This Old Pyramid produced by PBS and others from National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.
Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.
For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555.