For release: November 8, 2012
For press information, contact Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, 901-678-2555
The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology (IEAA) and the History Department at the
University of Memphis and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in
Egypt will co-host the seventh annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture on Thursday,
Nov. 15, in the University Center Fountain View Room (Room 350). Edwin C. Brock, research
associate at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, will present an illustrated
lecture, “The Merenptah Sarcophagi Restoration Project,” at 7 p.m. A reception will
precede the lecture at 6:15.
Both events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin
garage adjacent to the University Center.
The Egyptian pharaoh Merenptah, who ruled from 1212 to 1202 BC, was the 13th son of
Ramesses the Great. One of the military rulers of the 19th Dynasty, Merenptah’s famous
victory stela contains the first mention of Israel in Egyptian records. Merenptah
is the only Egyptian king to have had four stone coffins (sarcophagi), nestled one
inside the other, as part of his burial in the Valley of the Kings. About 150 years
after his burial, his tomb was robbed. Although his mummy was re-buried by the Egyptian
priests, his burial equipment was repurposed by later kings.
Brock, a Canadian archaeologist who has worked in Egypt for nearly 30 years, will
detail his efforts since 1982 to collect, document and reconstruct the fragments of
Merenptah’s original sarcophagi. One of the highlights of the talk will be his evidence
for the method of lowering the massive granite sarcophagi into the tomb and how the
sarcophagi were later destroyed.
For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555.