For release: October 17, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology and the Department of History at the University
of Memphis will co-host the eighth annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture Friday,
Nov. 15, in the University Center Fountain View Room. Dr. Nicholas Reeves, Lila Acheson
Wallace Associate Curator of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
York, will present an illustrated lecture titled "The Mask of Tutankhamun . . . or
is it?" at 7 p.m. A reception will precede the lecture at 6:15 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin
garage adjacent to the University Center.
Reeves will present his research suggesting that the most iconic object from Tutankhamun's
tomb, the Golden Mask, was not originally made for the boy-king, but for a female
member of the Amarna royal family.
Reeves graduated with first class honors in ancient history from University College
London and received his PhD in Egyptology from Durham University. Before his appointment
to The Met, he was a curator of Egyptian antiquities at the British Museum, Egyptologist
consultant for the Sigmund Freud Museum, and Egyptologist to the Seventh Earl of Carnarvon
at Highclere Castle, the real-life setting for Downton Abbey.
Reeves is a renowned specialist in the archaeology of the Valley of the Kings, where
his Amarna Royal Tombs Project carried out four seasons of excavation from 1998-2002.
His well-known publications include Valley of the Kings, The Complete Tutankhamun
and The Complete Valley of the Kings with Richard H. Wilkinson.
For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555.
Contact: Dr. Lorelei Corcoran