U of M's Egyptian Institute Will Host April 17 Egyptology Lecture

Contact: Dr. Lorelei Corcoran

April 9, 2015 - The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology at the University of Memphis will host the 12th annual Legacy of Egypt Lecture on Friday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in the University Center Bluff Room (room 304). Dr. Suzanne Onstine, associate professor in the U of M's Department of History, will use her current work in Theban Tomb 16, the tomb of Pa-nehsy and Ta-renut, to explore the ongoing legacy of reuse in ancient Egyptian tombs. Her talk is titled "A Living Legacy: Theban Tomb 16 and the Reuse of the Tombs of the Nobles at Thebes."

A public reception will follow the lecture. Both events are free and open to the public. Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

TT16 is a painted tomb from the New Kingdom period that has many unique scenes of temple activity and the worship of the deified king Amenhotep I and his mother queen, Ahmose-Nefertari.

Onstine received her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Toronto. Her primary areas of interest are women's history and religion. Her dissertation, The Role of the Chantress in Ancient Egypt, explores the intersection of these subjects and reveals new insights into the political and social nature of women's activities. She is an affiliate of the Women's and Gender Studies program and the Center for Research on Women at the U of M.

Onstine is director of the Theban Tomb 16 project in Luxor, Egypt. She is also interested in the Nubian cultures that were contemporary with ancient Egypt.

For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555.