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LECTURE: 21st Century Digital Technologies meet Pharaonic Information Systems in the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak

LECTURE: 21st Century Digital Technologies meet Pharaonic Information Systems in the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak

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LECTURE: 21st Century Digital Technologies meet Pharaonic Information Systems in the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak

Lecture by

Dr. Peter Brand

Saturday January 9, 2016 1:30 p.m

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana - Norma Kershaw Auditorium, Parking is $6, refundable with validation from Tangata Restaurant.

 

In this presentation, Dr. Peter Brand explores the hieroglyphic inscriptions in the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak in the precinct of Amun-Re. Using 3D modeling and digital imaging, Dr. Brand has spent many years recording these ancient texts and scenes on this forest of 134 giant sandstone columns, a marvel of Pharaonic engineering covering an area of 50,000 square feet. Many of these massive columns are more than 10 meters tall and three meters in diameter. Each is blanketed with extensive hieroglyphic texts and layers of elaborately carved scenes representing kings and gods. This dazzling array of ancient historical records has long daunted visitors and even scholars attempting to decode the complex three-dimensional matrix of ancient Egyptian history and culture, here preserved on a gigantic scale. 

One of the most visited ancient sites in Egypt, the Great Hypostyle Hall is believed to have been constructed by Pharaohs Sety I and Ramesses II around 1300 BCE. It follows a specific architectural style: roofs constructed with bridging lintels of stone, supported by rows of columns of the same height, with a central aisle of larger columns, supporting a raised ceiling with large stone windows allowing sunlight to filter down to the sacred space within.

Dr. Brand is a Dunavant Professor of Ancient History, Department of History, University of Memphis and a Field co-Director of the Karnak project. A Canadian Egyptologist from Toronto, Ontario, he is also a naturalized American citizen. He completed his PhD in 1998 at the University of Toronto with his dissertation The Monuments of Seti I: Epigraphic, Historical and Art Historical Analysis.
 
 

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