Exploring Egyptian Rock Art

Dr. Salima Ikram; co-sponsored by TX & AZ

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Bio: Dr. Salima Ikram is Distinguished Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, and has worked in Egypt since 1986. After double majoring in History as well as Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College (USA), she received her M. Phil. (in Museology and Egyptian Archaeology) and Ph.D. (in Egyptian archaeology) from Cambridge University. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and is Director of the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey and the Amenmesse Mission of KV10 and KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Ikram has written several books (for adults and children) and articles, with subject matters ranging from mummification to the eating habits of the ancient Egyptians.

Info about Lecture: This lecture introduces the rock art of Egypt’s Eastern and Western Deserts as well as some of the more remarkable examples from the Nile Valley. The majority of rock art dates from 8000 BC to 3000 BC, although petroglyphs of some sort continue on through the Coptic Christian era and beyond. Motifs include animals, humans, and images indicative of the landscape. These drawings inform us about the ancient environment and culture, as well as the different modes of engagement with and exploitation of specific areas by the ancient Egyptians.