Queen Nefertari & Ancient Egypt’s Most Beautiful Tomb

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Course: Queen Nefertari & Ancient Egypt’s Most Beautiful Tomb
Tutor: Lucia Gahlin
Start Date: 22nd May 2018
Start Time: 09.45am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £54.00 What's included?

Nefertari was queen to the 19th Dynasty megalomaniac pharaoh Ramesses II, so she is overshadowed in the historical record often quite literally by his colossal statues. In this course we will explore a varied range of sources including inscriptions, paintings and statuary, to find out all we can about this important ancient Egyptian queen of the 13th Century BC. We will focus on her surviving monuments, and will explore particularly her temple at Abu Simbel, built by Ramesses II in her honour, and dedicated to the goddess Hathor. A focus of the day will be her exquisitely decorated rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Queens is considered by many to be the most stunning of all ancient Egyptian burial places. In this course we shall make a detailed study of the tomb’s discovery, design and colourful scenes adorning the walls.  

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Lucia Gahlin

Lucia Gahlin

Lucia Gahlin is an Honorary Research Associate at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, teaches Egyptology for the University of Exeter, and lectures widely throughout the country. She has worked extensively in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London, and has been Registrar for Barry Kemp’s archaeological expedition at Tell el Amarna in Middle Egypt. She leads tours to Egypt, and her publications include Egypt. Gods, Myths and Religion (Anness, 2001), and chapters in The Egyptian World (ed. Toby Wilkinson, Routledge, 2007). She is Chair of the Friends of the Petrie Museum, Deputy Director of Bloomsbury Summer School, and an accredited NADFAS lecturer.

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