The Hatnub inscriptions and the pharaoh’s pyramid

6:00pm - 7:00pm / Thursday 16th May 2019 / Venue: Leggate Theatre Victoria Gallery & Museum
Type: Lecture / Category: Public / Series: Open House 2019
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Since 2012, the Hatnub Epigraphic Survey has worked at the alabaster quarries in the deserts of Middle Egypt. Discovered in 1891, the main quarry at the site contains large numbers of inscriptions, dating from as early as the reign of pharaoh Khufu (26th Century BC), who is best known for commissioning the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza, one the Seven Wonders of the World.


Many of the Hatnub inscriptions were applied directly to the rock surface of the wall of the quarry in red pigment. The fading of the pigment - and the unevenness of the background rock - make reading these texts difficult. However significant advances in digital technology have allowed researchers to enhance the colours of the text, and be able to identify further unpublished sections and read many previously unknown or illegible texts.


In this talk Dr Roland Enmarch, Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, will take you on a fascinating 4,500 year journey where you will hear about the potential discovery of further texts and images and learn more about the unearthing of an ancient ramp - which gives us clues as to how the huge alabaster stones were transported in the construction of Khufu’s great pyramid. BOOK NOW

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