Semitic Museum: Inside the Tombs of Saqqara: The Ancient Egyptian Burial Site Revealed


Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA


imageFree Public Lecture

Ramadan B. Hussein, Director, Saqqara Saite Tombs Project, Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IANES), University of Tübingen, Germany

The pyramids and tombs of Saqqara served as the cemetery for the ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Recent excavations south of the pyramid of King Unas have revealed a significant embalming workshop containing a unique set of measuring cups and bowls. These are inscribed with the names of oils and substances used in mummification. Ramadan Hussein will talk about this discovery and its significance for understanding ancient Egyptian funerary rituals.