Presentations

Harvard and the Ancient Near East: The David Gordon Lyon Diaries Sunday, September 7, 2014


While busy founding Harvard’s Semitic Museum, organizing several archeological expeditions to the Near East, establishing the Division of Semitic Languages and History, holding a sequence of prestigious professorships, and playing an outsized part in the life of the university, David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935) also found the time to write over 38 volumes of diaries. These...

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Lecture: "Picturing the Past: An Introduction to Digital Epigraphy from an Egyptological Perspective" Monday, November 4, 2013

Lecture given at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

Clear, accurate, and aesthetically pleasing illustrations are an indispensable part of the epigrapher's and archaeologist's toolkit. This talk explores the history, development, and current methodology behind archaeological illustration as applied to Egyptology, but applicable to some degree to other fields as well. Egyptian epigraphy is defined as the creation of facsimile line drawings of wall scenes and inscriptions for publication—in both traditional, and now electronic forms. Digital methods will be...

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Giza in Another Dimension - Innovation at Harvard Friday, March 9, 2012

What if you could enter a decorated tomb chapel in a Giza pyramid, descend down an ancient burial shaft, or see 5,000-year-old inscriptions come to life—without ever having to travel? Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is leading an effort to digitize the extensive archives available from sites in Giza to make remote antiquities more accessible. He draws on 3-D technology in Harvard's Visualization Center at the Geological Museum to create a real-time, interactive model of the pyramid site so students can immerse...

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