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ARCE-PA Presents:

Dr. Kathryn Bard, 
Professor of Archaeology, Boston University
Research Fellow, African Studies Center, 
Center for Remote Sensing

Saturday, February 21, 2015
 Classroom 2

"Ancient Egypt and Punt: 
An Archaeological Perspective from Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt"

Punt was a land to the southeast of  Egypt where the ancient Egyptians obtained exotic raw materials, especially frankincense, but also elephant ivory, ebony and gold. Textual evidence of Egyptian trade there dates to the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms, but what remains unknown about Punt is its location. In the Middle Kingdom a number of seafaring expeditions were sent to Punt from the Red Sea harbor of Mersa/Wadi Gawasis (ancient Saww) and ceramic and other evidence from recent excavations there are providing new insights on where Punt might have been located.

Dr. Kathryn Bard received her PhD in Egyptian archaeology from the University of Toronto. Her areas of interest are wide-ranging and include late prehistory of Egypt; the origins of complex societies and early states in northeast Africa: Egypt, Nubia, and northern Ethiopia/Eritrea; the Red Sea trading network in the Bronze & Iron Ages. 

Dr. Bard was the co-director of the joint BU/IUO (Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli) project at Aksum, Ethiopia from 1993-2002. The project excavated a number of sites, including a large elite residence and cemetery on Bieta Giyorgis Hill to the northwest of Aksum, dating to the late 1st millennium BC and 1st millennium AD. 

She is also co-director (with Rodolfo Fattovich) of excavations at the Middle Kingdom port of Wadi Gawasis, on the Red Sea in Egypt. The author of numerous books and articles about the archaeology of Ethiopia and ancient Egypt, long-distance trade, and state formation, Dr. Bard is currently working on compiling and editing the publication of the excavations.


*Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are held at the Penn Museum at 3:30 PM*
*Entrance fees are $10 for the general public, $7 for University Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12

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