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April 30, 2016

Dr. Tamás A. Bács
Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Egyptology
 Budapest, Hungary

In a Mythical Place: the Early Ramessides at Rosetau
Room 345

Close to the Giza plateau, between 1983 and 1986, during a rescue excavation within the territory of the present-day village of Kafr el-Gabal the remains of mudbrick buildings were uncovered. Based on their plans, architectural elements of stone, and most importantly on the stelae found in situ, it became clear that the unearthed buildings once formed part of a larger area occupied by ‘cenotaphs’ or memorial chapels. More significantly, they strongly suggest that the location of the often referred to, but physically never identified ‘Shetayet’-shrine of the god Sokar should be sought for here, in this area.

Some of these chapels, moreover, can be safely dated to the reign of Ramesses II. Their significance, as the lecture aims to show, can be interpreted then within the specific context of the religious policy of the early Ramessides and their promotion of their own type of ancestor cult.

Dr. Tamás Bács is an Associate Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Egyptology at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and has served as Head of the Department since 2009. Dr. Bács has been working in Thebes since 1984, as part of the Hungarian Missions investigating the Ramesside tomb TT32, and more recently as Director of the projects working in TT65, dating to the 18th Dynasty and usurped in the late Ramesside Period, and TT67 of Hatshepsut’s High Priest of Amun Hapuseneb. In addition to his expansive knowledge of New Kingdom Theban tombs, Dr. Bács research interests also center on New Kingdom history, as well as religious and mythological texts and cult.

Upcoming Lectures

May 21, 2016
Dr. Gay Robins
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History
Michael C. Carlos Museum Faculty Consultant for Ancient Egyptian Art

"Designing the decorative programs in 18th dynasty Theban tomb chapels: the significance of group and individual identity"
Room 345

June 11, 2016
4th Annual Mini-Seminar:
Pyramids of Ancient Egypt

Dr. Adela Oppenheim
Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: TBA

Dr. Steve Harvey
Director, Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, Abydos

"The Later history of a Form: Abydos as a Pyramidal Landscape"


    *Entrance fees for most lectures are $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12 (Unless otherwise stated)

    *Please note: ARCE-PA does not sell tickets for the monthly lectures. All entry fees will be taken at the door of the lecture venue at the ARCE-PA table (unless otherwise stated). 


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