Ancient Art Council Lecture: Recent Discoveries in Egypt with Dr. Zahi Hawass

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Date(s) - 08/20
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Koret Auditorium, The de Young Museum

Discover a new pyramid in Saqqara, the name of a previously unknown Egyptian queen, and 57 shafts of coffins and mummies in this presentation by archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass. Dr. Hawass will also discuss the excavation at Gisr el-Mudir in Saqqara and the uncovering of major statues dating back to 4,300 years ago while searching for the missing pyramid of the Third-Dynasty king Huni. He will also explore recent excavations in the Valley of the Kings and the search for Nefertiti and Ankhesenamun (King Tut’s wife) through DNA analysis to complete the family tree of Tutankhamun. The presentation will conclude with the amazing find of the Lost Golden City—considered the most important discovery of 2021.

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About the speaker
Dr. Zahi Hawass is one of the most famous archeologists in the world. He has made many great archeological discoveries, such as the Valley of the Golden Mummies and the tombs of the pyramid builders. He has also worked to scan all of the royal mummies, and uncovered the mummies of queen Hatshepsut and queen Tiye. He recently announced the discovery of the Lost Golden City in Luxor, Egypt. He has published many books in Egyptology, including Secret Egypt. He gives public lectures all over the world and in 2022, he will make a lecture tour in the United States in 20 cities. Dr. Hawass has won many awards, such as Time magazine’s top 100 most influential people. He has nine honorary doctorates, received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, and an Emmy. He is excavating now in Saqqara searching for the tomb of the famous architect who built the Step Pyramid and is also using CT scan and DNA analysis to search for the mummy of queen Nefertiti and her daughter Ankhesenamun. Dr. Hawass was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, where he received his PhD, and was the head of Egypt’s antiquities and first minister of antiquities.

About the exhibition
Ramses II, known as Ramses the Great, was the most celebrated and powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom—Egypt’s golden age. Believed to be a god on Earth, he ruled for 67 years as part of the 19th Dynasty, erecting enormous temples, obelisks, and statues and expanding Egypt’s empire. Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs features the greatest collection of Ramses II objects and Egyptian jewelry ever to travel to the United States. Along with the pharaoh’s colossal royal sculpture, the exhibition highlights recently discovered animal mummies and treasures from the royal tombs of Dahshur and Tanis.

COVID-19 guidance
Masking is strongly recommended, but no longer required for members of the public or employees while in the museum.

Ticket Information
This is a free program on Opening Day of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs. Seating is limited and unassigned. Tickets are distributed on a first-come first-served basis in front of the Koret Auditorium an hour before the presentation begins. Lecture tickets do not include admission to the exhibition.

This Ancient Art Council program is supported by a generous grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation; Elizabeth Moyer, PhD, and Michael Powanda, PhD; and Bernard and Jane von Bothmer, in memory of the late Bernard V. Bothmer.

Contact Information
Ancient Art Council
(415) 750-3600