The ancient world has always fascinated people. From wars and great stories to architecture, pottery and mummies, the ancient world provides a wide variety of subject matter to study and investigate. But where can one learn more beyond the history class?
Here are some upcoming lectures and events that should excite anyone wanting to know more about the ancient world.
Update in Egyptology: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at HMNS: This lecture brings Egyptologists Mostafa Waziri and Salah El-Masekh, to discuss the latest archaeological projects in Egypt. Waziri will speak on the ongoing project at King Tutankhamen’s tomb. Featuring the latest archaeology scans, Dr. Waziri will explain how Queen Nefertiti may actually be buried in a sealed vault in Tut’s tomb. El-Masekh shall speak on the latest findings at the temple of Karnak, which includes a public Roman bathhouse discovery. There is a fee, so be sure to check the website to see costs.
Scents and Sensibility in the Ancient World: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at UH’s Agnes Arnold Hall 520: Join University of Houston’s own Ancient World Research Group as they explore with Professor Richard Armstrong the various scents and spices of the ancient world. The event is interactive, so be prepared to smell a lot of cool stuff. The event is free to all students.
Houston Egyptian Festival: 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 at Discovery Green Park: Step right up and come attend Houston’s first, official Egyptian festival. The festival will feature dancers, Mediterranean cuisine, authentic Egyptian merchandise, papyrus, camel rides, activities for kids and an actual Egyptologist from Egypt to give a lecture to the public. There will also be a raffle to win a plane ticket to Egypt. The food will be great, the atmosphere fun, so bring family and friends and get a glimpse into the Egyptian culture. To order tickets, click here.
Secrets of Family Games: 9:00 a.m. Nov. 5 at HMNS: Have kids? Or do you just like to play games in general? Irving Finkel from the British Museum will introduce you to various games from the ancient world and how to play them. Games include the Egyptian Senet game, the Royal Game of Ur and others. After the lecture, attendees can play the games themselves. Adults and kids ages 6-12 are encouraged to come.
Applying Forensics to Archaeology: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at HMNS: Interested in the tools and methods archaeologists use in their field? Andrew Shortland will talk on the latest technology used in archaeology and how it relates to the field’s work. Technologies discussed include SEM-EDS, microprobe, XSRF, LA-ICPMS and optical microscopy. Topics include forgeries, provenance, dating and more. I highly recommend this for any anthropology students.
If you are interested in the ancient world, these lectures and events are for you. They feature diverse and interesting topics that will surely excite anyone who attends.