Faculty Forum to Examine Archaeology in Egypt


The first Truman Faculty Forum of the 2020-2021 school year will take place online at 7 p.m. Nov. 12.   

Sara Orel, professor of art and art history, will present “Archaeology in Egypt: Quarries and a Monastery at the Gebel el-Haridi.” The forum will be conducted via Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

The Gebel el-Haridi, an area of cliffs on the east bank of the Nile just north of modern Akhmim, was the focus of three seasons of survey sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Society and partially funded by Truman in the 1990s. This paper, the result in part of research conducted during a sabbatical year, discusses the Ptolemaic and Roman quarries at the site, as well as an enigmatic building constructed in front of one of these quarries, which fits the elements of an early Christian monastic settlement.

The Faculty Forum was created in 2003 to give faculty the opportunity to present their research and creative work to the Truman community, and to enhance the importance of scholarship and creativity in the culture of the institution. In the spirit of the liberal arts and sciences, the forum is a showcase of Truman faculty’s many creative and intellectual pursuits. The forum offers a variety of formats – public lectures, classroom-style symposia, performances and gallery exhibitions – to best suit different fields of study, as well as different individuals.
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