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Book Talk: Elaine Sullivan, Constructing the Sacred
February 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Virtual Event
Elaine Sullivan will discuss her recently published “born-digital” monograph, Constructing the Sacred: Visibility and Ritual Landscape at the Egyptian Necropolis of Saqqara (Stanford University Press, 2020). Using 3D models of the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara, the online, interactive monograph addresses ancient ritual landscape from a unique perspective. Sullivan focuses on how changes in the built and natural environment affected burial rituals at the cemetery due to changes in visibility. Flipping the top-down view prevalent in archeology to a more human-centered perspective puts the focus on the dynamic evolution of an ancient site that is typically viewed as static. This innovative publication was recently awarded the American Historical Association’s Roy Rosenzweig prize for innovation in digital history.
Elaine Sullivan (M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University) is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sullivan is an Egyptologist and a Digital Humanist whose work focuses on applying new technologies to ancient cultural materials.
Her archaeological work in Egypt includes five seasons of excavation with Johns Hopkins University at the temple of the goddess Mut (Luxor), as well as four seasons in the field with a joint UCLA-Rijksuniversiteit Groningen project in the Egyptian Fayum at the Greco-Roman town of Karanis. She has also excavated at sites in Syria, Italy, and Israel. Sullivan has published extensively on the use of digital technologies for research and scholarship, including recent articles in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Bulletin for the Institute of Classical Studies.
Presented by the Center for the Middle East and North Africa.