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VIRTUAL: Death on the Nile – A 3D Visit to Egypt’s Most Enduring Cemetery

May 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm  |  


Join us for a one-of-a-kind virtual experience to explore Saqqara, Egypt’s most enduring cemetery. UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of History Elaine Sullivan will take us on a virtual visit to the site of Saqqara—the ancient Egyptian necropolis that was the burial place of kings, queens, priests, and elite officials for 2,500 years (3000-332 BCE). Using a 3D model that digitally ‘reconstructs’ the original appearance of the ancient monuments, Sullivan will focus on the architecture and art from the Pharaonic Period and discuss how royal and elite Egyptians created a special landscape to guarantee their eternal life and power.

Elaine Sullivan (M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University) is an associate professor of history, Egyptologist, and a digital humanist whose work focuses on applying new technologies to ancient cultural materials. Her upcoming born-digital publication, Constructing the Sacred (Stanford University Press), utilizes a geo-temporal 3D model of the necropolis of Saqqara to investigate questions of ritual landscape at the site.

We hope you will join us for what we know will be a fascinating conversation.

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May 20, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm