Join us Tuesday 10 April for a talk with French researcher Yann Tristant, as he shares the discoveries from his new archaeological investigation at the pharaonic cemetary of Dendara in Egypt.
The monumental landscapes of Egypt are the archaeological legacy through which we have traditionally understood the political and ideological transformations of one of the world's most celebrated early civilisations. On the western bank of the Nile River, at a wide bend in the river 590 km south of Cairo, the site of Dendara is very well known today for its temple dedicated to Hathor, goddess of love, joy and beauty, always depicted as a woman with cow-like features. A new research project set around the expertise of the Institut français d’archéologie orientale (IFAO) and of Macquarie University aims to investigate the large cemetery where Dendara’s inhabitants have been buried during almost three millenia. The preliminary results of the new archaeological investigation on the necropolis already bring new light to the origins of Dendara at the dawn of the Pharaonic period.
Dr Yann Tristant is Senior Lecturer at Macquarie Department, Department of Ancient History. His research interest lies in funerary archaeology with a special emphasis on the early Egyptian period. He has worked on a number of sites in various parts of Upper and Lower Egypt as well as at oases. Currently he is in charge of excavations at Dendera (Upper Egypt) and in the Wadi Araba (Eastern Desert), where he is undertaking an archaeological survey.