Tutankhamun’s Reign – What New Evidence Reveals
In spite of Tutankhamun’s tomb — excavated 101 years ago — being the richest royal tomb discovered in Egypt, his reign has been obscured due to the erasure of his memory by later Pharaohs and dearth of hard evidence. He was long considered an unimportant king and his sovereignty largely disregarded because of its short duration of less than ten years. However, considerable documentation to the contrary is available nowadays thanks to recent archaeological excavations, epigraphic studies in the temples and tombs, and meticulous research in museum around the world.
This lecture will update our understanding of Tutankhamun and his time utilizing new evidence about the king and his court officials.
Dr. Nozomu Kawai is a professor of Egyptology and director of the Institute for the Study of Ancient Civilizations and Cultural Resources at Kanazawa University in Japan and the director of the Japanese-Egyptian mission to North Saqqara. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in archaeology at Waseda University and completed his Ph.D. in Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2006. His dissertation was entitled, “Studies in the Reign of Tutankhamun,” supervised by Dr. Betsy M. Bryan. He has also taught at Waseda University, and was a William Kelly Simpson Visiting Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. He specializes in the history, art, and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, particularly emphasizing the period from the late 18th dynasty into the 19th dynasty.
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