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U of M Will Host Nov. 15 Lecture “The Mask of Tutankhamun . . . or is it?”

For release: October 17, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Nicholas Reeves

The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology and the Department of History at the University of Memphis will co-host the eighth annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture Friday, Nov. 15, in the University Center Fountain View Room. Dr. Nicholas Reeves, Lila Acheson Wallace Associate Curator of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will present an illustrated lecture titled "The Mask of Tutankhamun . . . or is it?" at 7 p.m. A reception will precede the lecture at 6:15 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

Reeves will present his research suggesting that the most iconic object from Tutankhamun's tomb, the Golden Mask, was not originally made for the boy-king, but for a female member of the Amarna royal family.

Reeves graduated with first class honors in ancient history from University College London and received his PhD in Egyptology from Durham University. Before his appointment to The Met, he was a curator of Egyptian antiquities at the British Museum, Egyptologist consultant for the Sigmund Freud Museum, and Egyptologist to the Seventh Earl of Carnarvon at Highclere Castle, the real-life setting for Downton Abbey.

Reeves is a renowned specialist in the archaeology of the Valley of the Kings, where his Amarna Royal Tombs Project carried out four seasons of excavation from 1998-2002. His well-known publications include Valley of the Kings, The Complete Tutankhamun and The Complete Valley of the Kings with Richard H. Wilkinson.

For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555.

Contact: Dr. Lorelei Corcoran


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