Archaeological Institute of America - South Pennsylvania Society
A.I.A. Archaeological Lecture Series
Dr. Stephen P. Harvey, “Egypt’s Last Royal Pyramids: The Monuments
of King Ahmose at Abydos,” on
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6:30pm, Denny 317, Dickinson College
past 20 years of excavation, the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project at Abydos, Egypt
has revealed a surprising amount of information about the monuments of the
founder of Egypt’s New Kingdom, the warrior-king Ahmose (ca. 1550-1525 BCE) and
his family. Although Ahmose’s monumental pyramid at Abydos has been known since
its discovery in 1900, the existence of a series of other temples at its base
went unsuspected until work was resumed in 1993. A startling discovery came in
the form of fragments of the pyramid temple decoration, including the oldest
images of horses and chariots in battle ever found in Egypt, and these are the
only known representations of Ahmose’s defeat of the Hyksos, rulers of
Syro-Palestinian origin who occupied northern Egypt for a century. More
recently, a second royal pyramid built by Ahmose could be identified in the
form of a smaller brick structure first excavated over a century ago. Fragments
of a monumental stone inscription within it have long been known, describing
Ahmose’s intentions in creating a monument to his grandmother, Queen Tetisheri.
However, recent excavations have brought to light not only additional fragments
of this text, but also proof of the structure’s identification as a pyramid, in
the form of its limestone capstone, or pyramidion. Taken together with evidence
for worship of King Ahmose and his family for three centuries, these
discoveries raise important questions about the end of the tradition of royal
pyramid building in Egypt, and the birth of a new era best symbolized by the
hidden tombs in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes.
areas of specialization: Egyptian archaeology; Egyptian history; Ancient
interconnections; history of Near Eastern archaeology; art of Egypt and the
Near East; art and archaeology of Nubia and Sudan.
will take place on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in Denny Hall #317 of
Dickinson College. It will begin at 6:30 p.m., and is free
and open to the public.
2013-2014 Lecture Schedule
These lectures are free and open to the public.