Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

Howard Carter had worked in the field for over twenty years when in 1922 he discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb—and he became a household name. This lecture traces Carter’s career before and after his great success. It also examines the methods he developed for searching the Valley of the Kings for new discoveries, the meticulous work he performed in recording this amazing find, and the political as well as historical implications of the discovery of the most important, intact Egyptian royal tomb.

Cosponsored by the Docent Council.

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.


June 13, 2009, 10:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Discovering Tutankhamun's Tomb

Koret Auditorium, de Young

Presented by Dr. Edward Bleiberg, Curator, Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum

Admission: Free/AAC members and FAM docents; suggested donation $5/genreal


Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink.

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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities

Please help us keep Ptolemy I Soter—Alexander the Great’s general and the founder of the Ptolemaic Dynasty which ended with Cleopatra—in San Francisco.

The Ancient Art Council is seeking your help to acquire this Egyptian limestone relief of a Ptolemaic king in a devotional pose. Any amount will help.