Malqata is the site of the mud-brick palace-city of Amenhotep III (ca. 1390–1353 BC) constructed for his first Heb-Sed, a rejuvenation festival that traditionally took place in year thirty of a king’s reign and periodically thereafter. Used only for Amenhotep’s three jubilees, the city was abandoned after his death and survives as a town site dating to a single reign. Ongoing excavations have uncovered temples, palaces, urban zones, and workmen’s villages. The speaker will explore what Amenhotep III intended when he commissioned Malqata and its adjoining harbor.
In memoriam lecture: Cathleen A. Keller, Professor of Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley
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November 16, 2013, 10:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Egyptian Excavations of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Malqata, 1910 to the present
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by Dr. Catharine Roehrig, Curator, Department of Egyptian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Admission: This lecture is free and open to the public after museum admission. Donations are welcome.