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Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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


Based on his new biography of George Reisner (1867–1942), the speaker examines the life and work of America’s greatest Egyptian archaeologist and his legacy of 43 years of successful excavations at 23 different archaeological sites in Egypt and Sudan (ancient Nubia). Leading the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, Reisner put American Egyptology on the world stage. The lecture considers Reisner’s life and impact within the context of Western colonialism, racism, and the soft power of early twentieth-century archaeology. It also explores new visualization technologies, particularly at the Giza Pyramids, that Reisner’s work makes possible today.

Lecture cosponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt-Northern California

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.


May 5, 2024 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Canada | US Pacific Time)

How Egyptologist George Reisner went Walking among Pharaohs

Gunn Theater | Legion of Honor + Live Stream


Presented by Dr. Peter Der Manuelian Barbara Bell Professor of Egyptology, Departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Anthropology, and Director, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Harvard University


Lecture is free and open to the public. It is also a hybrid program.

IN PERSON: Gunn Theater, 100 - 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park, San Francisco, CA 94121. Seating is limited and unassigned. Doors open at 1:30 pm.

LIVE STREAM: Please register here to receive a webinar link.

Please note that the program will be held on SUNDAY, 5 May 2024.

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