LECTURE: ‘Tutankhamun: The Life and Death of a God King’ on September 29


In anticipation of the Tutankhamun exhibit coming to Seattle in the early parts of 2012, we are excited to announce that Dr. Lanny Bell from Brown University will be lecturing on this renown king on September 29, 2011 at 7 p.m. in room D217 in the Buchanan Complex at the University of British-Columbia. Dr. Bell will take us on a journey past the glorious contents of his tomb, trying to shine light onto his ‘human side’.

Dr. Lanny Bell (Courtesy: AIA)
Dr. Lanny Bell (Courtesy: AIA)

About the Speaker

More information on the website of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)


The Son of the Sun, Tutankhamun (1334-1325 BCE) was a god in his own time; but he was also a mortal on earth.  While the contents of his tomb tell us a great deal about his divine status, what do they tell us about his life and death—his human side?  What did he really look like?  Who were his parents?  How did he die, and how old was he?  Who controlled him while he was on the throne?  Did he have any children?  What role did his widow Ankhesenamun attempt to play in the selection of the next king?  What was his relationship with his successor, the aged Aye.  Did Aye switch tombs with him?  Why was his tomb equipment so richly provided, including personal gifts donated by important officials and courtiers; and where did it all come from?  The new traveling Tutankhamun exhibitions present an occasion to reexamine some of these issues, even though many of them are not yet completely resolved.” (Source: AIA)

How to get there

Buchanan Block D on Google Maps


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