Death at Tombos: Pyramids, Iron and the Rise of the Nubian Dynasty
June 4, 2008
Stuart Tyson Smith, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara
7:00pm, Breasted Hall
5:30 pm–8:30 pm
Upon their assumption of the Egyptian throne in 750 BC, the Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt’s 25th Dynasty appear to be more Egyptian than the Egyptians they conquered. Just three hundred years before, these same people were the leaders of “Wretched Kush,” subjects of Egypt’s New Kingdom empire (c. 1500-1070 BC). Did descendants of Egyptian colonists guide this radical transformation from subordinate to conqueror, or did Nubians seize control over their own destiny? The combination of Egyptian and Nubian cemeteries at Tombos provides a unique opportunity to assess the legacy of Egypt’s colonial occupation and its contribution to the emergence of one of Africa’s earliest states.
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