Before the Pyramids: The Origins of Egyptian Civilization

Monday, March 28, 2011
6:00 pm - Breasted Hall

RSVP Required

This exhibit of artifacts from the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods (ca. 4000-2685 BC), documents the birth of the most fundamental aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization — architecture, hieroglyphic writing, a belief in the afterlife, and allegiance to a semi-divine king — more than 1,000 years before the pyramids were built. Joining the 140 objects from the permanent collection of the Oriental Institute are the Battlefield Palette and a statue of the Second Dynasty king Khasekhem, two masterworks of Egyptian art from the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford University.

6:00 PM Welcoming remarks by Oriental Institute Director Gil Stein and program by Exhibit Curator Emily Teeter in Breasted Hall, followed by exhibit viewing in the Marshall and Doris Holleb Family Gallery for Special Exhibits. Reception to follow in the Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery.

7:00-7:30 PM Exhibit catalog signing. The Suq will feature a special selection of related books and gifts.

An RSVP is required to attend this event. Please RSVP by March 18 to Meghan Winston at (773) 834-9775 or

This exhibit is supported by Tom and Linda Heagy, Oriental Institute Members, and by grants from the Antiquities Endowment Fund of the American Research Center in Egypt and Exelon.