Dr. Bob Brier : Tutankhamun and the tomb that changed the world


Nov 15, 2022 6:00 PM


Rockwell gallery


Open to the public; up to 75 people
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About the Event

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter. The tomb was found filled with thousands of objects such as thrones, chariots, and even a solid gold coffin and its discovery is considered one of the greatest archeological finds in history. For many years there have been suspicions that Carter claimed some of the artifacts in the tomb for himself and in his new book, Tutankhamun and the Tomb that Changed the World, noted Egyptologist at Long Island University Bob Brier discusses the evidence behind these suspicions.

The lecture will discuss recent research on Tutankhamun and will focus on new evidence of Carter’s theft of objects from the tomb. We discuss Carter’s actions within the political context of Carter’s day. At the end, we discuss the ramifications of the discovery of the tomb, how it changed archaeology, politics in Egypt, and the way museums operate today.

About the Speaker

In 1994, Dr. Brier became the first person in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver using the techniques of the ancient Egyptians. This research was the subject of a National Geographic Channel special titled Mr. Mummy. He has hosted several award-winning television specials for The Learning Channel (TLC), including Pyramids, Mummies & Tombs and Mummy Detective. More recently, the National Geographic Channel presented his research in the documentary Secret of the Great Pyramid which highlights a new theory of the Great Pyramid of Giza construction.

Dr. Brier’s research has been featured in such media venues as CNN, 60 Minutes, and The New York Times. His most recent books are: Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt (Bloomsbury 2016) and Egyptomania – Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs (Palgrave MacMillan 2013). His most recent book is Tutankhamun and the Tomb that Changed the World, Oxford Univ. Press, 2022.

Dr. Bob Brier, crouching down in front of a trio of pyramids and blue sky
Dr. Bob Brier, resting his hand on desert stone