Dr. Bob Brier : moving the Luxor Obelisk
The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY)
Open to the public; up to 40 seats
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About the Event
In the 19th century massive obelisks left Egypt for Paris, London, and New York. The story of the New York and London obelisks are well known, but not so for the Paris obelisk, the first of the three moved. This lecture tells the remarkable saga of Apollinaire Lebas, the young engineer who overcame serious obstacles (including a plague) to bring Paris the obelisk.
About the Speaker
Dr. Bob Brier – Affectionately known as “Mr. Mummy,” Dr. Brier is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on mummies and Egyptology. As Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/LIU Post in Brookville, New York, he has conducted pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world’s most famous mummies, including King Tut, Vladimir Lenin, Ramses the Great, Eva Peron (Evita), Marquise Tai (Chinese noblewoman), and the Medici family of Renaissance Italy.
Dr. Brier’s books include Cleopatra’s Needle: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt, Tutankhamun and the Tomb that Changed the World (newly published), and Egyptian Mummies: Unraveling the Secrets of an Ancient Art, among many others.
Dr. Brier recently appeared at Salmagundi speaking about new discoveries examining the mummy of Tutankhamun.