Of Archaeological Interest

Nov 27 

Presenter: Richard Bussman, PhD

Presentation Title: Colonizing provincial Egypt: pyramids and the early state

Abstract: When we think of the pyramids of Egypt, we usually refer to the gigantic pyramids of Giza. These were statements of power in the early ancient Egyptian state. Yet, power does not become effective simply by building monuments. It rests on the ability of rulers to manipulate social relationships. In Egypt, the relationship between centre and the hinterland was key for governing the country. The early state struggled for over one thousand years, ca. 3000 to 2000 BC, with defining this relationship. One attempt to colonize the hinterland was by the crown to build small pyramids at provincial sites in order to impose royal authority locally. This lecture presents fresh archaeological fieldwork from one of the provincial pyramids. It discusses challenges archaic states were facing in early history and the ways people accommodated their lives within them.

Alpine Archaeological Consultants

Russell Gulch Cemetery Preservation Project Video, (posted on the Gilpin Historical Society website (Gilpin County, CO))

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Virtual Presentations by Denver Museum of Nature and Science:

Sweet Fossils and Secret Depths of the Grand Canyon - Hagadorn

Marvelous Moche - Koons

A Practical Guide to Colorado's Cemeteries - Baxter