Keynote address by Dr.
"The Draw of the Dead: The First Modern
Investigations in the Royal Cemeteries of Egypt and the United Kingdom"
death is a universal phenomenon, its sequel is deeply mysterious.
Is death an absolute end, or is it the beginning of something greater?
Every culture and religion supplies its own answers, which are expressed
through the treatment of the bodies of the dead and the memorialization
of the deceased. Art, literature, and oral traditions may present
more general accounts of death and its aftermath. Furthermore, concepts
associated with the death and afterlife of humans have been used
to describe the “life-cycles” of cities, civilizations, and artistic
and literary styles.
This conference will examine a full range of historical, cultural
and critical-theoretical approaches to these topics through papers
by graduate students in archaeology, classics, the history of art,
and cognate disciplines.
by the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics and History of Art,
and the Center for Visual Culture