Ships and Shipping in Ancient EgyptOrigins Centre
Origins Centre’s next lecture, held with the Ancient Egyptian Society, invites guests to explore a fascinating period in maritime history.
The speaker is Dr Mark Botha, a committee member of the society as well as Medical Director of the Hyperbaric Treatment Centre at the Milpark Hospital.
Ancient Egypt was a riverine civilisation, the River Nile its highway. Boats for transport, fishing and pleasure figured prominently in daily life. Early Neolithic petroglyphs in the eastern Egyptian desert, depicting boats, date back to at least 4500 BCE.
The evolution of the papyrus boat to the maritime vessels of Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium, spans some 4 000 years. Finds at Dashur, Abydos and on the Giza Plateau, as well as images and models from tombs throughout Egypt, have helped to develop a fair understanding of Egypt’s maritime history. Further insight has been gleaned from the underwater archaeological work currently being done at Aboukir.
Date: Tuesday 18 September 2012
Venue: Origins Centre
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Cost: R45/R35 Wits students and staff
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011 717 4700
082 379 1941
Origins Centre, Corner of Yale Road and Enoch Sontonga Avenue Braamfontein Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa