Wednesday, March 17, 2010

An Interesting Speaker!

We are having a guest speaker at the library soon. He's going to talk about Egypt. I can't wait! Here's the news article:

Egyptian Dig Presentation at the Cazenovia Public Library

Egyptian enthusiasts will not want to miss an exciting presentation “The Kushites Strike Back!” by Dr. Stuart Tyson Smith, Egyptologist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. All are invited to join him in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room on Friday, April 2nd at 7:00 P.M. as he sheds light on the complex cultural and political dynamics that emerged at the beginning of the first millennium BC.
Known as the “Pharaoh of UCSB,” Smith has worked on five archaeological expeditions to Egypt, including the Nile Delta, Middle Egypt, and Luxor’s Theban Necropolis. His current research and most recent book Wretched Kush (2003) explores the rise of the Napatan Kingdom of Kush, who turned the tables on their conquerors and became Pharaohs of Egypt’s 25th Dynasty (1050-750 BC).
In “The Kushites Strike Back,” Smith will focus on Tombos, a New Kingdom (1500-1070 BC) colony in Nubia, now present day Sudan. Here both Egyptians and locals apparently shared the rule. Using stable isotope analysis, investigations have probed the idea about who had the controls.
This cultural entanglement in Egypt’s New Kingdom Empire and Nubian ascendancy is typically viewed as a transfer of culture. But, does recent evidence instead represent the creation of a cultural hybrid? From his winter 2010 expedition to Tombos, Smith will provide some new evidence.
Taking a break from the academic world, Smith taught Hollywood how to speak ancient Egyptian. He became the Egyptological Consultant on the hit MGM movie Stargate, giving advice on the script, sets and costumes, and recreating spoken ancient Egyptian for about half the movie’s dialogue.
He again consulted on the script and dialogue for another hit movie, the Universal remake of The Mummy, and continued this work in 2000 with the sequel The Mummy Returns.
Visit for more information on the amazing career of Dr. Stuart Tyson Smith.
This event was made possible through the efforts of Christopher DeCorse, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. With their sponsorship and the generosity of the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library, this event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 655-9322 or visit