PLANTS + PEOPLE Lunchtime Lectures : Among the Marshes: The Tebtunis Papyri at The Bancroft Library

Lecture | March 12 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The ancient Egyptian site of Tebtunis lies at the southern edge of the Fayum depression, a fertile region in the western desert fed by a branch of the Nile. Today, as in antiquity, this area was exploited for its rich agricultural production, which led to the establishment of new settlements by the Ptolemaic kings around the 4th century BCE. In her talk, Emily Cole will provide a glimpse into life at Tebtunis through the incredible collection of papyri that are housed at The Bancroft Library. With thousands of administrative, literary, and religious texts, the Berkeley papyrus documents give us an unprecedented window into individual lives lived.

Emily Cole received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA in 2015 and is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. She is currently working on an exhibit that will open in Fall 2019 on the history of Tebtunis and the papyrus collection at Berkeley. She has worked on archaeological excavations in Spain, Turkey, Sudan, and Egypt for 15 years and is now co-director of the Qarah el-Hamra Archaeological Project in the Fayum.

This talk will take place at the UC Botanical Garden in the Julia Morgan Hall.

As a part of our "Year of Ethnobotany" celebrations, the Garden will be hosting monthly lunch time lectures featuring the research of UC Berkeley graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

  Free for Members or with Garden Admission; Free for UC Berkeley Students, Staff and Faculty

  Register online

 gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7606