Limestone blocks (from large columns) on a hill at an archaeological site in Egypt.

The site of the Palace of Apries in Egypt.

ARCE Lecture: The Mystery of the “White Walls”:

The New Discoveries at Memphis

Galina Belova

Centre for Egyptological Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

The Russian Academy of Sciences recently established  in Egypt an institution for studying the ancient history of Egypt – the  Institute of Egyptology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Institute was allowed to select a monument among those not yet investigated. The Institute selected the site of the Palace Apries on Kom Tuman.

During the first visit to the monument it became clear that its roots go deep into Egyptian history. From the height of the remaining part of the palace there is a commanding view of the pyramids in Saqqara and Giza, and visually opposite them was the pyramid of pharaoh Djoser and burials of the first Egyptian Kings. Just to the South, at the foot of the palace was the temple of the State god of Egypt – Ptah, whose cult had existed from the time of the foundation of the capital – “White Walls." Numerous ceramics fragments  from the time of the Old Kingdom to the Ptolemaic period  discovered on the surface convinced the team that this was the right choice for excavation.

The lecture will present in detail the fascinating discoveries made by Dr. Belova and her team.

Dr. Galina Belova is the Supervisor of the Centre for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Director of the Russian Archaeological Missions at Memphis, Fayum, and Luxor.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt and ISAW.

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