Were Natural Landforms Models for Egypt’s Pyramids and Sphinx?
Contact: Ann Marie Menting, 617/353-2240 | firstname.lastname@example.org
(Boston, Mass.) — Farouk El-Baz, research professor and director of Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing, will address the influence that natural landforms may have had on the builders of ancient Egypt’s pyramids and Sphinx at a public lecture on April 12. The lecture, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, will be held in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences building, 725 Commonwealth Avenue.
In his lecture, “Pyramids and Sphinx: Gifts of the Desert,” El-Baz will use a geologist’s lens to show that these distinctive profiles mirror those of wind-eroded desert landforms. To provide historical context for his hypothesis, El-Baz will argue that North Africans who migrated to the Nile Valley during drought conditions 5,000 years ago likely translated the natural landforms they witnessed during their journey into what are today recognized as monumental testaments to the civilization they helped establish along the Nile.
The lecture brings to the Boston public the presentations El-Baz recently made to audiences in Nevada as part of a program celebrating his receipt of the 2004 Nevada Medal. The Nevada Medal is given annually by the Nevada-based Desert Research Institute to individuals who have significantly contributed to understanding the critical scientific, environmental, or technical challenges that influence our quality of life and control of the environment.
The Monday afternoon lecture is free and open to the public.
Event: Boston University Lecture featuring Professor Farouk El-Baz,
2004 Nevada Medal recipient
“Pyramids and Sphinx: Gifts of the Desert”
Date: Monday, April 12, 2004
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: College of Arts and Sciences
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 222
Boston University, Boston, Mass.