ARCE: Valley of the Kings: A Profane Look at One of the Most Iconic Sites of Ancient Egypt

UPDATE: We are sorry to inform you that due to visa issues, Dr. Tiradritti will not be able to join us tomorrow. Either Dr. Tiradritti will present his lecture via live stream or there will be a replacement lecturer, but we may not know which one until tomorrow morning. 

ARCE will still take place so we encourage you to still attend. However, if you would like a refund or credit to attend another ARCE lecture, we can arrange for that as well. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.


Presented by Dr. Francesco Tiradritti, Italian Archaeological Mission in Luxor
Recently presented with great success in Luxor, this lecture serves as an archaeological approach to the Valley of the Kings and provides new details and answers to the mysteries surrounding this iconic site. Were there any chambers behind the Tomb of Tutankhamun? Join us to find out!

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium 

Ticketed Event: Free for Bowers & ARCE members | General $12 PURCHASE TICKETS 

PURCHASE TICKETS AT BOWERS.ORG, BY PHONE AT 714.567.3677, OR ON SITE. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs and are non-refundable. 

Francesco Tiradritti was born in Montepulciano (Italy) on August 17th, 1961. He is Egyptologist and journalist. He taught Egyptology and Islamic Archaeology and Art History at the “Kore” University of Enna (Italy) between 2103 and 2107. He also got the chair of Egyptology in Naples (Istituto Universitario “Suor Orsola Benincasa”) at the University of Foggia and of Turin. In 2004-2005 he got the Chair of Excellence “Dorothy K. Hohenberg” in History of Art at the University of Memphis (Tennessee) and in 2013 he was Scholar at the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles. He is director of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor that works in the Funerary Complex of Harwa (TT 37) and Akhamunru (TT 404) since 1995. He also took part in other excavations in Italy (Vivara, Toppo d’Aguzzo, Volterra), Sudan (Gebel Barkal, Mussawwarat Es-Sufra) and Egypt (Tomb of Sheshonq in Luxor and Gebelein). He worked for thirteen years as consultant Egyptologist at the City Archaeological Collections of Milano. He was member in the commission for the feasibility study of the Grand Egyptian Museum (Giza) and in that for the renovation project of the Egyptian Museum in Turin. He worked and organized twenty-one exhibitions on various aspects of the ancient Egyptian civilization in Italy, Europe and Egypt. He is author of Egyptian Wall Painting” (2008, Italian, French, German, English) and “Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and History” (2002, Italian, English, Greek, Spanish, Chinese). He is also editor of “Egyptian treasure of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo” (1999, translated in fourteen languages). He is also author of several scientific publications on Egyptology and Sudanese archaeology.
His articles regularly appear in the Art Newspaper.

Event details

April 6, 2019 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm