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Excavating Egypt in the 1930s: Film Screening and Discussion

Publication date: Oct 16, 2014 03:44 PM

Start: Nov 20, 2014 06:00 PM
End: Nov 20, 2014 08:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Filming the 1930s excavations at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt (Image courtesy of the Egypt Exploration Society)

A film screening and talk by Michael McCluskey (UCL English) to mark the launch of the new collaborative Filming Antiquity project will be held at the Institute on 20 November.

The excavation team at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt shot over three hours of film footage from 1930-1933.  These images of Egypt help us think about amateur film as social practice and cultural artefact.  They include leisure activities, street scenes of Cairo, and a crucial moment in the excavation season rarely captured in motion: the division of antiquities.

See more footage from the Egypt Exploration Society's Lucy Gura Archive that has never been seen before in public... at least, not since the 1930s!

All are welcome to this special event, however pre-registration is required.

Filming Antiquity is funded by a UCL CHIRP Small Grants Award.  For more information and details, visit http://www.filmingantiquity.com

Follow the project on Twitter @FilmAntiquity

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Amara Thornton.