Archaeologist, Peter Lacovara “Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile”
Photographer Chester Higgins, Jr., Peter Lacovara, the Carlos Museum’s curator of Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art, Marjorie Martin Fisher of the University of Michigan, and Egyptologist Sue D’Auria, discuss their collaboration on the book “Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile,” recently published by the American University in Cairo Press. The panel discussion and book signing will be held at the Carlos Museum on
April 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Nubia’s remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. “Ancient Nubia” documents recent archaeological discoveries about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture. In describing his work to capture the essence of this civilization through photography, Higgins Jr. notes, “Working on the Ancient Nubia project, among the antiquity sites in Sudan, once peopled by a distinctive mindset, was like slipping into a parallel time, pulled along by the sight of the monuments, the place, and the desert air under a blistering sun. The very meaning and presence of these ancient remains informed the photographs, collapsing the images into something visually precious.”
Lacovara says, “This book is a testament to the commitment of many in our field to share the history and culture of ancient Africa. Ancient Nubia was the birthplace of many important kingdoms and the cradle of the pharaohs’ Egypt. Both recent excavations and new studies of earlier discoveries have offered us a better understanding of the uniqueness and significance of this lost land.”
“Ancient Nubia” wins the PROSE award
“Ancient Nubia,” published by the AUC Press in 2012, is a lushly illustrated gazetteer of the archaeological sites of southern Egypt and northern Sudan, with contributing essays by Lacovara, Fisher, Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology in the American University in Cairo, and D’Auria, all leading experts on the history, archaeology, and material culture of the region. Many of the book’s 200 color illustrations were taken by the highly acclaimed photographer Higgins Jr. “Ancient Nubia” was named best book in the Archaeology and Anthropology category during the 37th Annual American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence ceremony in Washington.
This book is a testament to the commitment of many in our field to share the history and culture of ancient Africa.
Oxford University Press slideshow of Higgins Jr.’s photographs here.
About the Michael C. Carlos Museum
The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets art and artifacts from antiquity to the present in order to provide unique opportunities for education and enrichment in the community, and to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research at Emory University. The Carlos Museum is one of the Southeast’s premier museums with collections of art from Greece, Rome, Egypt, Near East, Nubia, the Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.