Josef Wegner- Abydos Necropolis

The Necropolis at Anubis-Mountain: 
A Photographic Tour of Recent Excavations in the Tombs of Pharaohs Senwosret III, Sobekhotep IV, and Senebkay

Dr. Josef Wegner 
Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Sunday March, 4th, 2018
2:00 pm: Lunch  ($25)
3:00 pm: Lecture 
(Members $7; Non-members $10)
This talk is co-sponsored by the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASANOVA). See Reservations, below for R.S.V.P.


**This Event does not take place in our usual location**

The lecture will be held at Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine, 5700 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.

Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine is on Columbia Pike a few blocks from Rte 7 in the Bailey’s Crossroads area of Falls Church.  Free parking.


In southern Egypt, beneath the sacred peak of the Anubis-Mountain at Abydos, ongoing excavations have discovered the necropolis of Pharaohs who ruled centuries before the founding of the Valley of the Kings. Established in 1850 BC by King Senwosret III, the Anubis-Mountain site includes tombs of at least 11 Pharaohs along with the remains of an entire lost Egyptian dynasty dating from 1650 to 1550 BCE.

Included in this visual exposition of this royal necropolis is the tomb of Senebkay, discovered in January 2014 by Josef Wegner. Studies on Senebkay’s skeleton reveal he was most likely killed in battle. The discovery of his tomb supports the existence of an independent Abydos Dynasty, contemporary with the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Dynasties during the Second Intermediate Period.


Josef Wegner is Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Curator in the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 (University of Pennsylvania) on the topic of the development of the Osiris cult at Abydos during the Middle Kingdom. He is a specialist in the archaeology of Egypt's Middle Kingdom (ca. 2050-1650 BCE). Since 1994, as part of the combined University of Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Expedition to Abydos, he has directed excavations at the mortuary complex and settlement site dedicated to pharaoh Senwosret III at South Abydos. His interests include the study of state organization, administration, and settlement archaeology during Egypt's late Middle Kingdom. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the American Research Center in Egypt, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society, American Philosophical Society. He is author of numerous articles,  edited contributions, and books including The Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos (2007); co-author (with D. Silverman and J. Houser-Wegner), Akhenaten and Tutankhamun: Revolution and Restoration (2006); and co-editor, with (D. Silverman and W. K. Simpson) of Archaism and Innovation: Cultural Studies in Egypt's Middle Kingdom (2009). 


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