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Archaeology Club Meet the Author, Book Signing
December 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Greywacke Knoll in Central Park is home to New York City’s oldest outdoor monument, nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle. In 1881, thousands of spectators, taken in by “obelisk mania”, turned out to see it raised. Carved from a single block of granite, the 3,500-year old obelisk, 70 feet tall and weighing 220 tons, once stood in the ancient city of Heliopolis on the Nile River.
World-renowned Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier returns to NCC with a fascinating tale of ancient stonemasons and 19th century engineers, recounted in his latest book, Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt. Between 1831-1881, three obelisks left Egypt bound for Paris, London and New York. In this presentation, Dr. Brier will tell us of the quarrying and raising of the obelisks in ancient Egypt and of the uncertainty and ingenuity involved in the movement of these massive monuments around the world. The London obelisk, twin to New York’s, was lost at sea and six sailors lost their lives in the attempt to transport it to England. It is a story full of daring, politics, diplomacy, ship building and engineering.
Dr. Brier will be available for a book signing prior to his 8:00 p.m. presentation on Thursday, December 14 in the GenRe Forum. Dr. Brier is a senior research fellow at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, author of numerous scholarly books, and has appeared in many Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and National Geographic documentaries. He has worked in pyramids and tombs in 15 countries. His research has led him to investigate such well- known mummies as Tutankhamen, Ramses the Great, Vladimir Lenin, and Eva Peron. Dr. Brier is a featured lecturer of The Great Courses and a tour scholar for Far Horizons Archaeology and Cultural trips. He has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar twice and is the recipient of Long Island University’s David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence.
Please join us for this opportunity to meet Bob Brier. As is our custom, we request that club members bring something tasty for our annual holiday pot-luck preceding the meeting, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Atrium outside the Gen Re Forum.