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In Search of Ancient Egyptian Gemstones

May 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning presents In Search of Ancient Egyptian Gemstones with James Harrell, Ph.D.

4:00 – 5:00 pm, Thursday
May 6 – 13 (2 weeks)

One aspect of archaeological geology is the study of ancient stones, including their sources, uses and extraction technologies. For the past 30 years, Professor Harrell’s research on ancient Egyptian stones took him to Egypt and northern Sudan where he discovered several previously unknown archaeological sites, including quarries for ornamental stones, stone fortresses guarding gold and copper mines in the Eastern Desert, and a gemstone mine on a desert island in the Red Sea. In the first week, Professor Harrell will describe some of his work in Egypt, his nomadic Bedouin guides, as well as some of the dangers of working in the desert.

The second week will focus on the gemstones employed in ancient Egypt, including their varieties as well as their uses in jewelry and other decorative arts. Today these amethysts, emeralds, and other precious stones can be traced back to the ancient sites where they were mined.

Professor James Harrell is Emeritus Professor of Archaeological Geology at the University of Toledo.

Cost: $27 for Lifelong Learning members; $37 non-members

Information: 419-824-3707;


May 6
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


May 9, 2021
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