In the 19th century, three massive obelisks left Egypt bound for Paris, London, and New York. The engineers entrusted with transporting "Cleopatra's Needles" had to invent new methods for lowering, transporting, and raising these granite monoliths, and it was far from certain that they would succeed. In his new book Cleopatra's Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt, renowned Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier pieces together letters, diary entries, newspaper articles, and illustrations to tell the story of this monumental undertaking and the people behind it. Presented by the Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology.
October 21, 2016
- Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology