In this free virtual lecture, Susanne Gänsicke examines the discovery of musical instruments at an ancient Nubian queen’s pyramid and its impact on archaeologists’ view of interactions in the region.
Susanne Gänsicke, Senior Conservator and Head of Antiquities Conservation, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Double reed pipes, known as auloi, were popular musical instruments in the ancient Mediterranean. In 1921, archaeologists exploring the necropolis of Meroë (northern Sudan)—as part of the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition—found a large collection of auloi in the pyramid of Nubian Queen Amanishakheto. Susanne Gänsicke will discuss the discovery’s importance and what it reveals about the connections between Nubia and the Mediterranean world as well as the significance of far-reaching musical traditions. She will also share recent efforts to conserve and reconstruct these ancient musical instruments.