Date: 7:30 – 9:00pm, 01-Mar-2013
Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2
This presentation will examine the rise of the armoured warrior in New Kingdom Egypt. Significant social, political, and economic changes occurred between the Middle and New Kingdom periods that prompted the great changes to the military establishment in New Kingdom Egypt. In a response to the incursion of the Hyksos into Lower Egypt, a standing army was developed and new military technology was adopted, and adapted, perhaps from the Hyksos themselves. This presentation will look at the development and early use of a three-part technological system which involved chariots, composite bows, and organic body armour.
About the speaker:
Dr. Hulit began his studies in archaeology at the University of Lethbridge receiving his BSc in 1994, and continued on to an MA in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium in 1996. His research into the military economics, materials and manufacturing of the Ancient Near East continued at Durham University in northern England where he studied for several years, receiving his PhD in 2002. He has had a deep interest in armour, manufacturing, and experimental archaeology which caught the interest of both H.M. Royal Armouries museum in Leeds, England and the National Geographic. He was fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to Egypt in 2004 to participate in the filming of a National Geographic documentary where he was able to further test his hypotheses on the use of armour in New Kingdom Egypt. Dr. Hulit currently works as a Collections Technician and researcher with the Medicine Hat Museum at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat, Alberta and is conducting research for an upcoming 2014 exhibit on the First World War.
Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.