February 18, 1999
Vol. 18 No. 10

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    [susan holbrook], by lloyd degrane  Susan Holbrook, Assistant Conservator, puts some finishing touches on the statue of King Tutankhamun at the Oriental Institute.

    Preservation projects are near the end

    Researchers at the University’s Oriental Institute have had a busy winter as their involvement in projects to preserve Egyptian antiquities has been central to their recent work.

    While curators and conservators have been preparing for the Oriental Institute Museum’s reopening scheduled for Memorial Day, one distinguished relic stands ready to greet visitors. The statue of King Tutankhamun, the largest Egyptian statue in the Western Hemisphere, has been refurbished and moved to the main entrance of the Egyptian Gallery at the Oriental Institute.

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    Egyptian researcher Emily Teeter (Ph.D.,’90), Associate Curator at the Oriental Institute Museum, was a member of Franck Goddio’s underwater expedition in the harbor of modern-day Alexandria, Egypt. Teeter will appear in a world-premiere broadcast of Discovery Channel’s Cleopatra’s Palace: In Search of a Legend.

    The one-hour documentary, which is scheduled to air Sunday, March 14, will present the excavation of the submerged Royal Quarters once inhabited by Cleopatra, who ruled Egypt during the Ptolemaic period from 323 B.C. to her death in 30 B.C.

    Teeter holds a doctorate in Egyptology and specializes in the history and religion of Egypt with emphasis upon popular religion and cult ritual.