Millionaire digs discussed at OI

The University of Chicago is hosting a free lecture titled “The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis’s Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings” at the Oriental Institute.

Guest speaker John M. Adams, a Chicago native and director emeritus of the Orange County, Calif., Public Library, will discuss Theodore Davis, an American millionaire who between 1900 and 1914 paid for excavations of a record 18 tombs in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Davis worked with several archaeologists to unearth a variety of ancient objects and they are now housed at the Oriental Institute.

The lecture will take place at 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 in the LaSalle Bank Room at the Oriental Institute, 1155 S. 58th St. A reception will follow.
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