The second talk of 2019 will be given by Dr. Ian Begg, who will be speaking on the unpublished Italian excavations at Tebtunis in the Fayyum, 1929-1936. It will take place on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

You can view the event poster here.


Dr. Ian Begg (Trent University)


Thursday, February 7 at 7.30 pm


Sidney Smith Hall
Room 1084
100 St. George Street
Toronto, ON


In the 1930s Carlo Anti and Gilbert Bagnani excavated one of the most important Graeco-Roman sites ever found in Egypt: Tebtunis had not only extensive archaeological remains but also was second only to Oxyrhynchus in papyri. Nonetheless, they never published their discoveries as Anti became the Rector of the University of Padua in 1932 and Bagnani immigrated to Port Hope, Ontario in 1936. The gradual re-discovery of their archives in Padua, Venice, Peterborough and Toronto over the past two decades is enabling the research and publication of their excavations. This lecture will present the results of recent international collaboration on the archives as a history of the dig from 1929 to 1936.

Speaker Bio

Ian Begg graduated from the Universities of Western Ontario and Toronto, obtaining his PhD in Classical Archaeology after attending the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, for three years. He has taught at Brock, Toronto, and Trent Universities, and is a member of many academic organizations and boards. He has excavated in Sicily, Greece and Egypt, and led student and public tours around the eastern Mediterranean.

From his work on the archives at Trent and the Art Gallery of Ontario of Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani, his book on Lost Worlds of Ancient and Modern Greece: The Odyssey of a young Italian archaeologist in Greece 1921-1924 will soon be published by Archaeopress in Oxford. Together with his colleagues in Padua and Venice, he has written many articles and given many talks on the unpublished Italian excavations during the 1930s at Tebtunis in Egypt. Tonight’s topic will be “Crocodile Mummies, Nazis, and the Garden Eden: Unpublished Italian Excavations at Tebtunis in the Fayyum, 1929 -1936.

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