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Temples, Tombs and Treasures in Search of the Queen of Sheba Louise Schofield Wednesday 21 February 2018

The fame of the Queen of Sheba has lasted across the many intervening centuries since she made her epic journey from her distant land to the court of King Soloman. a passage in the Bible's Book of Kings has immortalised this Queen and the journey she made, her camel caravan laden with gold and incense as gifts for the king of Jerusalem. In this talk Louise looks at how the Queen of Sheba has captured the imagination of great artists, inspired epic films and has led arcaeologists to go in search of her land - asearch that has led to discoveries of great temples, tombs and treasures in both Yemen and Ethiopia.

Louise Schofield has been working in Ethiopia since 2006, directing archaeological , conservation and development projects in that extraordinary country. Her current archaeological site - Tigray province, northeastern Etiopia - is a temple , probably dedicated to a moon god and dating to the 5c BC - a time when this area of Ethiopia formed part of the kingdom Sheba. Excavations undertaken there in April and May 2015 have uncovered a rich cemetary which includes an extraordinary burial of a 2000 year old Etiopian "Sleeping Beauty".

Louise was Curator of Greek Bronze Age and Geometric Antiquities in the British Museum for thirteen years. She lectures for a number of universities and institutions, including Florida State University, Christie's Education and cruise companies.