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Egypt's amazing builders is Aug. 29 campus lecture 
Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza was the first built and is the only wonder to survive. For 43 centuries, it alone stood as the tallest structure in the world. How were the ancient Egyptians - using simple tools - able to build spectacular structures that have stood for more than 4,000 years?

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, author John McDonald will present "Egyptian Architecture: The Achievement of an Über Work Force" at noon in the Eppley Science Amphitheater. RSVP to Jill Carson at jlcarson@unmc.edu if you plan to attend. The free lecture is part of the medical center's partnership with the Durham Western Heritage Museum.

McDonald, who has excavated in Iraq, Israel and Egypt, makes use of both hard evidence and conjecture to open a window to Egyptian construction methods of 30 and 40 centuries past. The lecture is the final in the architecture and engineering series during the Durham Western Heritage Museum's "Engineer It!" exhibit. The lecture also will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the Durham Western Heritage Museum in the Swanson Gallery. Reservations are required. RSVP to Christi Janssen at cjanssen@dwhm.org or (402) 444-5071.

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