Michael Kolb

Michael Kolb

Michael Kolb is Professor of Anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Presidential Teaching Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University. He has undertaken architectural labor investment studies for twenty-eight years in both the Pacific and the Mediterranean, and currently works in Western Sicily.

Date: 
Monday, March 12, 2018

The architectural achievements of ancient Egypt remain unsurpassed, even today, and served as inspiration for the later civilizations from ancient Greece to modern-day America. I examine Egyptian monumental architecture from the Great Pyramids to Meroë in an attempt to broaden our ideas of meaning and practice regarding why and how people construct monuments.

Michael Kolb

Michael Kolb is Professor of Anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Presidential Teaching Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University. He has undertaken architectural labor investment studies for twenty-eight years in both the Pacific and the Mediterranean, and currently works in Western Sicily.

Date: 
Monday, August 14, 2017

Labor mobilization at the Karnak Temple Complex in Egypt provides a unique understanding of authority among Egyptian pharaohs as Karnak was aggrandized by various pharaohs over a span of 2,000 years. Periods of monumental building at Karnak are strongly correlated with the variables of warfare and administrative centralization, suggesting that rulers with greater sociopolitical power expressed it through programs at Karnak, and likewise justified their authority, divine rulership, and political and military actions.

Michael Kolb

Michael Kolb is Professor of Anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Presidential Teaching Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University. He has undertaken architectural labor investment studies for twenty-eight years in both the Pacific and the Mediterranean, and currently works in Western Sicily.