18th September 2019
Edward John Poynter
‘The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon in Jerusalem’ 1890
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 Solomon. A passage in the Bible’s Book of Kings has immortalised this Queen and the journey that 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 archaeologists to go in search of her land – a search that has led to discoveries of great temples, tombs and treasures in both the 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 – in Tigray province, northeastern Ethiopia – is a temple, probably dedicated to a moon god and dating to the 5th century BC – a time when this area of Ethiopia formed part of the kingdom of Sheba. Excavations undertaken there in 2015 and 2016 have uncovered a rich cemetery which includes an extraordinary burial of a 2000 year old Ethiopian ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
Stuart Munro-Hay, Ethiopia: an Unknown Land (2002)
St John Simpson (ed), Queen of Sheba: Treasures from Ancient Yemen (2002)