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MC lecture to examine Agatha Christie, archaeology, Alzheimer's

09/11/2012
University of Toronto staff member Amy Barron will present an archaeology lecture at Monmouth College on Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall.
 
Titled “Agatha Christie, Archaeology and Alzheimer’s,” the talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by MC’s classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). CPDUs are available for attending the lecture.
 
Prior to speaking at Monmouth, Barron will present a lecture about Neo-Assyrian palaces on Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room of the Seymour Union at Knox College.
 
Married to Mesopotamian archaeologist Max Mallowan, famed mystery writer Agatha Christie spent much of her life living and working on archaeological excavations. Her love of the Middle East is reflected in several of her novels, including “Murder of the Orient Express” and “Death on the Nile.”
 
“She herself reflected on how similar the work of an archaeologist and a detective were,” said Barron. “She was just as suited to unraveling mysteries in the field as upon the pages of her books.”
 
Christie once quipped, “An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”
 
Christie’s literary corpus is now being used to try to unravel the mysteries of the human mind, as she is one of the subjects of a University of Toronto study examining the works of prolific writers for signs of Alzheimer’s disease. A selection of her novels written between the ages of 28 and 82 indicated a dramatic drop in her vocabulary as she neared the end of her life.