Saturday, April 13, 2024
It's A Double Header!

*Please note time change!*
Penn Museum

Classroom 2

 Dr. Aidan Dodson
University of Bristol
"The Serapeum at Saqqara"  

Prof. Salima Ikram

American University Cairo
"Moo-ving Along: 
Cattle Mummies from Ancient Egypt"


Dr. Aidan Dodson
is honorary full Professor of Egyptology at the University of Bristol, UK, where he has taught for over 25 years. He studied at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, and was Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo for the spring of 2013, and Chairman of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2011 to 2016. He is the author of some thirty books, most recently The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt (AUC Press, 2023).

Professor Salima Ikram is Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University. She studied at Bryn Mawr College (AB) and Cambridge University (MPhil and PhD). She has worked throughout Egypt, and has directed the North Kharga Darb Ain Amur Survey, the Amenmesses Project KV10-KV63, and the Egyptian Museum Animal Mummy Project and has published extensively for both scholars and the general public.
Lecture 1: The Serapeum at Saqarra
This afternoon we will explore the history of the catacombs of the sacred Apis bull at Saqqara. We will trace its story from the first known burial under Amenhotep III to the end of the employment of the complex following the demise of Cleopatra VII.

Lecture 2: Moo-ving Along: Cattle Mummies from Ancient Egypt
Cattle have been central to many cultures over the millennia, and this is also true for that of ancient Egypt. On a practical level, they provide food, clothing, shelter, tools, jewelry, and are a measure of wealth; on a sacred level, they are the focus of cultic activity, with many deities, both female and male, manifesting as cows and bulls.  This lecture will briefly discuss the main cattle cults of ancient Egypt and then present the different types of cattle mummies that are known. Their purpose, mummification process, and histories will be featured.

General Lecture Info for In-Person Events:

All lectures are FREE for ARCE-PA members and ARCE Members.

Entrance Fees for the April 13, 2024 ARCE-PA Double Header Lecture Day:

Entrance fees for ARCE-PA In-Person Lectures are:
$15 for the general public
$10 for Penn Museum members/Penn Staff/Penn Faculty
$7 for Students with ID
FREE for ARCE-PA Members, ARCE Members, & children under 12, unless otherwise stated.
All ARCE-PA entry fees will be taken at the door only of the lecture venue at the ARCE-PA table. 
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Light refreshments will be served starting at 1 pm.

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April 13 2024  DOUBLE HEADER!
Please note time change: 1:30 pm
Classroom 2
Penn Museum
Dr. Aidan Dodson 
The Serapeum at Saqqara
Dr. Salima Ikram
Moo-ving  Along: Cattle Mummies from Ancient Egypt

May 11 2024 Spring Celebration!
3:30 PM Classroom 2 
Dr. Stuart Tyson Smith
UC Santa Barbara
“From the Green Sahara to Kushite Pharaohs:
 Common origins, differentiation, and the long term
 entanglements of Nubians and Egyptians”

June 2024
 2024 Annual Meeting Chapter Council Fundraiser
Proceeds support the best student paper and poster awards
Purchase your tickets when you register for the 2024 Annual Meeting