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September 15, 2018
Classroom 2

Dr. Peter Lacovara
Director, The Ancient Egyptian Archaeology and Heritage Fund

“The Egyptian Empire Strikes Back:  Deir el-Ballas and the Hyksos Expulsion”

South Palace, Deir el Ballas (Photo credit: Phobe A. Hearst Expedition)

Long ignored, the important site of Deir el-Ballas was originally excavated by the Phoebe A. Hearst Expedition of the University of California under the direction of George A. Reisner in the years 1900 to 1901.  During the season's work, he uncovered the remains of a large royal palace, called the North Palace, and a massive watchtower at the Theban end of the site known as the South Palace, along with a series of cemeteries, villas, and a workmen’s settlement.  That makes this site one of only a few complete town sites known from ancient history and one dating to a period of pivotal importance in Egyptian history- the rise of the New Kingdom.   The settlement appears to have been founded by Sekhenenre Tao as a campaign palace and a place to stage his campaign against the Hyksos and provide a model for the great royal cities of the Eighteenth Dynasty, Malqata and Amarna.  New excavations have shed light on its history, at a time when the site is also in danger of destruction. 


Peter Lacovara received his BA from Boston University, and his Ph.D. from the The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. He is currently the Director of The Ancient Egyptian Archaeology and Heritage Fund.  He was Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum from 1998 to 2014 and before that served as Assistant Curator in the Department of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Currently he is also Consulting Curator for the Egyptian Collection at the Albany Institute of History and Art and Visiting Research Scholar at the American University in Cairo. 

He has also taught at Syracuse University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Georgia State University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and been the W. K. Simpson Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo. 

Dr. Lacovara has worked on a large number of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern exhibitions and museum installations in the above institutions as well as a consultant in the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

His archaeological fieldwork has included excavations at the Valley of the Kings at Thebes, Deir el-Ballas, Abydos, Hierakonpolis and at the Giza Plateau, and currently he is co-directing the excavation of the Palace city of Amenhotep III at Malqata in Western Thebes with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dr. Lacovara’s publications include studies on Daily Life and Urbanism in Ancient Egypt, Egyptian Mortuary Traditions, and the Material Culture of Ancient Egypt and Nubia.

FALL 2018 Scheduled Lectures


October 20, 2018- Correct Date!
ARCE-PA Celebrates International Archaeology Day!
Anthropology Classoom 345
3:30 pm
Dr. Geoffrey Killen

Independent Scholar of Ancient Egyptian Wood Technology and Furniture
"Ancient Egyptian Furniture: From the Earliest Examples to Those “Wonderful Things” of the New Kingdom"


November 17,  2018
Anthropology Classroom 345
3:30 pm
Dr. John Baines

Emeritus Professor of Egyptology, University of Oxford
"Watery Landscapes of Ancient Egypt, Their Depiction, and Why They Mattered"


December 8, 2018 
*Annual Winter Party & Lecture*
Classroom 345, 3:30
Dr. Steve Harvey
Director, Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, Abydos
"Understanding Ancient Egyptian Comics: Conversations, Quarrels, and Songs in Ancient Egyptian Tombs"

The holiday party will start after the lecture! ARCE-PA invites our members and guests to join us in a potluck celebration. Please let us know if you would like to bring your favorite food to share. 

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