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November 2, 2019

Dr. Nikolaos Laziridis
Associate Professor, Ancient Mediterranean History
California State University - Sacramento
Rockin' to the Dawn: 
Ancient Travelers: Graffiti from North Kharga3:30 pm
Room 345

Since 2001 the North Kharga Oasis-Darb Ain Amur Survey team has been exploring the sandy routes connecting Kharga oasis to Dakhla oasis and beyond. In the course of this survey, our team has discovered and recorded numerous lonely rock sites that were used in antiquity as camping spots and stopovers for desert travelers. The epigraphic materials from these sites provide us with valuable information about the ancient uses of these desert routes, traveling practices, as well as the identity and background of the ancient travelers who chose to carve their marks on sandstone rocks.
In this lecture, I will present the results of our ongoing epigraphic work at a number of rocks whose surfaces were used by ancient travelers for the carving of both figural and textual graffiti. These sites and their epigraphic findings will be used as a case study to illustrate ancient Egyptian graffiti’ complex network of connections to epigraphic materials from other sites, to Egyptian history and culture, as well as to the natural landscape of the Western Desert.

Dr. Nikolaos Lazaridis is the Associate Professor of Ancient Mediterranean History at California State University, Sacramento. He left Greece in 1996 to study Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and Oxford University, and later became a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud University of Nijmegen. He is one of the few Greek Egyptologists and currently is the vice president of the Hellenic Society for the Study of Ancient Egypt. 

His doctoral dissertation, Wisdom in loose form: The language of proverbs in Egyptian and Greek collections of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, was published by Brill Publishers in 2007, while together with P. Kousoulis he edited the proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Egyptologists, which were published in 2015. He has also authored numerous articles on comparative ancient literature, ancient epigraphy, and Egyptian culture. He is currently preparing two monographs: Storytellers at work: crafting characters in Ancient Egyptian narrative and North Kharga Oasis-Darb Ain Amur Survey (the latter co-authored with S. Ikram, and L.-A. Warden Anderson).

In 2003 he joined the North Kharga Oasis Survey team, which explores ancient travel routes in Egypt’s Westen Desert, and after 2007 he has become the team’s chief epigrapher. In 2014 he was one of the recipients of the prestigious National Endowment for Humanities award for Scholarly Editions and Translations, and in 2015 he received Sacramento State’s university award for research, scholarship, and creative activity.

December 7, 2019 
*Annual Winter Party*
Dr. Janice Kamrin
Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Finding Imhotep: The Coffins of a Ptolemaic Priest

3:30 PM 
Room 345

*Please contact ARCE-PA if you would like to provide a pot-luck dish for the annual winter party after the lecture: info@arce-pa.org

 Saturday, February 22, 2020
Dr. Vanessa Davies
Institutional Grants and Compliance, Bryn Mawr College
“Egyptology’s Diverse History”
Classroom 1
3:30 PM


Special Evening Weekday Lecture Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
2020 Korysn Lecture
Dr. Kara Cooney
Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art & Architecture/Chair, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA
“Evidence for Coffin Reuse in the 21st Dynasty Coffins of the Royal Cache Deir el Bahari 320”
Rainey Auditorium
6:30 PM


Saturday, April 18, 2020  2020 ARCE-PA Mini-Symposium
“The Significance of Abydos from the Predynastic to the New Kingdom”
Rainey Auditorium
1 PM- 6 PM

*Dr. Josef Wegner
Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Assistant Curator, Egyptian Section, UPenn Museum;
Director, Senwosret Complex at South Abydos Expedition
*Dr. Deb Vischak
Assistant Professor, Ancient Egyptian Art History and Archaeology, Princeton University;
Co-Director, North Abydos Expedition
*Dr. Steve Harvey
Director, Ahmose and Tetisheri Project at Abydos

Special ARCE-PA Mini-Symposium Pricing:
$25:  General admission
$20: Penn Museum members
$15: Museum staff / Penn faculty
$10: ARCE members / Student w/ID


Saturday, May 9, 2020
Dr. Jane Hill
Assistant Professor, Rowan University
“Primordial Gods of Upper Egypt: Local Cult in Egypt’s Predynastic Period”
Classroom 2
3:30 PM

June 13, 2020
Annual Meet-Up at the Museum for ARCE-PA Members

Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum

Walters Art Museum

More information will be updated closer to the event date.
* Entrance fees for most lectures are $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12 (unless otherwise stated).

* Please note: ARCE-PA does not sell tickets for the monthly lectures. All entry fees will be taken at the door of the lecture venue at the ARCE-PA table (unless otherwise stated).