Welcome to the American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter website. Here you can find information about the organization, learn about our membership options, find out about upcoming Egypt-themed events and more! To visit the American Research Center in Egypt National website please click here.

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November 5, 2016
3:30 PM. Classroom 2, Penn Museum

Dr. Renée Friedman
Director, Hierakonpolis Expedition

"Fit for a King: Recent Discoveries in Predynastic Hierakonpolis, Egypt’s First Capital"

Egypt’s earliest funerary mask from the elite cemetery at Hierakonpolis
(Courtesy of Hierakonpolis Expedition)

Hierakonpolis has long been famous as the home of the palette of King Narmer, a potent icon for the birth of Egyptian civilization at c. 3100 BC. However, on-going work at the site is now extending our view of its development by some 500 years. Explorations in the elite cemetery have revealed tombs of the local rulers, who expressed their power not only in the elaborate architecture and contents of their sizable graves, but also with the people and intriguing array of animals they took with them to the afterlife. Exotic animals such as elephants, a leopard and troops of baboons attest to a veritable royal menagerie, while the recent discovery of a nearly intact royal tomb gives us a tantalizing glimpse at the complex rituals that must have surrounded their burials. These unique finds are providing new insights into the meaning and purpose of Predynastic art and artifacts, and augment our understanding of the influence the site’s early elite had on the trajectory of Early Dynastic culture and the development of some of its most distinctive features.

Dr. Renée Friedman at work!

Dr. Renée Friedman is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley in Egyptian Archaeology (1994) and has worked at many sites throughout Egypt since 1980. With special interest in the Predynastic, Egypt’s formative period (4000-3100BC), in 1983 she joined the team working at Hierakonpolis, the largest site of the predynastic period still extant and accessible anywhere in the Nile Valley, and went on to become the director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition in 1996. Renee is currently a Research Fellow of the Griffiths Institute, Oxford University and the author of many scholarly and popular articles about all aspects of the site of Hierakonpolis.

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Save the Date for our 2016-2017 Lectures!


Annual Holiday Lecture & Potluck Party!
December 10, 2016
3:30 PM, Classroom 2, Penn Museum

Dr. Ellen Morris
Assistant Professor, Ancient Studies
Barnard College

"Middle Kingdom Clappers, Dancers, Birth Magic, & the Reinvention of Ritual"

Come for the lecture & join us afterwards for conversation and food!
Share your favorite dish with us!
(Or, if you're not a cook, we also welcome donations to help with the party costs)


ARCE-PA Members Only Meet Up at the Brooklyn Museum!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Join us for a tour of the newly reinstalled Egyptian Galleries with curator, Dr. Edward Bleiberg

Keep an eye out for more info!

February 11, 2017
3:30 PM Room TBD

Dr. Jacco Dieleman
Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Pharaoh Alexander the Great:
The Egyptian Background of the Alexander Romance


2017 Korysyn Lecture

March 18, 2017
3:30 PM Room TBD

Dr. James Allen
Wilbour Professor of Egyptology, Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University

"What's New with King Tut?"


October 15, 2016 is
International Archaeology Day 2016!

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