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2020-2021 LECTURES

Happy 15th Birthday to ARCE-PA!


We hope that all ARCE-PA members and Friends of ARCE-PA are doing well. 
We are so excited to "see" you guys again! 
We are happy to announce our new line up for Fall 2020!
Due to COVID 19 and the fact that the Penn Museum is not currently holding public lectures, we are taking the show on the road...erm...on the interwebs!

ARCE-PA will be hosting our chapter's lectures on ZOOM for the foreseeable future.  Please see the below the lecture information regarding lecture registration and Paypal information


Saturday, April 10, 2021

3:30 PM EST
Dr. Kara Cooney
Professor and Chair, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
"The Coffin of Thutmose III: 
A Case Study of Evidence of Reuse on a Royal Coffin from the Deir el Bahari 320 Royal Cache" 
Coffins are important social documents, but they are difficult to document, photograph, and analyze. For the past ten years, Dr. Cooney has been systematically examining human reactions to social crises, specifically focusing on material adaptations evident within an ideological context and documenting coffins from Dynasties 18 to 22. This research is the first systematic study of funerary arts reuse and theft within the field of Egyptology, and the first thorough photographic documentation of these coffins. In this lecture, Dr. Cooney will offer a case study of the royal coffin of Thutmose III, discovered in 1881 in the Deir el Bahari 320 Royal Cache, and discuss the evidence of reuse, which she has documented on this coffin.
Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is a professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA. Specializing in craft production, coffin studies, and economies in the ancient world, Cooney received her PhD in Egyptology from Johns Hopkins University. In 2005, she was co-curator of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Dr. Cooney produced a comparative archaeology television series, entitled Out of Egypt, which aired in 2009 on the Discovery Channel and is available online via Netflix and Amazon.

Her latest book, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra, and shines a light on our own perceptions of women in power today. Published by National Geographic Press, the book was released in 2018.
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt was Cooney's first trade book, and it benefits from her immense knowledge of Egypt's ancient history to craft an illuminating biography of its least well-known female king. As an archaeologist who spent years at various excavations in Egypt, Cooney draws from the latest field research to fill in the gaps in the physical record of Hatshepsut. Published by Crown Publishing Group, the book was released in 2014.
Cooney's current research in coffin reuse, primarily focusing on the 21st Dynasty, is ongoing. Her research investigates the socioeconomic and political turmoil that have plagued the period, ultimately affecting funerary and burial practices in ancient Egypt. This project has taken her around the world over the span of five to six years to study and document more than 300 coffins in collections, including those in Cairo, London, Paris, Berlin, and Vatican City.

ARCE-PA Lecture Registration & Paypal Information

*ARCE-PA members will receive an email with the instructions for the ZOOM lecture log-on. Please make sure that we have your correct email address on record.

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*For those of you are ARCE-PA Friends (non-ARCE members, Penn Museum Members, Penn Staff & Faculty, and Students), we have a $10 registration fee.  Once you register, then you will receive an email with the instructions for the ZOOM lecture log-on.

Paypal information:

The cost for the lectures is $10.

Please pay and register by 5pm the Friday evening before the Saturday lecture.  

Please complete below and click on the "PAYPAL LINK" Hotlink. It will take you directly to the Paypal page:


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May 22, 2021
Dr. Ashley Arico
Art Institute of Chicago
Assistant Curator of Ancient Egyptian Art, The Art Institute of Chicago
"Re-viewing the arts of ancient Egypt at the Art Institute of Chicago"

Saturday, June 12, 2021
Dr Cédric Gobeil
Curator, Museo Egizio, Turin (Italy)
"The Museo Egizio’s current research at Deir el-Medina"