ARCE-PA Celebrates 15 Years! 


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2021-2022 LECTURES


We hope that all ARCE-PA members and Friends of ARCE-PA are doing well. 
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, Saturday 18, 2021

3:30 PM EST

Dr. James Hoffmeier
Emeritus Professor, Near Eastern Archaeology and Old Testament, Trinity International University, Divinity School (Deerfield, IL)

"Reconstructing Egypt's East Frontier Defense Network in the New Kingdom" 


Excavations in North Sinai beginning in the 1980s and the work at Tell el-Borg from 1999-2008 has uncovered a series of forts that were on the "Ways of Horus" and served as part of the defensive network of Egypt's east frontier in the New Kingdom. Geological work has revealed the paleo-environment and ancient landscape that influenced the arrangement of the defensive system. Thanks to the new data, new maps can be drawn to reveal how the east frontier defense network operated throughout the New Kingdom and how it thwarted the Sea Peoples invasion in Ramesses III's reign.

Dr. James K. Hoffmeier, Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Old Testament at Trinity International University, Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), was born in Egypt where he lived until age 16. He returns to Egypt frequently to engage in fieldwork and research since 1975. From 1994 to 2009, Dr. Hoffmeier directed the North Sinai Archaeological Project researching Egypt’s eastern frontier in Sinai that culminate in to excavations at Tell el-Borg between 1999 and 2008.

Hoffmeier graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology. Graduate studies took him to the University of Toronto where he received his MA in Egyptian Archaeology in 1975. He participated in excavations in Egypt in 1975 & 1977 with the Akhenaten Temple Project. In 1980 he returned to Wheaton College as assistant professor and he completed his Ph.D from Toronto in 1982 in Ancient Near Eastern Religions. He remained on the faculty at Wheaton until 1999 when he joined the faculty of Trinity as Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Old Testament.

Dr. Hoffmeier has authored and edited a number of books, including “Sacred” in the Vocabulary of Ancient Egypt (Freiburg University Press [Switzerland], 1985); Faith, Tradition and History: Old Testament Historiography in its Near Eastern Context (Eisenbrauns, 1994, paperback 2010); Israel in Egypt: Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition (Oxford University Press, 1997 & 1999); Ancient Israel in Sinai: Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2005/2011), and The Future of Biblical Archaeology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004), The Archaeology of the Bible (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2008) is now available in German,
Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Romanian, Norwegian and Arabic. He translated Egyptian texts for The Context of Scripture Vols 1-3 (Brill, 1997, 2000, 2002), and contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (Routledge, 1999), the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (2001), and published more than 60 articles in periodicals like Journal to the Society for the Studies of Egyptian Antiquities, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Egyptian Archaeology, Revue d’Égyptologie, Egypt and the Levant, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, and Levant.

His most recent books include Excavations in North Sinai: Tell el-Borg I (Winona Lake:
Eisenbrauns, 2014), Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) and Excavations in North Sinai: Tell el-Borg II (University College: Penn State University Press, 2019).

Hoffmeier has also consulted for and appeared in a number of TV programs on Egypt and the Bible for the Discovery Channel, the Learning and History Channels, National Geographic, and BBC. James and his wife Cathy retired in 2019 and moved to Paradise, PA in order to be close to family.

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.  

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October 16, 2021
Dr. Anne Austin
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-St Louis
"Revealing the Practice of Tattooing in Ancient Egypt"
November 13, 2021
Dr. Violaine Chauvet
Liverpool University
"A City for the Dead: Patronage & Tomb Construction in the Old Kingdom"
Note Time Change: 1:30 PM
December 4, 2021
Annual Winter Lecture
Dr. Tom Hardwick
Houston Museum of Science
"Reworking Pharaonic Statues"
 *Zoom Winter Hangout post lecture*