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December 7, 2019
*Lecture & Annual Potluck Winter Party*

Dr. Janice Kamrin
 Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art

 "Finding Imhotep: The Coffins of a Ptolemaic Priest"
3:30 pm
Room 345

The Annual Winter Party will he held after the lecture. All lecture attendees are welcome. If you would like to provide a dish for the potluck, please email us at info@arce-pa.org.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns two early Ptolemaic funerary papyri belonging to a Priest of Horus named Imhotep. A wooden coffin belonging to the same individual was known to have been excavated in 1913 at Meir by Ahmed Kamal, but its whereabouts were unknown. While researching the papyri, Dr. Kamrin discovered that this coffin, along with a beautiful inner one, was in the Mallawi Museum, and has now collaborated with Dr. Yasmin El Shazly to publish the coffin set. This lecture will tell the story of this discovery, and discuss what we have learned about Imhotep himself.


Associate Curator Janice Kamrin joined the Department of Egyptian Art in the fall of 2010. Her primary responsibilities within the department are for matters related to the museum database and technology in general; her research interests include funerary culture and the archaeology of Thebes in the Middle Kingdom and first millennium, with a focus on online publication of archival material. She is part of the department’s Joint Expedition to Malqata, the New Kingdom festival-city of Amenhotep III. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to The Met, she lived in Egypt, where she directed several interrelated documentation and training projects at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo for the American Research Center in Egypt, and worked closely with Dr. Zahi Hawass on a variety of initiatives for the Egyptian antiquities service.

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!!  
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

2020 ARCE-PA Mini-Symposium
Saturday, April 18, 2020 
“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).