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May 19, 2018 

Anders Bettum, PhD

Senior Curator, Oslo Museum
Director of the Amarna Coffin Project

“Private coffins from the Amarna Period”

Photo by the Amarna Coffin Project

Room 345
3:30 pm 

Dr. Anders Bettum has a PhD in comparative religion from the University of Oslo, and he specializes on religious symbolism of coffin ensembles from Ramesside Egypt. He works as senior curator at the Oslo Museum, and is the director of the Amarna Coffin Project.


The Amarna period has long been a black hole in the typology of New Kingdom private coffins. Given Akhenaten's religious revolution, one would expect that a new decorative program for private coffins would have been developed.  Until now, no such coffins have been identified with certainty or have been available for study. However, recent excavations in the South Tombs Cemetery at Tell el-Amarna have changed this situation. Twenty-one decorated coffins have been found. These coffins demonstrate both an unexpected variety in coffin decoration during the reign of Akhenaten, and a development towards a new 'atenist ' type of coffin decoration, which is devoid of references to the traditional Osirian afterlife.


June 9, 2018

ARCE-PA Members Meet-Up at the Glencairn Museum Event

Glencairn Museum, Glencairn, PA

The tour will start at noon. Please meet at the Glencairn Museum at 11:30 AM. We will buy our individual tickets on site at the museum. 

Please email us to RSVP for the Meet-Up at the Museum event: info@arce-pa.org

Advanced Sign Up will be available at the May 19 Lecture! 

We will have a guided tour of the Museum with extra time in the Egyptian gallery. 

Glencairn Museum Homepage

Some information on the Egyptian collection: https://glencairnmuseum.org/egyptian-collection

"From Parlor to Castle: The Egyptian Collection at Glencairn Museum," Ed Gyllenhaal, Curator (Glencairn Museum)

How do we get there? Directions to the Glencairn Museum

Admission Fees: 

$10.00 Adults
$8.00 Seniors (65+)/Students with I.D.


September 15,  2018
Galina Belove, PhD
Title: TBA
Room: TBA


October 20, 2018
Geoffrey Killen, PhD
Title: TBA
Room: TBA


November 17,  2018
John Baines, PhD
Title: TBA
Room: TBA


December 8, 2018 
*Annual Winter Party & Lecture*
Steve Harvey, PhD
Title: TBA

Room: TBA

* 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).