ARCE-PA Celebrates 15 Years! 


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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, December 12, 2020 

Happy 15th Birthday, ARCE-PA! 

Holiday Lecture with a ZOOM Holiday Happy Hour after the lecture!
Dr. Carl Walsh
Post-doctoral Fellow
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
“Ensembles and Assemblages: 
Uncovering the Egyptian Collection at the Barnes Foundation”

Nestled and dispersed amongst the myriad works of art in The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, are a collection of roughly 27 Egyptian objects. Almost none of these objects have been researched or published.  Their authenticity and provenance are largely unknown, and purchase details are hazy. Most of the objects have flown under the radar of scholars, perhaps due to the disparate way they are displayed in Albert Barnes’s ‘ensembles,’ display compositions that mix early modern paintings and furniture, ethnographic material from Africa, North America, and Southeast Asia, and objects from a variety of ancient cultures. Since 2019, Dr. Walsh has been working as part of an ongoing project at the Barnes Foundation, which is focused on uncovering the hidden stories of these Egyptian objects, in considering their authenticity, their archaeological contexts, and their historical biographies. In addition to presenting some of the initial results of this project, he will consider how this small but dynamic collection can be used as a multifaceted assemblage to engage scholars, students, and the public in the study of Egyptology. 

Dr. Carl Walsh is a comparative archaeologist specializing on diplomacy in the Bronze Age Mediterranean, Near East, and Nubia, the archaeology of gesture, and scholarly approaches to ancient games. He received his BA in Egyptology from the University of Cambridge, and MA and PhD from University College London. His doctoral thesis examined the relationship between courtly body culture and diplomacy in the eastern Mediterranean during the Middle Bronze Age. His current research and publications focus on the intercultural interactions of ancient Nubian societies. He has excavated at archaeological sites in Sudan, such as the New Kingdom town of Sesibi and the Napatan temple at Sanam. He previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University in Providence, RI. He currently works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Barnes Foundation researching their Egyptian collection and teaching on Egyptian and Nubian art and archaeology.

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.

* If you are an ARCE member but are not affliated with ARCE-PA, please reach out to us at

*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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 *Please be reminded that January is ARCE-PA's month off! We'll "see" you in February 2021!*

 February 20, 2021
3:30 PM EST
Dr. Solange Ashby
“The Divine Feminine in the Kingdom of Kush”

March 13, 2021
3:30 PM EST
Dr. Denise Doxey
“Royal Women of Piankhy: Treasures of the Tombs at El Kurru”

April 2021
Date TBA
Dr. Kara Cooney
Title TBA

May 2021
Lecture TBA

June 2021
Event TBA