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October 20, 2018
ARCE-PA Celebrates International Archaeology Day!
Anthropology Classroom 345

ARCE-PA will also have a book signing event in the Mosaic Gallery prior to the lecture from 1pm to 3pm. Casemate Academic/Oxbow Press will have Dr. Killen's book for sale at the ARCE-PA tables in the Mosaic Gallery

Dr. Geoffrey Killen
Independent Scholar of Ancient Egyptian Wood Technology and Furniture

"Ancient Egyptian Furniture: From the Earliest Examples to Those “Wonderful Things” of the New Kingdom"

More is known about furniture and its development in Egypt than anywhere else in the Ancient World. Bedframes were the first large constructed pieces of furniture to be manufactured, and many fine examples were excavated in the 1st Dynasty cemetery at Tarkhan. By the beginning of the Old Kingdom, improved cutting tools and the use of better quality timber advanced the manufacture of furniture. These improvements in furniture design and construction can be seen in a series of wall paintings that were discovered in the mastaba tomb of Hesyra at Saqqara and in the reconstructed royal furniture of Queen Hetepheres I from Giza. By the New Kingdom, some of the finest examples of ancient woodworking can be found. Comparing the furniture deposited in the tomb of the workman Sennedjem with the royal deposit discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun, we can assess the differences in the quality, form and construction of furniture manufactured during the New Kingdom. 


Dr. Geoffrey Killen is a leading Egyptologist, wood technologist, and furniture historian who studied Design and Technology at Shoreditch College, University of London, and the University of Liverpool, where he specialized in Ramesside woodworking. His expertise embraces forty years of research in the areas of Ancient Egyptian Furniture and Woodworking Technology. Dr. Killen has studied the collections of Egyptian furniture and woodwork at most of the major world museums, including the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo. He has lectured and given practical demonstrations of Ancient Egyptian woodworking processes and techniques in the United States of America and Britain. He has written extensively on the subject. He has generated and tested archaeological hypotheses through experimental archaeology by making and using replica woodworking tools and equipment to create replica furniture pieces.  Dr. Killen’s practical work is now displayed together with original artifacts in several British museums.

FALL 2018 Scheduled Lectures


November 17,  2018
Anthropology Classroom 345
3:30 pm
Dr. John Baines

Emeritus Professor of Egyptology, University of Oxford
"Watery Landscapes of Ancient Egypt, Their Depiction, and Why They Mattered"


December 8, 2018 
*Annual Winter Party & Lecture*
Classroom 345, 3:30
Dr. Steve Harvey
Director, Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, Abydos
"Understanding Ancient Egyptian Comics: Conversations, Quarrels, and Songs in Ancient Egyptian Tombs"

The holiday party will start after the lecture! ARCE-PA invites our members and guests to join us in a potluck celebration. Please let us know if you would like to bring your favorite food to share. 

* 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).