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June 2021

The Burials of the 25th Dynasty and Napatan Kings

June 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Royal tombs at Kurru and Nuri belonging to the pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty and their Napatan successors exhibit remarkable similarities to the royal tombs Tanis and other Egyptian burial practices. This presentation will explore this convergence and what were the motivations behind them. Peter Lacovara (B.A. 1976, Boston University; Ph.D. 1993 The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago) is Director of The Ancient Egyptian Archaeology and Heritage Fund. He was Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and…

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March 2021

The Goddess Isis and the Kingdom of Meroe

March 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online Via Zoom,

Discussions of the widespread appeal of the cult of Isis in antiquity often omit any mention of the Nubian priests who served the rulers of the Kingdom of Meroe (located south of Egypt in the Sudan) and the royal donations of gold that they delivered to the temple of Isis at Philae, located at Egypt’s border with Nubia. Those funds were essential to the survival of the temple of Philae, allowing it to remain in active use for centuries after…

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February 2020

New Insights into the Inscribed Landscape of the Wadi Hammamat Quarries

February 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
243 Royce Hall,

Located halfway between the Nile and the shores of the Red Sea, the Wadi Hammamat is the modern name of ancient greywacke and siltstone quarries in the Eastern Desert (Egypt), exploited from the Predynastic period onwards. Known to us since the time of its first explorers, namely K. R. Lepsius and J. Burton (19th century), the Wadi Hammamat quarries were explored by many epigraphic and archaeological survey teams throughout the last century. After Dr. Annie Gasse’s survey in the 1980’s—which…

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January 2020

The Arabicization of Christian Egypt: Reframing the Debate

January 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
365 Kaplan Hall,

The linguistic evolution of Egypt has been studied at some length, and with the invaluable evidence offered by the papyrological sources it has been possible to make very fine and detailed observations on the chronology and distribution of linguistic change. The different linguistic balance established by the Egyptian language with the two imperial languages that entered the country by conquest and served for centuries as languages of power is very striking: while Egyptian was used alongside Greek for a millennium…

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December 2019

Headless Men and Shattered Bodies: The Destruction of Prisoner Statues during the Late Old Kingdom

December 5, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

Six pharaohs of the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties erected nearly life-size statues of kneeling bound foreigners in their pyramid complexes. These unique statues, which are known as prisoner statues, have only ever been discovered in fragments. This has led scholars to question whether the statues had been intentionally broken for ritualistic reasons. However, only the prisoner statues from two pyramid complexes actually show evidence of intentional damage in antiquity; those from the complex of Pepi I were methodically decapitated while…

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November 2019

Creative Coptic Religious Leadership: The Strategies of Mother Irini

November 21, 2019 @ 12:45 pm
Kaplan 365,

While religious leadership differs from other forms of leadership such as in the world of business and not-for-profit organisations (NGO’s), there is much overlap. For example, in religious as well as in non-religious settings, the most successful leaders are creative innovators who apply new strategies to get their message across, make it visible, and energize those working with them. In this presentation, I analyse some of the methods introduced by Mother Irini, the famous abbess of the Abu Saifein convent…

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September 2019

Applying for Jobs and Life After the Dissertation

September 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Kaplan Hall 365,

Join NELC faculty Dr. Cate Bonesho, Dr. Kara Cooney, and Dr. Bill Schniedewind for a workshop and discussion of applying for jobs and life after the dissertation.   Event Flyer RSVP Below:  

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February 2019

Wadi al-Jarf, the King Khufu’s Harbor on the Red Sea Coast: Overview of the Recent Discoveries

February 21, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Since 2011, a joint team of the Paris-Sorbonne University and the French Institute in Cairo (IFAO) has been excavating an exceptional harbor complex at Wadi al-Jarf along the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea. Considered now as the oldest harbor in the world, this massive installation dates back to the very beginning of the Fourth Dynasty. In 2013 the site has received a special reputation after the discovery of several hundreds of fragments of narrative and administrative papyri, the oldest…

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January 2019

DemonBase: The Imaginal Realm of Ancient Egyptian Supernatural Beings

January 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Kaplan Hall 365,

This presentation provides an overview of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE, centered at Swansea University, Wales. In both the modern and ancient world, intangible entities embody and are blamed for a host of physical and psychological afflictions, as well as being called upon to aid the sufferer. These mythical beings are known in many cultures by many names such as: gremlins, imps, faeries, ghosts, daemons, genies, Mischwesen, monsters, small gods, angels, superheroes and invisibilia. Although the Ancient…

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November 2018

Graduate Student Research Presentations and Q&A

November 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Kaplan Hall 365,

12:00 – 1:00pm Overspecializing the Specialist: Reevaluating the Role of Producers in the Study of Technological Interconnectivity Nadia Ben-Marzouk (Archaeology) Accounting for Kingship: The Samaria Ostraca as Royal Performance Jason Price (Hebrew Bible) An Image on the Stele or a Ghost in the Shell? A Cognitive Scientific Approach to the Material "Soul" in the Levant Timothy Hogue (Hebrew Bible) 1:00 – 2:00pm QWS, Edom, and Identities: Exploring the Use of Theophoric Elements in Onomastica as Markers of Identity Andrew Danielson…

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