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The Epigraphic Survey, ARCE and the Khonsu Temple: Collaboration and Ancient Secrets Revealed

WHEN: July 24, 2021, at 1:00 PM Eastern Time / 7:00 PM Eastern European Time


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ARCE has prioritized completing the conservation of Khonsu Temple, one of the most significant historical sites in Luxor, and we are excited to share some updates. It is our pleasure to invite you to an exclusive lecture, “The Epigraphic Survey, ARCE, and Khonsu Temple: Collaboration and Ancient Secrets Revealed” with Dr. W. Raymond Johnson, Director at the Chicago House.  The lecture will address Chicago House’s epigraphic programs at Khonsu Temple, with a special focus on the collaboration between Chicago House and ARCE during the floor restoration work starting in 2008.  The restoration work resulted in some astonishingly significant material being exposed for just enough time for Dr. Johnson and his team to record it before it was covered over with restoration stone. The work marks a major chapter in Chicago House’s documentation program at the temple.   

About Dr. Johnson

Chicago House Director W. Raymond Johnson attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans, and received his doctorate in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Chicago in 1992 with his dissertation entitled, “An Asiatic Battle Scene of Tutankhamun from Thebes: A Late Amarna Antecedent of the Ramesside Battle Narrative Tradition.”  He has participated in excavations at the site of Fort William Henry in Colonial Pemaquid, Maine; at Chogha Mish, Iran; at Quseir Al-Qadim on the Red Sea coast of Egypt; and at Carthage, Tunisia.  

JUNE 17 – 1:00 PM, ET

Hatshepsut and the Temple of Mut with Betsy Bryan

John Hopkins Professor Betsy Bryan discusses Hatshepsut, Queen and God’s Wife of Amun, in a lecture co-sponsored with the American Research Center in Egypt/New York. By 1470 B.C.E., Hatshepsut emerged as King, technically reigning alongside her stepson and nephew Thutmose III. He was still a youth and she dominated their coregency. As ruler she constructed numerous edifices, honoring the great gods of Thebes, Amun, and Mut. For Mut, she rebuilt the temple and renewed festival rites involving sacred drunkenness. Hatshepsut’s devotion to the Mut Temple connects her to Karnak, Luxor, and her glorious Deir el Bahri across the Nile.

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Dr. Betsy Bryan

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Betsy Bryan is the Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1980. Her areas of specialization are history, art and archaeology of the New Kingdom. Her current fieldwork is in the temple complex of the goddess Mut at South Karnak, and her research focuses on defining the earliest forms of the temple of Mut of Isheru. 

Please enjoy ARCE’s podcast series. Here are the links:

Aftermath of Tutankhamen’s Reign

A talk by Maggie Bryson that discusses the aftermath of the reign of Tutankhamun, what happened after his death as well as the lasting impacts of the Amarna period on Egypt. She discusses the role of the general Horemheb and the transition to the next Dynasty. 

Tutankhamen’s Court

Nozomu Kawai explains the political situation during the reign of King Tutankhamun and highlights the most important women and men in his court. He also details the vast building program of the King and what could be his motives behind it.

The Lineage of Tutankhamen

This talk, by Dr. Aidan Dodson, discusses Tutankhamen’s family history, the DNA studies done on his mummy and some of the objects found in his tomb.

Inside the Tomb of Tutankhamen

Dr. Salima Ikram discusses the tomb’s treasures and decorations, as well as the king’s mummy and what is unique about it.

Al Amasili Project in Rosetta

We talk with Dr. Kenawi about the Amasili Project: the multidisciplinary conservation of an Ottoman-period house in the center of Rosetta. In addition to learning about its novel approach to heritage conservation, we discuss threats to heritage sites and consider some unanswered questions about Egypt’s last Ptolemaic rulers.

ARCE is hard at work preserving many sites in Egypt for future generations. Please take a look at virtual tours of some of these sites.

The Jewish cemetery of Basatin

The Tomb of Menna

The Bab Zuwayla

Aslam al-Silahdar Mosque

Zawiya-Sabil Faraj IBN Barquq

Monastery of St. Anthony

The Museum at the Monastery of St. Anthony

Theban Tombs 159 and 286

The Temple of Khonsu at Karnak

The Statues of Rahotep and Nofret

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