The American Research Center in Egypt – New York Chapter

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2021.5.22 Bones Don’t Lie

Join us for ARCE DC’s annual study day/fundraiser:

“Bones Don’t Lie: Forensics and the Discovery of Ancient Egypt”

Discover how four experts use forensic bone science to study ancient human remains in Egypt.

This virtual event will be held on:

Saturday, May 22, from 10 AM to 2:45 PM (EDT US).

The cost: $40 general admission, $30 for ARCE members, $10 for students.

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You will receive a a confirmation email with the Zoom link to the event, and then a reminder the morning of event.

We’ll look forward to seeing all of you!

Dr. Anne Austin

10 AM (EDT US) Introduction to Methods for the Study of Human Remains:

Dr. Anne Austin, University of Missouri-Saint Louis, explains how bones reveal their secrets.

Modern crime solvers are now able to figure out a victim’s sex, the approximate age at death, and an estimate of how long the bones have been in the dirt, the woods, or the sand.

Paleo-osteologists use similar techniques. In Egypt, they’re summoned to excavations whenever skeletons or mummified remains are uncovered. Learn how they “read” those long silent clues.

Dr. Sahar Saleem

11 AM (EDT US) Fatal Injuries in Royal Mummies:

Dr. Sahar Saleem, Professor of Radiology, Cairo University, presents the latest research on the mortal remains of pharaohs Seqenenre Tao, Thutmose I, and Ramses III.

Seqenenre Tao, of the 17th dynasty, sustained wounds in a battle that liberated Egypt from Hyksos control.

His descendant, Thutmose I of the 18th dynasty, suffered wounds so severe that they that cut to the bone.

Finally, Dr. Saleem will explore whether the bones of 20th dynasty king Ramesses III can help solve the centuries old riddle of how he died in Luxor.

Noon-12:30(EDT US): lunch break

Dr. Nathaniel Dominy

12:30 PM (EDT US) When Bones Become Maps—Using Baboons to Track Ancient Trade Routes:

Dr. Nathaniel Dominy, Dartmouth University, updates his ground breaking research using radioactive isotopes.

Originally native to Egypt, baboons migrated south to wetter terrain as the ancient climate changed.

During pharaonic times, they were highly sought after as elite funeral offerings, living representations of the god Thoth, and hard-to-handle pets.

With elites willing to pay high prices to obtain such exotic creatures, expeditions were launched to capture them. Sources include the fabled land of Punt, whose exact location has remained a mystery for millennia. Can modern science and ancient bones work together to finally provide a map to Punt?

Meg Swaney

1:30 PM (EDT US) Remembering the Dead Through Facial Reconstruction: 

Meg Swaney, doctoral candidate, Johns Hopkins University and Archaeological Museum, discusses the osteological and forensic evidence for two female mummies in the “Who Am I?” exhibition.

Ancient Egyptian mummies in museum collections around the world impose special obligations on museum staff.

This talk traces the post-mortem histories of two ancient Egyptian mummies as a means of considering some of the ethical challenges of preserving, displaying, and interpreting ancient human remains in modern museums.

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Our Next Lecture


 Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

Shabtis for the Nubians: Material Colonization and Local Identities in the New Kingdom Egyptian Empire

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Clay shanties from Aniba. Egyptian Museum Leipzig. Photo: R. Lemos

SPEAKER: Dr. Rennan Lemos, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

ABSTRACT:  The Egyptian New Kingdom colonization of Nubia materialized in different ways on local ground. Among Egyptian imperial strategies to establish their power in Nubia, a global objectscape comprised of a series of Egyptian-style items spread throughout Nubia. Early scholars interpreted the substitution of previous Nubian material culture for Egyptian-style objects as evidence of the acculturation of Nubian populations. However, looking at shabtis allows us to realize the different social roles performed by these foreign objects in local contexts in Nubia. This talk will focus on the shabti corpus from New Kingdom Nubia and examine the different roles performed by these objects, including the expression of local identities through objects  originally aimed to materialize foreign colonial rule.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr.Rennan Lemos recently completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the ERC-funded DiverseNile Project at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He has many years of excavation experience in Egypt and Sudan and most recently co-edited Current Perspectives in Sudanese and Nubian Archaeology, published by Archaeopress. 

Please also check the ARCE events calendar page for other, open, lectures put on by National, as well as Chapter lectures offered virtually:

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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