Friday, October 9, 2015

Reminder: ARCE Lecture This Sunday: Deir el Medina After Dark

The following lecture is offered in observance of International Archaeology Day (IAD), which is October 17 but is celebrated all month long. For more information on IAD, please go to, hashtag #IAD2015 on Twitter, or on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Anne Austin, Stanford University

The Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt; the Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, are sponsoring the following lecture:

Deir el Medina After Dark

By Dr. Teresa Moore, UC Berkeley

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 2015
WHERE: Room 20, Barrows Hall, Barrow Lane and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley
There is no admission, but donations are welcomed.

About the lecture:

For the inhabitants of Deir el-Medina as for other ancient Egyptians, the night could be full of danger, whether supernatural (ghosts and demons) or mundane (robbers and poisonous animals). Yet religious celebrations and socializing also took place during the hours of darkness.
Papyrus Salt 124 details the crimes allegedly committed by the Chief Workman Paneb, whose notoriety stems largely from this document. Among these misdeeds is an accusation that he beat workmen during a “night party.” This reference is examined in the context of nocturnal activities in the village.
About the speaker:

TERESA MOORE earned a Ph.D. in Egyptology from UC Berkeley, and teaches UC Berkeley Extension courses in ancient Egyptian history, language, and culture, along with additional topics related to the ancient Near East. She has taught ancient Egyptian language at UC Berkeley and has received fellowships for research in Egypt.

For more information:

Go to or send email to Chapter President Al Berens at


Glenn Meyer
Publicity Director
Northern California ARCE