Our first lecture is co-sponsored by the Chicago, IL and Kansas City, MO Chapters and will feature Nicholas Picardo from Harvard University. For more information and to register, click here.
Ancient Egyptian "Soul Houses" in Life and in Death
Because the majority of ancient Egypt's so-called "soul houses" have come from cemetery contexts, they are almost always classified as funerary equipment. Yet, this outlook offers little to explain their less frequent but still numerous find spots in settlements and houses. This presentation adopts concepts from the discipline of household archaeology to consider an extended range of functions and ideological importance for soul houses, ultimately positing a use lifespan that began prior to their deposition in cemeteries. Further, their use in both household and funerary practices is evaluated as a mechanism for reinforcing identities and relationships and preserving social ties between the living and the dead.
About the speaker
Nicholas Picardo is Associate Director of the Giza Project at Harvard University. He specializes in household archaeology and archaeological applications of digital humanities. He has served as Field Director of the South Abydos Settlement Excavation E Project and the Kom el-Hisn Provincialism Project, while also participating in other projects at Abydos, Giza, and Saqqara. He has worked previously as a Curatorial Research Associate in the Art of the Ancient World Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he co-curated the exhibition The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC, and as Visiting Instructor of Egyptology at Brown University. A member of ARCE since 1998, Nicholas is the Chapter Representative to the ARCE Board of Governors and Treasurer of the New England Chapter.