2020 Marie Buttery Student Grant
Awarded to Jason Silvestri
The Board of Directors of the American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California chapter, has awarded its 2020 $1,000 Marie Buttery Memorial Student Grant to Jason Silvestri, a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley.
Jason proposes to use his grant to aid in the construction of a digital humanities project focused on digitizing and making accessible the archaeological data from the early seasons of the Hearst Expedition to Naga el-Deir. He aims to digitize the archival data, metadata, and data relationships pertaining to the documentation of Cemetery N. 500, excavated 1900-04 by George Andrew Reisner. The cemetery contains more than 400 tomb contexts, most of which contained several grave goods and/or human remains largely now in the collection of the Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley and largely unpublished and/or separated from their contextual documentation.
The board hopes that Jason and all our other Northern California students of Egyptology will be able to resume their fieldwork and research very soon. We thank our longtime board member Glenn Meyer, whose generous gift helped to fund this year's grant. And we thank all who applied, and encourage you to reapply for future funding cycles.
ARCE Northern California also offers a $1,500 student grant each fall in memory of its former member Professor Eugene Cruz-Uribe. As with the Marie Buttery grant, applicants for the Eugene Cruz-Uribe grant must attend school or have a hometown in Northern California. Call for applications for this grant will go out later in 2020.
President, ARCE Northern California