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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Virtual Chapter Lectures for Members begin May 9 | American Research Center In Egypt

ARCE Virtual Chapter Lectures

Join the American Research Center in Egypt this May and June 2020 for Virtual Chapter Lectures

This summer, ARCE and its North American Chapters are collaborating on an 8-lecture series featuring exciting research and experts in the fields of Egyptology and Archaeology. These online lectures will commence on May 9, this Saturday, and take place every Saturday for the next seven weeks. These are available exclusively to ARCE members.

Schedule of Speakers

May 9: Nicholas Picardo; co-sponsored by Chicago & MO
May 16: Kara Cooney; co-sponsored by NoCA & OC
May 23: Melinda Nelson-Hurst; co-sponsored by TN & NOLA
May 30: Steve Harvey; co-sponsored by NY & PA
June 6: Ines Torres; co-sponsored by NE & Vancouver
June 13: David Anderson; co-sponsored by NW & OR
June 20: Leslie Anne Warden; co-sponsored by DC & GA
June 27: Salima Ikram; co-sponsored by TX & AZ

Lecture Information: May 9, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Nicholas Picardo

Ancient Egyptian "Soul Houses" in Life and in Death

Online lecture by Nicholas Picardo, Harvard University

Co-sponsored by our Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL Chapters

  • 3:00 p.m. EST Illinois
  • Zoom Meeting

ARCE members are welcome to register by clicking here. Spaces are limited!

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 Nicholas:

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.

If you are a member and would like to register* for our first virtual Chapter lecture with Nicholas Picardo, please complete the form on this web page.

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