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The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY), in co-sponsorship with the Egyptological Seminar of New York, presents the following lecture:

“Egyptian Coffins: Exploring the carpenter’s craft for the afterlife.”

SPEAKER:  Dr. Geoffry Killen, Egyptologist and author of Ancient Egyptian Furniture. 

Upcoming ARCE Egyptology Lectures in New York

November 8, 2018. Dr. Anna Garnett will speak on "A Potted History of the Petrie Museum." Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. RSVP Required to [email protected] More information at www.esny-bes.org

November 14, 2018. Dr. Elena Pischikova will speak on "Conserving          Kushite Tombs of the Theban Necropolis: South Asasif Conservation Project            2016-2018". This lecture will be held at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

December 5, 2018. Prof. Sahar Saleem will speak on "Ancient Egyptian medicine and health in the eyes of modern science". The lecture will be held at the Egyptian Consulate.

February 28, 2019. Dr. Jennifer Thum will be the speaker for our  first annual Theodore N. Romanoff Lecture, title TBA.  The lecture will be held at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.  

March 14, 2019.  Dr. Betsy Bryan, will speak on a topic and at a location TBA.

June 20, 2019.  Prof. Ogden Goelet and Dr. Sameh Iskander in co-operation with the National Arts Club, speaking on their recent work at Abydos. 

LOCATION: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; 7 Times Square, New York, 23rd floor. [Entrance on Broadway at 42nd St, between The Loft and The Counter. Photo ID required. Proceed to 5th Fl Sky Lobby and take second elevator bank to 23rd Fl.]


R.S.V.P. REQUIRED. Please reply to [email protected] . After the lecture Dr. Killen will demonstrate a set of replica ancient Egyptian woodwork tools. 

ABSTRACT:  Egyptians invested time and considerable material resources when preparing for death. At Deir el-Medina we have evidence of the production and quality procedures employed by carpenters when manufacturing a coffin for a client. Once the carpenter had manufactured the coffin carcase it provided coffin painters with the opportunity to create examples of magnificent funerary art. In preparation for the recent coffin exhibition, Death on the Nile held at the Fitzwilliam Museum we had the opportunity to analyse a range of different coffins. This included employing new scanning technologies to help us understand the complex nature of coffin construction that is hidden below layers of paint and varnish. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Geoffrey Killen is a leading Egyptologist, wood technologist, and furniture historian whose expertise embraces forty years of research in the areas of Ancient Egyptian Furniture and Woodworking Technology. Dr. Killen has studied the collections of Egyptian furniture and woodwork at most of the major world museums including the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo. He has lectured and given practical demonstrations of Ancient Egyptian woodworking processes and techniques in the United States of America and Britain. He has written extensively on the subject and also led in the field of experimental archaeology where making and using replica woodworking tools and equipment has generated and tested archaeological hypotheses. His practical work is now displayed together with those original artifacts in several British museums.