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ARCE/NY LECTURE, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN EGYPT/NEW YORK CHAPTER

The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY) is pleased to present the following lecture in our 2017 Winter/Spring Lecture Series.

TIME: 6:00 p.m. FREE TO THE PUBLIC RECEPTION TO FOLLOW LECTURE R.S.V.P. REQUIRED: Please reply to info@arceny.com

TITLE: "Words in the Landscape: Exploring Egyptian Royal Living-Rock Stelae."

















SPEAKER: Jennifer Thum, MPhil Oxon,PhD Candidate in Archaeology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, (to be introduced by Tricia Coletto, ARCE/NY Board Member and Editor of the ARCE/NY e-Newsletter).

LOCATION: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP 
                            7 Times Square, N.Y. 10036
                            23rd Floor Reception)
                           (Entrance to 7 Times Square is on Broadway at 42nd
                           Street, next to The Loft. Photo ID is required to enter building.                            Proceed to the 5th floor Sky Lobby and take the second                            elevator bank to the 23rd floor reception).

​ABSTRACT: Ancient Egypt was a culture of monumental building, particularly at the hands of the king, whose role was defined by his ability to mark order onto the territory he controlled. His messages were usually conveyed on built structures and freestanding stelae, which were the prescribed media for state programs. Yet there are some examples where the words and images we would expect to see on conventional monuments were instead inscribed onto "living rock"--cliffs and outcrops that are still in situ. Living-rock stelae were executed with many of the same formalities as their freestanding counterparts, but they appear to have been deployed by the kingship on a more restricted set of occasions. My dissertation uses landscape archaeology to explore the circumstances under which Egyptian kings chose to inscribe the landscape, and what those messages can tell us about how that landscape was understood. In this talk I will discuss the research I am currently doing for this project, including fieldwork trips to stelae sites in Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jen is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She earned a B.A. in Archaeology from Barnard College in 2009 and an M.Phil. in Egyptology from Oxford, where she was a Clarendon Scholar, in 2012. Currently she is a PhD Candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University's Joukowsky Institute. Jen's field experience includes work as a small-finds specialist with the Megiddo Expedition and the NYU Excavations at Amheida. In 2015-2016 she co-curated an exhibit titled "Uncovering Ancient Egypt: Ancient Crafts, Modern Technologies," which focused on research methods for Egyptian artifacts, at Brown's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. Jen's dissertation is a study of Egyptian royal living-rock stelae, examined through the lens of landscape archaeology. For her dissertation research she has traveled to Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia as a CAORC Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellow and a fieldwork award from the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. In 2017-2018 she will hold an ECA Fellowship and the Theodore N. Romanoff Prize from the American Research Center in Egypt. Jen's dissertation fieldwork comprises a strong outreach component, including an online newsletter called The Interactive Dissertation.
Our 2017 - 2018 Lecture Schedule

September 21, 2017 (Thursday) – "Words in the Landscape: Exploring Egyptian Royal Living-Rock Stelae." - Jennifer Thum, MPhil Oxon,PhD Candidate in Archaeology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University (at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, 7 Times Square, NY. 23rd Floor reception, entrance on Broadway at 42nd st., next to The Loft)

October 12, 2017 (Thursday)  – "Conserving Cairo: 1882 - 2011" - Dr. Nicholas Warner, Research Fellow, American University in Cairo, at The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), 15 E. 84th St. (between 5th and Madison), NY., NY.

October 19, 2017 (Thursday) - “Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt” (Discussion of the New Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum) - Yekaterina Barbash, Associate Curator, Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum (at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NY., NY.)

December 14, 2017 (Thursday)  – “Tricks of the Trade: Scribal Creativity in Ancient Egypt” - Emily Cole, New York University, at The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), 15 E. 84th St. (between 5th and Madison), NY., NY.

January 25, 2018 (Thursday) – Topic: TBA 

March 8, 2018 (Thursday) - “Dirty Pictures for a Dangerous Goddess: The Turin Erotic Papyrus.” - Ann Macy Roth, New York University, at The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), 15 E. 84th St. (between 5th and Madison), NY., NY.

April – No Lecture – ARCE Annual Meeting

May – TBA

June – Annual Meeting NY Chapter Members – Lecture: TBA
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Royal inscriptions on Konosso Island. Photo courtesy, Jen Thum
Jen Thum - Photo Courtesy, M. J. Burgener