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ARCE/NY LECTURE, Monday, October 7, 2019

AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN EGYPT/NEW YORK CHAPTER 

The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY) presents the following lecture in its Fall 2019 Lecture Series:

"The Desert of Gold: New Fieldwork and Discoveries in the Eastern Desert of Sudan"



















SPEAKER:  Dr. Julien Cooper, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Yale University.

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.]

TIME: 6:00 P.M. RECEPTION TO FOLLOW LECTURE. FREE TO THE PUBLIC RSVP REQUIRED. Please reply to [email protected] . 

ABSTRACT: The vast and rocky deserts of the Eastern Desert of Sudan, known as the 'Atbai,' is the heartland of ancient nomads called the Medjay, Blemmyes, and Beja in various historical documents. The desert was also the source of much gold for Egypt and Nubia, making it of vital importance to the Egyptian and Kushite states. Despite this importance, very little archaeological exploration has been undertaken in this desert. Little is known of the nature of foreign incursions in this area nor the archaeology of the indigenous inhabitants. As part of a program aiming to uncover the local archaeology of this region, a new fieldwork survey of the region began in 2018 largely designed to record archaeological sites under threat from modern activities. This presentation will showcase the history of this desert and the discoveries of the Atbai Survey.

















Upcoming Egyptology Lectures in New York

October 7, 2019, ARCE Lecture. The Desert of Gold: New fieldwork and discoveries in the Eastern Desert of Sudan. Dr. Julien Cooper, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Yale University. 6:00 PM at 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.] RSVP required at [email protected].

 October 24, 2019. ARCE/NY-ISAW Lecture. The mystery of the “White Walls”: The new discoveries at Memphis. Dr. Galina Belova, Supervisor of the Centre for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Russian Archaeological Missions at Memphis, Fayum, and Luxor. 6:00 PM at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW/NYU)15 East 84th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues) New York, New York. RSVP required at http://isaw.nyu.edu/rsvp.

• November 20, 2019. ARCE/NY Lecture. Ancient Nubia Now. Dr. Denise DoxeyCurator, Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 6:00 PM at 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.]. RSVP required at [email protected].

• December 11, 2019. ARCE/NY Lecture. Becoming an Isis Initiate. Dr. Paul Stanwick. New York University. 6:00 PM at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. 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.] RSVP required at [email protected].








ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Julien Cooper is an Egyptologist, holding a PhD from Macquarie University, Sydney. Since then he has taken on research roles at Oxford University and now is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University. His interests are primarily in the periphery of Egyptian civilization in Sudan and the interaction of foreign groups with Egypt. He has been working with the Sudan Archaeological Research Society (UK) in Sudan for four years.