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The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY), presents the following in our 2018 Fall Lecture Series:

“Conserving Kushite Tombs of the Theban Necropolis:
South Asasif Conservation Project 2016-2018”

This lecture is dedicated to Jack Josephson and Dr. Magda Saleh.

SPEAKER:  Dr. Elena Pischikova, director of the South Asasif Conservation Project and Research Scholar at the American University in Cairo.

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.]


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ABSTRACT:  The early Kushite tombs of the Theban necropolis, the tomb of Mayor of Thebes Karabasken (TT 391) and First aq priest of Amun Karakhamun (TT 223) were considered completely ruined by floods and later occupation until rediscovered in 2006 by the South Asasif Conservation Project, directed by Dr. Elena Pischikova. The South Asasif Conservation Project is an American-Egyptian archaeological team working under the auspices of the Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt. For twelve years the international team of the Project has been clearing, conserving and reconstructing the tombs of the South Asasif necropolis. The collapsed tomb of Karakhamun is being rebuilt from the floor up in order to reinstate tens of thousands of fragments of the tomb's decoration found during its clearing. 

The highlights of the talk will be the recent discoveries and reconstructions of the Project: the red granite sarcophagus of Karabasken, canopic jars of Lady Amenirdis, architectural features decorated for the "new" High Steward of the God's Wife, Padibastet in the tomb of Karabasken and reconstructions of the Second Pillared Hall and Tornische in the tomb of Karakhamun. 

The process of reconstructing the ruined tomb of Karakhamun offers a unique opportunity for exercising what can be called experimental art history, allowing to merge the roles of an epigrapher in recording the ancient monument, and that of co-creator of a tomb providing unique insights into the time of the revival of monumental decorated tomb building. One of the aspects of the art historical research in the tomb focuses on mapping the distribution of styles of execution or implementation of iconography within the tomb, their earlier references and tools of transmission. The stylistic landscape of the tomb of Karakhamun will be discussed on the basis of examples of numerous images of the tomb owner throughout the tomb and their reflection of the technical aspects of the process of tomb decoration as well as the ritual and theological importance of different areas of the tomb.  

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Dr. Elena Pischikova is the director of the American-Egyptian team South Asasif Conservation Project and Research Scholar at the American University in Cairo. She has directed the Project since 2006 conducting clearing, conservation and reconstruction of the tombs of the South Asasif necropolis. Dr. Pischikova previously directed the Metropolitan Museum/ARCE project at the tomb of Nespakashuty (TT 312) at Deir el Bahri. Dr. Pischikova worked at the Metropolitan Museum, New York and Fairfield Universities. She held postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and the Egyptian Department of the Metropolitan Museum. 

Dr. Pischikova is a co-organizer of a recurrent international conference Thebes in the First Millennium BC in Luxor, Egypt. Among her publications are Thebes in the First Millennium BC: Art and Archaeology of the Kushite Period and Beyond, edited by Elena Pischikova, Julia Budka and Kenneth Griffin (London: Golden House Publications, 2018), Tombs of the South Asasif Nectopolis: New Discoveries and Research 2012-2014, edited by Elena Pischikova (Cairo, New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2017) and many others. 
Dr. Elena Pishikova
Photo: Dr. Katherine Blakeney, South Asasif Conservation Project
Photo: Dr. Katherine Blakeney, South Asasif Conservation Project
Photo: Dr. Katherine Blakeney, South Asasif Conservation Project