This summer, the American Research Center in Egypt is hosting a digital lecture series available to Members. Visit https://www.arce.org/virtual-chapter-lectures to learn more. We look forward to seeing you there!
May 23- Dr. Melinda Nelson-Hurst; co-sponsored by TN & NOLA chapters
May 30- Dr. Steve Harvey; co-sponsored by NY & PA chapters
June 6- Inês Torres; co-sponsored by NE & Vancouver chapters
June 13- Dr. David Anderson; co-sponsored by NW & OR chapters
June 20- Dr. Leslie Anne Warden; co-sponsored by DC & GA chapters
June 27- Dr. Salima Ikram; co-sponsored by TX & AZ chapters
The Missouri Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt is please to cosponsor the following digital lecture available to Members. Register here to join!
May 9, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Ancient Egyptian “Soul Houses” in Life and in Death
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.
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.