From Storage to Showcase: Conserving Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies

Presenters: Dr. Sarah Schellinger, Ohio State University, and Ms. Mimi Leveque, ArchaeaTechnica Conservation Services
Date: Saturday, 27 Mar 2021
Time: 4pm Central (US) 
Format: Zoom webinar
This event is free and open to ARCE members and the general public, but advance registration is required. 
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Dr. Sarah Schellinger is a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at Ohio State University in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures as well as History of Art Departments. She specializes in the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt and Nubia with an emphasis on domestic architectural analysis. Before coming to Ohio State, Dr. Schellinger served as the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the San Antonio Museum of Art (2016-2018) where she curated an exhibition Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion on the museum’s collection of animal mummies. Dr. Schellinger is currently the co-director of the Es-Selim R4 (ESR4) archaeological project in the Northern Dongola Reach of North Sudan. This project examines the lived experiences of Kerma Period peoples at a provincial settlement site prior to the Egyptian New Kingdom colonization of Nubia. 

Ms. Mimi Leveque, Director of ArchaeaTechnica Conservation Services, is a conservator of objects and textiles with a special interest in archaeological materials, in particular ancient Egyptian artifacts.  She has worked for over 40 years on the examination and conservation of Egyptian mummies and coffins.  She has also conducted experiments to replicate ancient Egyptian faience and cartonnage. Ms. Leveque has worked as a conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.  She has served as a consultant to Egyptian collections and installations for many museums across the US, including the mummy collection at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, GA and the animal mummies at the San Antonio Museum of Art. She was also a consultant with the Getty Institute to temporarily safely house the mummy of Tutankhamun during tomb renovations. 

Past Events

We are pleased to be hosting our own virtual event! To register for the Zoom link, please go to:

This summer, the American Research Center in Egypt is hosting a digital lecture series available to Members. Visit 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

Nicholas Picardo

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.

About Nicholas:

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.

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