Atlanta Calling: Roadtrip to meet Ancient Egypt

It’s time to pack out my Jack’s Mannequin CDs and get the car ready for the road. To the tune of Howard Day’s Collide and in the company of two colleagues from my department, I am embarking on a 15 hour journey down to Atlanta, Georgia. We will be off to the annual conference of the American Research Center in Egypt, which is going to run for three days. Nevertheless,  it is going to be an adventure.

View of Atlanta (Photo: Daniel Meyer)

Road trips are always fun. On our journey down, we are going to make pitstops at some museums with Egyptian collections, notably the Cleveland Museum of Art, which currently is hosting a special exhibit on Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt. Along these trips, visits to obscure antique shops in search of Egyptomania may also be required. We may even go so far to visit a cemetery in Pittsburgh, where a mausoleum of a local magnate was built in the style of Egyptian revival – more on that later.

The Winter Mausoleum in Pittsburgh (Photo: Allegheny Cemetery)

Now, this annual conference takes place in different US cities every year and features the best of the best of Egyptology in North America. I last went, when it was in Portland (one of my favourite cities!), the city of Grimm, Deschutes, and maple-glazed bacon doughnuts. In Atlanta, the conference is held about a 30-40 minute drive outside the city centre. I know there are so many talks to choose from, but in particular these five I am looking forward to the most:

  1. Nadine Moeller “Living in Old Kingdom Egypt: the Layout of Domestic Architecture”
  2. Erin Peters “The Temple of Dendur in Living Colour”
  3. Lorelei Corcoran “Blue Notes: Some Observations on the Colour Blue in Ancient Egyptian Art and Thought”
  4. Morena Stefanova “Egyptian and Egyptian-derived Luxury Faience Objects at Alalakh”
  5. James Harrell “Carnelian and Gypsum: Newly Discovered Sources for Ancient Egypt”

I look forward to several exciting days of learning about the latest in the world of Egyptology and ancient Egypt. Stay in touch on Twitter via #ARCE2016.

My blog is not affiliated with ARCE at all, though I am excited to help spread the joy of Egyptology.


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