Lunch with the Scholars who “Uncovered Ancient Egypt” - Dr. Kathryn Howley

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Department of Egyptology and Assyriology and Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology are proud to present a series of short lunchtime talks featuring the researchers highlighted in the exhibit Uncovering Ancient Egypt: Ancient Crafts, Modern Technologies. The exhibit invites visitors to step behind the scenes with Brown’s researchers in Egyptology, archaeology, medicine, and materials science. Together these researchers have used modern technologies to discover how the objects in Brown’s ancient Egyptian collections were made and used thousands of years ago. During these lunchtime talks, scholars will discuss their work and take you through their processes of exploring ancient artifacts. Afterwards, attendees are invited to enjoy a close and casual encounter over pizza. Join us on these dates:

October 21, 2015 Dr. James P. Allen (Charles Edwin Wilbour Professor of Egyptology, Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University) will speak about the translation of ancient texts.

November 11, 2015  Dr. Miriam Müller (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) will speak about the study of daily life and her interpretation of the exhibit’s wooden rower figure.

December 2, 2015 Dr. Kathryn Howley (Lecturer, Department of History of Art and Visual Culture, Rhode Island School of Design) will speak about her work with shabtis, figurines that were placed in tombs to perform tasks for the tomb owner in the afterlife.

February 17, 2016 Dr. Laurel Bestock (Vartan Gregorian Assistant Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World and Egyptology and Assyriology at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World) will speak about experimental archaeology and working with different types of stone.

March 16, 2016 Dr. Scott Collins (Lead CT Technologist, Rhode Island Hospital) and Dr. Derek Merck (Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging, Alpert Medical School) will speak about their experience taking scans of the ibis mummy.

April 13, 2016 Jen Thum (Ph.D. candidate at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World) will demonstrate RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) and her work on the Museum’s Old Kingdom relief block.

All lectures will take place at noon at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, located in Manning Hall. This series is sponsored by the Department of Egyptology and Assyriology and Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.