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HYBRID - ARCE-PA Symposium in Honor of Dr. David B. O’Connor: Abydos Through the Ages

June 10, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States

ARCE-PA Symposium in Honor of Dr. David B. O’Connor
Saturday, June 10, 9am-5pm
Hybrid Event: Penn Museum, Rainey Auditorium & Webinar

Lecture is FREE to attend, but requires registration for in-person and virtual options. Register here:

Symposium Topic: Abydos Through the Ages

ARCE-PA’s June 10 2023 symposium on the archaeology of Abydos will honor the legacy of Dr. David B. O’Connor. In 1967 O’Connor, then Curator of the University Museum’s Egyptian Section, started the Pennsylvania-Yale Expedition to Abydos. During the 1960s-1990s his research at Abydos focused on North Abydos with its cemeteries and temples linked with the cult of the Egyptian funerary god Osiris. Over the course of his later career, both at Penn and then at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, O’Connor was instrumental in fostering a broadening range of intensive archaeological activity at Abydos. New archaeological research occurred in numerous areas such as the late Old Kingdom to Middle Kingdom mortuary landscape of the Middle Cemetery, the royal funerary complexes of Kings Senwosret III and Ahmose at South Abydos, and the memorial temples of Kings Thutmose III and Ramses II. In 2009 O’Connor published Abydos: Egypt’s First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris, a book that examined the rich and ever-changing archaeological picture of ancient Abydos. With the continued sponsorship of the Penn Museum, Institute of Fine Arts/New York University, University of Michigan, and other institutions, the program of North American and Egyptian archaeologists working at Abydos, and in Egypt, has grown and prospered thanks to the foundation provided by O’Connor’s long dedication to Egyptian archaeology and the site of Abydos. The symposium will include lectures by scholars who started their careers under David O’Connor, examining past discoveries, their most recent archaeological research at Abydos, and the ways in which O’Connor shaped their own careers.

Abydos Symposium Speakers:
Dr. Matthew D. Adams, Senior Research Scholar, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Dr. Janet Richards, Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Middle East Studies, Univ. of Michigan and Curator of Dynastic Egyptian Collections at the Kelsey Museum
Dr. Josef Wegner, Professor of Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Curator in the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Dr. Stephen Harvey, Director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project
Dr. Michelle Marlar, Director of Egyptian Archaeological Missions at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Mr. Hazem Salah Abdullah, Senior Inspector, Sohag Antiquities Office, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, EGYPT
Mr. Mohamed Abu El-Yazid, Senior Inspector, Sohag Antiquities Office, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, EGYPT
Mr. Ayman Damarany, Inspector, Sohag Antiquities Office, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, EGYPT
Dr. Sameh Iskander, Research Associate, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW)
Dr. Diana Craig Patch, Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in Charge, Dept. of Egyptian Art, Metropolitan Museum

Coffee & Tea will be available starting at 8:30am. There will be a 1.5 hour break for lunch.

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June 10, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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