IEAA Events - Spring 2018

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The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, as part of its mandate as a Tennessee Center of Excellence, presents programs and educational events for the public. The IEAA brings world-renowned Egyptologists to the Mid-South for lectures and symposia. In addition, educational events are offered to schoolchildren and their families. Occasionally, the Institute also sponsors educational tours to Egypt.

The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology provides trained graduate student docents for groups wishing a guided tour of the ancient Egyptian and African ethnographic exhibitions in the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. In addition, the Art Museum and the IEAA are sometimes able to provide guided tours of the Contemporary exhibitions at the Art Museum.

To schedule a tour once the museum reopens, contact the Art Museum at 901.678.2224.

Note: All groups are required to contact the Art Museum in advance and are strongly encouraged to schedule a docent-guided tour.


Events for Spring 2018 

Leslie Warden

The Egyptology Graduate Student Association presents

"Egyptian Beer: Drinking for the Masses."

A Public Lecture by Dr. Leslie A. Warden

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:15 p.m.

Location: University Center, Bluff Room (room 304)


Leslie A. Warden, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Her areas of interest include Egypt's Old Kingdom ("Age of the Pyramids"), analysis of archaeological ceramics, the relationship of the Egyptian provinces to the capital, and non-elite material culture. In her presentation, she will share her current research on two ceramic forms, beer jars and bread moulds, using them to understand the staples of the ancient Egyptian economy and diet - bread and beer. 

Dr. Warden completed her B.A. at the University of California at Davis, and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She is head ceramicist for the North Kharga Oasis Survey (directed by Salima Ikram, American University in Cairo), project ceramicist for the German Archaeological Institute's excavations at Elephantine (directed by Dr. Johanna Sigl), and directs excavations at Kom el-Hisn in the Nile Delta. She recently published a book on Pottery and Economy in Old Kingdom Egypt. Other publications include chapters or articles such as "Central Taxation during the Old Kingdom" and "Identifying royal and private power in Old Kingdom Egypt."

This free public event will take place on the campus of the University of Memphis.

Pay parking ($3/hr.) is available in the adjacent Zach Curlin Garage.

Denise DoxeyThe Fifteenth Annual Legacy of Egypt Lecture

"All the King's Horses: Cemetery 200 at el-Kurru, Sudan."

A Public Lecture by Dr. Denise Doxey

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lecture: 7:15 p.m.
Reception: 6:30 p.m.

Location: University Center, Fountain View Suite (room 350)  


Denise Doxey, PhD, is Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her areas of interest include various aspects of the art, archaeology and civilizations of ancient Nubia and Egypt.

In March of 1919 the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition made a surprising discovery in the Napatan royal necropolis of el-Kurru, Sudan – a cemetery for horses belonging to the Nubian kings of Egypt's 25th Dynasty. The founder of the dynasty's account of his conquest of Egypt placed a great deal of emphasis on horses, making it clear that they were highly valued. Evidence of elaborate funerary trappings from the el-Kurru cemetery corroborates his account. Dr. Doxey will examine the evidence from this cemetery in the broader context of the role of horses in ancient Nubia, exploring their breeds, origins, and role in Nubian royal ideology.

Dr. Doxey completed her B.A. at the State University of New York at Albany, her M.Phil at Oxford University and her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the staff of the MFA, she was Keeper of the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She has excavated in Greece and Egypt and has taught Egyptology courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. She currently serves on the board of ICOM's International Committee for Egyptology and is president of the New England Chapter of ARCE. At the MFA, she was the co-curator of the exhibitions: The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC and Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia

Click here for a printable pdf of the event poster.

This free public event will take place on the campus of the University of Memphis.

Pay parking ($3/hr.) is available in the adjacent Zach Curlin Garage.