IEAA News and Information

The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology is a Tennessee Center of Excellence. It is a component of the Department of Art at The University of Memphis, in Memphis, Tennessee (USA). The IEAA is dedicated to the study of the art, history and culture of ancient Egypt through teaching, research, exhibition, and community education.


The Egyptian Gallery is CLOSED The gallery will re-open on Saturday, October 15.

Important Safety Guidelines for your museum visit: masks and social distancing are strongly recommended.


IEAA Director to Give Special Virtual Lecture at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lorelei Corcoran

Dr. Lorelei H. Corcoran, Professor of Art History (Egyptian art and archaeology) and Director of the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology at the University of Memphis will present a lecture on The “Mummy Portraits” of Roman Egypt: Status, Ethnicity, and Magic. This event is free and open to the public both in-person and online on the evening of October 6, 2022.

Join Dr. Corcoran for her in-person and Zoom lecture on the production and function of the “mummy portraits” that were popular throughout Egypt in the Roman period and discover what these images reveal about the religious beliefs and multi-layered ethnicities of their subjects. Her lecture is part of the exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums: Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt which is open through December 31, 2022. This hybrid (in-person and simulcast online) event is presented by the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums. For more information about her presentation visit: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/mummy-portraits-roman-egypt


Federal Agents Seek IEAA Help to Identify Potentially Stolen Egyptian Artifact

Canopic Jar Lid

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Memphis, TN, seized a package on August 17 that contained an ancient Egyptian canopic jar lid. They contacted Egyptologists from the University of Memphis' Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology who cornfirmed the authenticity of the piece.

The lid depicts the deity Imsety, who protects the deceased person's liver from harm. Canopic jars were made in sets of four and contained the internal organs which were removed from the body as part of the mummification process. The lids were often in the shape of four gods - human, jackal, baboon and falcon - who were thought to magically protect the jars' contents. This lid dates to the Third Intermediate Period (1,069 BCE - 653 BCE).  For more information, see the article on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web site: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/memphis-seizes-ancient-egyptian-artifact.



Events and Programs for Fall 2022

For more information about these events visit the IEAA Events page, or select highlighted text in one of the events below.

  • Sixth Annual IEAA Aluminae/Alumni Lecture
    Join us the evening of Thursday, October 27, 2022, for a presentation by Dr. Mark Janzen, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. His lecture presents new findings on the identity of the pharaoh responsible for a section of battle reliefs on the exterior wall at Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt. He will also bring us up up-to-date on his team's fieldwork at Karnak. Dr. Janzen earned his doctorate in the Department of History at the University of Memphis in 2013.

  • Ancient Egypt Family Day on the Internet

    Join us for a fun and FREE online public event with lots of fun and interesting activities for all! Content will be available from April 18 through September 30, 2022.
    This year we also have links to resources for educators and parents.


Professor in the News - The New York Times

Golden MummiesDr. Lorelei H. Corcoran, Professor and Director of the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, was quoted in the NY Times article, “Archaeologists Find Mummies with Golden Tongues,” a feature in the Science Section, February 3, 2021. An expert on Egyptian mummies of the Roman period, Dr. Corcoran was consulted to comment on the recent discovery at the Egyptian site of Taposiris Magna of mummies with gilded tongues found during the Egyptian-Dominican excavation in search of the remains of Cleopatra VII and Marc Antony.

(Photo Credit: The New York Times)


The Pharaohs' Golden Parade


On April 3, 2021, 22 royal mummies, 18 kings and 4 queens, left the Egyptian Museum on Cairo's Tahrir Square for their new home at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in a parade that wound through Cairo.

Watch the full parade and celebration here!

Dr. Suzanne Onstine, Associate Professor in the Department of History, was interviewed about the parade on the BBC. Listen to hear her thoughts about the significance of the event. 



Yegegi shrine by IEAA on Sketchfab

Virtual Exhibition of Egyptian Artifacts in 3D!

Dr. Joshua Roberson, assistant professor of Art History, is working on a project to develop new skills and techniques for creating three dimensional (3D) images for research and teaching. He is compiling a pilot sample using artifacts in the IEAA collection. The images can be manipulated by the viewer to see all sides of an object. 

Click here to see six more 3D images of IEAA antiquities on Sketchfab.


Video Resources

Past Online Events
Past lectures sponsored by the IEAA are available on the CCFA Memphis YouTube page or in the IEAA Online Events Archive.

Videos of Egyptian Artifacts
University of Memphis graduate students in Art History create videos of objects in the IEAA's Egyptian collection. As part of a class assignment under the guidance of Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, three students each selected, researched and produced a short video on an ancient Egyptian object. Watch these videos on the University of Memphis' YouTube page or in IEAA Collections Videos