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Next AIA-Orange County Society Lecture

 Saturday, December 13, 2014, 1:30 PM


This is a joint lecture with ARCE and is sponsored by Norma Kershaw

The location is the
Norma Kershaw Auditorium, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
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Parking is $6, refundable with validation from Tangata Restaurant.

Janice Kamrin, Ph.D.
  • Associate Curator of the Egyptian Galleries
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

To students of ancient Egyptian archaeology, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is among the wonders of the world. Its collection of Egyptian artifacts is the standard by which all other Egyptian collections are measured. In addition to housing the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, the Museum is known for the many treasures of King Tutankhamen. If you've been following the news, you are aware of the revolution-inspired challenges recently faced by the Egyptian Museum.

Assembling all available information regarding the artifacts in the Egyptian Museum's collection and saving it for future generations is the full time job of the Registration, Collections Management, and Documentation Department at the Museum. Because of ARCE's sponsorship, Egypt's first Registrars are now fully trained and able to track all of the museum's objects and records, as well as follow up on reports of possibly looted artifacts, often resulting in their recovery.

Join us for a look "behind the scenes" at the Egyptian Museum's Registration, Collections Management, and Documentation Department, including its recent challenges and the modern-day unsung heroes responsible for preserving its priceless records.

Dr. Janice Kamrin received her Ph.D. in Asian and Middle Eastern Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is Assistant Curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and was Director of the ARCE-funded initial Egyptian Museum Collections Management training program in Cairo. She has published numerous books and scholarly articles, including Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Practical Guide, "Tutankhamen's Missing Ribs" and "Eat Like an Ancient Egyptian."