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Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1:30-4:30 PM

From Egypt before the Pharaohs to the Future of Archaeology
A Special Program in Celebration of International Archaeology Day at the Bowers Museum, North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA
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Egypt before the Pharaohs:  Predynastic Cosmetic Palettes
  • Dr. Kara Cooney, Associate Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art & Architecture, Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles
The Predynastic period of ancient Egypt, the one of consolidation of power and the nascent kingship, was recorded on stone palettes. Long discussed and debated among Egyptologists, these palettes were first used for make-up but eventually became ceremonial, even magical in their function. Dr. Cooney will discuss the Predynastic palettes in context, from the archaeological contexts in which they were discovered to the historical context of the emergence of kingship in Egypt, which they recorded and disappeared when it was fully established.

Dr. Kara Cooney is an internationally esteemed scholar specializing in craft production, coffin studies, and economies in the ancient world. In addition, she co-curated Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaoh exhibition at LACMA (2005), produced and hosted a comparative archaeology TV series, Out of Egypt (2009), and authored The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt (2014).

Egypt and Beyond: 
Archaeology of the Eastern Desert

  • Dr. Hans Barnard, Assistant Researcher, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Adjunct Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles
The arid region between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea, known as the Eastern Desert, has been inhabited by groups of pastoral nomads during most of its history. Their relation with the settled population in the Nile Valley had long periods of silence in the historical and archaeological records, punctuated by short periods of increased visibility. The Eastern Desert has an interesting history on its own but its study is troubled by many, often difficult issues. Dr. Barnard will provide an overview of the state of the field.

Dr. Hans Barnard is an archaeological surveyor, photographer and ceramic analyst. He has worked on sites in Armenia, Chile, Egypt, Iceland, Panama, Peru, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. He is currently involved in a project in Peru and Egypt (the Fayum Oasis).

The Future of Archaeology:
"New Techniques of Archaeological Technology"
  • Kate Pointer, guest speaker (age 10)
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