The Pyramid Age represents the first of several highpoints in ancient Egypt’s long history. But critical questions remain on the history of the period, its social structure and economic organization, and the long-term implications of its artistic achievements. Harvard made a unique contribution to our scholarly comprehension of the Old Kingdom, thanks to the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, headquartered at “Harvard Camp” behind the Giza Pyramids for over forty years (1905–1947).

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the new Journal of Egyptian History, The University of British Columbia, Harvard University, and Brill Academic Publishers, Boston, are planning to hold a conference at Harvard University on April 25–26, 2012. Faculty, students, and colleagues in the Boston area will have an opportunity to mix with a distinguished group of Egyptological scholars from around the world. Immediately following this conference, the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt will take place at Brown University from April 27–29, 2012.

A one-day International Egyptology symposium to consider questions of kingship, religion, art, economics, and old and new archaeological excavations at the Giza Pyramids and beyond (3rd millennium BCE).

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Please Register for the symposium (it's free)

Wednesday, April 25th

Yenching Auditorium
2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge MA 02138

5:10–6:00 Special Guest Lecture: Manfred Bietak
“The gold of valour and the Palace of the Hyksos Khayan at Avaris. Recent results of the excavations at Tell el-Dab'a“

Thursday, April 26th

Tsai Auditorium
CGIS South Building
Room S-010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138
8:45–9:00 Welcoming remarks (Thomas Schneider, Peter Der Manuelian)

Morning Session
Moderator: Peter Der Manuelian

9:00–9:30 1) Miroslav Barta, Charles University, Prague
“The History of the Old Kingdom as a punctuated equilibria theory example”

9:30–10:00 2) Thomas Schneider, University of British Columbia
“Foreign Relations in the Old Kingdom”

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30–11:00 3) John Gee, Brigham Young University
"Did the Old Kingdom Collapse? A New View of the First Intermediate Period”

11:00–11:30 4) Racheli Shalomi-Hen, Tel-aviv University and the Hebrew University
“The Rise and Fall of the Egyptian King: Religious History at the End of the 5th Dynasty”

11:30–12:00 5) Hratch Papazian, University of Copenhagen
“Egypt in the Eighth Dynasty”

12:00–1:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session
Moderator: Thomas Schneider

1:30–2:00 6) Peter Der Manuelian, Harvard University
“Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition Contributions to Old Kingdom History at Giza: Some Rights and Wrongs”

2:00–2:30 7) John Nolan, Ancient Egypt Research Associates
“Cattle, Kings and Priests: Phyle Rotations and Old Kingdom Civil Dates”

2:30–3:00 8) Mark Lehner, Ancient Egypt Research Associates
"Shareholders: Understanding the Menkaure Valley Temple Occupation"

3:00–3:15 Coffee break

3:15–3:45 9) Florence Friedman, Brown University
“The Menkaure triads and their possible implication for the economic history of the Fourth Dynasty”

3:45–4:15 10) Ann Macy Roth, New York University
“Who were the xntjw-S? Some Socio-historical Implications of Mortuary Evidence from Giza”

4:15–4:45 11) Leslie Anne Warden, West Virginia University Institute of Technology
“Royal and Private Economic Spheres in the Old Kingdom”

4:45–5:00 Concluding discussion

7:00 For speakers only: Bus departs from Harvard Faculty Club to Providence, RI for the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt; taking place at Brown University from April 27–29, 2012.

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