"On the Waterfront at Giza: Workers’ Town and Pyramid Port – Latest Discoveries"
Mark Lehner, Giza Plateau Mapping Project
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 6:30 PM
ISAW , 15 East 84th St. New York, NY


"Perceiving, Remembering, and Giving Birth:The Power of Imagination in Marilio Ficino’s Commentary on Plotinus’s Ennead"
Anna Corrias, Princeton University
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 6:00 PM
Scheide Caldwell House 103, Princeton University


"The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt"
Elizabeth Bolman, Temple University
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 12:30 PM
Thomas Library 224, Bryn Mawr College

The results of a ten year conservation project at the Red Monastery church have revealed a fabulously dynamic, painted interior with close aesthetic and iconographic ties to major early Byzantine monuments. The church dates to the late fifth century, a formative period in the history of monasticism. It illustrates one of the earliest conjunctions of spectacular monumental architecture and asceticism, a fusion that has become so familiar that it seems natural. Initially, however, the choice to deploy such tools in a desert community of men who had chosen to leave the world behind was a contentious one.


"Fixedness and Flexibility in Early Islamic Architecture: Remarks on Marble Ornament from Samarra"
Matthew Saba, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 5:00 PM
Jaffe Building 103, University of Pennsylvania

This lecture will present evidence for the use of marble and other semi-precious stone as a medium for architectural decoration at Samarra, a palace city founded by the Abbasid Dynasty of Iraq in 836 C.E. An examination of this lost corpus adds to our understanding of the nature of Samarra’s interiors and further nuances our view of the Abbasid capital’s connections to larger streams of material, skilled labor, and aesthetic interests in the Near East during the first centuries of Islam.


"Rutgers CIC Graduate Conference on Ancient Adornment"

Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 8:30 AM
Brower Commons A and B, 145 College Ave. New Brunswick NJ

'Ancient Adornment' is the first Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) graduate student conference on the ancient world. A series of speakers from CIC institutions will discuss modalities and significance of personal adornment in antique Mediterranean culture.


Contact: T. Corey Brennan, tcbr@rci.rutgers.edu


"Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens"
David Pritchard, University of Queensland, Australia
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 4:30 PM
Cohen Hall 402, University of Pennsylvania

This lecture addresses the neglected problem of elite sport in classical Athens. Democracy may have opened up politics to every citizen but it had no impact on sporting participation. The city’s sportsmen continued to be drawn from the elite. Thus it comes as a surprise that nonelite citizens judged sport to be a very good thing and created an unrivalled program of local sporting festivals on which they spent a staggering sum. They also shielded sportsmen from the public criticism that was otherwise normally directed towards the elite and its conspicuous activities. The work of social scientists suggests that the explanation of this problem can be found in the close relationship that nonelite Athenians perceived between sporting contests and their own waging of war. The disturbing conclusion of this paper is that it was the democracy’s opening up of war to nonelite citizens that legitimised elite sport.


"Kolb Society of Fellows: Douglas G. Lovell Jr., Reports from the Field"

Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 6:0  PM
Penn Museum Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania

Speakers include:
The Rowanduz Archaeological Program 2014 with Darren Ashby
The Romans who saw the Caspian Sea: Developing a dissertation about South Caucasia in the Roman-Parthian period  with Lara Fabian
Middle Stone Age surface archaeology in the Doring River Valley, Cederberg, South Africa with Sam C. Lin



"A New Codex of the Poet Palladas"
Alan Cameron, Columbia University
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 11:00 AM
Italian Academy Level 5, Columbia University


"Kurd Qaburstan: Excavations at a Major Second Millenium BC Urban Center in Iraqi Kurdistan"
Glenn Schwartz, Johns Hopkins University
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 12:00 PM
Penn Museum Classroom 2, University of Pennsylvania


"9th Annual Kolb Senior Scholars Colloquium: New Discoveries in New World Archaeology"

Friday, 24 October 2014 - 2:00 PM
Penn Museum Widener Lecture Hall, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Joanne Baron, Fellow, Lecturer in Anthropology at Penn, "La Florida-Namaan: an Ancient Maya City and the Modern Global Economy"

Dr. Federico Paredes-Umaña, Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Anthropological Research (IIA), UNAM, "New Research on the Apaneca Highland Range (Western El Salvador): A Revision of Human Settlement History after the Ilopango Volcanic Explosion"

Dr. Kristen Fellows, Fellow, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at North Dakota State University, "Historical Archaeology of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean: From an African American Enclave to 16th Century Slave Plantations"

Dr. John Verano, Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University, "Human Sacrifice on the North Coast of Peru: Recent Discoveries Pose New Questions"


Contact : jbarrabee@kolbsociety.com


"Unwrapping Egyptology and the Occult: The Curious Case of Battiscombe Gunn and Aleister Crowley"
Steve Vinson, Indiana University
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 3:30 PM
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania

Ancient Egypt was one area in which modern scholarship and esotericism overlapped, and even converged. It is not often remembered today that in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries, a number of mainstream scholars of antiquity were interested in esoteric or occult subjects. One very interesting case is that of Battiscombe Gunn (1883-1950), still remembered as one of the most insightful Egyptologists of his generation. What is less well known is that Gunn was associated, apparently in more than a casual way, with Aleister Crowley. Crowley, of course, was and remains the most notorious British occultist of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries – an individual who was known to his detractors as the “wickedest man in the world,” and who proudly proclaimed himself to be the “Beast 666.” We will first lay out the evidence for the “friendship” –  if that is what it was – between Gunn and Crowley. We will go on to discuss how and why Gunn, and a number of his scholarly contemporaries, were interested in the esoteric and the occult. And we will discuss the reasons why esotericism and mainstream Egyptology eventually went their separate ways.

*Entrance fees are $10 for the general public, $7 for University Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12


"Archaeological Research at Selinunte"
Clemente Marconi, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - 6:0  PM
Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th St. New York, NY

Open to the public. RSVP required: http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/events/