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Intercontinental at the Plaza Hotel - site of ARCE's 68th Annual Meeting.

ARCE’s 68th Annual Meeting in Kansas City April 21-23 was of a high standard that has become routine in recent years, with more than 330 attendees, 119 papers – three of which were delivered by guests from Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities – and nine graduate student posters.



This year’s special reception was a lovely event held at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with all gallery spaces open to ARCE attendees. The Nelson-Atkins was also the venue for a special lecture delivered by French Egyptologist and archaeologist Pierre Tallet, who spoke on his teams’ work at the site of Wadi el Jarf. He described the fascinating find of the world’s earliest known harbor and the earliest papyri to date, which provided extraordinary details of work carried out during the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza.

ARCE Chapters were especially well represented at the meeting. Here the Washington, DC Chapter group poses with new Executive Director Jane Zimmerman (2nd from right).

The ARCE Chapter Council Fundraiser presented a panel discussion entitled Hidden Rooms and a Missing Mummy-in-Law: Tut, Tut, What is Really Going On? moderated by Dr. Kara Cooney and including panelists Dr. James Allen, Dr. Aidan Dodson, and Dr. Salima Ikram. Chapter Council Fundraisers each year raise money for student awards presented at the ARCE Annual Meeting. This year, three awards were given out in both the Best Student Paper category and Best Graduate Student Poster category for a total of six awards. These were presented during the Members’ Reception on Saturday night to the students by Chapter Council President JJ Shirley and incoming ARCE Director, Jane Zimmerman. Meeting registration costs for all 19 student contestants were also covered by the ARCE Chapter Council.


Best Student Paper Contest

1st Place

Heba Abdelsalam (Middle Tennessee State University)

Implementing Public History Methods in Egyptology: Case Study at Mallawi Museum in Minya





2nd Place

Jen Thum

Jen is a current ARCE fellow funded by the US State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau through a grant from CAORC, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. She is a doctoral candidate at the Joukowsky Institute, at Brown University. The paper she presented was titled, Adventures in Living-Rock Stelae




3rd Place

Brendan Hainline (University of Chicago)

Terminology of the Tomb in the Pyramid Texts as a Criterion for Dating







Best Student Poster Contest

1st Place

Christian Casey (Brown University) 

Digital Demonic: New Tools and Methods






2nd Place


Laurel Hackley (Brown University)  

The Cowrie Shell as a Protective Eye




3rd Place

Martin Uildriks (Brown University) 

Breaking Down the Walls: Contextualizing the Cities Palette





The 68th Annual Meeting was bittersweet in that ARCE both welcomed its new Executive Director Jane Zimmerman to her first ARCE Annual Meeting and said thank you and good-bye to Dr. Gerry Scott after 14 years as Executive Director. With the US headquarters moving to the Washington, DC area, ARCE also said good-bye to long-time staff in San Antonio, including Rachel Mauldin, Assistant Director for US Operations; Kathann El-Amin, CFO; Kathleen Scott, Publications Director; and Maribeth Kalfoglou, Membership Coordinator.


With ARCE headed in new directions and under new leadership, you will no doubt be hearing more about this new phase of ARCE’s history during the coming year. We hope you will make plans to attend the 69th Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, April 20-22, 2018 at which ARCE will mark its 70th anniversary.

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