Welcome to ARCE-AZ!

The Officers, Board and Members of the Arizona Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE-AZ) welcome you. 

This web page has been developed to share information regarding our local chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, or "ARCE" (pronounced "ARE-C"). Most events hosted by the Arizona Chapter are in Tucson, but we strive to support interest in Egyptology anywhere in the state.

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FALL 2017 Schedule:

1) Thursday, September 21th, 5:30 pm. Location: 110 Bannister Bldg., University of Arizona, 1215 E. Lowell St, Tucson AZ

Kei Yamamoto: High Officials under the Reign of Senwosret III
Senwosret III (1878–1840 BC) was among the most influential kings of the Twelfth Dynasty, but what do we know of the administrative officials who served under him? This presentation introduces some of the highest-ranking officials ― viziers, treasurers, and chief stewards ― who probably played vital roles in the successful reign of Senwosret III. The lecture is based on the presenter’s research, including his participation in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Expedition’s ongoing fieldwork at Dahshur North.
2) Thursday, October 12th, 5:30 pm. Location: 110 Bannister Bldg., University of Arizona, 1215 E. Lowell St, Tucson AZ
Hannah M. Herrick: Fantastic Trees and Where to Find Them: Sourcing Fuel on the Nubian Landscape
Though the ancient Nubians borrowed many aspects of culture from their northern Egyptian neighbors, their prolific tradition of iron smelting is inherently their own. From 800 BC-400 BC, over 49,000 kg of iron was smelted at Meroe, the Nubian capital. How did these ancient smelters find sufficient wood charcoal fuel on their desert landscape? This lecture explores pathways to locate sources of wood from archaeological charcoal to unravel the relationship between ancient Nubians, their technologies, and their environment. 
3) Friday, November 10th, 5:30 pm. Location: 110 Bannister Bldg., University of Arizona, 1215 E. Lowell St, Tucson AZ
Harvey Weiss: Global Megadrought: Adaptive Strategies, Altered Trajectories at 4.2-3.9 ka BP
Synchronous megadrought across the Mediterranean, West Asia, Egypt, and the Indus at 2200-1900 BC extended, as well, to central and southern Africa, East Asia, North America and South America. Dry farming agriculture domains and their productivity were reduced severely, forcing adaptive societal collapses, regional abandonments, habitat-tracking, and nomadization, as in the collapses of the Akkadian Empire of Mesopotamia and the Old Kingdom in Egypt.  These adaptive processes extended across societies of hydrographically varied landscapes, and provided demographic and societal resilience in the face of the megadrought’s abruptness, magnitude, and duration. Previously we called this “Ancient History,” or “one damn thing after another.”


NOTE: A raffle is held at all lectures with three wonderful prizes!! This is a great way to win something amazing and Egyptian and support our local chapter!