Virtual Chapter Lectures

Join us this May and June 2020 for Virtual Chapter Lectures 

This summer, ARCE and its North American Chapters will collaborate on an 8-lecture series featuring exciting research and experts in the fields of Egyptology and Archaeology. These online lectures will commence on May 9 and take place every Saturday at 3:00 p.m. EST for the next seven weeks. These are available exclusively to ARCE members.

You must register for each lecture you wish to attend. 

Schedule of Speakers

  • May 9: Nicholas Picardo; co-sponsored by Chicago & MO
  • May 16: Kara Cooney; co-sponsored by NoCA & OC
  • May 23: Melinda Nelson-Hurst; co-sponsored by TN & NOLA
  • May 30: Stephen Harvey; co-sponsored by NY & PA
  • June 6: Ines Torres; co-sponsored by NE & Vancouver*
  • June 13: David Anderson; co-sponsored by NW & OR
  • June 20: Leslie Anne Warden; co-sponsored by DC & GA
  • June 27: Salima Ikram; co-sponsored by TX & AZ*

*Indicates lecture that will take place at 1:00 p.m. EST

Lecture (5) Information: June 6, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Inês Torres

“Creativity and Innovation in Non-royal tombs of the Old Kingdom: The Mastaba of Akhmeretnisut at Giza”

About Lecture: 

The Giza mastaba of Akhmeretnisut (G 2184), excavated in 1912 by the Harvard
University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, has been occasionally mentioned in
the scholarly literature due to its innovative iconographic program. However, an
exhaustive analysis of this unusual funerary complex has never been undertaken, thus
providing an opportunity for a deeper discussion of the art, iconography, and
architecture of private tombs of the Fifth Dynasty (c. 2494-2345 BC) at Giza. 
This lecture will present the most recent research conducted on the mastaba of
Akhmeretnisut and discuss the importance of this tomb for the understanding of private
funerary monuments of the Old Kingdom. The decorative program of this mastaba is
unparalleled in several ways: not only does it contain scenes unattested elsewhere, the
spatial arrangement of the decoration is very unusual. Therefore, the mastaba of
Akhmeretnisut is an excellent example of how the rules of decorum could be bent by the
tomb owner to express creativity and display innovations in both iconography and

About Inês Torres:

Inês Torres is a Ph.D. Candidate in Egyptology at Harvard University and a Research Associate at the American Research Center in Egypt for the academic year of 2019-2020. She received a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Lisbon in 2012, and an M.Phil. in Egyptology from the University of Oxford in 2014. Inês is also the Teaching Fellow Instructor for Egyptian AA and AB: Introduction to Egyptian Hieroglyphs and a Graduate Student Intern in the Harvard Art Museums for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Inês's dissertation focuses on the tomb of Akhmeretnisut (G 2184) at Giza and explores the use and significance of that necropolis for the ancient Egyptian elite during the Late Old Kingdom, by revisiting the mastabas of the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties (c. 2465-2150 B.C.E.). Her research aims to reassess the role Giza played as a non-royal burial site in the Late Old Kingdom and rethink current theories and assumptions related to the characteristics of the private funerary complexes built during that period.



If you are a member and would like to register* for our virtual Chapter lecture with Inês Torres, please complete the form below.

*Registration for this lecture will close 48 hours beforehand. Registration does not include future lectures in this series.