College of Communication and Fine Arts Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Legacy of Egypt Lecture - February 28, 2014

11th Annual Legacy of Egypt Lecture

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.


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"Coffin Recycling: Funerary Culture in a Time of Economic Crisis"


Friday, February 28, 2014

Public Lecture: 7:00 p.m.

Public Reception: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Fountain View Suite (room 350)  
                University Center
                University of Memphis Main Campus

The lecture and reception are FREE and Open to the Public

Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin Garage (PG-2 #3 on the parking map) or in the Fogelman Garage (PG-1 #40).


Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, PhD, Associate Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), will discuss her research on funerary practices from ancient Egypt.


Dr. Cooney's presentation will focus on the funerary culture – especially coffins – of the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070 - 945 BCE), a period of economic and social crisis in ancient Egypt. In her current research, she is attempting to understand the pressures and motivations which allowed the ancient Egyptians to justify what in earlier periods is thought to have been an abhorrent practice – taking the funerary equipment from an existing burial and recycling it for one's own use.


Dr. Cooney received her B.A. from the University of Texas and her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. Before her faculty appointment to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, Cooney was a Kress Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cooney has published on the scarabs and ostraca in the LA County Museum of Art and numerous articles and books on the funerary art of ancient Egypt, with an emphasis on the economic impact (cost and value) of funerary goods. An engaging personality, Cooney has hosted six episodes of her own Discovery Channel documentary series, "Out of Egypt," and appeared as a repeat guest on the "Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson."


To learn more about Dr. Cooney and her work, visit her web site at


For more information about the event, contact the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at (901) 678-2555.

Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology 
315 Art and Communication Bldg.
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-3140

Phone: (901) 678-2555
FAX: (901) 678-2735


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