Of all the times in ancient Egypt's long history, the Amarna Period (circa 1353 to 1336 BCE) is one of the most intriguing. In little more than a generation, the religious, artistic, and political order of Egyptian civilization was radically altered-and then restored. Egyptologists continue to make important discoveries about this time-and to debate their meaning.
On Saturday, March 31, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology hosts a gathering of prominent Egyptologists from two continents, offering a variety of perspectives on this revolutionary period. "Amarna: New Research and Discoveries in the Age of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun,"Â a full day public symposium, is co-sponsored by Archaeology Magazine and the Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
The symposium was organized to complement Penn Museum's special exhibition, "Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun,"Â and its Year of Egypt events, as Penn Museum partners with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute Science Museum, host, through September 30, 2007, of the blockbuster, nationally traveled exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs."Â
Tickets to "Amarna: New Research and Discoveries in the Age of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun"Â are $50; $35 for Penn Museum members. Penn Museum admission-including admission to the newly refurbished ancient Egyptian galleries and "Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun"Â is included in the symposium admission price.
The three Penn Museum curators of "Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun"Â will be among the symposium speakers. Introducing the program, and offering the final talk, "Innovations in the Decoration of Tutankhamun's Tomb,"Â is Dr. David Silverman, the Eckley Coxe Jr. Curator in charge of the Egyptian section at Penn Museum, and the national curator of the traveling blockbuster exhibition, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs,"Â now at The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia.
Dr. Josef Wegner, Associate Curator in Penn Museum's Egyptian section, an archaeologist, and organizer of the symposium, offers a talk, "The Magic of the Moment: What Happened when Akhenaten Founded Amarna?"Â
Dr. Jennifer Houser Wegner, Research Scientist in the Museum Egyptian section and the third curator of the Amarna exhibition, details a recent collections-based discovery made during research for the exhibition, with her talk, "The Philadelphia Sunshade Stela of Princess Meritaten: Mystery of a Lost Royal Building."Â -- www.museum.upenn.edu