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Janice Kamrin explores the Met's archives to uncover a treasure trove of info on Herb Winlock's excavations at Thebes over a 30 year period.

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On October 15, 1906, the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art established a Department of Egyptian Art, and simultaneously founded an Egyptian Expedition to conduct excavations in Egypt. Over the next three decades, the Museum sent out missions to a number of sites across Egypt, with a focus on Lisht in the north and Thebes in the south.

The majority of the Theban excavations were directed by Herbert Winlock, who left behind a treasure trove of field records, including an archive of photographs by Harry Burton (“Tutankhamun’s photographer”). The Department of Egyptian Art has embarked on a project to digitize these records, and is planning to publish more of this invaluable material online. This lecture will introduce Winlock’s archives, and discuss several of our current projects.

Janice Kamrin is an Associate Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Middle Kingdom tomb art, the archaeology of Thebes, and the funerary arts of the First Millennium.

In the Department, she oversees matters related to The Museum System (TMS) and technology in general. She excavates at Malqata, the festival city of Amenhotep 3 and is currently working on projects relating to the archives of The Met's early 20th Century Egyption Expeditions.

Janice directed several projects at the Egyption Museum in Cairo and worked closely with Zahi Hawass. She is on the board of the American Research Centre in Egypt.

She is the author of Ancient Egyption Hieroglyphs : A Practical Guide

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