Leslie Anne Warden

"Social Living in the Old Kingdom"
Leslie Anne Warden
Assistant Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Roanoke College, Dept. of Fine Arts

Friday, February 12th, 2016
6:30 pm: Pre-Lecture Reception ($5.00/person)
7:00 pm: Lecture (Free)

1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 
Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, Small Auditorium
On Street Parking FREE after 6:30 pm


All too often, we reduce the ancient Egyptians to pharaohs, gods, and monuments. Such a reduction is both easy (as most of the material made in stone relates to one of those three categories) and tempting (as human beings are fascinated by the upper classes of society). This is particularly true for the Old Kingdom (ca. 2600-2200 BC), when pyramids and pyramid sites tend to dominate the narrative. But are pharaohs and pyramids good illustrators of Egyptian society? In this talk, we will strive to leave pharaohs and state gods in the shadows and focus instead on average Egyptians and the towns they lived in. We will investigate home and village life, local organization, and state-province interaction. Ultimately, we will ask: how does the ancient Egypt we know and love relate to the lived experience of your average ancient Egyptian?

Also at the lecture:

During the Pre-Lecture Reception, there will be a raffle for items such as journals, jewelry, DVDs, etc. ARCE-DC members receive an extra raffle ticket.

Meet-the-Speaker & Networking Dinner: 

Immediately after the lecture, join ARCE-DC members and guests for a dinner with the speaker. We meet at the Beacon Bar & Grill-- located across the street from the lecture site, on Rhode Island Ave. Each attendee pays for their own dinner and contributes an extra $5.00 to defray the cost of the speaker's dinner.  RSVP to Carol Boyer at ccboyer@comcast.net    


Dr. Leslie Anne Warden is Assistant Professor of Art History and Archaeology in the Department of Fine Arts at Roanoke College (Salem, VA), which she joined in 2012. Dr. Warden earned her BA, in Anthropological Archaeology, at the University of California at Davis (2002) and her MA (2008) and PhD (2010) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Warden works in the Egyptian Old Kingdom (ca. 2600-2200 BC), commonly known as "The Pyramid Age." Her primary area of focus is archaeological ceramic analysis. Her research focuses on utilitarian wares - ugly pots that were the basic components of daily life and economy in the Old Kingdom. She has used pottery to help define the functioning of the Egyptian non-monetary economy - an economy literally run on bread and beer - outside of the royal house. She is active in fieldwork as the head ceramicist for the North Kharga Oasis Survey (NKOS) and as project ceramicist for the German Archaeological Institute's excavation at Elephantine.  She is broadly interested in Egyptian ceramics, the relationship of the Egyptian provinces to the capital, and non-elite material culture.