ARCE-DC: Egyptology Lectures in DC!

We're the Washington, DC chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.

Last year’s workshop

The Annual ARCE-DC Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Please note that this workshop is open to the public, but is not a free event. It is a fund-raising, educational event that supports conservation efforts in Egypt.

  • The workshop will be presented and led by Prof. Rosemarie Klemm, Lecturer at Munich University, Institute of Egyptology.
  • Location:   Walters Art Museum, 5 West Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD (see below for detailed directions)
  • Theme for the day: “Stones For The Pyramids:  The Quarries And Stone Cutting Technologies In Ancient Egypt”

Pyramids are the most characteristic structure of the Pharaonic culture, particularly of the third and second millennium BCE. Many scientists and scholars, as well as explorers searching for a supernatural tie-in or special powers, have tried to analyze and better understand these majestic constructions.

  1. The first part of the workshop will discuss the different stones used to build the pyramids, the quarries where they came from, and the transportation and construction technology used. The team of Professors Rosemarie and Dietrich Klemm has sampled the core and casing stones from twenty-six Old Kingdom pyramids from Abu Rawash to Meidum. They have studied the materials and compared them with known quarries on both sides of the Nile.  The workshop will examine the technology used to quarry, shape and transport the stones to the pyramid sites, what kinds of tools were used, and how the workmen were organized.
  2. The second part of the workshop will take place in the Egyptian galleries of the Walters Art Museum where Prof. Klemm will work with the participants to demonstrate the skills needed to recognize and determine different kinds of stones, as well as the special technologies used by Egyptian craftsmen and artists.
  3. The main goal of the workshop is to impart a better outstanding of the skills of ancient architects, construction engineers, stonemasons, and transport workers. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to discover the variety and beauty of ancient Egyptian stones.

Rosemarie Klemm studied Egyptology, Prehistory, and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Munich. From 1976 she worked as a Research Associate and Lecturer at the Institute of Egyptology in Munich. Together with her husband Dr. Dietrich Klemm, professor of Geology at Munich University, she has worked on several interdisciplinary projects, which focus on determining the origin of ancient Egyptian stone materials, as well as ancient gold mining in Egypt and Northern Sudan. Rosemarie Klemm was a member of the Belgian expedition at El Barsha/Middle Egypt (field director: Prof. Dr. H. O .Willems) where she investigated the ancient quarries of El Barsha.  She was also a member of the German expedition at Assiut (field directors: Prof. Dr. U. Verhoeven and Prof. Dr. J. Kahl), where she explored the ancient quarries at Stabel Antar.

The fees are as follows:

  • $55 for non-ARCE members,
  • $50 for ARCE members, and
  • $35 for students with ID.

Please make checks payable to ARCE Washington DC Chapter and mail to ARCE-DC, care of Michael Lovellette, 9602 Woodberry St., Lanham, MD  20706.    If not on your check, please include a note providing the following information:

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • City, State, Zip:
  • Phone:
  • Email:  (not mandatory)

You may email in advance to reserve your space: e-mail Michael Lovellette at  Be sure to confirm your reservation by sending in your check as soon as possible.  There will be a limited number of seats available.

There is a parking lot directly beside the Walters Art Museum at the corner of Cathedral St. and W. Centre St.  For specific directions to the Workshop venue, check the Museum webpage, and the map at the bottom of their webpage: (

When approaching the address (5 West Mt. Vernon Place), look for the townhouse with white marble steps and columns.  After entering the doors, the workshop will be held in the room to your immediate left.

FYI, lunch will be on your own.  There is a cafeteria in the Museum. (It is nice, but there are also restaurants in the area near the museum.)

If you have any questions, please contact Bob Wilson at



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