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Publications

Below is a list of selected papers, excerpts, and articles authored by Kara for your downloading and viewing pleasure.

 

 
 

Articles

“Coffin Reuse in Dynasty 21: A Case Study of the Coffins in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden,” in: The Coffins of the Priests of Amun: Egyptian coffins from the 21st Dynasty in the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, ed. Lara Weiss, Sidestone Press (forthcoming 2018).

“The End of the New Kingdom in Egypt: How Ancient Egyptian Funerary Materials Can Help Us Understand Society in Crisis,” in: The Ramesside Period in Egypt: Studies into Cultural and Historical Processes of the 19th and 20th Dynasties, Proceedings of the International Symposium Held at Heidelberg, 5th to 7th June, 2015, Ute Rummel and S. Kubisch,  eds., Sonderschrift des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo, Wiesbaden (forthcoming 2018).

Reuse of Egyptian Coffins in the 21st Dynasty: Ritual Materialism in the Context of Scarcity,” in: The First Vatican Coffins Conference, 19-22 June, 2013. Conference Proceedings, Alessia Amenta, Editor. Published by the Gregorian Museums, Vatican (2017).

Hergebruik van mummie-kisten in de 21e dynastie: De Eisen van Rituele Transformatie,” Mehen 2016/2017, 7-25.

The Life of the Egyptian Coffin: Preliminary Report,” Backdirt 2016, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (University of California Los Angeles), 32-37.

Placating the Dead: Evidence of Social Crisis in 20th and 21st Dynasty Texts from Western Thebes,” in: Joyful in Thebes: Studies in Honor of Betsy M. Bryan, Richard Jasnow and Kathlyn Cooney, eds., Lockwood Press (Atlanta 2015).

Coffins, Sarcophagi, and Cartonnage,” in: M. Hartwig, ed., A Companion to Egyptian Art, Wiley-Blackwell (Oxford 2015), 269-292.

"The Ongoing Study of Coffin Reuse in 21st Dynasty Egypt," Backdirt 2015, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (University of California Los Angeles), 32-37.

"Ancient Egyptian Funerary Arts as Social Documents: Social Place, Reuse, and Working Towards a New Typology of 21st Dynasty Coffins," in Body, Cosmos, and Eternity: New Research Trends in the Iconography and Symbolism of Ancient Egyptian Coffins, Rogério Sousa, editor, Archaeopress Egyptology 3 (Oxford 2014), 45-66.

“A 21st Dynasty Coffin Fragment in Private Collection in Leiden,” A Workman’s Progress: Studies in the Village of Deir el-Medina and Other Documents from Western Thebes in Honour of Rob Demarée, B.J.J. Haring, O.E. Kaper, and R. van Walsem, editors. Egyptologische Uitgaven, Netherlands Institute of the Near East, Leiden, Peeters (Leuven 2014), 21-32.

"Private Sector Tomb Robbery and Funerary Arts Reuse according to West Theban Documentation," in: Deir el-Medina Studies, Helsinki June 24-29, 2009 Proceedings, J. Toivari-Viitala, T. Vartiainen, S. Uvanto, eds. (Finland 2014): 16-28.

"The Woman Who Would Be King," Lapham's Quarterly, 13 August 2014.

"Apprenticeship and Figured Ostraca from the Ancient Egyptian Village of Deir el-Medina," in: Archaeology and Apprenticeship: Body Knowledge, Identity, and Communities of Practice, W. Wendrich, ed., University of Arizona Press (Tucson 2012), 145-170.

"Coffin Reuse in the 21st Dynasty: How and Why did the Egyptians reuse the Body Containers of their Ancestors?" Backdirt 2012, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (University of California Los Angeles), 22-23.

"Objectifying the Body: The Increased Value of the Ancient Egyptian Mummy during the Socioeconomic Crisis of Dynasty Twenty-One," in: J. Papadopoulos and G. Urton, eds., The Construction of Value in the Ancient World, Cotsen Institute Press (Los Angeles 2012): 139-159.

"Changing Burial Practices at the End of the New Kingdom: Defensive Adaptations in Tomb Commissions, Coffin Commissions, Coffin Decoration, and Mummification," in: Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 47 (2011), 3-44.

Gender Transformation in Death: A Case Study of Coffins from Ramesside Period Egypt,” Near Eastern Archaeology 73/4: 2-15 (2010).

"Where does the Masculine Begin and the Feminine End? The Merging of the Two Genders in Egyptian Coffins during the Ramesside Period," in: Ehrenmord und Emanzipation: Die Geschlechterfrage in Ritualen von Parallelgesellschaften, Geschlecht--Symbol--Religion series, B. Heininger, ed., LIT Verlag (Münster 2009).

"Androgynous Bronze Figurines in Storage at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art," in: Sue H. D'Auria, ed., Servant of Mut. Studies in Honor of Richard A. Fazzini. Probleme der Ägyptologie series, 28. (Leiden 2008): 63-72.

"The Fragmentation of the Female: Re-gendered Funerary Equipment as a Means of Rebirth," in: Sex and Gender in Ancient Egypt, C. Graves-Brown, ed., Classical Press of Wales (Swansea 2008), 1-25.

Profit or Exploitation? The Production of Private Ramesside Tombs within the West Theban Funerary Economy,” Journal of Egyptian History 1 (2008): 79-115.

"Scarab," UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (Los Angeles 2008).

"The Functional Materialism of Death: A Case Study of Funerary Material in the Ramesside Period," in: Das Heilige und die Ware, IBAES VII, M. Fitzenreiter, ed., Golden House Publications (London 2008).

"The Social and Economic Aspects of Funerary Arts in Ancient Egypt: How much did a Coffin Cost?" in: To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, E. Bleiberg, ed. (New York 2008), 110-141.

The Ancient Egyptian Labor Force,” in: The Egyptian World, T. Wilkinson, ed., Routledge Press (London 2007).

"An Informal Workshop: Textual Evidence for Private Funerary Art Production in the Ramesside Period," in: Living and Writing in Deir el Medine: Socio-historical Embodiment of Deir el Medine Texts, Aegyptiaca Helvetica series 19, Andreas Dorn and Tobias Hoffmann, eds. (Basel 2006): 43-56.

"Zwischen Ägyptologie und Afrozentrismus," in: Ma'at. Archäologie Ägyptens 2, 6-11 (2005).

"Scarabs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Part I: Intimate Protection or Distributed Propaganda? Scarabs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art," co-authored with Johnna Tyrrell, PalArch, Netherlands Scientific Journal 4, 1 (October 2005): 1-13.

"Scarabs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Part II: Catalogue of Scarabs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art," co-authored with Johnna Tyrrell, PalArch, Netherlands Scientific Journal 4, 1 (October 2005): 15-98.

The Daily Offering Meal in the Ritual of Amenhotep I: An Instance of the Local Adaptation of Cult Liturgy,” co-authored with J. Brett McClain, Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 5, 41-79 (2005).

Review of Lynn Meskell's Private Life in New Kingdom EgyptAmerican Journal of Archaeology 107 (2003).

"Prologue," in: The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt, Betsy M. Bryan and Erik Hornung, eds. (Washington, D.C. 2002): xi-xiv.

"The Value of Art in New Kingdom Egypt: the Commission of Private Funerary Arts in the Ramesside Period," Center: Journal of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 22 (National Gallery of Art 2002): 69-73.

"The Edifice of Taharqa: Ritual Function and the Role of the King," Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 37: 15-47 (2000).

 
 

 
 

Books

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, Crown Publishing Group (2014).

The Cost of Death: The Social and Economic Value of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Ramesside Period, Egyptologische Uitgaven 22, Netherlands Institute of the Near East (Leiden 2007).

The Cost of Death, Part I

The Cost of Death, Part II