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JENNIFER G. THUM


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Educational background
B.A. Archaeology (Hons.), Barnard College/Columbia University - 2009
M.Phil. Egyptology (Dist.), Clarendon Scholar, University of Oxford - 2012


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Museum/research background
During Spring Term 2015, I will co-curate an exhibit on Egyptian crafts and craft technologies at the Haffenreffer Museum. Stay tuned for opening dates!

I spent the Fall Term of 2013 working as a Graduate Proctor at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology here at Brown. My project had three goals: to research the Egyptian ~45 objects in the collection; to provide hands-on learning experiences to students and visitors; and to research, RTI, and digitally draw an Old Kingdom relief block that has been held by the Museum since 1995. The results of this project were presented at the 2014 American Research Center in Egypt annual meeting in Portland, OR and again, in an updated form, at the 2014 ASOR Conference in San Diego, CA. My digital epigraphic drawing is also on display along with the object in Manning Hall.

My previous museum experience includes two internships with the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a volunteership in the registration department at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. My research experience includes work for the Pleiades Project, run out of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU, and an internship with the Archaeology Department at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Excavation background
I've excavated with the Megiddo Expedition as a registrar and field archaeologist since 2006. I have spent a further three seasons with the Jezreel Valley Regional Project (also in Israel, right next to Megiddo); three with the Amheida Project in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt; and two with the Athienou Archaeological Project in Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus.

What's new
I am working on my Preliminary Examination, which will treat Egyptian royal monumental rock inscriptions. I am asking two major questions: first, what does it mean that the royal establishment placed a given rock inscription in its particular location, rather than writing what needed to be said on a freestanding monument? And second, what does the content of the text (for example, deictic words and place-names) betray about the writer's and reader's geographic frames of reference?

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