Peter Lacovara

peter lacovara

Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University

Peter Lacovara is one of this country's foremost experts in Egyptian Archaeology. His fieldwork includes excavations at the Valley of the Kings at Thebes and the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza, Abydos, Hierakonpolis and he is currently co-directing work at the Palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since Lacovara came to the Michael C. Carlos Museum in 1998, Emory has become one of the South's leading centers for ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern art and archaeology. In 1999, Lacovara was the driving force behind the Carlos Museum's acquisition of a large collection of ancient Egyptian materials from a small museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Included in that collection was a mummy believed to be Ramesses I, the patriarch of one of ancient Egypt's greatest dynasties. In 2003, when a delegation led by Lacovara and museum Director Bonnie Speed returned the pharaoh to Egypt and residence at the Luxor Museum, the University earned the thanks of a grateful Egyptian nation.

Peter Lacovara was named the Carlos Museum's first Curator of Ancient Art in 1998. He previously held positions at the world-renowned Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Peter Lacovara's CV in brief:

B.A., History, Boston University, 1976
Ph.D., Egyptian Archaeology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1993


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