Ancient Egyptians’ ideas on death, afterlife topic of RAFFMA program Jan. 12

Ancient Egyptians’ ideas on death, afterlife topic of RAFFMA program Jan. 12

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The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at CSUSB will present “Making a Success at Death: Ancient Egyptian Ideas of Death and the Afterlife” on Thursday, Jan. 12, 6-8 p.m.

The lecture, by Bryan Kraemer, is presented as part of the museum’s Conversations on Art series, which takes place every second Thursday of the month.

For millennia, people have been fascinated by ancient Egypt, particularly by the Egyptians’ relationship to death. The Egyptians believed that even in death they would live again, this time forever. To them, death was just the necessary first step in reaching the afterlife, to enter into the journey to the “beyond.” They thoroughly prepared for that journey during their lifetime to be ready and ultimately successful.

There’s much We know about this mysterious but enchanting subject, and much we don’t.

Bryan Kraemer will discuss the ancient Egyptian’s take on death and the afterlife as it relates to the current RAFFMA exhibition, “Journey to the BEYOND: Ancient Egyptians in the Pursuit of Eternity.”

Kraemer is currently completing his Ph.D. in Egyptology at the University of Chicago. His dissertation looks at Abydos in the Ptolemaic Period, integrating textual, archaeological, and archival data. His archaeological experience over the last 15 years has brought him to Italy, Greece, and Egypt. He’s also worked as an epigrapher, archaeologist, surveyor, and computer specialist, sometimes all on the same excavation simultaneously.

He has been the assistant director for Steve Harvey’s excavations at the Ahmose-Tetisheri Project at Abydos, and currently he is the co-director, chief surveyor, and chief epigraphist for the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition (WeHe) in the Eastern Desert, where he just completed his 2016 season.


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The only accredited art museum in San Bernardino, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California. In the 2016-2017 school year, RAFFMA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on the CSUSB campus.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $6 per vehicle and $3 on weekends.

The museum is open Monday – Wednesday and Saturday, 10am-5pm, Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.

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