David P. Silverman, Ph.D.
Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Curator of the Egyptian Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Date appointed: 1996
David P. Silverman received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and his A.B. with honors in Art from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is the Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr., Professor of Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania, and also Curator-in-Charge of the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum. Presently, he serves as the international curator, advisor, and academic content creator for the exhibitions, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," and "Tutankhamun the Golden King and the Great Pharaohs," that have toured the USA and abroad since 2005, as well as the consulting curator for, "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt." He was also responsible for the curatorial content of the original 1977 exhibition, "Treasures of Tutankhamun," and served as Curator at the Field Museum in Chicago. During his career, he has curated and contributed to more than twenty exhibitions, including most recently a long-term exhibition at the Penn Museum, "Amarna: Egypt's Place in the Sun."
Prof. Silverman has directed and co-directed several field expeditions at sites throughout Egypt, including Penn Museum's excavation at Bersheh, in Middle Egypt, a major provincial cemetery of the First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom (2130–1630 B.C.E.), and since 1990, the Penn Museum's expedition to Saqqara, in Lower Egypt, focusing on burials of Middle Kingdom officials. He previously directed and participated in other field projects in Egypt, including Abydos, Aswan, Giza, Kom el Hisn, and Thebes.
Prof. Silverman's publications as author or editor include more than twelve books and over seventy articles and reviews on ancient Egyptian art, language, and religion. He has received numerous awards and honors, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Penn Research Foundation, and the Michela Schiff-Giorgini Foundation. In 1997, the Athenaeum Society of Philadelphia presented him with a literary award for his books, Searching for Ancient Egypt and Ancient Egypt. Prof. Silverman served as Visiting Professor at both L'Ecole Pratique of the Sorbonne, in Paris, and at Harvard University. A festschrift celebration honoring his lifetime achievements was held in Cairo, Egypt, at the headquarters of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities in May 2010, and he was commemorated with the two-volume, Millions of Jubilees: Studies in Honor of David P. Silverman.