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Lezingen in mei

Overzicht van Egyptologische lezingen in mei, zowel hybride als online, en de NINO-EOL voorjaarslezing.

Zie ook deze online/hybride lezingenseries:
Conceptualizing Bodies in Ancient Egypt
Egyptologisch Instituut Mainz

Maandag 2 mei, 18.15 uur (online)

No other satisfactory reason can be given”: The European discovery of the ancient Egyptian afterlife
Dr. Rune Nyord (Emory University)

The modern understanding of the ancient Egyptians as bent on a quest for eternal life is the result of a long history of Western engagements with ancient Egypt. Associations like the preservation of bodies for eternity and initiation into religious mysteries interacted with textual sources of the Biblical and Classical traditions to shape images of the ancient culture that could be deployed in a variety of contexts for theological, ideological, colonial, and other purposes. This lecture examines some key formative moments in this tradition, suggesting that many aspects of the modern understanding of Egyptian afterlife beliefs owe as much to the contemporary concerns of the milieus that helped shape them as to the ancient Egyptian sources that were only gradually becoming known as these ideas were crystalizing.

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Donderdag 5 mei, 20.00 uur (online)

The Turin Museum’s current research at Deir el-Medina
Cédric Gobeil

Kosten: £5

Within the framework of the French Archaeological mission at Deir El-Medina carried by the IFAO, the Museo Egizio of Turin is conducting research on a few Ramesside tombs located in the western necropolis. These tombs have been chosen based on the many artefacts belonging to their owners which are now kept in the museum. In addition to giving the opportunity to study the fragile tomb structures using new technologies, this fieldwork is a unique chance to re-contextualize many objects of the museum’s collection, shedding a new and fresh light on them. In a few seasons, the Turin team will ultimately be able to protect and conserve these monuments for future generations.

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Vrijdag 6 mei (hybride)

Shifting Sands: Change Over Time in Ancient Egypt
9th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium

The Symposium will consist of nine presentations from PhD students and independent researchers as well as a tour of the portion of the Eton-Myers Collection on loan to the University of Birmingham and a keynote address from Tony Leahy, Honorary Research Fellow in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham.

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Zaterdag 7 mei, 14.30 uur (online)

The Western Wadis of the Theban Necropolis
Piers Litherland

Kosten: £5

The clearance of the Wadi Bairiya shaft tombs brought to light a hitherto unknown group of court women of the period of Amenhotep III, including a Great Chief Wife of the King, Nebetnehet, a Son of the King, Menkheperre, a Wife of the King, Henut, a Daughter of the King, Tia, and at least 28 other individuals whose burials were deliberately destroyed in pharaonic times. Further study of the site and its surroundings, and additional work in the Western Wadis and Wadi 300, has produced evidence of a cycle of wetter weather in at least four periods, the most extreme of which was the XVIIIth dynasty. As well as advancing our understanding of this landscape and its development, this wetter weather may account for a marginal expansion in the hunting and gathering constituents in the economy and provide a model for explaining the extraordinary expansion of the economy in the early XVIIIth dynasty and its subsequent contraction through the XIXth and XXth dynasties.

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Zaterdag 7 mei (online), 21.00 uur

Rediscovering Egypt’s Lost Dinosaurs
Sanaa El-Sayed and Matt Lamanna

Egypt’s vast archaeological record and engaging material culture have long excited people around the world, but did you know that this region’s history stretches back well into the Mesozoic Era, or Age of Dinosaurs? In the early 20th century, a series of German expeditions recovered fossils of several new and extraordinary ~95-million-year-old dinosaur species from the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert, most famously the enormous sail-backed semi-aquatic predator Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. Tragically, however, all these fossils were destroyed during a British Royal Air Force bombing of Munich in late April 1944. In 2000, a collaborative Egyptian-American research team co-led by Matt Lamanna became the first scientists to discover dinosaur fossils in the Bahariya Oasis in nearly a century; among these were a partial skeleton of a new and gigantic sauropod (long-necked plant-eating dinosaur) that was later named Paralititan stromeri.

More recently, researchers from the Mansoura University Vertebrate Paleontology Center in Mansoura, Egypt—including its co-founder, Sanaa El-Sayed—have collected additional, important dinosaur fossils from Bahariya, and moreover have expanded their paleontological efforts to include geologically younger (~75-million-year-old) sites in the Kharga and Dakhla oases. Foremost among their finds from the latter is another new sauropod, Mansourasaurus shahinae, which constitutes one of the best-preserved late Mesozoic-aged land-living backboned animals known from the entire African continent. Collectively, these discoveries have cast unprecedented light on Egypt’s remarkable dinosaurs, helping to restore a scientific legacy that was lost during the Second World War.

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Maandag 9 mei, 18.15 uur (hybdride)

Die schulischen Ostraka aus dem Ramesseum
Dr. Christophe Barbotin (Louvre Museum, Paris)

Zwischen 2002 und 2008 wurde eine große Zahl hieratischer Ostraka von Christian Leblanc, dem Direktor der « Mission archéologique française de Thèbes Ouest » in der südöstlichen Ecke des Ramesseum-Temenos entdeckt. Mit einigen Bild-Ostraka und Bildhauerstudien ergänzen sie das Material, das Quibell in den Jahren 1895 und 1896 an genau derselben Stelle des Tempels gefunden hatte und das von Spiegelberg 1898 veröffentlicht wurde. Zum großen Teil stammen diese Dokumente aus dem Schulkontext. Sie bilden eine außerordentliche Illustration der antiken Methoden des Schreiberunterrichts mit Beispielen zu allen Stufen, vom einzelnen und schlecht geformten hieratischen Zeichen bis zu literarischen Texten und selbst Hieroglyphen. Die neuen Ostraka werden im Vortrag präsentiert und diskutiert, mit einem Fokus auf die wichtigsten und sonderlichsten davon.

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Donderdag 12 mei, 18.15 uur (online)

Ägyptisch-deutsche Ausgrabungen im Sonnentempel von Matariya/Heliopolis
Prof. Dr. Dietrich Raue (Universität Leipzig)

Directe link naar de lezing

Donderdag 12 mei, 19.30 uur (online)

De valk tijdens de predynastische en vroegdynastische periode
Dr. Stan Hendrickx (KU Leuven)

Kosten: € 2,50 voor donateurs, € 5,- voor niet-donateurs, gratis voor studenten

De valk is zonder twijfel één van de belangrijkste symbolen van het koningschap in het Oude Egypte. De valk wordt gedurende de Naqada III periode bijzonder populair voor beeldjes, hangers en andere objecten. De populariteit van de vogel houdt aan in de Dynastische periode, waarbij vooral de combinatie met de serekh en koningsnamen opvalt. Deze elementen lijken in oorsprong onafhankelijk, maar worden met elkaar in verband gebracht vlak voor het begin van de 1e dynastie. In deze lezing zal Stan Hendrickx een overzicht geven van de documentatie die van de valk voorhanden is, gezien binnen de context van het ontstaan van de Egyptische staat.

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Woensdag 18 mei, 15.00 uur (hybride)

Voor Babel en nadien. Schriften en Talen in het Oude Nabije Oosten
Marc Van de Mieroop

De talrijke teksten van het Oude Nabije Oosten geven ons een breed palet aan schriften en talen, die de geschiedenis van de regio tot een van de meest interessante van de Oudheid maken. Deze lezing is gebaseerd op het boek Before and After Babel. Writing as Resistance in Ancient Near Eastern Empires, dat binnenkort zal verschijnen bij Oxford University Press. Ze schetst hoe het gebruik van talen en schriften radicaal veranderde tussen het tweede en het eerste millennium v.Chr. – voor Babel en nadien – en legt uit hoe we de explosie van nieuwe schriften kunnen interpreteren en dit in relatie tot de groeiende dreiging van de beruchte imperiums van Mesopotamië.

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Donderdag 19 mei, 18.00 uur (online)

The Middle Kingdom Theban Project: six seasons of archaeological and epigraphic work in the cemeteries of Deir el-Bahari and Asasif (Luxor)
Antonio Morales (Alcalá University)

In the last six years, the University of Alcalá Expedition and its Middle Kingdom Theban Project have set up a multidisciplinary and international team of experts that is conducting archaeological excavation, epigraphic work, and conservation in several tombs in the area of Deir el-Bahari, with the major goal of improving our knowledge on the historical circumstances of the later part of the Eleventh Dynasty and the beginning of the so-called “Classical Period”. In this talk, Antonio Morales shall present the major aims and strategies developed to respond to the main questions of the project. Documenting, studying, and publishing several of these First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom monuments from Deir el-Bahari and Asasif will no doubt allow scholars to have a better understanding of the role of Thebes in the construction of the classical age in pharaonic history.

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Zaterdag 28 mei, 19.00 uur

Women’s Work: Public and Private Power in Ancient Egypt
Dr. Jean Li

There is a well-known and often repeated characterization that Ancient Egyptian women were “better off” than their counterparts in other ancient civilizations. Join Dr. Jean Li for a discussion of this notion: To what extent was this true? Was it equally true both in the public (governmental) sphere and in the private sphere? What were the activities in which women engaged, and how did women exercise public and private power in society?

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Maandag 30 mei, 18.15 uur (hybride)

Von der Kursiv- zur Hieroglyphenschrift: Schriftadaptierung in der Pyramide des Königs Qakare-Ibi
Dr. Christelle Alvarez (Freie Universität Berlin)

Ritualtexte, die in den unterirdischen Bereichen von Pyramiden gefunden wurden, wurden von kursiven Inschriften auf Vorlagen in Hieroglyphen an den Wänden der Pyramiden übertragen. In den Texten der Pyramide von Ibi (8. Dynastie) sind Spuren dieser Textanpassung, aber auch der Schriftanpassung, sichtbar. Diese Präsentation gibt einen Überblick über den Prozess der Textanpassung und fokussiert auf die Materialität des Schreibens. Ziel ist es, die Beziehung zwischen Inschriften auf Vorlagen und Wänden zu beleuchten und die kognitiven Prozesse der Schriftadaptierung hervorzuheben.

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Maandag 30 mei, 18.15 uur (online)

Cities, regions, and trade: Power and state-building in ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age
Juan Carlos Moreno García

Situated at the crossroads between North-eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, the Near East and the Indian Ocean, ancient Egypt was a strategic pathway that facilitated contacts and the circulation of peoples, products and ideas across these vast regions. Sometimes it was the monarchy that took the initiative in these contacts, whereas in other cases mobile populations, local leaders, itinerant merchants and independent individuals fulfilled such role.

Archaeology is gradually revealing the importance of these actors, usually neglected in official inscriptions that highlight, by contrast, the centrality of the monarchy and its institutions. At the same time, new methods of research cast a new light on the modalities of these contacts and the extent of the networks operative in the Bronze Age across these regions and, more generally, Eurasia. Finally, Egyptian regions participated in these exchanges in very distinctive ways, so control over flows of wealth, access to coveted goods and contacts with privileged trading partners represented significant moves in their strategies. A constant tension between different political models (centralized, confederacies of cities and territories, regional kingdoms) reemerged once and again through the millennia, led often to the collapse of the central authority and seem inspired, at least in part, by the impact of trading activities and exchanges.

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Maandag 30 mei, 20.30 uur

The 12th Dynasty Elite of Elephantine
Alejandro Jimenez-Serrano

Kosten: £5

The discovery of 12th Dynasty tombs in Qubbet el-Hawa at the end of the 19th century permitted scholars to understand the Middle Kingdom in the southernmost province of Upper Egypt. This data increased dramatically, when Labib Habachi discovered their ka chapels erected in a household shrine dedicated to Heqaib, a late 6th Dynasty governor who became their mythic ancestor. New excavations carried out by the University of Jaen in Qubbet el-Hawa have shed light on how the local elite was internally organised. Additionally, the discovery of intact tombs has given us much more data about the funerary customs of the highest members of the local community during the late 12th Dynasty.

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Dinsdag 31 mei, 18.00 uur

Late Bronze Age Art and Cultural Exchange during the Age of “Internationalism” – Tutankhamun’s Golden Appliqués
Dr. Julia Bertsch (Tübingen)

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Lezingen in december

Even leek het erop dat het leven zich weer offline kon afspelen, maar voor de binnenblijvers hebben we weer een aantal mooie lezingen en congressen op een rijtje gezet:

Dinsdag 7 december, 17.00 uur

Between plan and reality: The Lepsius cemetery in Dahshur
Anna Grünberg (Universität Leipzig)

The necropolis of Dahshur forms an important part of the royal burial landscape of the Old and Middle Kingdom. Therefore, it offers plenty of opportunities to draw and specify various lines of development not only of royal but also elite funerary and cultic traditions. One interesting area in regard of such questions is the one of the Lepsius mastaba cemetery, located centrally between the two pyramids of Snofru. With its over 20 tombs, all of which are arranged in straight rows and lines, it forms a direct link between the grid-like cemeteries at Meidum and Giza and therefore can help to better understand the idea and implementation of state-planned tombs. The basis of this and further topics of research is formed by the results of the excavations of the DAI Cairo in the area of the Lepsius Cemetery, parts of which are to be presented in the lecture.

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Zaterdag 11 december, 13 – 16.15 uur

Huis van Horus donateursdag
Kosten: €5 voor niet-donateurs

Met twee lezingen:

Europese aciviteiten in Sheikh Abd el-Qurna aan het begin van de 19e eeuw
Eva Cornelisse, MA

Het gebied rond het dorp Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, gelegen op de westelijke oever van de Nijl in Luxor, was zo’n 200 jaar geleden het toneel van activiteiten die wij ons nu niet meer zouden kunnen voorstellen. Na de veldtocht van Napoleon was in Europa de interesse in het oude Egypte sterk toegenomen, met name door de publicatie van de Description de l’Égypte. De machtsovername door pasha Mohammed Ali leidde tot een situatie van relatieve rust in het land, waardoor een groeiende stroom Europeanen de weg vond naar Egypte. Kunstenaars en reizigers, verzamelaars en handelaars, velen kwamen terecht in Qurna, waar nog veel te ontdekken viel. Het was een tijd van ongekende mogelijkheden, er waren nog geen regels of beperkingen en Egyptische oudheden werden in grote getale naar Europa verscheept. Wie waren deze mensen, dikwijls markante persoonlijkheden- met bijbehorende anekdotes- en hoe gingen zij te werk? Van graven als verblijfplaats tot mummiekisten als brandhout, deze lezing geeft een boeiend inkijkje in hoe het er aan toe ging in het Qurna in de tijd van de pioniers van de egyptologie.

Egypte door een Belgische lens: Jean Capart en de collectie historische foto’s van de KMKG
Wouter Claes

In de beroemde egyptologische bibliotheek van de Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis (KMKG) in Brussel wordt naast een grote collectie boeken en tijdschriften ook een bijzondere fotocollectie bewaard. Zij werd aangelegd onder het initiatief van Jean Capart (1877–1947), de grondlegger van de egyptologie in België, en bestaat uit meer dan 7000 fotografische glasnegatieven. In deze lezing nemen we een kijkje in deze unieke collectie en ontdekken we hoe deze foto’s een uitzonderlijke kijk bieden op de opkomst en het belang van de egyptologie in België en daarbuiten in de eerste helft van de 20ste eeuw.

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Dinsdag 14 december, 18.15 uur

Neues aus Heliopolis. Ägyptisch-deutsche Ausgrabungen im August-Oktober 2021 im Sonnentempel von Matariya/Kairo
Florence Langermann and Prof. Dietrich Raue

Die Ausgrabungen des Ägyptischen Ministeriums für Tourismus und Antiken, des Ägyptischen Museums der Universität Leipzig und des i3Mainz-Institut für Raumbezogene Informations- und Messtechnik der Hochschule Mainz berichten über jüngste Entdeckungen.

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Woensdag 15 december, 18.30 uur

Von Monsterschlangen. Epigraphische Beobachtungen im Grab des Anchtifi von Hefat (Ende 3. Jt. v.Chr.)
Prof. Dr. Ludwig Morenz en David Sabel MA

Anchtifi von Hefat (heutige Region Mo’alla) ist eine der prägnantesten Figuren aus der ägyptischen Geschichte und ein besonderer „Zeitzeuge“ für das Ende des dritten Jahrtausends v. Chr. mit der Auflösung des Territorialstaates in der Zeit der Regionen. Seine Selbst-Präsentation wurde auf sieben Pfeiler seines Felsgrabes geschrieben. Zum Ausdruck ganz neuer Vorstellungen – einem geradezu „messianischen“ Anspruch als „Anfang der Menschen, Ende der Menschen“ – wurde eine neue Sprache geprägt, und diese Innovationskraft ging weiter bis in die Bild-Schriftlichkeit. Im Rahmen unserer Neuaufnahme des Grabes (in Kooperation mit der University of Liverpool) werden wir vier besondere Zeichen diskutieren, die uns neue Einblicke in die Vorstellungswelt eröffnen, darunter die Charakterisierung des erstmals bei Anchtifi genannten Anti-Gottes Apophis.

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15 – 17 december

Making and Experiencing Graffiti in Ancient and Late Antique Egypt and Sudan

This the 2nd annual Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten (NINO) postdoctoral fellowship conference, to be hosted online via Zoom, organised by Julia C. F. Hamilton as part of a two-year project on Old Kingdom graffiti at Saqqara.

Making and Experiencing Graffiti builds on recent graffiti-themed conferences in ancient and Late Antique Egypt and Sudan (e.g., Emberling and Davis 2019; Ragazzoli, Harmanşah, Salvador, Frood 2018), seeking papers to be presented under two major themes: ‘making’ and ‘experience’. In particular, papers that explore the mode, technique, and performance of graffiti-making are of interest, as are those which consider how textual and figural graffiti intersect with related corpora (e.g., mason’s and quarry marks, rock inscriptions, petroglyphs) along these lines, between the 3rd Millennium BCE – 7th century CE. A narrow definition of graffiti is eschewed, and speakers are encouraged to consider the socio-historical and practical circumstances in which marks and inscriptions were made and how they may respond to each other and other media around them.

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Vrijdag 17 december, 18.30 uur

Im Bett mit den alten Ägyptern – Untersuchungen zum altägyptischen Schlafverhalten
Dr. Simone Gerhards (JGU Mainz)

Auch im alten Ägypten wurde täglich geschlafen – diese Erfahrung war jedoch mit Assoziationen, Empfindungen und Metaphern verbunden, die sich von den heutigen unterscheiden. So wird der Schlaf nicht nur in alltäglichen Kontexten erwähnt und dargestellt, sondern spielt in der Literatur, Heilkunde, Religion, den Moral- sowie Jenseitsvorstellungen eine wichtige Rolle. Der Vortrag wird zwei große Themenbereiche zum Schlaf behandeln: Zum einen soll die Frage beantwortet werden, was über das tatsächliche Schlafverhalten bekannt ist (z. B. die Schlafdauer und die Gestaltung des Schlafplatzes). Zum anderen wird es darum gehen, was uns Texte und Bilder über das Wesen des Schlafes, seinen Einfluss auf den menschlichen Körper, die Umwelt und Gesellschaft verraten. Durch Vergleiche mit Schlafmustern anderer (antiker) Kulturen und unseren modernen Eigenheiten wird nach dem Vortrag sicher auch das eigene Schlafverhalten in einem neuen Licht erscheinen.

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Zondag 19 december, 14.00 uur

RMO Topstukkenlezing: Het handschrift van Ipoewer
Lara Weiss

In deze topstukkenlezing vertelt conservator Lara Weiss over de ‘vermaningen’ van Ipoewer, het beroemdste Egyptische handschrift uit de collectie van het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden.

Ze gaat dieper in op de mogelijke archeologische herkomst, de inhoud en de verschillende duidingen van de tekst uit het Nieuwe Rijk (ca. 1307-1196 v.Chr.). Het handschrift van Ipoewer beschrijft de teloorgang van “de goeie ouwe tijd”, en de sociale ellende en burgeroorlog die daaruit voortvloeide.

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Dinsdag 21 december, 20.00 uur

Chaos en Beheersing: Henri Asselberghs en zijn vriendschap met Jean Capart
Marleen De Meyer

Kosten: €4 voor niet-leden

In 1961 publiceerde Henri Asselberghs een baanbrekende studie over de concepten van ‘chaos versus controle’ in de Predynastische en Vroegdynastische iconografie.

Zijn boek lijkt echter uit het niets te komen, want niet alleen had Asselberghs nooit eerder over deze vroege periode van de Egyptische geschiedenis gepubliceerd, hij was niet eens Egyptoloog, maar directeur van het Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht. Wie was deze Mijnheer Asselberghs, en hoe kwam hij tot zijn magnum opus? In deze lezing worden op basis van archiefbronnen en familiedocumenten zijn leven en carrière in de eerste helft van de 20e eeuw gereconstrueerd. Speciale aandacht gaat naar Belgisch Egyptoloog Jean Capart, met wie hij een kwart eeuw bevriend was, en die een cruciale rol speelde in zijn ontwikkeling als Egyptoloog.

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Online events in het najaar

Ondanks dat er steeds meer mogelijk is zijn er nog genoeg online lezingen, cursussen en congressen bij te wonen. Ze staan hier voor je verzameld:

14 september, 18.00 uur

Camp life at Balat (Dakhla Oasis) – the Sheikh Muftah site
Dr. Clara Jeuthe (DAI Cairo)

The excavations of the archaeological mission of the IFAO in Balat (Dakhla Oasis) uncovered a large residential camp area of the so-called Sheikh Muftah Group, the indigenous population of the oasis. Dating from the early 4th Dynasty (ca. 2600 BC), these camps were only briefly but intensively occupied. Revealing for the first time a well preserved intra-site stratigraphy with hitherto unknown dwelling features, the excavation results provide in-depth insights into the camp life of a non-sedentary group in a time, when Egyptian Pharaonic settlement activities were just beginning to be evident in archaeological data. Thus, the data gathered offers not only hints about tool and food production for example; they also contribute to the discussions about non-sedentary groups in the Western Desert and the transcultural exchange between the Sheikh Muftah community in Balat and the Egyptian Pharaonic population.

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15 – 17 september

The Egypt Centre
Zoom conference to mark fifty years since part of the Wellcome Collection arrived to Swansea University

On the 17th September 1971, ninety-two crates consisting of some 4,500 objects (mainly Egyptian) arrived to Swansea University. This was part of dispersal of the Egyptian material at the Wellcome Collection, which probably amassed somewhere in the region of 20,000 objects. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of this event, the Egypt Centre will be hosting a free three-day Zoom (Webinar) conference. The conference will focus on Wellcome’s Egyptian and Sudanese collections, which were dispersed to numerous institutions following his death in 1936. It will feature talks and virtual handling sessions/tours by curators, collections managers, and researchers associated with the Wellcome material.


16 september, 19.00 uur

From Avon to Nile: The adventurous life of Amelia Edwards
Dr. Margaret Jones

As a best-selling novelist, and a bold and witty travel writer, Amelia Edwards was a household name. At age 50, inspired by a Nile journey from Cairo to Upper Egypt, she embarked on a new career to promote archaeology and conservation. She co-founded the Egypt Exploration Fund and packed lecture halls on both sides of the Atlantic. She brought to vivid life the bygone world of Ancient Egypt; often using her talks to subtly promote women’s rights.


23 september, 12.00 uur

Conservation of Theban Tomb Paintings: A Tale of Two Tombs
Bianca Madden

This talk will look at the purpose and context of conservation work in the tombs of the Theban Necropolis, the most common deterioration factors found and treatment approaches. Two tombs will be used as examples, the American Research Centre in Egypt’s project at the Tomb of Menna (TT69), and the 16-year conservation and research project at the Tomb Chapel of Sennefer (TT96A) by the Belgian Archaeological Mission in the Theban Necropolis by the Université de Liège and Université libre de Bruxelles. Bianca will discuss conservation approaches, ethics, the materiality of the tombs, as well as the specific technical challenges of each project.


Vanaf 23 september

Textiles and Ancient Egypt
Dr. Carolyn Graves-Brown

Interactieve zoom cursus
10 x donderdag van 16-18 uur

Ancient Egyptian textiles appear in museums all across the world, from mummy wrappings to diaphanous flowing white robes and even colourful early medieval garments, but how much do we really know about them?


28 september, 18.30 uur

New Discoveries in the Middle Kingdom Royal Necropolis at South Abydos
Dr. Josef Wegner

Recent excavations at South Abydos have revealed a royal cemetery dating to 1850-1600 BC. Initiated by Senwosret III in the 12th Dynasty, the necropolis of ‘Anubis Mountain’ continued to be used by subsequent kings of the 13th Dynasty and Second Intermediate Period. The lecture will look at work on the 12 known tombs. These include the tombs of Senwosret III, Seneb-Kay and those attributed to the brother-kings Neferhotep I, Sobekhotep IV and Sahathor. Many questions remain and the lecture will delve into the mysteries about this necropolis and the pharaohs buried there.


30 september, 10.00 uur

What does it mean to be ‘sad’ in Ancient Egypt?
Madeline Jenkins

The nature, function and universality of emotions has recently been contested. Rather than assuming that emotions are universal, the social constructionist position on emotions argues that emotions are, to an extent, constructed by the cultural and temporal contexts in which they are evoked. Against this background, this paper examines the usage of a single ancient Egyptian lexeme belonging to the ‘sadness’ semantic field, namely ı͗nd to first arrive at a precise meaning of the lexeme before exploring how the emotion concept(s) denoted by ı͗nd could have been rendered linguistically. Key concepts from the History of Emotions approach are employed to frame the analysis. To conclude, this paper compares the emotion concept(s) denoted by ı͗nd with the anglophone emotion concept of ‘sadness’.

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30 september – 1 oktober

EES Delta Survey Conference & Workshop

The Delta Survey Conference and Workshop is a biannual event bringing together researchers working in the Egyptian Delta. It is supported by the EES Delta Survey project and run in collaboration with a host institution and always in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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4 oktober, 18.00 uur

High-status burials in the Napatan Period: cultural interactions between Egypt and Nubia
Dr. John Taylor (British Museum)

The burials of the Napatan royal families are notable for their adoption of Egyptian mortuary practices, iconography and texts. The appearance of closely comparable features in Egyptian burials at the same period raises important questions about the transmission of ideas. This lecture examines evidence from both regions and considers the Napatans’ role both as instigators and recipients of change in the mechanics of providing for the dead.


13 oktober, 14.00 uur

Mrs Goodison’s Egyptology Collection
Dr. Jo Backhouse

Local lady Mrs Anne Goodison was a collector of Egyptology during the 19th century. Records simply record her as an amateur Egyptologist and a student of hieroglyphics. As she was a collector and buyer rather than an excavator, very little is recorded of her. This description however, does not do justice to the fantastic collection that she put together which is now on display at The Atkinson. Jo Backhouse will be discussing what we do know about Mrs Goodison and also taking a look at some of the key pieces from the collection.


14 oktober, 19.30 uur

Tombe met uitzicht: Landschap en klimaat in het oude Egypte
Nicky van de Beek

Gratis voor studenten en donateurs van Huis van Horus, anders €5

De grafwanden van Oudegyptische tombes staan vol met landschappen: woestijnen waarin gejaagd wordt met honden, moerasscènes met de grafeigenaar vissend in een woud van papyrus, herders die hun kuddes laten grazen tussen het struikgewas en zorgvuldig vormgegeven tuinen. Vooral de Ouderijks grafscènes laten een wereld zien die niet meer bestaat: water waarin nijlpaarden en krokodillen elkaar bevechten, een woestijn krioelend van gazelles, oryxen en ibexen. Was dit wishful thinking of zag het landschap er echt zo anders uit dan nu? Welke rol speelde de jaarlijkse Nijloverstroming? En wat ging er mis aan het einde van het Oude Rijk?

Ook tijdens het Nieuwe Rijk horen we over ontypisch Egyptisch weer: graffiti in de Thebaanse heuvels spreken over ‘het neerkomen van water uit de hemel’. De Vallei der Koningen had te maken met flash floods. En in westelijke Thebe werden grote tempels, paleizen en kunstmatige meren aangelegd in een gebied waar nu de woestijn heerst. Hoe gingen de Oude Egyptenaren om met klimaatverandering en wat kunnen we hier vandaag de dag van leren?


19 oktober, 14.00 uur

Layer by Layer: the Manufacture of Graeco-Roman Funerary Masks
Marie Vandenbeusch

This talk will approach Ptolemaic cartonnage masks from a manufacturing point of view. These funerary artefacts were produced by layering textiles – or reused papyrus sheets – with plaster and glue. Despite the use of the same basic components, the process of manufacture could vary depending on shape, size, time and place. We will try to clarify the production methods and the different phases of manufacture, as well as contextualise a group of masks curated by the British Museum. To provide a better understanding of their production, we will examine these masks layer by layer, using different imagery techniques, such as X-ray, CT and surface scanning. We will consider the use of a mould to shape the face from inside, the layering of textile, the application of gesso to strengthen the mask or to sculpt features, and finally the decorative layer of paints and gilding.


28 oktober, 14.50 uur

Extraordinary bodies: What do Egyptian statues do?
Professor Elizabeth Frood

Kosten: £5

In this lecture I discuss the composition of temple statues, and the questions they raise in terms of personhood, performance, and material presence. I take a case study approach, examining in particular a small group of late 18th and early 19th Dynasty statues which seemingly defy convention, presenting their owners as shabtis, including one that shows its high-ranking owner as a miller. Why these forms in temples?


2 november, 14.00 uur

Tiny Egypt: Ancient Egypt through a macro lens
Julia Thorne

Tiny Egypt is a photographic project that takes a closer look at the more diminutive artefacts from Ancient Egypt and explores their beauty that’s often too small for the naked eye. In this talk, Julia will take you on a tour of her favourite images of artefacts from Manchester Museum, The Garstang Museum of Archaeology, and Bolton Libraries and Museum to show you how she uses macro photography and focus stacking to create stunning images. You’ll also hear about other techniques, such as dramatic lighting and lightboxes, to produce images that have been featured in exhibitions such as the Garstang Museum’s Book of the Dead: Passport through the Underworld and Manchester Museum’s globally touring Golden Mummies of Egypt.


20 november, 15.00 uur

From Saqqara to Leiden: The journey of the tomb chapel of Hetepherakhet
Nicky van de Beek

£3 tot £6

The offering chapel of Hetepherakhty was once part of a mastaba tomb in the desert of Saqqara. It dates back to the fifth dynasty, when kings built pyramid complexes and sun temples scattered around the Memphite necropolis. Hetepherakhty held titles of a judicial nature, but as a priest he was also connected to the cult of former kings. His modest sized offering chapel is decorated with high quality relief decoration. It shows him spearfishing in the marshes, inspecting agricultural activities and enjoying a funeral meal. He is surrounded by scenes of fishing, fowling, baking and brewing, as well as preparations for his funeral. The tomb was excavated by Auguste Mariette in the1860s, when a different stance was held with regard to antiquities than nowadays. How did the tomb chapel end up in a museum in Leiden? What happened during its long museum history? And how can it be studied using modern technology?

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