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August 2018

Reuse of New Kingdom Monuments and Visitors’ Graffiti in Late and Graeco-Roman Period Elkab

August 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Since 2016, the Oxford Expedition to Elkab has extended its work of epigraphic recording and publication to the Late and Graeco-Roman Period monuments and inscriptions in the necropolis and the adjacent Wadi Hillal. Recording of the inscribed material, which mainly consists of unpublished graffiti and secondary inscriptions, is proceeding hand-in-hand with the re-documentation of the entirety of the monuments and architectural structures that host them (New Kingdom and later tomb chapels, the Ramesside/Ptolemaic hemispeos, and the temple of Amenhotep III),…

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May 2018

A Romano-Egyptian Obelisk Beyond the Nile

May 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Using a Romano-Egyptian obelisk from the collection of the Museo del Sannio in Benevento, Italy as a case study, this talk will overview the major themes of the current Getty exhibition “Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World.” This exhibition explores cross-cultural interactions between Egypt, Greece, and Rome from about 2000 BC until about AD 300. Part of a new Getty initiative called The Classical World in Context, the exhibition kicks off a series that will highlight the Classical…

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April 2018

In the Workshop of an Ancient Egyptian Sculptor

April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In 1912, the excavation team of the Deutsch Orient-Gesellschaft under the direction of Ludwig Borchardt revealed the exceptional remains of the estate and workshop of an ancient Egyptian sculptor of the middle of the 15th century BCE, who worked for Pharaoh Akhenaten in the latter’s new royal residence of Akhet-Aten (modern Amarna), in Middle Egypt. Next to the world-famous bust of Nefertiti, the German excavators unearthed a collection of plaster portrait studies that allow reconstructing the creation procedure of ancient…

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Royal Succession in Ancient Egypt and Early Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Royal Succession in Ancient Egypt Nowhere are the legal terms of royal succession in ancient Egypt set out in explicit terms. The concept of hereditary monarchy manifests a wide range of modes of succession across time and place, and today we will review these, together with such evidence as survives from Egypt to discuss the way in which Egyptian pharaonic succession may have functioned, in both theory and practice. We also consider the evidence for and existence of, the institution…

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ARCE Practice Talks Round 2

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Compositional Design of Djedhor Cairo JE 46341 Michael Chen (Egyptology). This paper examines the layout of spells upon the statue surfaces of Djedhor to uncover the inherent planning behind the design of the statue. This strategic design reveals both a balanced spell arrangement and the inscribing order of the statue’s construction. The patterns observed in my analysis permit a greater intertextual study of magical healing spells and a better understanding of these spells’ relationships with materiality.   Temple Rank and…

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November 2017

Graduate Student Conference Talks and Q&A

November 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come and hear what the graduate students in NELC are working on! Graduate students presenting their research at academic conferences in the next month will be giving their talks for the NELC community, and would love feedback and questions! Speakers (in order): Andrew Danielson  Danielle Candelora Jacob Damm Jeremy Williams Timothy Hogue Marissa Stevens Please RSVP for Event  

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April 2017

The Inventors of the Alphabet — Erudite Scribes or Unlettered MinersOrly

April 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

According to Orly Goldwasser’s analysis of the evidence, the alphabet was invented around 1840 BCE by illiterate Canaanite mining experts working in the Sinai site of Serabit el-Khadem. This conclusion is based on a painstaking comparative analysis of the paleography of the Middle Kingdom hieroglyphs in the Egyptian temple on the site and the so-called “Proto-Sinaitic” inscriptions that were discovered primarily in and around the neighboring mines.The inventors of the alphabet were inspired by the highly pictorial hieroglyphs around them,…

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February 2017

The Archaeological Adventure of Museo Egizio (1903-1920)

February 16, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Ernesto Schiaparelli, director of Museo Egizio between 1894 and 1928 responded to the need for an enlarged Egyptian collection at Turin. In 1903 the Missione Archeologica Italiana (M.A.I.) was founded, promoting 12 archaeological expeditions at 11 sites in Egypt. With the important assistance of collaborators, Schiaparelli undertook this fieldwork to better document the history of Ancient Egypt. Significantly, the anthropological interest in human remains of these expeditions was at that time innovative, and gave the Museo Egizio an original multidisciplinary…

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New Light on Qubbet el-Hawa

February 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dr. Bommas will be giving two lectures. First lecture will be from 11:00A-11:50A. Second lecture will be from 12:15P-1:00P.       Dr. Martin Bommas Reader in Egyptology Getty Scholar 2016-2017 Curator of the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Arts at the University of Birmingham Director of the Qubbet el-Hawa Research Project Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology  Event Flyer

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January 2017

Modelling Long-Distance Interaction in the Middle Bronze Age

January 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Old Assyrian trade network c. 1895-1865 BCE is by far the best documented example of how a long-distance commercial circuit was organized and run in the ancient world. But the Assyrian records show that the circuit to which they relate was not isolated. It formed part of a chain of comparable units and was kept intentionally separate from competing entities. This talk will explore some of those other linked and competing commercial networks of the Middle Bronze Age in…

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