Scribal statues

Niv skriver

Mødedato: Onsdag d. 4/10 2017, kl. 19.00
Lokale: 23.0.49

Scribal statues, v. Ph.d. Niv Allon, Assistant Curator, Metropolitan Museum, New York

The history of scribal statues spans almost two millennia, from the fourth Dynasty into the Late Period.Their consistency in form seemingly indicates stability in meaning to the point of fossilization.

A fundamental change in the statues’ inscriptions already during the Middle Kingdom suggests otherwise. In this period, the inscription on the papyrus surface starts referring to the textual activity itself.

This paper will explore the social and cultural setting of this change and its implications regarding the notion of literacy, as well the agents who took part in it, especially the vizier Mentuhotep who throughout Egyptian history remained the most prolific patron of scribal statues.



From Egypt to the Lake District

Anna Garnett
Mødedato: Søndag d. 8/10, Kl. 15.00
Lokale: 22.0.11

From Egypt to the Lake District: Objects from John Garstang’s Excavations in Kendal Museum, v. Anna Garnett, Curator, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

The north-west region is one of the richest in Britain for collections of ancient Egyptian material in public museums. Research into the history of the small Egyptology collection at Kendal Museum, located in the English Lake District, has revealed fascinating stories behind the objects and the characters associated with the collection. This presentation will provide an overview of the collection, focusing in particular on how objects from the excavations of John Garstang, Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, made their way to Kendal.

Seminar om Mellemste Rige

Mødedato: Lørdag d. 11/11, 2017, kl. 11-16
Lokale: 22.0.11 Læs resten

Dayr al-Barsha and Dayr al-Bahri


Mødedato: Tirsdag d. 5/12 2017, Kl. 18 (før julefesten)
Lokale: 23.0.49

Dayr al-Barsha and Dayr al-Bahri. Two Ritual Landscapes in the time of Mentuhotep II, v. Prof. dr. Harco Willems, KU Leuven, Dayr al-Barsha Project

Archaeological research at Dayr al-Bahri in the past decade and a half has revealed that the famous nomarchal tombs at that site, dating to the Middle Kingdom, did not stand in isolation, but formed the apex of a processional landscape governing the placement of thousands of tombs along a cult axis highlighting the status of the local governors.

The date of origin of this cultic landscape seems to be historically significant, and links Dayr al-Barsha to royal initiatives creating similar landscapes in Abydos and particularly Thebes. These specific examples will be discussed within the wider context of evidence for the evolution of divine and funerary processions in the Old and Middle Kingdoms.

Efter foredraget er der julefest