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Anne-Austin

Mødedato: Lørdag d. 4/3, 2017, kl. 11-16
Lokale: 23.0.49

Foredrag 1 kl. 11-12.15:
Embodying the Goddess: Tattooing and Worship in Deir el-Medina
Anne Austin, Ph.D., History Department, Stanford University

While tattooing is an increasingly popular topic, it is rarely discussed in the past owing to the infrequent identification of tattoos in human remains. This is particularly true in dynastic Egypt, where physical evidence of tattooing was limited to a set of three female Middle Kingdom mummies from Deir el-Bahri with geometric patterns placed on their arms and abdomens.

During the 2014-2015 mission of the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale at Deir el-Medina, however, our team identified at least four individuals with tattoos including one woman with over two dozen separate, figural tattoos placed along her arms, neck, and shoulders.

This talk reviews the significance of this tattooed mummy from Deir el-Medina through a systematic analysis of the placement, orientation, order, and symbolism of her tattoos. These tattoos are compared with local cult objects and temple spaces in order to demonstrate that the use of cult images associated with Hathor links this woman with popular acts of worship at Deir el-Medina.

This mummy therefore not only offers a unique and significant contribution to our understanding of the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt, but also the potential roles of women in religious worship in ancient Egypt.

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Foredrag 2 kl. 13.00-14.15:

Fosterbegravelser
Lise Manniche, mag. art., Ph.D.

I Ægypten er der mange eksempler på, at for tidligt fødte eller dødfødte børn har fået særlig opmærksomhed. De kendteste er de to små mumier fundet i Tutankhamons grav, men der er andre med mere beskeden herkomst og fra andre tidspunkter.

Lise har længe søgt en forklaring på dette fænomen og vil i foredraget fremlægge nogle resultater af sin forskning.

Jenny-tt65-mummy

A Coptic burial at TT65 (T. Bács, EA 17, 2000)

Pause kl. 14.15-14.45

Foredrag 3 kl. 14.45-16.00:

Coptic mummies and textiles in Western Thebes
Dr. Jennifer Cromwell, Post.Doc. ToRS, Københavns Universitet

The Theban mountain range was home to a large monastic population during the 7th and 8th centuries AD. From this period, we have a wealth of textual and archaeological information concerning the lives of the monks, including the preparations that they made for their burials.

In this respect, providing the appropriate funerary textiles was vital: new linen sheets and tapes with which to wrap the bodies. The Theban evidence reveals the different stages of the manufacturing process, from the textual record of flax growing, spinning, and weaving and supply of finished textiles, to the archaeological evidence of loom pits and even preserved wrapped mummies.

This presentation will examine the nature and range of the surviving evidence and discuss the importance of textile production to the monastic communities of Western Thebes.