Birmingham Egyptology

BE Social Saturday 18th March

Birmingham Egyptology are holding a social event from 1 pm onwards on Saturday 18th March at the Physician, Edgbaston.

 

All welcome!

 

For information about the venue, and on how to get there, see the Physician web pages at:

 The Physician

BE Symposium success

The Fourth Birmingham Egyptology Symposium took place yesterday, Friday 17th February 2017, and congratulations are due to co-chairs, Jennifer Turner and Iria Souto Castro, and to their team of helpers who together produced a memorable event. Thanks also to the speakers and delegates, each of whom contributed to what was a most enjoyable day.

 

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Some of the team (from left to right): Poppy Hicklin, Ho Wang Fong, Lauren Bell, and Alexandra Guyver

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Iria and Jennifer, co-chairs

New article in the Birmingham Egyptology Journal

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article by Ian Mladjov:

 

The Transition between the Twentieth and Twenty-First Dynasties Revisited

 

Abstract

Jansen-Winkeln’s argument for reversing the hitherto established order of the High Priests of Amun at the end of the Twentieth Dynasty has become almost universally accepted, but still presents some complications. Leaving aside the complexities of the royal and high priestly genealogy, this article attempts to find a solution for what is perhaps the most problematic aspect of Jansen-Winkeln’s placement of Herihor after Piankh. This is the notion that the datelines from the period reference the regnal years of High Priests of Amun (who had not yet assumed royal titles) rather than the regnal years of kings. To avoid this problem, we must assume a chronologically possible short reign between those of Ramesses XI and Smendes, corresponding to a period when neither Herihor nor Smendes were yet kings. The article disproves Thijs’ identification of such an intervening king with Khakheperre Pinudjem, considers alternative solutions by Dodson and Krauss, and posits a short-lived additional Ramesside king to be interpolated between Ramesses XI and Smendes. This Ramesses XII is possibly to be identified with a king attested on a Wadi Hammamat graffito, who can be shown to be distinct from Ramesses II, with whom he has long been identified in error, and to belong to the late Twentieth Dynasty. Although inevitably based on partly circumstantial evidence, the resulting arrangement keeps the overall chronological framework intact, while resolving a significant problem with Jansen-Winkeln’s popular thesis.

‘Digging into Ancient Egypt’ Birmingham Egyptology Symposium – Programme Now Available

Digging into Ancient Egypt
4th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium
 
Friday 17th February 2017poster_2017_birmingham
Please find attached details of our programme for the 4th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium, ‘Digging into Ancient Egypt’: Programme 4th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium
 
Lunch, refreshments, and a wine reception will be provided on the day. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. There are still spaces available however this is limited so please email us directly to register for the event at: symposium@birminghamegyptology.co.uk 

We are also excited to offer a private viewing of the Eton Myers ‘Objects Coming to Life’ exhibition at the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Art on loan at the University of Birmingham, on the afternoon of Thursday 16th February 2017. If you would also like to attend this exhibition, please confirm when you register for the symposium!
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Birmingham Egyptology Symposium ‘Digging into Ancient Egypt’ – Registration now open!

Digging into Ancient Egypt
4th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium
 
Friday 17th February 2017poster_2017_birmingham
 
Registration for the Fourth Annual Symposium, ‘Digging into Ancient Egypt’, is now open. This free one day event will include a full schedule of presentations, with keynote presentations by Dr. Tony Leahy and Dr. Maria Gatto, relating to artefacts from ancient Egypt and their insight into Egyptian art, language, history and culture. The complete programme for the event will be available here once details have been finalised.
 
Lunch, refreshments, and a wine reception will be provided on the day. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. Space is limited so please email us directly to register for the event at: symposium@birminghamegyptology.co.uk 

We are also excited to offer a private viewing of the Eton Myers ‘Objects Coming to Life’ exhibition at the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Art on loan at the University of Birmingham, on the afternoon of Thursday 16th February 2017. If you would also like to attend this exhibition, please confirm when you register for the symposium!
Please also feel free to join our Facebook page:

New article in Birmingham Egyptology Journal

The editors are pleased to announce the publication of the following article by Luca Miatello:

Texts and Iconography of Padiamun’s Coffin in the Liverpool Museum

Abstract
This paper presents a study of texts and iconography on the coffin of Padiamun World Museum Liverpool 1953.72, dating to the Third Intermediate Period. The decorative program is discussed by means of a series of drawings in colour. Protective figures of the Litany of the Sun are depicted in the case interior around an anthropoid djed-pillar, as an expression of the solar-Osirian unity, marked also at the head end by solar representations, including an image of the arched body of Nut, and references to Stundenwachen figures and texts. Protective guardians of six portals of the netherworld are depicted on the sides of the case exterior, which is inscribed with an abridged version of spell 145 of the Book of the Dead. The presence of two hippocampi on the lid, with the vignette of the judgement and an abridged version of spell 125B of the Book of the Dead below, constitutes a further iconographic element of relevant interest.

Forum summary available: Cryptography

A summary of the last Forum by Dr Nicki Adderley is now available, with bibliography: http://birminghamegyptology.co.uk/forum/last-session/

The group discussed the evidence for and potential reasons behind ‘cryptographic’ writings in Egypt.

 

The next session will be on Friday 9th December. We have had a change of topic from the original schedule, and the presentation and discussion will now be on bees and beeswax, led by Zara Shoosmith. All are welcome.

Extended Call for Papers Deadline

Our call for papers deadline for our Symposium ‘Digging into Ancient Egypt’ has been extended to Friday 2nd December.

Please submit your abstracts, or to contact us for further information, please email us at: symposium@birminghamegyptology.co.uk

Proceedings published

The proceedings of the Third Birmingham Egyptology Symposium, held at the University of Birmingham on 19th February 2016,  have been published in the Journal section and include:

 

Chris Elliot: ‘Pyramisks and Obelids – Pitch Imperfect? The reception of ancient Egyptian architectural elements in pre-nineteenth century Europe’.

 

Michelle Scott: ‘The blundered name of Khufu’: Ancient identity and modern identification’.

Birmingham Egyptology Proceedings 2016

Reminder: Birmingham Egyptology Symposium Call for Papers

Dear all

This is just a reminder about the Call for Papers for the 4th annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium, which will be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday 17th February 2017.

We invite abstract submissions from postgraduates and independent researchers pertaining to the individual’s interpretation of the above theme, which can include, but is not limited to, archaeology, art, language, history, restoration and epigraphy. Presentations may take the form of a 20 minute paper AND/OR an A0 research poster. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words, to be submitted by Monday 28th November at 5pm to: symposium@birminghamegyptology.co.uk

The full call for papers can be viewed from the following link: call-for-papers-2017poster_2017_birmingham

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