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.
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article by Ian Mladjov:
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.
The editors are pleased to announce the publication of the following article by Luca Miatello:
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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’.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Forum sessions are not all fun and games – we aim to engage in enlightening and analytical discussion. However, the atmosphere of the Forum is intended to remain informal, and what better way to do so than to discuss games and board games in Egypt and further afield?
The Forum report summarising the discussion can now be found on our website: http://birminghamegyptology.co.uk/forum/last-session/ (it will be moved to ‘Previous Sessions’ section in a few weeks’ time).
We even managed to fit in a couple of rounds of Senet, albeit with a less beautiful board and gaming pieces than some which have been discovered!