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BE Social – Saturday 6th May

All are welcome to join the next social gathering of the Birmingham Egyptology Group which will be from 1 pm on Saturday 6th May at The Rectory Bar in St. Paul’s Square, Birmingham.


For details of this venue please visit the web site at:



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.



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


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



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.

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

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.

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

Symposium 2017: Call for Papers

The 4th annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium will be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday 17th February 2017. The theme will be ‘Digging into ancient Egypt’. Of course, there are many more ways of digging than with a spade, and the organising committee invite papers from postgraduate students and independent researchers pertaining to their individual interpretations of this theme.


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

Forum sessions autumn 2016

The dates for the forthcoming Forum sessions are now in the calendar. Details of each event will be added as the programme is finalised.

We look forward to seeing old friends and welcome newcomers – all welcome!

Tea with the sphinx conference – registration open

Registration for ‘Tea with the Sphinx’ is now open.

The conference, which will be held at the University of Birmingham on 23rd – 24th September 2016, focusses on ‘discussions of ancient Egypt as imagined by ‘Western civilisation’ from Napoleon’s invasion until the millennium. From the Parisian graveyards decorated with winged solar discs to tales of mummies’ curses appearing in periodicals and newspapers, strip-teases of the fin de siècle to the Hollywood blockbusters of the twentieth century’.
Tea with the sphinx


You may access information about the conference at:

Updated publication on 18th & 19th Dynasty graffiti

Abercrombie Press have announced the recent publication of the second edition of Dr Hana Navratilova’s Visitors’ Graffiti of Dynasties 18 and 19 in Abusir and Northern Saqqara (see attached advert, with the TOC).

This revised work presents a greatly expanded catalogue of texts to the one published in the original edition (together with more generous commentaries). It also includes substantial new chapters on:

Graffiti Writing;
Epigraphy & Formulae;
Contextual Studies;
The Representation of Kings in the Graffiti of Abusir and Northern Saqqara;
Surveys of the Graffiti of Giza, Southern Saqqara, Dahshur and Maidum.


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