Birmingham Egyptology Archive:

Festschrift in honour of Tony Leahy

As many of our group will be aware, Tony Leahy, Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, retired last year after some 40 years of service to the University. To honour his achievements, a small ceremony was held at the University on 15th February to present Tony with a festschrift:

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As sealed for presentation!

‘A True Scribe of Abydos. Essays on First Millennium Egypt in Honour of Anthony Leahy.’


The book – 265 in the series Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, published by Peeters of Leuven and edited by Claus Jurman, Bettina Bader, and  David Aston – contains more than 20 essays from scholars having ties with Tony and the University over many years. Further details about the book and a brief summary of its contents may be seen on the publisher’s web site at:




ISBN 978-90-429-3480-1.

BE Social Event

Birmingham Egyptology will be holding a social event from 1 pm on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at The Hop Garden, 19 Metchley Lane, Harborne.


The Hop Garden has only recently opened, and has been described as ‘a homely place with its own, cosy personality’ yet  ‘very different.’ Why not join us in finding out how different!


For more information regarding the venue see:

Forum sessions for Autumn 2017

Birmingham Egyptology will continue this autumn with the programme of discussions based on topics presented by post graduate researchers and guest speakers.


IMG_2135The first session will take place on Friday 6th October, 5 pm – 7 pm, in the CAHA Museum – Arts 305 – and the topic, ‘The Relationship of Text and Image,’ will be presented by Jennifer Turner.


Jennifer [pictured], the new post graduate lead for Birmingham Egyptology, is presently completing her MRes and will be going on to work on her PhD researching ‘The function, performance and interaction of text and image in Egyptian statuary from the Third Intermediate Period.’


As always, all who are interested in Egyptology – at whatever level – are invited to join in our Forum sessions and newcomers will be most welcome.


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

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