Birmingham Egyptology Archive:

New book release: Scanning the Pharaohs

The American University in Cairo Press has announced the release of a book by Zahi Hawass and Sahar Saleem under the title: ‘Scanning the Pharaohs: CT imaging of the New Kingdom Royal Mummies’.


The publishers have kindly forwarded a ‘review kit’ which includes a table of contents, introduction, and other relevant details regarding the book. The kit can be accessed via the following link:

Scanning the Pharaohs Review Kit

Exhibition: Beyond Beauty – Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt

The ‘Beyond Beauty’ exhibition is presently showing at Two Temple Place, London and will continue until 24th April 2016.

The exhibition website offers: ‘This major new exhibition not only explores the day-to-day routines of ancient Egyptians, it also addresses the importance of appearance in the afterlife. Alongside extraordinary coffins and funerary head coverings are their owners’ ancient mirrors, combs and hairpins, bracelets, necklaces, sandals, textiles, cosmetic vessels, scent jars and other ornaments, as well as tablets giving us insights into elite styles of the age, which have echoes in the fashion and lifestyle magazines of the present day.’



Open: Mondays & Thursday-Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm
Wednesdays: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 4:30pm
Closed on Tuesday


Free admission (no booking necessary)


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Coming soon! ‘Objects Come to Life’ exhibition

Stephanie Boonstra, PhD Candidate in Egyptology and Post Graduate Curator, Eton Myers Collection at the University of Birmingham, is now working with a number of colleagues to bring together a new exhibition for display in the Mingana Room at the OLRC campus of the University.

Entitled ‘Objects Come to Life: A Biography of Ancient Egyptian Artefacts’ the exhibits will explore the lives of the objects in the Eton Myers Collection, currently on loan from Eton College to the University of Birmingham. Many of these objects were collected in the late Nineteenth Century with no contextual information recorded. While many of the objects in the collection have no provenance, this exhibition seeks to illuminate the lifespans of these objects, discussing their production, use, and significance in ancient Egypt.

The exhibition will be open to the public in October 2016. Please contact curator Stephanie Boonstra ( for details and viewing information.



A READY INTELLIGENCE: the latest addition to the Virtual Museum

Carl Graves – a final year PhD candidate in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham and also the Education and Public Engagement Manager at the Egypt Exploration Society – presents a further exhibition on the subject of the secretaries of the Egypt Exploration Society.

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Often relegated to a footnote in the history of British Egyptology, these figures had always been at the very centre of the discipline. Their networks of explorers, archaeologists, curators, collectors, subscribers, and researchers placed them in an often complicated web of connections.

Discover more on the Virtual Museum page

Proceedings of the 2015 BE Symposium Published

The ‘Proceedings of the Second Birmingham Egyptology Symposium, University of Birmingham, 20th February 2015’ includes the following articles:


‘The Kushite kings of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty in the light of Transcultural Studies: an iconographic approach’, by Barbara Hufft, University of Basel;


‘Where is my Mummy…Who is my Mummy? A Re-Evaluation of the Dra Abu-el Naga Coffin of Queen Ahhotep (CG 28501) with Queen Satkamose’, by Taneash Sidpura, University of Manchester;


and ‘The authority behind statues and the authority of statues: sistrophores and intermediaries’, by Eleanor Simmance, University of Birmingham.


Online in the BE Journal at

New exhibit in the Virtual Museum

Carl Graves, a final year PhD student at the University of Birmingham and also the Education and Public Engagement Manager at the Egypt Exploration Society, has added a new exhibition page to the Virtual Museum on The Birmingham Egyptology web site entitled, ‘Toward the Horizon: Dying in Ancient Egypt. Sections of the exhibition have been compiled by Stephanie Boonstra, Emily Millward, Stacey Anne Bagdhi, and Carl himself. It is hoped that, over time, other scholars may continue to add to this exhibition.


To access this exhibition please follow the link from the Virtual Museum tab in the column to the left in this page or click on the image below.


If you would like to research an object for presentation as a part of this exhibition please contact the organisers with your ideas at:



New Article in BE Journal

Birmingham Egyptology is pleased to announce the publication of a new article by Gyula Priskin which can be accessed by clicking on the title:

The encounter between the sun and the moon on hypocephali


On many hypocephali one of the pictorial registers shows the meeting of the solar and lunar boats. The analysis of the cosmographic scheme of these funerary objects and the comparison of the scene with other astronomical depictions demonstrate that the encounter between the sun and the moon represents the situation when they are both dwelling in the liminal zones of the netherworld, close to the western and eastern horizons, respectively. The lunar boat is in fact a proxy playing the role of the morning barque of more traditional representations that show the two solar boats prow to prow.

New article in the BE Journal

The Birmingham Egyptology Journal has recently published an article by Carlos Gracia Zamacona entitled ‘The Two Inner Directions of the Ancient Egyptian Script’. The article may be downloaded from the Journal page or from the following link:

The Two Inner Directions of the Ancient Egyptian Script



This article explores some implications for the study of the human writing-reading process from the perspective of the ancient Egyptian script. Upon consideration of a paradoxical passage by Herodotus (II,36,4), the author resumes, under a new approach, Henry Fischer’s suggestion that Egyptian culture considered script direction from the signs’ point of view, in contrast to Greek culture, which considered script direction from the writer’s or reader’s point of view (the writing-reading process). Two distant facts confirm this interpretation: one is the ancient Egyptian textual mark, usually considered a colophon or end mark, which literally reads ‘That (means) that it (= the text) comes (to the reader)’; the other is the writing direction of banners used in current-day audio-visual media. Though Western culture and science have retained the Greek point of view, to approach the writing systems of other cultures through its focusing lens may result in misunderstandings like that of Herodotus.

New publication by Nicola Adderley

One of our committee members, Nicola Adderley, has recently published her PhD thesis, Personal Religion in the Libyan Period in Egypt (Scholars’ Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 13.48.30Press 2015).


The study is a synthesis of the evidence pertaining to religious beliefs and practices at the individual and community level during the Twenty-first to Twenty-fourth Dynasties, including biographical inscriptions, votive offerings, graffiti, personal names, amulets, oracular decrees and literary texts. Further information can be found on the publisher’s website: Personal Religion in the Libyan Period in Egypt





Download new book from UCL Press

UCL Press, ‘the UK’s first fully open access university press’, has announced the publication of The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Characters and Collections –  a work edited by the Egyptologist and curator of the Petrie Museum, Dr Alice Stevenson.

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A free online version can be found at: 


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