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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.


Navratilova Advert

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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)


For further information visit:

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.

Emily Paterson poster


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.

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