Birmingham Egyptology

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:

Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 09.50.52

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.

Birmingham Egyptology Forum: Dr Margaret Mountford

For our final Forum session this term, we are very excited to welcome Dr Margaret Mountford, Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society, to the University of Birmingham.

Dr Mountford will be presenting a talk on the Oxyrhynchus papyri – if you’re interested in attending, please register for a place via Eventbrite:

We hope that you can join us for this fascinating talk!BE Forum March poster MM

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:

Extended Deadline – 5th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: Call For Papers

We have now extended the deadline for our call for papers for the 5th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: ‘Conflict in Ancient Culture’, which will take place on Friday 11th May 2018 at the University of Birmingham, UK.

We invite abstract submissions from postgraduates and independent researchers pertaining to the individual’s interpretation of the above theme. This may include, but is not limited to, notions of conflict as expressed or evidence in archaeology, art, language, history, epigraphy, reception and perspectives of ancient Egypt, and relations between Egypt and other ancient civilisations.

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 Friday 23rd February 2018 at 5pm to:

Confirmation of the decision will be emailed by late February. Following the Symposium, presenters will be invited to submit their papers or posters as articles to be considered for publication in the Birmingham Egyptology Journal.

For further information about this event, please contact us here or at the above email address to register your interest or ask any questions.

5th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: Call For Papers

Birmingham Egyptology are pleased to announce that the 5th annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium will be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday 11th May 2018.
The theme will be ‘Conflict in ancient Culture’. The organising committee invite papers from postgraduate students and independent researchers pertaining to their individual interpretations of this theme. This may include, but is not limited to, notions of conflict as expressed or evident in archaeology, art, language, history, epigraphy, reception and perspectives of ancient Egypt, and relations between Egypt and other ancient civilisations.
The call for papers deadline is Monday 22nd January 2018 at 5pm. The full call for papers can be viewed from the following link: Birmingham Egyptology Symposium Call for Papers 2018

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.

Back to Top