Birmingham Egyptology

Forum: Time and kingship – summary available

What is time? This was the question posed to Birmingham Egyptology members at the start of the Forum session on the 14th October. Steven Gregory presented some of his current research into Dt and nHH time and its relationship to kingship. The presentation and the ensuing discussion were complex and thought-provoking, and at times rather difficult to express in words. Nevertheless, some words offering a brief introduction to the research presented is now available:



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 report available: Gender and sexuality

The Forum report on last week’s session is available now at

The theme was very broad and there was much we could not cover. If you would like to see another session looking at a particular aspect of gender and sexuality in Egypt in more detail, or if you have another idea for a Forum session, please contact us (

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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Exhibition review: ‘Beyond Beauty’ at Two Temple Place

‘Beyond Beauty’ is a temporary exhibition at Two Temple Place, London, closing on 24th April 2016, which brings together objects from seven regional collections from the UK. It explores the concept of beauty in ancient Egypt and its importance for both life and death.

To read the review of the exhibition by Eleanor Simmance, please click here (PDF).


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.



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