Archaeological seminars

We are inviting you to take part in the online Archaeological Seminar of IMOC PAS, during which Wojciech Ejsmond, an assistant professor at the IMOC PAS, will present a talk: "Archaeological Landscape of Gebelein in Egypt. An overview of the history and the site topography based on the field and archival surveys, focusing especially on the religious and funerary landscapes''

 

W. Ejsmont

 

The event will take place on Tuesday, 9th of November at 2.30 pm GTM 2+ on MS Teams.

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Abstrakt:
During his talk, Dr Wojciech Ejsmond will present an overview of the history and archaeological topography of Gebelein in southern Egypt, in the light of results from his ongoing field and archival surveys, focusing especially on the religious and funerary landscapes. Gebelein has been excavated since 1884 by more than 14 official archaeological projects as well as several illegal digs unearthing the remains from the Predynastic Period to the Medieval Times. The architectural remains, for the most part undocumented, are now destroyed or even lost, while the artefacts are distributed among over a dozen museums across the world. Also, the topography of Gebelein was only poorly described by previous scholars, which is a critical lacuna significantly limiting our understanding of the area. Therefore, the Gebelein Archaeological Project (GAP) has been initiated in 2013 to address this gap.
The project is aiming at bringing together all the existing and dispersed data as well as reconstructing the forgotten history of the site, its meaning and its place in the history of Egypt. The works of the GAP have included archive and museum queries as well as field prospection within the Gebelein micro-region. Several archaeological sites were surveyed, bringing to light numerous hitherto unknown features. Studying the publications of the previous archaeological missions, as well as various unpublished archival materials, enabled locating undocumented monuments, such as the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period tombs. In some cases, their forms and furnishing were possible to be reconstructed, thus retelling the stories of their owners and the community inhabiting this area from the Predynastic to Greco-Roman Period.

 

Fot M. Jawornicki IKSIO PAN PCMA

 Photo by M. Jawornicki IKŚIO PAN&PCMA

 

We are inviting you to take part in the online Archaeological Seminar of IMOC PAS, during which Katarzyna Kapiec, an assistant at the IMOC PAS, will present a talk:
"The Southern Room of Amun – results of the study on its decoration and function in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari''.
The event will take place on Tuesday, 26th of October at 2.30 pm GTM 2+ on MS Teams.
A link to the event and abstract of the talk is provided below.

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Abstract: The Southern Room of Amun – results of the study on its decoration and function in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari

Wall decoration in the Southern Room of Amun in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari in Egypt will be a topic of Katarzyna Kapiec’s talk. Her full study of the wall decoration scheme of the Southern Room of Amun, and thus all the elements of the ideological message of this programme allowed her to define the function of the room. The study was focused on the divine personalities of Amun-Kamutef and Amunet, the functions of the royal ka, the analysis of the royal attire and insignia and on the specifics of the offering scenes, as well as the analysis of the function of the coronation scene placed outside the room. It should be emphasized here that an in-depth analysis of the oils and linen displayed in the room’s decoration was crucial in understanding its function. The study included also the analysis of all phases of the decoration and as well as the processes of erasures and re-carving names and figures of Hatshepsut. The research confirmed a hypothesis that this room was not only a temple storeroom, as frequently suggested by other scholars, but also a place associated with rituals of transformation, regeneration, rebirth, and rejuvenation. Defining the function of this room and placing it in the ritual topography of the Upper Courtyard complex has been a significant step towards understanding the theological notion coded in the temple of Hatshepsut as well as broadening our comprehension of the selection process of the decorative motifs in other temples of ancient Egypt.

The project was accomplished within the works of the Polish–Egyptian Archaeological and Conservation Mission in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari led by the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archeology, University of Warsaw. The study was carried out by the author partly during the doctoral studies in the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, University of Warsaw (2014 – 2018) and in the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences, thanks to the grant from the National Science Centre (NCN Preludium grant 2015/19/N/HS3/021532016) in years 2016 – 2021. Its main objectives were focused on preparing new and complete documentation and interpretation of the room of Amun, which now constitute the doctoral thesis. The results of this study are currently being prepared for publication in two volumes. The first one will be a presentation of all phases of the decoration as well as the history of works conducted in the discussed room. The second volume will focus on the decoration scheme of the Southern Room of Amun and all the elements of its ideological programme.

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