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10. Symposium zur ägyptischen Königsideologie

10th Symposium on Egyptian royal ideology

"Rites, rituals and festivals as instruments of stability of the royal power"

Warszawa, 30 maja - 2 czerwca 2022

Tematem konferencji są "Obrzędy, rytuały i festiwale jako instrumenty stabilności władzy królewskiej". Rytuały i festiwale zawsze wywoływały żywe dyskusje wśród badaczy. Choć wiele na ten temat już powiedziano i napisano, mamy nadzieję spojrzeć na nie z nowej perspektywy badawczej. Chcielibyśmy również zastanowić się nad współczesnymi multidyscyplinarnymi i interdyscyplinarnymi podejściami do tego szeroko rozumianego tematu.

Zgromadzenie specjalistów w tej dziedzinie pozwoli nam skupić się na różnych cechach królewskości odzwierciedlonych w obrzędach, rytuałach i festiwalach odprawianych w starożytnym Egipcie. W konsekwencji chcemy ukazać różne uzupełniające się aspekty ideologii królewskiej.

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The region of the First Cataract of the River Nile has been a crossroads of people and ideas since deep prehistory. By the end of the fourth millennium BCE, it became the southern border with Nubia of the ancient Egyptian state, the earliest-known territorial polity in history. An exceptionally rich corpus of rock art marks the regional landscape, both along the Nile and in the desert hinterland. The earliest depictions date back to the Late Pleistocene, while the youngest is of the modern age. The artistic productions dated to the state formation period (fourth/early third millennia BCE) are particularly abundant and of great interest. Most rock art links to the mainstream ancient Egyptian culture; however, hints are detectable for productions associated with other groups and agencies. The talk will provide an overview of the current scholarship, drawing on the ongoing investigation by the Aswan-Kom Ombo Archaeological Project – AKAP. This joint venture between the University of Bologna and Yale University has been working in the region since 2005. With a supra-regional perspective, the talk will address some of the research questions AKAP aims to answer.


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Southern Jordan between Neolithic and Bronze Age.

Recent research of the Jagiellonian University in At-Tafileh, Shawbak and Feynan microregions.

During his lecture, Dr Piotr, Kołodziejczyk, Jagiellonian University, Cracow will present the results of research led since 2017 by the Jagiellonian University team in southern Jordan, with special attention to the excavations conducted between 2019 and 2021.

The Polish team carried out a series of test trenches at three sites located in selected microregions of At-Tafileh, Shawbak and Feynan which allowed new interesting observations about the human occupation of this territory during the Late Prehistory. Excavations at the sites of Umm Tuweyrat, Huseinya and Wadi Feynan 101 brought about a new picture of the everyday life of their inhabitants, elements of their spiritual culture but also a new assessment of interaction with the surrounding landscape.

At the dolmen field at Umm Tuweyrat, Shawbak, some observations were made regarding the site's extent, its dating and construction techniques for dolmen graves in this area. A significant and rare discovery of a preserved burial in one of the dolmens, currently under the detailed study, will hopefully allow confirming the dating of the group of dolmens at this site.

At the second site – Huseiniya, a remarkable fragment of a stone residential building was uncovered, initially dated at the turn of the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age. The building was a half-dugout, with a large hearth against one of the walls. A decorated bone weaving tool was found inside the building. Ongoing radiocarbon analysis of the charcoal samples is aimed at the verification of the structure's dating and, subsequently, its inclusion in the network of many others located in the multi-hectare complex.

The latest research conducted in 2021 in Wadi Feynan at the site WF101, which was identified already several decades ago by British archaeologists, allowed us to reconsider previous observations based on surface finds and establish new interpretations for the stone structures located here as residential buildings and farm structures.

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Rusza nabór do Szkoły Doktorskiej Anthropos IPAN na rok akademicki 2022/2023. Wszystkich zainteresowanych kandydatów zapraszamy do zapoznania się z informacjami dostępnymi na stronie internetowej Szkoły: https://anthropos.edu.pl/zasady-rekrutacji-na-rok-akademicki-2022-2023/

Komplet wymaganych dokumentów wskazanych w ogłoszeniu rekrutacyjnym (https://anthropos.edu.pl/zasady-rekrutacji-na-rok-akademicki-2022-2023/ogloszenie-rekrutacyjne-na-rok-akademicki-2022-2023/) należy złożyć drogą elektroniczną pod adresem w terminie 8–29 sierpnia 2022 r.

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Dr Tara STEIMER-HERBET will present a lecture on the Middle Eastern megalithism spread and the significance of the societies of megalith builders. Seven thousand years ago, the Middle East witnessed the emergence of new funerary rites. Previous traditions of burying the dead directly in the earth, in jars or ossuaries were replaced with a new practice of inhumation in megalithic tombs. This change can be observed in the societies living in the mountains of the Akkar region in Lebanon but also in the Jaulan plateau in Syria, the Jordan valley in Jordan, the al-‘Ula and Khaybar in Saudi Arabia, the Jawf and the Hadramawt in Yemen, and the Dhofar and Jabal Hafit in Oman. In her talk, Dr Steimer will define the concept of megaliths and will focus on the so-called ‘dolmens’ or ‘tower tombs’.

The first manifestations of megalithism appeared in the ninth millennium BC in Turkey and were continued in Indonesia. The peak of megalithism in the Middle East falls between the end of the fifth to the end of the third millennium BC. Recent systematic surveys and excavations have changed our perspective on the distribution patterns of megalithic tombs. Until 2000, it was believed that the megalithic necropolises were distributed alongside a narrow north-south axis along the Rift ditch, extending from the Dead Sea to Aleppo, along the Jordan, Litani and Orontes rivers. Today, we know that the societies practising megalithism occupied varied landscapes from the forests of the Syrian Jaulan to the steppes of the Sabatayn desert in Yemen.

Colin Renfrew was one of the first to ask the question: “why megalithism?” The numerous studies on the distribution of monuments show that these constructions shaped the landscape and made certain areas sacred. The megalithic monuments are considered markers of territories, with a pronounced hierarchy, expressed using "tails", funerary "chains" or enclosures in the necropolises and the tombs.

The conditions that determined settlement patterns of the megalith builders were the availability of stone appropriate for different formats - from simple elements such as the stelae, menhirs or even statues to large constructions such as tombs, sometimes houses. Megalithic societies were highly creative. Also, the presence of the grazing lands or the conditions suitable for horticulture were crucial factors in choosing megalithic occupations. By using large stones as means of expression and to honour the deceased and/or their ancestors, the megalithic societies showed their economic capacities. Such constructions required significant resources and collective effort. We hypothesize that these societies had access to multiple resources, exotic goods, and handicrafts. Apart from the access to resources, the megalithic societies seem to have favoured the communication axes facilitating economical exchanges with the urban populations centered around the major rivers. As such, these megalithic groups played a key role in the formation of societies.

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