UCL Egypt

UCL Egypt Studying Ancient Egypt and Sudan at UCL, home of the first UK chair in Egyptian Archaeology, in a vibrant community of world-leading Egyptologists
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UCL is at the heart of a community of first-class Egyptologists based at the Institute of Archaeology, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the British Museum, and the Egypt Exploration Society. Building on the pioneering work of Sir Flinders Petrie, first UK chair holder of Egyptian Archaeology, Egyptologists at UCL pursue cutting-edge research and set Ancient Egypt and Sudan in a global perspective, past and present. UCL offers a BA Egyptian Archaeology, a BA Ancient History and Egyptology, and an MA Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology. Students profit from access to an unrivalled range of museum and library resources, a vibrant student life in London, and from studying at a world leading university.

Talk by Richard Bussmann on his rRcent fieldwork in Middle Egypt, 2 Dec, at 5.00 pm in the Petrie Museum. Everybody welc...
01/12/2015
September 2015 IoA fieldwork in Middle Egypt

Talk by Richard Bussmann on his rRcent fieldwork in Middle Egypt, 2 Dec, at 5.00 pm in the Petrie Museum. Everybody welcome.

The Material Cultures of Predynastic and Dynastic Egypt Research Network will host a series of informal seminars this term, the last of which will be held on 2 December.

Read and share this public letter to raise awareness of the unethical sale of the Northampton statue of Sekhemka.
30/07/2015
Sale of Northampton’s Sekhemka statue sets dangerous precedent | Letters

Read and share this public letter to raise awareness of the unethical sale of the Northampton statue of Sekhemka.

Letters: In the museum, the statue was safe under national law: it is about to leave the protection of a public museum and enter private hands without legal safeguards. We may never see it again

Archaeology, heritage and people in Middle Egypt: new UCL initiatives
03/06/2015
Archaeology, heritage and people in Middle Egypt: new UCL initiatives

Archaeology, heritage and people in Middle Egypt: new UCL initiatives

Richard Bussmann, Beverley Butler & Stephen Quirke will give presentations organised by the Institute's Material Cultures of Prehistoric and Dynastic Egypt Research Network and the UCL Petrie Museum at the museum on 9 June.

Must have, must read, must download!!
31/05/2015

Must have, must read, must download!!

Petrie Museum centenary souvenir book - free for download or a very modest £10 to buy, sponsored by the Friends of the Petrie Museum.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Characters and Collections edited by Alice Stevenson, and with contributions from many people associated with the museum.
The Friends of the Petrie Museum have sponsored the production of this celebration of the Petrie Museum’s centenary as a public collection so that, at a very affordable £10, more people will learn about the museum’s extraordinary collection and discover the characters who devoted their lives to founding the collection and to ensuring that it remains with us today.
Richly illustrated and engagingly written, the book moves back and forth between recent history and the ancient past, between objects and people, to illustrate the living, breathing nature of the Museum, and the discoveries that are made about its collections up to this day. Investigating the Museum’s most important and eye-catching pieces, from the Koptos lions to Roman era panel portraits, experts bring to light the discovery, history and care of these objects. The rich and varied history of the collection is revealed by the secrets that sit on its shelves, and by the contributors whose passion for the museum is clearly demonstrated.
The book will be launched at the Petrie Museum on the 11th June and will be for sale on the day, and after in Waterstone’s, Torrington Place, or in the Museum and the UCL shop.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/petrie-museum-archaeology

Art and cognition in ancient Egypt - Discussion with Rune Nyord
28/05/2015
Vision and Conceptualisation in ancient Egyptian art

Art and cognition in ancient Egypt - Discussion with Rune Nyord

Rune Nyord (University of Cambridge) will give a presentation organised by the Institute's Material Cultures of Prehistoric and Dynastic Egypt Research Network and the UCL Petrie Museum at the museum on 2 June.

Funding for UCL Egyptian Archaeology and Egyptology students available
23/11/2014
Isis Prize 2015

Funding for UCL Egyptian Archaeology and Egyptology students available

The Isis Prize is again available to Institute students in 2015 to fund research projects on Ancient Egypt. The deadline for applications is 27 February 2015.

Lecture on Friday - learn about the Bolton Egyptology collections
28/10/2014

Lecture on Friday - learn about the Bolton Egyptology collections

A Friends of the Petrie Museum Lecture, Friday 31 October:
Jacqueline Hyman, ‘What did Petrie and the ancient Egyptians ever do for Bolton?’

Lecture synopsis: The necessity for cotton fibre, from Egypt, to keep the cotton weaving mills of Bolton in production during the 19th century led to a Bolton mill owner’s daughter, Annie Barlow, travelling to Egypt where she met the Egyptologist, Flinders Petrie, excavating in the Nile Delta. This led to a lifelong friendship and, as a result Bolton Museum today has the largest collection of outstanding Egyptian Textiles in the UK. They comprise of small woven and embroidered fragments through to household textiles and intact colourful garments from the Pharaonic dynasties through to the end of the Coptic 10th century. Many I have conserved and this lecture will take you on their journey.

Jacqueline Hyman is a textile conservator

Friday October 31st in the lecture theatre (G6) in the Institute of Archaeology (31 - 34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY) at 6.30pm.

Photos:
Annie Barlow – (c) Bolton Council
Coptic textiles in Bolton Museum, phtot (c) Ivor Pridden

New project at Amarna
28/10/2014

New project at Amarna

Last week, an excavating team (independently funded) led by Dr Anna Hodgkinson arrived to open the expedition house and magazines and to begin a month-long investigation of a particular location within the housing area, not far to the south of the house of Ranefer and the area of small houses which were excavated in 2004 and 2005. The location lies within ground excavated in 1922 by the Egypt Exploration Fund (as it was then named), specifically part of a series of workrooms numbered M50.14. They reported finding a 'glaze kiln' but gave very few details. Dr Hodgkinson, who has a particular interest in the glass and glazing industry of the New Kingdom, has located the site again and is opening it for a close investigation.

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age...
01/09/2014
Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age...

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age...

Institute of Archaeology First for Archaeology in UK 2015 Publication date: Start: End: Location: An international conference exploring the fertile imaginary world of Middle Bronze Age Egypt through its material culture and archaeological sources will be held at UCL from 18-20 September.

Interesting reading....
23/07/2014

Interesting reading....

A blog by Mike Pitts on 'Digging Deeper' about the sale of Sekhemka, TGH James original publication of the piece, and a discussion of the legality of the sale. And some FABULOUS photographs, including this one. Isn't Sitmeret just gorgeous, and look at those colours!
An excellent read:
http://mikepitts.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/six-things-about-sekhemka/

British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA)
02/07/2014

British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA)

Who's coming to the BANEA Conference? Still time to submit a paper!

http://banealcane.org/

Petrie Museum Unofficial Page
19/03/2014

Petrie Museum Unofficial Page

LECTURE THIS FRIDAY 21st MARCH
Susi Pancaldo: Conservation in the Petrie Museum: Past, Present and Future.
G6 UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31 Gordon Square WC1, 6.30. All welcome.

Petrie Museum Unofficial Page
04/03/2014

Petrie Museum Unofficial Page

Professor Stephen Quirke is lecturing at the Egyptian Cultural Bureau
20/02/2014

Professor Stephen Quirke is lecturing at the Egyptian Cultural Bureau

First Friends of the Petrie Museum / Egyptian Cultural and Education Bureau joint lecture. Professor Stephen Quirke: 'Writing - Singing - Healing - Learning: themes by Egyptian Londoners from the Petrie Museum.
Thursday 27th February 2014, 6.30pm.
Venue: Egyptian Cultural and Education Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens, London W1J 5BG. 6.30pm. With a tour of the newly refurbished baroque building. No need to book.

UCL Institute of Archaeology launches the Isis PrizeThe newly-launched Isis Prize is available to Institute students to ...
07/02/2014

UCL Institute of Archaeology launches the Isis Prize
The newly-launched Isis Prize is available to Institute students to fund research projects on Ancient Egypt. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2014.

The Isis Prize is awarded by the Isis Lodge to fund research projects on Ancient Egypt. The Prize is open to undergraduate and postgraduate UCL students of Egyptian Archaeology and Egyptology. Funding requests of up to £500 will be considered for covering research expenses, such as, for example, travel and subsistence costs during fieldwork in Egypt or museum visits, equipment necessary for a research project, group trips to Egypt or museums, conference fees, or guest speakers.
Applications

Applicants are required to:

Submit a short summary of the project, including its context and expected results (not more than one side of A4)
Provide a brief CV (not more than one side of A4)
Provide one academic reference
Provide a statement detailing how the money will be spent

Projects requiring travel to Egypt and interaction with modern Egypt are welcomed, subject to travel being considered safe by the Foreign and Commmonwealth Office (FCO). Plans for publication of the project results will be encouraged and supported.

Applications will be reviewed by two members of Institute of Archaeology staff with relevant expertise in the subject area and a recommendation will be made to the panel of the Isis Lodge.

Applications must be submitted electronically to Richard Bussmann ([email protected]) by no later than 28 February 2014. The successful applicant(s) will be notified via email by 30 April 2014.
Notes

Please note that should a number of excellent applications be received the reviewing panel reserves the right to split the Prize in order to benefit the most number of applicants.

The successful applicant(s) must spend the money within twelve months of the award being made. A written report of no more than two pages, including a brief financial summary is required within three months of the project completion. The successful applicant(s) will also be invited to meet with the donors.
Isis Lodge

Isis Lodge is a small, friendly masonic lodge based in London operating under the auspices of the United Grand Lodge of England. A key part of masonic activity is to raise money for worthy causes. Isis Lodge have formed a relationship with the UCL Institute of Archaeology in order to provide financial support for students who wish to realize small funded research projects at an early stage in their career.
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/calendar/articles/2013-14/20140206

Isis figurine (UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: UC 60100)

Everybody welcome to two talks given by UCL post-doc researchers about early Egypt, 30 Jan, room 612 at the Institute of...
16/01/2014
From Neolithisation to state formation in Egypt

Everybody welcome to two talks given by UCL post-doc researchers about early Egypt, 30 Jan, room 612 at the Institute of Archaeology, 5.00 pm!

Noriyuki Shirai and Grazia A. Pietro will give a seminar hosted by the Material Cultures of Prehistoric and Dynastic Egypt Research Network at the Institute on 30 January.

A Happy New Year to everybody and a good start into 2014!
03/01/2014

A Happy New Year to everybody and a good start into 2014!

For an equally miserable Tuesday...
17/12/2013

For an equally miserable Tuesday...

Something lovely for a miserable Monday morning.
Trial piece of Akhenaten from the sculptors' workshop near south end of the town, excavated by Petrie in 1891–1892
Dimensions: h. 17 cm (6 11/16 in); w. 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in)
Accession Number: Metropolitan Museum of Art 21.9.13
"This unfinished study of the head of Akhenaten was one of a number excavated by Flinders Petrie and Howard Carter in 1891–92 from the sculptors' workshops at Tell el-Amarna, the new royal capital founded by Akhenaten. It came to the Museum from the collection of Lord Amherst, who sponsored the excavations. It shows the king in the later, more naturalistic Amarna style. The characteristic attributes of the portraits of the king—long almond-shaped eyes, full lips, elongated jaw and chin, and sloping brow—are present but without the exaggeration of the earlier portraits. These studies may have served as models for or practice pieces by the sculptors carving the reliefs for the huge Aten temples that the king was building in order to worship according to his own unorthodox interpretation of the religion of ancient Egypt; it is also possible that some may have been employed as donation pieces."

Petrie Museum Unofficial Page
30/11/2013

Petrie Museum Unofficial Page

Pleased, proud, and other superlatives, to hear the news that our old friend Angus Graham has been appointed a Wallenberg Academy Fellow at Uppsala University to continue his research into ancient Egypt's water systems.

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Reconstruction of the Egyptians' ancient canal system
In Egyptian tombs, there are scenes showing temples with large harbours / ceremonial lakes in front them, which were connected to the Nile via canals. Angus Graham will reconstruct the ancient waterscapes around Luxor, and investigate how the channels were used and what impact they had on ancient Egyptian culture.

Egyptian illustrations from antiquity show huge processions of Theban gods as they approached temples in 50-meter-long boats. Ancient sources suggest that the part of the Nile Valley surrounding today's city of Luxor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, had an infrastructure of canals and ceremonial harbour basins. But no one has yet succeeded in proving that those waterways really existed.

Angus Graham, Honorary Research Associate at University College London, will attempt to identify what this ancient water landscape looked like and what functions it had. For example, the canals are likely to have enabled the transportation of construction stone and monoliths weighing hundreds of tonnes to temples. The waterways presumably have also played an important part in religious ceremonies. In the project, Angus Graham will use geophysical and geo-archaeological methods to map the 7500 hectare area of the Theban floodplain. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, he will move to Uppsala University. "

Story report here: http://www.wallenbergacademyfellows.se/en/List-of-scientists/Angus-Graham/

Photo from one of Angus's updates from last season's work for the EES Theban Harbours and Waterscapes Project - Angus is the one on the right
http://eestheban.tumblr.com/post/18850686607/the-enigmatic-birket-luxor-on-the-east-bank

Call for papers for a conference: "Thought & Culture in Christian Egypt 284-641 AD" (Cairo, 1-2 April 2014)
13/11/2013

Call for papers for a conference: "Thought & Culture in Christian Egypt 284-641 AD" (Cairo, 1-2 April 2014)

CFP: "Thought & Culture in Christian Egypt 284-641 AD" (Cairo, 1-2 April 2014)

Call for papers: "Thought and Culture in Christian Egypt 284-641 AD" which will be held in 1st-2nd April 2014 and is organized by History Dept., Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in collaboration with "Seminar of Medieval and Islamic History". The organizing committee will cover 3 days accommodation (breakfast and lunch), transfer from and to the Airport, and file of the conference. We will arrange also a for free tourist program during the days of the conference. The accommodation will be at the Guest House (Dār al-Diyāfah) of the university (single or double rooms with bath). The themes of the conference are:

- The political thought.

- The religious thought.

- Arts and culture.

- The literary and papyrological sources.

Fees of the conference are 250 $ for non Egyptian scholars which have to be paid before the conference or during the registration in the morning of the first day of the conference.

A very short CV and 300-350 words abstract must be sent by 20th December 2013 and the complete papers by 20th March 2014 .

Languages of the conference are Arabic and English.

Contacts:
Professor Tarek M. Muhammad
[email protected]
[email protected]

Notices:
1- All the papers will be published in one volume during 2014.
2- Participants who would like to stay many days in Cairo after the conference we can arrange their staying in the Guest House of the university at their expense with the same price of the conference, not more.
3- Participants who will not stay in the Guest House of the university, they could stay in the hotel of Sonesta, Al-Tayaran St., Madinat Nassr, at their expense. http://www.sonesta.com/Cairo

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UCL degrees provide small-group training in critical thinking, object handling, fieldwork, and Ancient Egyptian language and scripts. Research and teaching cover pharaonic Egypt (3300-330 BCE), Egyptian prehistory (10,000-3300 BCE), and post-pharaonic perceptions of Egypt. The broad chronological and geographical scope from North Eastern Africa over the Medietrranean to the Middle East offer students an exciting experience of Egypt's contribution to the ancient and the modern world.

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