The mortuary arrangements of the Hatshepsut and her close ‘associate’ Senenmut, are both of great interest. Those of the female king herself stand at the beginnings of the evolutions of the key elements of the New Kingdom royal tomb – the decorated burial chamber; the sarcophagus; the memorial temple. While Senenmut had a broadly ‘standard’ tomb-chapel, it had unusual features, while his actual burial-tomb was unique, with an astronomical ceiling that preceded the appearance of such a feature in royal tombs by nearly two centuries. His sarcophagus is also unique for a private person, and seems to have been made as part of a ‘his-and-hers’ pair with that of Hatshepsut – potentially shedding light on the nature of their much debated relationship.

Join Aidan Dodson as he explores the relationship between these two enigmatic characters from New Kingdom Egypt.

Professor Aidan Dodson has been teaching Egyptology at the University of Bristol since 1996; he was Chair of Trustees of the EES from 2011 to 2016, and is the author of over 20 books, the latest being Nefertiti, Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt: her life and afterlife (American University in Cairo Press, due October 2020).

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