A recording will be available for those unable to attend the live session for one month after the event!

Today, the Nile valley is a living museum of archaeological sites and monuments intertwined with the daily lives of those living there. But, beneath the surface, this land is complicated with multiple layers of history as well as the different ideas, concepts, and interpretations it holds. Unravelling these meanings and peeling back the layers reveals much about Egypt’s past and the thoughts of those that have inhabited this land. This study day introduces attendees to concepts of cultural landscapes: what are they and how do they manifest themselves in ancient Egypt? As well as representations of conceptual landscapes: how do people imbue the land with meaning and memory, and how do they depict these in image and text?

Landscape studies and survey remain at the forefront of the archaeological work of the Egypt Exploration Society. By attending this event, you will be directly contributing to the ongoing work of the Society. Thank you.

Schedule (UK)

11:55 Event opens for attendees
12:00-12:30 The land has meaning: Cultural landscapes in Middle Egypt, Carl Graves (The Egypt Exploration Society)
12:30-13:30 The conceptual and constructed world of Amun-Re in Thebes, Angus Graham (Uppsala University)
13:30-13:45 Discussion
13:45-14:00 Break (please do not log off the event)
14:00-15:00 "Ground great of fame": people, place and time, Janet Richards (University of Michigan)
15:00-15:30 Discussion
15:30 Event closes

Please note that the Society's AGM will follow this event from 16:00. If you wish to attend the AGM then please ensure that you have registered for that separately.  


The land has meaning: Cultural landscapes in Middle Egypt
Carl Graves, The Egypt Exploration Society

Most of us have heard local stories about features within the landscape, such as tales of mythical creatures or characters from legend. Though many of these may be passed off as folktales today, they imbue the land with meaning that is culturally specific to the region in which they exist. This same process occurred in ancient Egypt too whereby culturally potent markers were established across the Nile valley and beyond. This presentation will introduce some approaches to cultural landscape to contextualise the topic before considering one example from the Oryx Nome (16th Nome of Upper Egypt) to demonstrate that the land was indeed a canvas of meaning.

The conceptual and constructed world of Amun-Re in Thebes
Angus Graham, Uppsala University

The paper aims to introduce notions of conceptual and constructed landscapes through examples such as Amun-Re in Gebel Barkal. It will then look at the evidence for Amun-Re’s importance within the mountains of Western Thebes and within the temples throughout Thebes both on the West Bank and in the central part of the Nile Valley. The work of the EES/Uppsala University Theban Harbours and Waterscapes Survey, which has carried geoarchaeological, geophysical and topographic survey across the Theban floodplain since 2012, will be outlined to enables us to better interpret the interconnectedness of Thebes through the great processions of Amun-Re bringing rejuvenation and celebration!

"Ground great of fame": people, place and time
Janet Richards, University of Michigan

Why and how do certain locations, both in ancient Egypt and cross-culturally, become important and long-lived places saturated with memory and agency? This paper will discuss landscapes as actors in this process, alongside the humans who interact with them. It will explore how the natural setting, movement, sensory experience, accumulated meaning, and audience change over time in these locales where power hangs in the air. Using ancient Abydos – “Ground great of fame” - as a case study for an extremely enduring sacred landscape, the presentation will then consider modern examples of people, place, and experiences in time that do or don’t endure.

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Cairo Associates

If you are an EES Cairo Associate, then please contact the Cairo Office to receive discounted tickets. You can also renew your Cairo Associate subscription or join by contacting the Cairo Office. The joining link will be emailed to you before the event starts. 


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