Thutmose II: Re-evaluating the evidence for an elusive king of the early Eighteenth Dynasty
Trent Hugler (Macquarie University) 

Thutmose II is an elusive figure in the modern reception of early Eighteenth Dynasty history. For over a century, historiography has painted him as an ineffectual ruler, outshone by his half-sister/consort Hatshepsut during his life and reign. However, a peculiar situation exists for this king that is seldom noted: significantly more evidence pertaining to Thutmose II survives from the period after his death compared with that from his lifetime, especially monumental additions and erasures.

The aim of this paper is to re-examine the evidence to reach a fresh understanding of his life, reign, and posthumous memorialisation. An inductive data-driven diachronic approach is adopted to establish an integrated chronology of the archaeological, monumental, textual, and iconographic data relating to Thutmose II. In so doing, this paper differentiates and re-contextualises the posthumously created evidence reflected onto Thutmose II within the dynamic political developments of the Hatshepsut/Thutmose III co-rule and beyond.

‘The wise man builds his house upon the ?’: Examining the factors that influenced the choice and use of landscape for the ascetic life in Egypt from the 4th-7th centuries.
James Taylor (Independent scholar)

The fourth century in Egypt saw a rapid rise in people willing to leave their lives and take up residence in the deserts of Egypt as a ‘citizen of heaven’. The colonisation of the desert by ascetics as the ideal of Christian life was popularised by Athanasius in his best seller, ‘The Life of Anthony’. Its popularity and influence was such that even in the 20th century, monasticism in Egypt was almost exclusively seen as a desert phenomenon. The hagiography of the desert fathers was seen as the only tool needed to understand its development with Derwas Chitty going as far as to say that a researcher need never leave the boundaries of the library. This paper examines how the use of texts and development of archaeological fieldwork and landscape techniques have fundamentally altered this picture, showing a far greater social, economic, and physical integration of monasticism in Egyptian society.

Tut on Tour: 60-years of Demand Creation through Exhibition
Summer Austin (University College London) 

Tut on Tour is a multidisciplinary investigation into influences that create, enhance, and normalise demand for acquiring antiquities. Using the ‘original museum blockbuster’ — Tutankhamun — as the case study, this research investigates the antiquity market’s reaction to blockbuster exhibitions by gathering and quantifying 60-years of exhibition history, collecting trends, price fluctuation, profit margins, marketing techniques and results. The objective of this study is to introduce reliable data to the crucial debate concerning the relationship between museum exhibitions, end-market demand and the antiquities market.

This research explores how Tut blockbusters function as active agents in generating demand for Egyptian antiquities. The market for Egyptian antiquities is a demand-driven economic system predicated on collectors and museums acquiring antiquities. Using a dual-methodological approach this study measures, quantifies and contextualises the relationship between museums and the market. Based on initial results, this study will present evidence to support the hypothesis that blockbuster exhibitions generate measurable market demand for their subject-matter.

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