11am-12pm (UK) / 12-1pm (Egypt)

The sanctuary, known to Egyptologists as the oratory of Ptah and Mertseger, is composed of seven rock-cut chapels between Deir el-Medina and the Valley of the Queens on the west bank of Thebes. The site was excavated by Schiaparelli in 1905 but his work in the chapels remained unpublished. In 1926, the site was re-excavated by Bruyère and published in a volume entitled Mert Seger à Deir El-Médineh. Since then, Bruyère’s interpretation and conclusions about the chapels were not revised including the main question of whether these chapels were in fact dedicated to Ptah and Mertseger or not.

This lecture will re-examine the preserved scenes on the walls of the chapels, the objects found at the site by Schiaparelli and Bruyère, as well as consult material from Schiaparelli’s archive, in order to investigate the history and chronology of religious practice at the site and the deities worshipped in the chapels.

Dr Ikram Ghabriel has recently completed her PhD in Egyptian Archaeology from University College London, Institute of Archaeology; her dissertation focused on the cult of the Memphite god Ptah in the religious landscape of Thebes (Luxor) during the New Kingdom. Her research interests also include understanding the history of the village of Qurna on the west bank of Luxor during the early 19th century and the formation of European private collections of Egyptian antiquities. She was a research assistant in “Contested Collections” project at Classics & Digital Humanities departments in King’s College London. Ikram has participated in the archaeological excavations of l’institut français d'archéologie orientale at Deir el-Medina in Luxor in 2016 & 2017. She has volunteered in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the British Museum in London in addition to several museums in Cairo.

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