Tuesday, 13 December 2011

A conference in Luxor via the EEF

Dear Colleagues,

The American-Egyptian mission South Asasif Conservation Project would like to announce a conference "Thebes in the First Millennium BC" in October 2012. The full text of the announcement may be found below.

Dr. Elena Pischikova
Director, South Asasif Conservation Project, SCA



The main focus of this conference is current archaeology and research on tombs and temples of the Twenty-fifth - Twenty-sixth Dynasties in the Theban area.

Papers on other Egyptian sites and monuments of the Kushite and Saite Periods are also invited from all areas of research including archaeology, art history, history, chronology, religion, linguistics and anthropology.

The conference is organized by the South Asasif Conservation Project team as the first event in a series of regular conferences on Egypt in the First Millennium BC. We expect it to become a place for Late Period scholars to share information on the latest archaeological discoveries and research. The amount of work done in this area is growing every year and we feel the need for a regular gathering place where scholars can bring their questions, ideas, and suggestions, which will encourage discussion. Therefore, the format of the conference will combine presentations with discussion panels to give more room for communication.

The conference will be accompanied by field trips to the archaeological sites related to the period, including the Kushite and Saite tombs of the South Asasif necropolis. For more information on the South Asasif Conservation Project visit our website www.southasasif.com.

The main topics featured at the conference will include
• Kushites in Thebes
• Archaism
• Private tombs, their architecture, decoration and concepts
• Style and iconography of Kushite imagery
• Religious Texts: Book of the Dead, Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts,
• Hours Ritual, Opening of the Mouth
• Burial equipment
• Pottery

The conference is planned as a four-day event including papers and field trips. The first day of papers will be dedicated to the South Asasif necropolis. The speakers will include the mission members of the South Asasif Conservation Project. The other days will be dedicated to Twenty-fifth - Twenty-sixth Dynasty monuments in the Theban area and outside. The proceedings of the conference will be published.

October 1-4, 2012

Mummification Museum, Luxor

No more than 200 words

March 31, 2012

If you express interest in participating or attending the conference you will receive an information package and registration form. Please send all the inquiries to


We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Best wishes,

South Asasif Conservation Project
Elena Pischikova
Julia Budka
Kenneth Griffin

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