Abydos: the sacred land at the western horizon

Thursday 9 July & Friday 10 July 2015, 10.00-18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Colloquium:£50, Members/concessions £30
Joint ticket (Colloquium and Sackler lecture) £65, Members/concessions (Colloquium and Sackler lecture) £40
Undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK Universities) £20 for joint ticket

Abydos is one of the most fascinating sites of Egypt. Chosen as the burial ground for the first kings of Egypt, it inevitably became a site of great antiquity, and its ancient sanctity may have been a factor in conferring legitimacy on the royal individuals buried there. The site soon became the cult centre for Egypt’s most popular god, Osiris, who ruled the netherworld and guaranteed every Egyptian eternal life after death. As a result of continued ritual performance, endowments and pilgrimage, a vast landscape of chapels and tombs, temples and towns, developed. For millennia, Abydos was one of the most consecrated sites of Egypt. Since the end of the 19th century, archaeologists have made surprising discoveries revealing the historical and cultural richness of the site. This colloquium aims at contextualising the most recent fieldwork by including object studies and research on broader patterns of ritual, urban and economic activity. In this two-day conference, leading academic colleagues will address the social and cultural dynamics of an ever-changing landscape serving a unique ritual narrative.

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology 2015 will be held in conjunction with the colloquium, in the BP Lecture Theatre, on Friday 10 July at 18.00:
At the gate of the ancestors: saint cults and the politics of the past at Abydos
The lecture will be presented by Janet Richards, University of Michigan, USA.
This can be booked as part of a joint ticket price from this page. To book only for the Sackler lecture a separate event page has been set up

A full programme and abstracts will be published here nearer the time. Please note: when booking a ticket for the Colloquium, only the date 9 July will show during the booking process but any ticket purchased is for both days. Concessions are British Museum Members, Egypt Exploration Society members, British Egyptian Society members, and Sudan Archaeological Research Society members.

In Detail

Location: BP Lecture Theatre
Start Time: 10.00

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Abydos: the sacred land at the western horizon

Thursday 9 July & Friday 10 July 2015

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