Annual Egyptological Colloquium

Monday 28 July & Tuesday 29 July 2014, 10.00-18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Colloquium:£40, Members/concessions £30, Joint ticket (Colloquium and Sackler lecture) £55, Members/concessions (Colloquium and Sackler lecture) £35, Undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK Universities) £15 for joint ticket

Ancient Egyptian coffins: craft traditions and functionality

Egyptian coffins have been the subject of much recent investigation, as newly discovered examples have come to light and many specimens in museum collections have been documented, published and discussed. These areas of study have brought significant new insights into the production of coffins and have thrown light on the often complex symbolic functions which they were meant to fulfil.

In this two-day conference, leading academic colleagues will discuss the circumstances in which coffins were made, considering workshop practices and regional variability. They will also present analyses of the coffins’ iconography and inscriptions to explain their functional role as ‘structured compositions’. This will involve considering coffins individually and also as components of larger conceptual entities, in which the mummy, the burial chamber and the tomb itself all had specific meanings. The roles played by coffins in the rituals which took place before burial will also be discussed.

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology 2014 will be held in conjunction with the colloquium, on Monday 28 July at 18.00 in the BP Lecture Theatre. The 2014 lecture will be The coffins of the lector priest Sesenebenef: a Middle Kingdom Book of the Dead? by Professor Harco Willems, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium. 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 programme and abstracts will follow shortly.

Colloquium: £40, Members/concessions £30
Lecture and reception: £25, Members/concessions £20
Colloquium and lecture: £55, Members/concessions £35, undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK universities) £15

Concessions are British Museum Members, Egypt Exploration Society members, British Egyptian Society members, and Sudan Archaeological Research Society members. 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.

Please note: when booking a ticket for the Colloquium only the date 28 July will show during the booking process but any ticket purchased is for both days.



In Detail

Location: BP Lecture Theatre
Start Time: 10.00
Booking fee: £0.00




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Annual Egyptological Colloquium

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