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British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan

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The British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan (BMSAES) is a peer-reviewed, academic publication.

BMSAES is dedicated to presenting research on aspects of ancient Egypt and Sudan and the representation of those cultures in modern times. It is available to view and download free of charge.

Launched in 2002 as one of the first Egyptological online journals, it has moved from being a responsive journal to a platform for publishing groups of papers around particular themes, such as Egyptian papyri or studies on ancient Naukratis.

The journal offers scholars the opportunity to include a large number of colour images, and other multimedia content where appropriate. Articles do not need to concern British Museum objects or projects, and accepted papers will be published as soon as possible there is no defined publication deadline, as with print journals.

Featured issue

Issue 27 comprises two articles focusing on the collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts at the British Museum. The first one publishes for the first time a group of mummy bandages inscribed with the Liturgy of Opening the Mouth for Breathing. This text is only known from a few other sources, and none on bandages. This study introduces the text written on these unique documents, as well as their owner, a man named Hor. It also investigates the possibly close relationship between these documents and the other versions of this text.

The second article delves into the acquisition by the British Museum in 1823 of the first collection of antiquities formed by Henry Salt (1780–1827), British Consul in Egypt. This extensive ensemble of objects and mummies was crucial in shaping the Museum's Egyptian collection, which until then had been relatively small. This article publishes for the first time in their entirety many of the archival documents relating to this acquisition, including a list of the main objects drafted by Salt, with commentary and identifications of items in the collection, as far as these are possible. This paper aims at making these documents available in the hope that future research will build on this information.

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