Annual Egyptological colloquium
Asyut through time: conflict and culture in Middle Egypt

Thursday 20 July 2017,
Friday 21 July 2017,
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £50

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Asyut in Middle Egypt is one of the country’s major cities with almost 400,000 inhabitants and the largest Coptic community in Egypt. Over centuries, traders, nomads, diplomats, travellers and others passed through the area on their way to the Delta or the southern Nile Valley bringing their art, literature, science and other cultural attributes with them. Asyut served as a crossroads along Egyptian trade routes such as the Darb el-Arbain (‘40-day route’) into Sudan. The area has been of great strategic importance for at least five millennia.

This cosmopolitan status transformed the Asyut region into a cultural hub where works of art were copied and recopied for thousands of years. Textual sources from other parts in Egypt confirm that the neighbouring cities of Asyut and Shashotep (capital cities of the 13th and 11th Upper Egyptian nomes) played an important part in shaping and transmitting Egypt’s cultural memory. Despite their proximity, local governors at each centre developed their own iconographic and artistic traditions. Textual and iconographic evidence, mainly from the necropolises of Asyut and Deir Rifa, speaks of cultural interaction, and sometimes conflict.

Renewed fieldwork focuses on Asyut’s necropolis as well as the city (ancient and modern) and the relationship with its suburbs and smaller settlements in the vicinity. The 2017 colloquium will look at the deep history of this region – from 2500 BC up to the present day, including the varied responses of local communities who live atop the layers of history below. Results of recent fieldwork will be complemented by discussions of material culture and archives that ended up in international museum collections.

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology 2017 is part of the colloquium.

Colloquium £50, concessions £35

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology £30, concessions £25 (includes evening reception)

Joint ticket (colloquium, lecture and evening reception) £70, concessions £45, undergraduate and postgraduate students at UK universities £25

Concessions: British Museum Members, Egypt Exploration Society members, British Egyptian Society members, Sudan Archaeological Research Society members

Please note: when booking a ticket for the Colloquium, only the date 20 July will show during the booking process but any ticket purchased is for both days.



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The Asyut region viewed from the necropolis. Photo: Ilona Regulski