Invisible Archaeologies Conference
In Michaelmas Term the Egyptology department hosted the ‘Invisible Archaeologies: Hidden aspects of daily life in Ancient Egypt and Nubia’ conference, in the College's Shulman Auditorium. This brought together graduate students and early career researchers studying anthropological approaches to Egyptian and Nubian material – something that has often been neglected in the discipline.
The conference was a great success, with speakers from as far afield as the USA and Japan, and a large audience. Professor of Egyptology Richard Parkinson opened the conference with a discussion about the false distinctions made between the study of philology and of archaeology. Read his talk here. This was followed by 12 brilliant speakers, presenting on a range of topics. The conference concluded with a keynote lecture by Professor David Wengrow, Professor of Comparative Anthropology at UCL, discussing the African foundations of Ancient Egypt. There was much lively discussion throughout the day, and hopefully foundations laid for future collaborations.
The conference was only possible thanks to the generous grants given by The Queen’s College and The Griffith Fund.