Liverpool Egyptology Seminar

Exploring the city of Thebes: excavations at the Mut Precinct in Luxor

5:00pm - 6:30pm / Thursday 5th October 2023 / Venue: Seminar Room 6 Rendall Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: Egyptology Seminar Series
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Since 2018, the University of Liverpool in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University, has been working in the southern part of the Temple of Mut in Luxor, initiating a new phase in the exploration of the site focusing on the emerging evidence of New Kingdom settlement.
The excavation area is located outside the known limits of the New Kingdom precinct, where Late Period buildings have been documented laying directly on top of New Kingdom occupation layers. This stratigraphic sequence has given access to elements of domestic mud-brick architecture belonging to an elite house of the New Kingdom: painted walls, columns and cultic niches reminiscent of domestic installations at Amarna and Deir el Medina. This paper will report on the results of the latest, 2022 excavation season, and discuss the different patterns of occupations emerging to the south of the Mut Temple precinct, and initiate a discussion on the nature of the city of Thebes in the New Kingdom.

Recommended readings:
In order to encourage the students to engage with scholarly debate during the Q&A, each speaker has been asked to provide a range of readings that would help the audience gain familiarity, if needed, with the context in which the specialized research is embedded.

- Strudwick, N. (1995), ‘The population of Thebes in the New Kingdom: some preliminary thoughts’, in Assmann, J. et al., Thebanische Beamtennekropolen: neue Perspektiven archäologischer Forschung. Internationales Symposion, Heidelberg, 9. - 13.6.1993, 97-105.
- Millet, M. and A. Masson, ‘ Karnak: Settlements’, on Willeke Wendrich (ed.), UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, Los Angeles.