Since 2013 the Wadis west of the core area of the Theban Necropolis – Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens – were investigated by the joint mission of “The Cambridge Expedition to the Valley of the Kings” and “The New Kingdom Research Foundation”. The project aims to understand, document and publish the human activities including pictorial as well as textual graffiti in these remote areas in close connection with the particular landscape of these Wadis.
The graffiti in the two Wadis – Wadi el-Agala far west and Wadi el-Gharbi east of it – differ quite strongly. The graffiti left in the Wadi el-Gharbi were still part of the known Theban Necropolis activities while those in the Wadi el-Agala seem to tell another story…
The history of research in these Wadis, new discovered graffiti as well as first readings of graffiti known by notebook entries of H. Carter will be presented.
In order to foster discussion and questions from the audience, we have asked the speaker to recommend some preliminary readings to set up the research background for the talk:
Litherland, P., The Western Wadis of the Theban Necropolis. A re-examination of the Western Wadis of the Theban Necropolis (London, 2014) 48-63.
Peden, A. J., The Graffiti of Pharaonic Egypt. Scope and Roles of Informal Writings (c. 3100–332 B.C.), (PdÄ 17; Leiden – Boston – Köln, 2001), 145, 232-234, 236-237.
Rzepka, S., Who, Where and Why: The Rock Graffiti of Members of the Deir el-Medina Community, (Warsaw 2014).