Liverpool Egyptology Seminar: 'Texts are even more interesting than pyramid ramps: Recent textual discoveries at the Egyptian alabaster quarries at Hatnub' (Dr Roland Enmarch, University of Liverpool)

5:00pm - 6:00pm / Thursday 13th December 2018 / Venue: Seminar Room 10 Rendall Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Egyptology Seminar Series
  • Admission: Free. All welcome.
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After a survey of new textual discoveries at Hatnub since our work there began in 2012, this presentation will give a preliminary account of a newly-discovered text from Hatnub quarry P, from which comes the large majority of long-known Hatnub texts. The ‘new’ text, provisionally designated CS 8 (cirque sud 8), is an addition to the ‘nomarchal’ corpus of Hatnub texts, commemorating the families of Hare nome nomarchs Ahanakht I and Neheri I. Executed, like them, in red pigment on the inner rock wall of the quarry, CS 8 comprises a standing figure surrounded on all sides by traces of 44 columns of (now very poorly preserved) hieratic text. CS 8 commemorates a nomarch, a [Djehuti]nakht (w ho is probably Djehutinakht V son of Neheri I), and the so-far legible sections contain a long series of biographical moral claims.

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.

• R. Enmarch and Y. Gourdon (2018), 'The Son of a Chief of Sculptors Djehutmose at Hatnub', Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 103.2.

• Y. Gourdon and R. Enmarch (2016), ‘Some Unpublished Inscriptions from Quarry P at Hatnub’, in G. Rosati and M. C. Guidotti, Proceedings of the XI International Congress of Egyptologists (Florence: Egyptian Museum), 237-241.

• R. Enmarch (2015), 'Writing in the "Mansion of Gold": Texts from the Hatnub Quarries', Egyptian Archaeology 47, 10-12