EGYPTIAN FUNERARY CULTURE IN THE 21ST DYNASTY
“Bab el-Gasus” (Gate of the Priests) is the modern name given to the collective tomb of the priests and priestesses of Amun located in the Theban necropolis dating to the 21st Dynasty (1069-945 BC), discovered in 1891 beneath the first courtyard of the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari. It yielded 153 burials found totally undisturbed since Antiquity consisting of coffins, papyri, shabti-boxes, statuettes, stelae among many other artefacts.
Despite the significance of this major discovery - Bab el-Gasus is the largest undisturbed tomb ever found in Egypt - the find has remained insufficiantly studied. However, during the last decades Bab el-Gasus has been acknowledged as a major documental source, originating a good number of new publications and new exhibitions on the subject.
125 years after the discovery and dispersion of the find of Bab el-Gasus, this Colloquium aims to discuss the most recent developments on the history of the find, archival research and reconstruction of the burial assemblages, technical advances in the examination of the documental sources and critical views on the history, chronology, religion, linguistics, iconography, prosopography and anthropology of the 21st Dynasty.
The contributions are expected to be published in the Gate of the Priests Series, by Brill.
The colloquium is organized by the Gate of the Priests Project, the Center of Classical and Humanistic Studies (University of Coimbra), the Center of History (University of Lisbon) and the Center of Religious History Studies (Universidade Católica).
Organization and Support
Trabalho desenvolvido no âmbito dos projetos UID/ELT/00196/2013 e UID/HIS/04311/2013 financiados pela FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia