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Letter from the President
Dear colleagues, dear friends, dear members of the French Society of Egyptology

We had hoped, undoubtedly in a way too optimistic, to be able to resume an almost normal activity in the course of the autumn, and in particular to organize again our quarterly cycles of conferences, which have now been suspended since last February. The worsening of the current health situation and the inexorable reinforcement, week after week, of the necessary precautionary measures are already making this wish particularly difficult to achieve.

Despite everything, we have scheduled for November 25 in the auditorium of the INHA our usual meeting place - a session which could take place in the presence of up to 100 people, but this remains, at present extremely hypothetical. In the event that we cannot meet, or meet only in very small numbers on this occasion, we have planned to film - with their agreement - the various speakers, in order to be able to broadcast their communication in the part reserved for members of our website. For the same reasons, it is impossible for us this year to hold our traditional general assembly, which is important for the functioning of our Society since it is the opportunity to present to all the scientific and financial results of the past year. You are therefore requested in the appendix to this letter to give your opinion on the accounts for 2019, already validated by a meeting of the SFE Committee organized by videoconference last spring.

The only consolation is that our scientific publications are following their usual course: the next Revue d'Egyptologie is now entering its final phase of preparation, to be sent to our members before the Christmas period (I do not yet dare to speak of "holidays. "). We have also programmed - with substantial financial assistance from the Louvre (for which I am pleased to particularly thank Vincent Rondot, director of the Egyptian Antiquities Department) as well as from UMR 8167 “Orient and Mediterranean” of the CNRS - the publication of the entire colloquium "Theban clergies and cults of the Libyans in the Saïtes", organized at the Grenoble museum in January 2019 on the sidelines of the exhibition "Serving the gods of Egypt", and to which the SFE was already closely associated. The proceedings of this scientific event will be edited by Frédéric Payraudeau (Sorbonne Université Lettres) and Florence Gombert-Meurice (Louvre museum). They will take the place, within two successive volumes of the BSFE (nos. 203 and 204), of the communications that we have not been able to organize in recent months. The set should be sent to you in two stages, between the end of 2020 and the very beginning of 2021.

More than ever, because of the health context which will lead us for a time to favor videoconferences and not traditional meetings, I can only encourage you to provide us with an email address which will allow us to communicate more easily with you, and to maintain as much as possible the bond which unites us, in this passion for Egypt that we all share.

Looking forward to the pleasure of seeing you again at one of our friendly gatherings, I renew my best wishes for good health and encourage you to take special care of yourself in the weeks and months to come.

Best regards to you all
Pierre Tallet
President of the SFE

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- Even if several weeks have passed since the beginning of the deconfinement, meetings gathering too many people are still not possible.

Under these conditions, the committee of the French Society of Egyptology held its meeting via the Internet on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Despite the distance, the exchanges were numerous and dynamic and the life of our association was at the heart of a series of debates, proposals and decision-making.

Rest assured that in the weeks and months to come, we will do everything to find you during public meetings, but also to inform you via our website, sending emails and the newsletter.


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Quarterly Newsletter of EGYPTOLOGICA ASBL

N ° 166 Oct-Nov-Dec 2020


October 2020 Activities


Here is the program of our activities for October, November and December (six conferences and one thematic day).

SA 03-10 14pm From Alexander to Augustus: constructions and restorations in the temple of Amun in Karnak (Dr René Preys)

SA 17-10 10h Egyptologica day : Site Pure Mountain at Gebel Barkal

SA 24-10 14pm The Butte of the ancestors of Amun in Medinet Habu (Dr Thomas Gamelin)

SA 14-11 14pm Egypt seen by Rome. When pharaonic antiquities travel to Roman Italy (Dr Nicolas Amoroso)

SA 21-11 14pm Birth of Seth, birth of Yhwh (Dr Christian Cannuyer)

SA 05-12 14pm Fratricidal and protective: the different aspects of Seth (Dr Arnaud Delhove)

SA 12-12 14pm A Prince, his doctor and the Egyptologist (Dr Dorian Vanhulle)

Both our listeners and the team of our lecturers have, for the moment, returned to the Center Culturel et de Congrès de Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (1150 Brussels). However, it is possible to follow each of these activities remotely depending on the mode EGYPTOLOGY 'at a distance (online and live via SKYPE), on the basis of prior registration to the following email: This e-mail address is protected against spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


sfe lionFalcon-headed crocodile figurine lying on a naos with mummy, Ancient Egypt, Paris, Musée du Louvre.
Credits: © Louvre-Hervé Lewandowski Museum

With us to talk about animals in ancient Egypt, Helene Guichard, doctor is Egyptology and chief curator in the department of Egyptian Antiquities at the Louvre Museum. She curated the exhibition Animals and Pharaohs, the animal kingdom in ancient Egypt presented at the Louvre Lens museum in 2014.

Audio conference on France-Culture


Series of lectures given by Susanne Bickel at EPHE this fall

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Letters from Egypt by Gaston Maspero, from the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres

The great Egyptologist corresponds with his wife
Louise Maspero has carefully preserved the many letters that her husband, the great Egyptologist Gaston Maspero, sent her from Egypt when family obligations kept her in France. These letters were offered to the Library of the Institut de France.


The temple of Edfu, in Upper Egypt, is one of the best preserved among the temples of the Greco-Roman period and the richness of its reliefs makes it one of the fundamental sources for the knowledge of the Egyptian religion. The complete edition was carried out by M. de Rochemonteix then É. Chassinat between 1897 and 1934, before being completed and corrected by S. Cauville and D. Devauchelle.

Committed to an Open Access policy, Ifao likes itplease inform you of the online publication of all 15 volumes, with free access via the following link:



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The Department of Isère has announced the upcoming opening of its 11th departmental museum in Vif, south of Grenoble. Housed in the former Champollion family property, this new museum will be entirely dedicated to Egyptology - a first in France - and will pay tribute to the two illustrious brothers, who helped found this field of study.

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Currently under construction, the museum, created within the Domaine Les Champollion à Vif, should open its doors in the first quarter of 2021. It will be added to the network of museums of the Department of Isère - for the moment at number of 10 - and will therefore be free for all.

The project testifies more broadly to the commitment made by the department to continue the work of memory of the two Champollion brothers - Jean-François Champollion, the famous Egyptologist, and Jacques-Joseph Champollion-Figeac - during the acquisition of the property. family in 2001.

The establishment will revolve around three axes: the complementarity and complicity of the two brothers, their research work and finally their contribution to a new science: Egyptology.

Thus, in the mansion, a permanent exhibition will be presented on the life and work of the Champollion brothers. In the old outbuildings, temporary projects will extend the visit and offer the public a renewed offer.

Outside, the country park and the food garden will be restored in the spirit of the 19th century. Reforested, dressed in flowerbeds and an orchard with local essences, they will contribute to the atmosphere of the country house which the two brothers loved.
At the origins of Egyptology

From Isère to the banks of the Nile, the tour will follow step by step the career of the Champollion brothers. Between restored spaces and contemporary museography, the scenography will offer a full immersion in the XNUMXth century. Deposits from national museums will enrich the collections of the Isère Department.

Through the journey of the Champollion brothers, the museum will present the founding milestones of a new science, Egyptology. Egypt, become mother of civilizations, then supplanted Greco-Roman antiquity, provoking a movement in the arts and a reversal of perceptions.

EGYPT : source of inspiration
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It will be possible to discover the interior decorations preserved by the descendants, but also the works, furniture, art objects and effects of the Champollion brothers. Among the personal objects of Jean-François Champollion include his Hebrew Bible, the mahogany tiered desk on which he deciphered the hieroglyphs, the Egyptian outfit worn during the expedition carried out on site or even annotated stampings of the Rosetta stone. with his hand.

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Façade of the Champollion house which houses the museum © Département de l'Isère / Musée Champollion
Jean-François Champollion Madame de Rumilly (1789-1849), oil on canvas, 1823 © Department of Isère / Musée Champollion
Jacques-Joseph Champollion-Figeac Madame de Rumilly (1789-1849), oil on canvas, around 1825 © Department of Isère / Musée Champollion


- Do not miss the IFAO-IFE Archeology meeting:

2020 WEB 2 Archeology Day

Annual day of French archeology in Egypt

Tuesday July 14, 2020 at 17:00 p.m., YouTube Ifao

France-Egypt Archeology Day 2020
اليوم الفرنسي المصري لعلم الآثار

Laurent Coulon, Ahmed Al-Shoky, Marie Dominique-Nenna, Luc Gabolde, Vincent Rondot, Yannick Lintz and Carine Juvin, Agnès Macquin, Laurence Engel

Partner (s) of Ifao : IFE

Language : French with simultaneous translation into Arabic.

With nearly fifty missions working on the numerous excavation and restoration sites throughout the Egyptian territory, France is Egypt's first partner in archeology.

France-Egypt Archeology Day pays tribute each year to these Franco-Egyptian archaeological missions. This 4th edition will be held exceptionally online this year on the occasion of the national holiday of July 14 from 17:00.

During this event, organized jointly by the French Institute of Oriental Archeology (Ifao) and the French Institute of Egypt (IFE), you will be presented with the diversity and richness of the work of Franco-Egyptian teams, through a set of conferences and presentations for specialists and the general public.

Visit the Ifao YouTube channel at 17:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, or subscribe to the channel now to receive notification when the broadcast begins.

Conferences in French accompanied by subtitles in Arabic.

Program :

- Introductory messages by:

Sem Stephane Romatet, Ambassador of France to Egypt

HE the Prof. Dr. Khaled el-Enany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt

M. Jamel Oubechou, Councilor for Cooperation and Cultural Action in Egypt, Director of the IFE

- Laurent Coulon, director of Ifao

The works of Ifao in 2019/2020

- Ahmed Al-Shoky, Aïn Shams University and Ifao

Qal'at Cheikh Humâm, objectives and prospects of a new excavation.

- Marie Dominique-Nenna, director of the Alexandria Studies Center

CEAlex's work in 2019/2020

- Luc Gabolde, director of the Franco-Egyptian Center for the Study of the Temples of Karnak (CFEETK).

The missions of CFEETK

- Vincent Rondot, Director of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities, Louvre Museum

Resumption of excavations at the Louvre at the Serapeum in Saqqara

- Yannick Lintz and Carine Juvin, Department of Islamic Arts, Louvre Museum

Gaston Wiet's archives at the Louvre.

- Agnes Macquin, head of the Ifao library

Focus on the Orient Libraries project

With an introduction by Laurence Engel, President of the National Library of France


A new tool in Egyptology: a first version of the base of data which lists the objects of Coptos kept in various museums, as well as their bibliography, project carried by Vanessa Desclaux, is now available on the MOM website:


- Call for papers:

Mariette conference, Two centuries after Boulogne-sur-Mer, 20-21 may 2021

Jean-Louis Podvin (University of the Opal Coast) & Didier Devauchelle (University of Lille).

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- For new and very interesting works to discover:

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Company news


Some photos and videos of our last meeting of 1er February 2020 at the INHA auditorium.

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Meeting room

Alain Arnaudies

"Two unusual shots of the Karnak temple"

Alain Arnaudiès

Simon connor

"Transforming, reusing or usurping statues in ancient Egypt"

Simon connor

Massimiliano Nuzzolo

"The Stone of Palermo. New investigation and discoveries on the oldest Royal Egyptian Annals »

by Massimiliano Nuzzolo


News from Egyptology


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Release of Egypt and the Nile Valley, volume 3, late eras (1069-332 BC) PUF editions, a volume dedicated to late eras, since the XXIe dynasty until the end of the XXXe dynasty. This is an opportunity for its author, Frédéric Payraudeau, lecturer at Sorbonne University (Paris), to present this innovative synthesis to us over an often overlooked period.

SFE: This book was long overdue!

Brother Payraudeau: Indeed, this 3e volume of the Clio collection appears more than 25 years after the previous ones. It is paradoxically a chance, because the knowledge of these periods has evolved more deeply in the last 30 years than in the previous century. Today, they seem less marked by decadence than by successive adaptations that allowed Egyptian civilization to last a millennium after the fall of the Ramses. The proliferation of studies on late eras over the past 20 years, particularly in Europe, has significantly enriched the work but has slowed down its drafting, which has spanned over 8 years. The bibliography, however selective, spans 75 pages!

SFE: What were these great advances concerning these periods?

Brother Payraudeau: These questions do not arise in the same way for the Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period. For the first, the simple succession of pharaohs is still sometimes problematic but has progressed a lot since the work of Jean Yoyotte and Kenneth Kitchen. As for the Late Period, the historical knowledge was already solid, but the period was subject to a re-evaluation in the cultural field in particular. The art of these eras is now appreciated at its fair value by specialists in ancient Egypt as well as by the informed public, as shown by recent exhibitions at the Musée Jacquemart-André and the Musée de Grenoble. I am also happy to have been able to include illustrations in this volume, which was not the case for the previous works. The archaeological excavations concerning vestiges of these times have also developed a lot since the beginning of this century (Osirian chapels of Karnak, Tanis, Bubastis, Heraklion, Heliopolis…). This made it possible to clarify many points of history.

SFE: Does this book extend the issues dealt with in the first volumes?

Brother Payraudeau: Yes, we no longer write ancient history as we did thirty or forty years ago. Egyptology, although often accused of conservatism, has long been open to social, economic and cultural history, even if the documentation has its limits in these areas. So I wanted to give, in addition to a detailed chronological panorama of the XXIe at XXXe dynasties, an overview of knowledge and discussions on transversal subjects, absent from the first two volumes of the collection. We will thus find chapters on the monarchical state, administration, economy, culture and religion of late eras.

See summary of the book


News from “friendly” associations

On January 11, 2020, from 16:00 p.m., Mr. Bernard Mathieu will give a conference at the Association dauphinoise d'Égyptologie Champollion (ADEC), "Me, Inhermosé, high priest of Onouris"
The high priest of Onouris Inhermosé, who officiated under the reign of Mérenptah, son and successor of Ramses II, is not among the greatest figures of Pharaonic Egypt. His autobiography, however, the longest known for the Ramesside era, engraved in a rock tomb of Al-Mashayikh, not far from the ancient This, really deserves a stop.
The text, certainly by Inhermosé himself, draws on a classical tradition to add original developments. Its content and its formal elaboration make it possible to get to know this character, both a great state clerk and a fine scholar, "a scribe worthy of acclaim, a notable worthy of being praised".


- Last year, SFE invited Patrice Le Guilloux to present us an unknown actor of the archaeological site of Pierre Montet in Tanis, the architect Jean-Louis Fougerousse.
On the occasion of the 140e anniversary of the birth of Jean-Louis Fougerousse (1879-1953), painter and architect of the Mission Montet between 1931 and 1939, Patrice Le Guilloux, member of the MFFT, has just dedicated a book, in which he traces his life, insisting on the work done in Tanis in the light of many archival documents and unpublished watercolors, which he has recently found among some of his descendants or in private collections.
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The book can be ordered in bookstore by indicating the ISBN number 9782322122158. In the meantime, large extracts can be viewed at this address:
A new history textbook from Egypt at Armand-Colin


In the Nile Valley, a complex cultural process emerges, one of the oldest territorial states in the world, led by a sacred kingship and an administration that develops and evolves during the almost 3000 years that separate the 1st Dynasty from the Roman conquest.
Beyond the image of an immobile Pyramids Egypt led by an all-powerful despot, the most recent research, stemming from the analysis of written and iconographic documentation as well as from the latest archaeological discoveries, led on the contrary to painting. a much more nuanced picture. From the central role of the local scale to the power games between the Court's great families, from the food economy to international trade, from the exploitation of the deserts surrounding Egypt to the long-distance expeditions to Sinai, Punt, Sudan or the Near East, it is a constantly evolving kingdom that is depicted here.
Beyond the summary of the chronological framework essential to the understanding of Egyptian history, the book addresses the historical issues of each of its major periods, touching not only history but also society and culture. by also presenting current historiographical debates.
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Call for papers
seminar Mariette, Two centuries later
Boulogne-sur-Mer, May 20-21, 2021
Jean-Louis Podvin (Coastal Opal Coast University) & Didier Devauchelle (Lille University)
Auguste Mariette was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer the 11 February 1821, a little over a year before Jean-François Champollion rediscovered the operation of the hieroglyphic system. He is passionate about Egypt at the mercy of family accidents and the purchase of a coffin by the city museum, then abandons his position as a professor at the college for a junior job at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Thirty years old, he left for Egypt, charged with a mission of purchase of papyrus that he can not carry out and transforms into excavations: he exhumes the Serapeum of Memphis, placing nasology Egyptology in a dynamic excavations and discoveries that have not stopped.
His temporary return to France does not make him forget Egypt. He returns to it, obtains from the Viceroy the possibility of creating an Antiquities Service: placed at his head as an Egyptian official, he multiplies the sites of excavations and accumulates the discoveries, which he endeavors to publish. To highlight them on the spot, he becomes the director of an ambitious museum in Egypt itself, which must be moved because of the floods of the Nile. At the same time, he is in charge of representation missions, organizes Egyptian pavilions for world exhibitions, visits during the inauguration of the Suez Canal, and participates in editing the Aïda opera. He died prematurely at age 60, worn out by illness and family tragedies as well as by the travels, the innumerable tasks and the worries caused by the administrative and political annoyances. Two centuries after his birth, we wanted to devote a conference to Mariette in his hometown, where he spent the first half of his life and where he then regularly returned to relax during periodic trips to France. This conference is organized jointly by the Coastal Opal Coast University (UR HLLI, EA 4030) and the University of Lille (HALMA, UMR 8164). The main themes are: - Mariette precursor: methods of excavation, public funding method ... - Mariette discoverer: sites (Serapeum) ... - Mariette museographer and popularizer: creation of the Boulak museum, universal exhibitions of 1867, 1878, but also 1862, participation in Aida ... - Mariette protector of antiquities: creation and direction of the Service of Antiquities, establishment of legislation on antiquities ... - Mariette, curious mind: journalist, politician and "Diplomat" ... - Mariette and Boulogne: its origins, its regular returns, the visit of Saïd Pasha, the exhibitions, the relations with the museum, its memory in its city ... - The place of Mariette in egyptology ... - Mariette editor of monuments (Karnak, Dendérah, Abydos ...) - Other themes according to the proposals made to the scientific committee. The focus will be on communications centered on the role of Mariette, on original documents ... In anticipation of funding requests and to allow the review by the scientific committee, thank you for sharing your proposal for the 30 september 2019 with a title, even provisional, a summary of ten lines, your coordinates and a short CV. Contact : This e-mail address is protected against spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This e-mail address is protected against spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Scientific Committee: Luc Delvaux (Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels), Didier Devauchelle (University of Lille, UMR 8164 HALMA), Luc Gabolde (UMR 5140 Archeology of Mediterranean Societies, Montpellier), Hélène Guichard (Louvre Museum Department of Egyptian Antiquities), Jean-Louis Podvin (Coastal Opal Coast University, UR HLLI, EA 4030), Ghislaine Widmer (University of Lille, UMR 8164 HALMA). Place of the event: University Center of the Museum, ULCO, 34 Grande Rue, 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer. Date of the event: 20 and 21 may 2021.