- 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.
News from Egyptology
- Do not miss the IFAO-IFE Archeology meeting:
online conference presented by Luc Gabolde on June 28, 2020, here is the link :
- Another IFAO initiative: "France-Egypt archeology day" online July 14, 2020
with conferences on recent French and Franco-Egyptian works.
Information very soon
- 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).
Information at the bottom of this page
- For new and very interesting works to discover:
Information at the bottom of this page
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Some photos and videos of our last meeting of 1er February 2020 at the INHA auditorium.
"Two unusual shots of the Karnak temple"
"Transforming, reusing or usurping statues in ancient Egypt"
"The Stone of Palermo. New investigation and discoveries on the oldest Royal Egyptian Annals »
by Massimiliano Nuzzolo
News from Egyptology
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.
News from “friendly” associations
- 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.
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.
Extracts from the manual
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.