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REMINDER: the meetings of the SFE are open to people who are not members with a contribution of 5 euros adjustable at the entrance.

 Reunion Island

from Saturday March 12, 2022 at 14 p.m.

in the auditorium of the National Institute of Art History (INHA)


1 – Company News:

Champollion year, new members, publications.

2 – Conferences:

Christophe Barbotin, Louvre Museum

Three new papyri at the Louvre: the Reverseaux papyri

It was in December 2019 that three New Kingdom papyri entered the Louvre Museum. Probably acquired around 1823, in Alexandria, by the captain of the royal navy and Count of Reverseaux, they have remained in the hands of his descendants until today. The Reverseaux I papyrus is an extraordinary anthology of Ramesside scribe, the Reverseaux II papyrus a fragment of chapter 17 of Book of the Dead of the XVIIIe dynasty, and the papyrus Reverseaux III a datable letter of Ramesses II.

Georges Soukiassian, CEAlex, Ifao

Balat, the palace of the governors of the oasis of Dakhla (VIe dynasty - First Intermediate Period)

The French Institute of Oriental Archeology in Cairo (Ifao) has been excavating the site of Balat in the oasis of Dakhla since 1977. During the end of the Old Kingdom, a line of governors, in close contact with the capital, built a residence there (Ayn Asil) and a monumental necropolis (Qila al-Dabba) which includes seven mastabas. On the site of Ayn Asil, a first fortified enclosure was built under Pepy Ier. Then, during the reign of Pepy II, a second palace (230 x 100 m) was built to the south. It has apartments, memorial chapels of governors, stores and services. After a sacking and a fire towards the end of the Old Kingdom, the site of the palace was immediately reoccupied and its use continued until around 2000 BC. J.-C. The remains, quite well preserved, have the advantage of allowing the functional study of a complete set and to offer stratified data useful for the knowledge of the period between the VIIIe and the XIe dynasties. This is why the Ifao has chosen to make an extensive excavation of it, in order to produce publications whose method consists in associating, in a presentation organized by phases of occupation, epigraphy and furniture with architectural structures.


SFE General Assembly

took place on Tuesday 19 October 2021 at 13 hours

at the auditorium of the National Institute of Art History (inha)

6 rue des Petits-Champs, 75002 Paris (Pyramides metro station).


Session chaired by the successor of Mr. Pierre Tallet, elected by the new committee of the Company at its meeting in mid-October, Ms. Chloé RAGAZZOLI


The agenda will be as follows:

1 - 2020 accounts

2 - Results of the elections to the SFE Committee

3 - Communications:


Lecture by M. Stephane Polis, FNRS / University of Liège, Department of Antiquity Sciences

In the footsteps of a painter, scribe and author of the XIXe dynasty: the designer Pay de Deir el-Médineh

Masters of deciphering and interpreting Ramesside hieratic texts, J. Černý and G. Posener left as a legacy to future generations the task of grouping together the texts written by the same scribe and identifying the individual hiding behind a hand. given. In this enterprise, there are more personal writings, which go out of the ordinary and greatly facilitate the task of Egyptologists. This is the case of the texts written by the cartoonist Pay de Deir el-Médineh, who is from Karnak and inaugurates a line of sš.w-ḳd in the village of the workers of the Tomb. His expert hand, but very poorly cared for, is in fact easily recognizable in the rich hieratic documentation of the site and makes it possible to reconstruct the activity of a scholar of the first half of the nineteenthe dynasty, both painter and author of original literary and religious compositions. 


Lecture by M. Yuri Volokhine, University of Geneva, Department of Antiquity

Pharaonic pareidolia

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---> The iconic nature of Egyptian hieroglyphic signs, the fact in particular that they sometimes represent parts of the human body, allows the ancient scribes a palette of graphic games. The rebus and the calligram are part of it. One of the possible compositions is indicated by an assembly of hieroglyphic signs tending to suggest the contours of a virtual face. We will look at several cases, to try to understand the implications. Anthropomorphization, by assembling signs of writing, is a phenomenon that has not always been noticed or examined; it solicits the gaze of the potential reader with a sort of wink. This strategy of graphic formatting of signs is also based on a religious conception of the bodies of gods and humans that we will be exhibiting.
Our sessions are also open to non-members for the sum of 5 euros.
For all this time: compulsory health pass.



took place on Saturday 1er February 2020, at 10 a.m.,

in the auditorium of the National Institute of Art History

(6 rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris - Metro Pyramids).

The agenda was as follows :

1 - Information point on SFE activities

2 - Conferences:

Mr. Massimiliano Nuzzolo, Charles University in Prague : The Stone of Palermo. New investigation and discoveries on the oldest Egyptian Royal Annals

The Palermo Stone and the “Cairo Fragments”, which were originally part of the same set of documents, constitute the oldest Royal Annals of ancient Egypt. The information they deliver provides key elements for understanding the factual history of the Old Kingdom. Despite more than a century of studies and research, their reading is still incomplete. The effects of time and modern manipulations have notably erased large parts of the text, rendering certain signs unreadable to the naked eye. But technological advances now make it possible to compensate for this damage and to fill in the gaps in information, which we believed to be irreversible. The 3D photographic reproduction called Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), opens up new perspectives and represents - at present - the most effective method for trying to read the whole text again.

Mr. Simon connor, University of Liege : Transform, re-use or usurp statues in ancient Egypt

Egyptian images are powerful and meaningful agents. Statues, reliefs and paintings are to be considered both as works of art and as archaeological objects bearing traces of their manufacture, their use (s), modification (s) and damage (s), in short, of the treatments undergone during the periods crossed. Examining them brings together the wealth of information visible on their surface. This conference focuses on the practice of reusing statues during the Pharaonic period, a phenomenon sometimes referred to as “usurpation”. This practice often required transformations on their surface in order to update them, perhaps to "reactivate" them. The reasons for the re-use of statues are not only economic: indeed, the phase of Egyptian civilization which presents the most frequent attestations of this practice is the Ramesside era (1300-1070 BC), which is also one of the most prosperous in Egyptian history.

Mr. Alain Scams, CNRS - UMS 2409: Two unusual shots of the Karnak temple

The archives of the first traveler-photographers who crossed Egypt at the end of the XIXe century are rare testimonies which bring much to the history of archaeological sites. Among these documents, photographs astonish because of their originality, their rarity or their subject, others tell true stories… This is the case of the two photographs which we present here. Two men: Benjamin Donisthorpe Donne, an officer in the British army and the orientalist Émile Prisse d'Avennes witnessed events that were believed to have been forgotten. The photographs of Antonio Beato and Jakob Lorent have enabled us to become acquainted with it.

La session was followed by a friendly drink.



Our last meetings :

- 9 October 2019 (BSFE 202 to come) 

Ms. Aurore CIAVATTI, Octaeteris. Re-evaluation of the durations of reign of the Old Empire

Mrs Anne BOUD'HORS, Edfu in the VIIe century AD: the contribution of the “papyrus jar”

Mr. Julien SIESSE, Montouhotep-Resséneb: a forgotten governor of Elephantine in the middle of the XNUMXth centurye dynasty

- 25 June 2019 (BSFE 201)

Mr Vincent RONDOT, El-Hassa 2018: in 100 apr. AD, a new temple in Amon on the island of Meroe. Acquisitions and questions

Mrs Ghislaine WIDMER, The demotic graffiti of Karnak: numbers and letters

Mr Frédéric COLIN, Urban archeology in a monumental necropolis: Assassif 2017-2018 (Ifao / University of Strasbourg)

- 13 APRIL 2019 (BSFE 201) = thematic session around literature

Mr Pascal VERNUS, what do we mean by "literary" and "literature" with regard to Pharaonic Egypt?

Mr Bernard MATHIEU, The "thrill of the literary" in the Old Kingdom

Mrs Chloé RAGAZZOLI, Scribe literature in the New Kingdom

Mr Michel CHAUVEAU, Satires and invectives in demotic Egypt 

- 11 January 2019 (BSFE 200)

Mrs Giuseppina LENZO, The funeral papyri of the Theban clergy at the XXIInd Dynasty: continuities and breaks in the texts of the afterlife

Mrs Aurélia MASSON, On the shores of the sacred lake: the art of living of the servants of the gods of Karnak

- 30 November 2018 (BSFE 200)

Mr Patrice LE GUILLOUX, Jean-Louis Fougerousse (1879-1953), architect and portraitist of Mission Montet in Tanis. About newly found archives 

Mrs. Sylvie GUICHARD, From Numeris

Mr. Emmanuel LAROZE, The system of construction by regular seating, analysis and interpretations of the apparatus of the temple of Opet in Karnak 

- 11 June 2018 (BSFE 199)

Brief information from Mr Jean-Pierre CORTEGGIANI, Some updates on the Great Pyramid

Mr Nicolas LEROUX, Recommendations to priests : an inventory of fixtures

Mrs Andrea LOPRIENO-GNIRS, Dig a grave in the Theban hill: the archaeological project Life Histories of Theban Tombs from the University of Basel

- 7 March 2018 (BSFE 199)

Mr. Michel DEWACHTER, Information on recent dispersion of the archives of Mrs. Alice de La Brière, nee Champollion-Figeac

Mr Olivier PERDU, A news page in the chapters of "Isiaca"

Ms. Nadia LICITRA, Twelve Chabaka treasure dig campaigns : archeology of an economic institution

- 16 October 2017 (BSFE 198)

Mr Pierre TALLET, Logs of Cheops reign at Ouadi al-Jarf: latest advances

Mr Lorenzo MEDINIA goose, blood and snakes: some reflections on a rite of the Tebtynis manual

- 29 June 2017 (BSFE 197)

 Brief information from Mrs Raphaële Meffre et Mr Fred Payraudeau on the fact A new project on the Libyan era: the study of the tomb of the high priest of Ptah and Prince Chechonq

Mr Dietrich  RAUE , Heliopolis in 2017: Egyptian-German excavations in the temple of the sun in Matariya / Cairo

- 25 February 2017 (BSFE 197)

Brief information from Mr. Olivier Lost on an exhibition organized at the College de France:  Daressy: a scholar, an archive. Thirty-six years in Egypt at the turn of the twentiethe century

Mrs Susanne Bickel, The non-royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings: social and historical perspectives

- 6 October 2016 (BSFE 195-196)

Brief information from Ms. Nathalie Lienhard on the fact U n relief of the Rodin collection exhibited in Arles as part of the exhibition "Khâemouaset, the archeologist prince"

Mr. Stan HENDRICKX, At the threshold of the first dynasty. The cave drawings of Nag el-Hamdulab (Aswan)

- 15 June 2016 (BSFE 195-196) 

Mrs. Sylvie DONNAT, The amulets-medjat and the prestige of the bookish ritual culture  

Mr Frederic PAYRAUDEAU, Some excerpts from the royal funeral books on a funeral ensemble from the Libyan era

- 19 March 2016 (BSFE 193-194)

Mr. Ivan GUERMEUR , The iatromagic hieratic papyruso47.218.2 from the Brooklyn Museum

Ms. Isabelle REGEN & Mr. Claude Traunecker , LPadiamenopé priest's tomb: an exceptional Theban tomb

- 12 November 2015 (BSFE 193-194)

Mr Laurent COULON , The Osirian chapels of Karnak. Review of recent work (text that will finally appear in the no 195-196)

Ms. Claire SOMAGLINO , The stele of Heni and the geography of the eastern fringe of the Delta to the Old and Middle Kingdoms

 - 6 June 2015 (BSFE 191-192 *)

M. Claude RILLY , The broken mirror of Queen Tiyi. First season of the QSAP project on the Sedeinga Temple (Sudan)

M. Pierre TALLET , Latest results of excavations at the Ouadi al-Jarf port site on the Red Sea

* It'sa communication from Mr Frédéric Rouffet on the Egyptian magician, initially programmed in place of that of Mr. Pierre Tallet , which appears in the summary of the BSFE 191-192.

 - 6 March 2015 (BSFE 191-192)

Ms. Hélène GUICHARD , About the exhibition "Animals and Pharaohs: The Animal Kingdom in Ancient Egypt"

M. Lilian POSTEL , New data on the temple of Amenemhat Ier in Ermant

 The communication of Mr. Frédéric ROUFFET has been postponed until June.

- 15 October 2014 (BSFE 190)

Ms. Mélanie Flossmann-SCHÜTZE, 40 years of research carried out by the Munich Institute of Egyptology in Touna el-Gebel: the animal necropolis and its religious association

Mrs. Patrizia PIACENTINI, Theodor Kofler and the first aerial photographs of Egyptian monuments

- 25 June 2014 (BSFE 189)

Mr. Sylvain DHENNIN, Mefkat, Térénouthis, Kôm Abou billou: new archaeological research on the Libyan fringe of the Delta

Mr. Yannis GOURDON , The new Hatnoub rock inscriptions

- 6 February 2014 (BSFE 188)

Mrs Michèle JURET, Presentation of the recent biography of Étienne Drioton

Ms. Nathalie LIENHARD, Information note on a collection of Egyptian objects and unpublished hieratic papyri

Mr. Pierre TALLET, Papyrus from the time of Cheops to Wadi al-Jarf

- October 23, 2013 (BSFE 186-187)

Ms. Florence GOMBERT , The collections of Roman Egypt in the Louvre or the contours always redrawn of a province of Egypt

Mr Marc GABOLDE, The DNA of the royal mummies of the end of the XVIIIe dynasty: the complementarity of methods and results

- 24 June 2013 (BSFE 186-187)

Mrs. Élisabeth DAVID, Iconographic alert bulletin: the beard does not make the Mariette

Mrs. Marie MILLET, Mouweis: a city of the Meroe Empire

Mr Luc GABOLDE, Les origins of Karnak and the theological genesis of Amon

- February 16, 2013 (BSFE 185)

Mr Jean-Marcel HUMBERT, The Luxor, pharaonic temple of 7e Art, regain its splendor of yesteryear

Mrs Florence MAURIC-BARBERIO, Decorated fragments from the tomb of Seti Ier : excavations of the MISR mission of the University of Basel in the Valley of the Kings