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Donnerstag, 15.04.2021 um 18:15 Uhr via Zoom

Dr. Emanuele Casini, Wien/Basel
Re-exploring the Queens' Valley through unpublished documents and museum objects

Abstract des Referenten

The purpose of this contribution is to present an updated version of the discoveries of the Missione Archeologica Italiana (M.A.I.) within the Queens' Valley necropolis (Luxor, West Bank). Between 1903 and 1905 the Italian team, directed by E. Schiaparelli, with the invaluable collaboration of F. Ballerini, re-explored the tombs that had already been discovered by previous travelers and Egyptologists. Additionally, several new tombs were discovered but the exact number remained unknown. Indeed, Ballerini and Schiaparelli published only a part of the results achieved during their fieldwork. The recent examination of unpublished documents, which are housed at the State Archive and the Museo Egizio of Turin, made it possible to review (and update) the data published by the members of the Italian archaeological mission. Such unpublished documents include excavation diaries, notes, tomb plans, photographs, lists of workmen, official permits, letters, official reports, and a manuscript inventory (Giornale d'Entrata), which consists of a list of the objects found in the Queens' Valley and brought to Turin. The combined analysis of such a list and the other excavation documents also allowed to retrieve "lost" information about the archaeological materials found by the Italian mission within that necropolis; a number of those findings could also be re-contextualized within their original find-spot.

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