Andreas Dorn, Stéphane Polis

Outside the Box

Selected papers from the conference "Deir el-Medina and the Theban Necropolis in Contact", Liège, 27-29 October 2014

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    Edité par Andreas Dorn
    Edité par Stéphane Polis
    Editeur PULg - Presses de l'Université de Liège
    Distributeur Association de Boccard

    This volume represents the outcome of the conference “Deir el-Medina and the Theban Necropolis in Contact: Describing the interactions within and outside the community of workmen” held in Liège in 2014 (27-29 October). The goal of this conference was to encourage a wider perspective on Deir el-Medina, bringing together scholars from all egyptological fields and disciplines who are interested in studying the many types of interactions that the ancient community of Deir el-Medina developed both internally and at the broader (supra-)regional level. The title of the volume, “Outside the box,” refers to two important dimensions touched on by the papers in this volume. First, it points to the fact that a vast quantity of documents from Deir el-Medina and, more broadly, from the Theban Necropolis has been available for a long time to some restricted academic circles, but are now to be taken outside the box: this holds true not only for the publication of papyri and ostraca preserved in many collections across the world, but also for archival material describing the excavations at the site itself, and more broadly for the monuments that remain there still, but are not available to scholars or the general public. Second, most of the papers collected in this volume share a common feature, namely their attempt to think outside the box, using new theoretical frameworks, cross-disciplinary approaches, or innovative technological solutions. Accordingly, “Outside the box,” can be read both as a plea for making the fascinating material from Deir el-Medina more broadly available, and as a shout of admiration regarding the creativity and tireless inventiveness of scholars working on the sources stemming from this exceptional socio-cultural setting.

    Andreas DORN, Todd J. GILLEN & Stéphane POLIS, Deir el-Medina studies. Current situation and future perspectives Guillemette ANDREU-LANOË & Jacques PELEGRIN, La fabrique des ostraca en calcaire. Comment scribes et dessinateurs se procuraient-ils ces supports ? Anne AUSTIN, Living and Dying at Deir el-Medina: An osteological analysis of the TT 290 assemblage Patricia BERG, Textual references to mobility in necropolis journals and notes from Deir el-Medina Anne BOUD’HORS, Moines et laïcs dans la nécropole thébaine (VIIe–VIIIe siècles). Frontières et interactions entre deux modes de vie Massimo CULTRARO & Federica FACCHETTI, A foreign market revisited. New evidence of Mycenaean and Aegean-related pottery from Schiaparelli’s campaigns (1905–1909) at Deir el-Medina Paolo DEL VESCO & Federico POOLE, Deir el-Medina in the Egyptian Museum of Turin. An overview, and the way forward Rob J. DEMARÉE, A Late Ramesside ship’s log (Papyrus Turin 2098 + 2100/306 verso) Andreas DORN, Graffiti de la Montagne Thébaine (GMT) 2012/2013: Old and new graffiti from Western Thebes. Report on the 1st campaign of the “Graffiti in the valleys of Western Thebes project” Kathrin GABLER, Can I stay or must I go? Relations between the Deir el-Medina community and their service personnel Cédric GOBEIL, Archaeology in the archives. A zir-area at Deir el-Medina and its implications for the location of the khetem Pierre GRANDET, Ostraca hiératiques documentaires de l’IFAO : quelques points notables Ben HARING, Popular, but unique? The early history of the royal necropolis workmen’s marks Khaled HASSAN & Stéphane POLIS, Extending the corpus of Amennakhte’s literary compositions. Palaeographical and textual connections between two ostraca (O. BM EA 21282 + O. Cairo HO 425) Christine HUE-ARCÉ, The legal treatment of interpersonal violence in Deir el-Medina Paolo MARINI, Shabti-boxes and their representation on wall paintings in tombs at Deir el-Medina Bernard MATHIEU, Les « Caractères » : un genre littéraire de l’époque ramesside Stephanie E. MCCLAIN, Authorship and attribution. Who wrote the twentieth dynasty journal of the necropolis? Aurore MOTTE, Observations on the Reden und Rufe in the workmen’s tombs of Deir el-Medina Hana NAVRATILOVA, An elusive community: Traces of necropolis workmen in Memphis? Chloé C.D. RAGAZZOLI, Graffiti and secondary epigraphy in Deir el-Medina. A progress report Anne-Claire SALMAS, Space and society at Deir el-Medina. Delineating the territory of a specific ‘social group’ Deborah SWEENEY, Cattle at Deir el-Medîna Julia TROCHE, The living dead at Deir el-Medina Pascal VERNUS, The circulation of “literary” texts in the Deir el-Medina community. Two opposite cases Jean WINAND, Dialectal, sociolectal and idiolectal variations in the Late Egyptian texts from Deir el-Medineh and the Theban area Index

    Andreas Dorn is professor of Egyptology at the University of Uppsala (Sweden). He specializes in cultural history, archaeology and architecture. He focuses mainly on the contextualisation of artefacts, including text-bearing objects, in order to investigate micro-historical phenomena. His ongoing research projects include the publication of the burial equipment of king Sety I, the architecture and archaeology of the tomb of Siptah, newly discovered graffiti in the Valley of the Kings and in the nearby desert valleys as well as the publication of hieratic texts from Deir el-Medina with a special focus on the texts linked to Amennakhte, son of Ipuy, whose biography forms part of a long-term project. Stéphane Polis is research associate at the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium). His fields of research are ancient Egyptian linguistics, and Late Egyptian philology and grammar. His work focuses, on the one hand, on language variation and language change in Ancient Egyptian, and, on the other hand, on the publication and analysis of hieratic material from the community of Deir el-Medina. He supervises the development of the Ramses Project at the University of Liège with Jean Winand (, and coordinates the Thot Sign List project ( and the semantic maps project Le Diasema with Thanasis Georgakopoulos (

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2018-10-23
    Nbr Pages Arabes 540
    Couleurs 1
    Collection Aegyptiaca Leodiensia
    ISBN 13 978-2-87562-166-5
    Type Nom