Lost and Found: The Journey of a New Kingdom Sarcophagus from Antiquity to the Present

Monday, October 17, 2016

This talk centers around the stone sarcophagus of a New Kingdom mayor from Herakleopolis found at the turn of the 20th century by Sir Flinders Petrie and Guy Brunton. Stone sarcophagi, while the norm for royalty, are quite rare for officials, especially those who held office in provincial Egypt. Tomb robbers cut this sarcophagus into a number of pieces shortly after its modern discovery in the 1920s and subsequently sold those on the antiquities market. Over the years, these pieces have found their way into public and private collections in both North America and England. During the last two decades, a majority of the pieces have been located, which has allowed for a virtual reconstruction of the coffin. With this reconstruction, a proper iconographical and textual study can be presented, and as such a few precious details can be learned not only specifically about the coffin’s owner, but also about non-royal stone sarcophagi of this period in general.

You can learn a little more about the sarcophagus here: http://www.nicholasreeves.com/item.aspx?category=Writing&id=188

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson is Assistant Professor of History at Taylor University in Upland, IN. His research agenda centers on the late 19th and early 20th dynasties, a pivotal point in Egyptian history. Within the context of this period, he has addressed the global issues of legitimacy, political machinations of figures behind the throne and problems of succession and transition of power. Additionally, he was the lead author of an article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Egyptian History and the popular-level book The Names of the Kings of Egypt. Dr. Johnson has led a number of academic tours to Egypt, primarily in Cairo and Luxor, and participated in an archaeological season for the University of Arizona at the mortuary temple of one of Egypt’s few female rulers, Tausret. You can read more about him here.