Herakleopolis Magna

Date: 
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

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

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.