The Treasure of Queen Ahhotep (1550 BC)
08 February 2024, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm
Gianluca Miniaci (University of Pisa, Italy, and Honorary Research Fellow, UCL) will give a seminar at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 8 February.
Prof Stephen Quirke
209UCL Institute of Archaeology31-34 Gordon SquareLondonWC1H 0PYUnited Kingdom
Organised by the Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan Research Network, Gianluca's seminar will explore the emergent Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean and the writing of the history of Egyptology.
In 1859 an Egyptian team digging in the northern sector of the Theban necropolis on behalf of Auguste Mariette brought to light the coffin of a queen called Ahhotep (Second Intermediate Period, c. 1550 BC). Within they found rare and unparalleled items, forming the largest “treasure” of the goldsmith’s art then known from Egypt, and including objects that reflect the influence of the Aegean and of Nubia. However, many questions remain open, as the discovery of the Ahhotep burial became a legend where the borders between tale and reality are not always clear. This seminar presentation aims at deconstructing and then reconstructing the history of the Queen Ahhotep discovery through the eyes and sources of the nineteenth century, moving away from the narrative of Egyptological tradition.