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Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB) reaches a milestone18.05.2020

The International Association of Egyptologists is delighted to announce that over 150,000 references are now available in the OEB (http://oeb.griffith.ox.ac.uk). This major milestone is the product of vital, ongoing international collaborations and of the continued support of OEB by the members of the IAE.

On 1 January 2009 the Griffith Institute, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, took over the running of the OEB (previously AEB) from the University of Leiden. At that time the website offered about 43,000 references to publications from between 1947 and 2002. Since then, three further databases have been integrated into the OEB. Coverage has been brought up to date as well as extended back to 1822, the date of the decipherment of hieroglyphs, and even beyond. The project is now a cooperation between Oxford and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, who contributed the large Aigyptos database, and it is under the auspices of the IAE.

In just over a decade, OEB has more than trebled the core of references inherited from Leiden. Almost ninety-five percent of the material has been verified against original sources.

During the Covid-19 crisis the OEB, which is normally a subscription-based service, is free to use, with the aim of increasing access for those who are having to work remotely.


Temporary access to OEB28.04.2020

The Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB) is now mounted on a new server system. The web address (oeb.griffith.ox.ac.uk/) remains the same. Users are encouraged to report any problems they may encounter.
During the COVID-19 crisis OEB is being made freely available. Please login with 'guest' as the user name and 'temporary' as the password.

Online Egyptological Bibliography13.03.2020

Over the next few weeks the OEB database and website are to be moved to a new server platform that should provide a stable environment for a number of years ahead. We hope that this move will affect users very little. For a week or two the website will not be updated, but editorial work on the database will continue, with additions made public after the move is completed. When the migration process is complete and daily updates resume, this will be announced in relevant places.

OEB now has 149,000 records online, with 140,500 checked and released by editors.

Coptos database19.07.2020

During several years, Vanessa Desclaux collected information about more than 1700 objects from the site of Coptos now preserved in various museums, together with their bibliography. The first version of the database is now available. It is a useful tool for further research:

Obituary Professor Dr. Klaus Parlasca31.05.2020

The IAE is sad to announce the passing away of Professor Dr. Klaus Parlasca. Despite that he was a classical archaeologist, he was very important for Egyptology with his research on Greek and Roman portraits in ancient Egypt. Our thoughts are with his familiy and friends.

Obituary Professor Dr. Ali Radwan 17.02.2020

The IAE is sad to announce the passing away of Professor Dr Ali Radwan on 12 February 2020. Professor Radwan was Professor of Egyptology at the University of Cairo, former Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology of Cairo University and president of the Union of Arab Archaeologists. The Egyptological community has lost an honoured member, an outstanding scholar and a beloved teacher. Our thoughts are with his familiy and friends.

IAE Statement Condemning Intentional Targeting of Iranian Cultural Heritage Sites09.01.2020

The International Association of Egyptologists is the professional organization which unites world-wide scholars and scientist who study the ancient cultures of Egypt. The IAE advocates for the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage and condemns any intentional targeting of cultural heritage sites in unequivocal terms. The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Law of War Manual prohibits the intentional destruction of cultural heritage during armed conflict except in situations when targeting is imperative for a legitimate military goal. For this reason, the IAE supports calls upon President Trump and the U.S. Department of Defense to protect civilians and cultural heritage in Iran, and to reaffirm that U.S. military forces will comply only with lawful military orders. The IAE stands with other professional societies concerned about the preservation of cultural heritage in Iran.

For our American members:
Please consider contacting your Congressional delegation and let them know that you do not support the President’s plan to target cultural sites for military activity,

Los Angeles, January 7, 2020

Daily reports of the XIIth ICE Cairo11.11.2019


Closing Session of the XIIth ICE Cairo, 8 November 201911.11.2019

In the presence of HE, the minister of antiquities Dr. Khaled el-Enany, Dr. Mustafa el-Waziri, secretary general, members of the organizing committee, and the membership of the International Association, President Willeke Wendrich spoke at the closing ceremony of the international congress in the Mena House in Cairo. She congratulated the organizing committee led by Ahmed Ebeid, Hisham el-Leithy and Mohamed Saad, under the scientific committee chaired by Ola el-Aguizy, and thanked them for the excellent organization of the conference.

She addressed the membership of the International Association of Egyptologists by acknowledging that many Egyptologists do not see the point in becoming a member by saying:
“An often heard reaction is: ‘what does the association actually do for me?’.
Well I could of course in a historical fashion reply with: ‘don’t ask what the association can do for you, ask what you can do for the association’.

I want to point out that the association is run completely by volunteer work. Our council of national representatives and our predecessors in the Presidium, Dr. Chris Naunton, Prof. Dr. Laure Pantalacci and Prof. Dr. Ursula Verhoeven all have very busy schedules within their day job, and yet they stepped up to lead the professional organization of our discipline. I want to express my profound gratitude for their work.

What the International Association of Egyptologists does has mostly been done behind the scenes.

1. Of course the association cooperates with and supports the organizers of the congress, but there are many other things.

2. We all know how important the Online Egyptological Bibliography is. Apart from the fees that is paid by members who subscribe to the OEB, the association supports this initiative with an annual extra financial contribution. It is not nearly enough; we should do more to support this unique resource that is adapting to the times by now offering links to online publications.

3. With the acceptance of the ethics statement, the IAE strongly supports the Ministry of Antiquities in condemning the illegal antiquities trade, for instance by publishing declarations. The association will, furthermore, endorse any initiatives, such as the one presented here at the conference, to aid in this goal.

4. Any professional organization that takes itself serious, is an advocate for the discipline. The IAE has the task to help fuel the interest in the study of ancient Egypt in the setting of present day Egypt.

5. We can provide records of membership which is a requirement for a serious curriculum vitae.

6. We support proposals for initiatives that will benefit Egyptology as a whole, for instance when I submitted a grant proposal at the National Endowment for the Humanities for the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, the association wrote a letter to endorse this initiative and that certainly helped in getting the funding to start the work.

In the council meeting earlier this week we heard many ideas on how to move forward and you will hear from us at the beginning of the new year with some well-crafted plans. One of the initiatives is the re-design of the web-page. Please confer with your national representative or with Tarek, Richard and me directly on ideas for the functionality of the public and members-only part of our webpage. Please keep in mind that we need to comply with privacy laws that are not the same in different parts of the world.

I also would like to call specifically on those of you who are active users of social media to help craft a social media approach that is do-able and makes sense for the goals of the IAE.”

She then proceeded to send greetings and the hope for recovery to Prof. Dr. Ali Radwan, who could not attend the conference and asked for a moment of silence to
remember and celebrate the lives of colleagues we have lost in the past four years (www.iae-egyptology.org/services.php?site=obituaries_new).

She then asked the Vice-President, Tarek Tawfik, and the Secretary General, Richard Bussmann, to join her on the podium and proceeded to honor one of the members of the IAE for her many years of service:
“Lastly, one of the functions of the association is to call out and honor members who have made exceptional contributions to the field. The greatest accolade that the association gives is the Honorary Membership of which only four have been given over its more than 40 years’ existence.

It is my distinct pleasure to bring to your attention a colleague that the International Association of Egyptologists is deeply honored to have in her midst. She has been a role model for me personally for many years, with her deep knowledge, distinguished publications and yet her welcoming openness towards students.

We share an interest in Ethno-archaeology and Ethno-Egyptology and on the impact of Ancient Egypt on today’s international culture. She published many articles on this subject both in French and in English.

She received her BA in Egyptology from Cairo University and her Dr. phil. in Egyptology from Oxford University in England. At present she is a Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. She has been a staunch supporter of and contributor to this association and she has received many accolades.

She was the Blaise Pascal Chair of Research, offered by the “Fondation de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure” and hosted by the Sorbonne, for researching and lecturing.
She has been a visiting Professor at a number of universities, such as at Charles University in Prague, and La Sapienza, Roma as well as Paris IV-La Sorbonne.
She has lectured intensively in America (North and South), Europe, in the fare East and also in Africa.

And I have to say that the IAE is coming a bit late in recognizing her formally.
I am speaking, of course, about Fayza Haikal.”

Tarek Tawfik then offered the certificate of honorary membership of the IAE to Fayza Haikal.

After the presentation by the presidium Olaf Kaper gave a brief overview of the plans for the 13th congress which will be held from August 6-12, 2023 in Leiden, The Netherlands.

The Chair of the 2019 Academic Committee, Ola el-Aguizy then gave an overview of the past week, including the many impressive social events in breathtaking venues, such as the Giza Plateau, the Manial Palace and the Citadel. The entire academic committee then joint her on the podium and received the recognition of the audience.

The closing session was ended with a speech by HE Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Khaled el-Enany. He stressed the importance of collaboration between individual Egyptologists and the ministry to safeguard Egypt’s monuments, but also to enhance knowledge and help with, for instance, information provision to the general audience on the website and in museums. He memorized how the prior evening Egyptian and foreign Egyptologists got off their chairs and danced to the music of singer Nesma Mahgoub and the impressive dance sampling of electronic oud player Balqeis. He then invited a number of scholars who had volunteered to a meeting immediately following the closing session, to discuss topics, methods and priorities of collaboration.

Thus ended the XIIth International Congress at Cairo.

The 2019 General Assembly of the International Association of Egyptologist05.11.2019

Sunday, 3 Nov, was the first day of the XIIth International Congress of Egyptologists (ICE) which is being held at the Mena House Hotel, Giza, Egypt.

The first item on the schedule was the General Assembly of the International Association. The Assembly provides the opportunity for the Presidium to discuss the recent activities of the Association and other important business with the membership.

The outgoing President, Dr Chris Naunton, opened the meeting by thanking the organising committee of the XIIth ICE, and in particular colleagues from the Ministry of Antiquities who had gone to such lengths to arrange the forthcoming event, at which over five hundred Egyptologists would present the results of their latest work. He noted that the organisation of any such event on this scale was a very considerable undertaking and felt sure that all participants and members of the IAE would wish to express their gratitude to the organisers and in particular to His Excellency, the Minister of Antiquities, Prof Dr Khaled el-Enany for his generous support.

New Presidium

According to the Statutes of the Association:

4.3.5: The Presidium shall be elected for the period between the meetings of the General Assembly by all voting members of the Association…”

The incumbent President, Vice-President and Secretary General had all signalled earlier in 2019 that they would be stepping down at the XIIth Congress and therefore nominations for all three positions were sought. The candidates were invited to submit proposals for the future activities of the Association which were made available to the membership. The subsequent electronic vote resulted in the election of the following:

As President of the International Association: Professor Willeke Wendrich, UCLA
As Vice President: Professor Dr Tarek Tawfik, Cairo University

The Secretariat received one nomination for the post of Secretary General, the candidate being Professor Dr Richard Bussman, University of Cologne, Germany. Prof Dr Bussmann was a well-known and respected member of the International Egyptological community who has held permanent positions in the UK and in Germany and has extensive experience of working in Egypt as well. He was eminently qualified to undertake the role of Secretary General.

The new Presidium had already met and had indicate their willingness to discuss their ideas for the Association with members in the days following the General Assembly.

Dr Naunton paid tribute to the hard work of his colleagues, as Vice President, Prof Laure Pantalacci, and the Secretary General Prof Dr Ursula Verhoeven, over the previous four years. He emphased that both had given up their spare time to undertake the work of the Association in addition to very busy and responsible university positions. Professor Pantalacci had held the role of Vice-President for 11 years since the Xth International Congress in Rhodes; Prof Dr Verhoeven had been Secretary General for 10 years, since 2009. Dr Naunton expressed his gratitude to them both on behalf of all members of the International Association for their years of service.

Prof Dr Pantalacci also expressed her gratitude to the membership for electing her to serve two terms as Vice-President, and for the hard work and support of her colleagues.

Dr Naunton also thanked Dr Silke Roth who had provided vital administrative assistance to the Secretary General since 2009 and would be stepping down from her role at the end of 2019. He emphasised that without the Dr Roth’s efforts and those of the Secretary General in the day-to-day running of the Association it could not continue to function.

Dr Naunton also thanked, on behalf of the other members of the outgoing Presidium, and the wider membership of the IAE, Professors Wendrich, Tawfik and Bussman for their willingness to take on their new roles. He noted that it had been a pleasure and an honour to serve the Association, but that the work of the Presidium was at times not easy, and always time consuming. The outgoing leadership team were extremely grateful to the new members of the Presidium for their willingness to take on the running of the organisation. They also wished the new team every success in their work for the Association in the coming years.

IAE Council

Dr Naunton reminded the members that the Council was composed of three representatives from Egypt, one each from all countries with ten or more professional members, and, ex officio, the Minister of Antiquities from Egypt as well as from Sudan, three representatives of the foreign institutes in Cairo, and the Secretary of the International Committee for Egyptian and Sudanese Collections (CIPEG). He thanked those who had served as representatives in the previous four years for their constant support and guidance in the Association’s activities. Dr Naunton also noted that several countries, including Australia, China, Japan, Russia and Scandinavia, were represented by slightly fewer than ten members and asked members in those countries to encourage their colleagues to join so that they could be represented on the Council.

A meeting of the Council would take place in the days following the General Assembly and would be led by the new Presidium.

Activities, finances, membership

The Secretary General, Prof. Dr. Ursula Verhoeven, gave a presentation on the Association’s activities, finances and membership figures since the last Congress.

Prof Dr Verhoeven drew attention in particular to the Association’s current financial position. Subscription fees generated a steady annual income but with a ‘spike’ in the year leading up to each Congress, including 2018-19, as those wishing to present at the Congress were required to be fully-paid members of the Association.

The Association had continued to support the Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB) by offering subscription to the service as a part of an enhanced membership of the Association. Accordingly a significant proportion of the Association’s revenue had been passed directly to the OEB each year. In addition the Association had also made further contributions to the Bibliography in 2017 and 2018, of 5,000 EUROs (2015: 10,000 EUROs).

Support for the OEB therefore represented the largest single item of expenditure for the Association. Significant resources were also required for administration in the for of payments to Dr Roth, for bank charges and the maintenance of the Association’s website and e-mail accounts.

It was hoped that the Association would be able to expand its activities in future, but the membership were reminded that increased resources and therefore an increase in the number of subscriptions would be required for that to happen.

Revision to the Statutes

Dr Naunton reminded the membership it has been the Presidium’s intention for some time to revise the Statutes of the Association. Certain alterations were required so as to allow for formal business to be transacted remotely, i. e. online or via e-mail etc. This had already proven necessary in the past when members were asked to decide on the venue for the next congress, and to elect a new President and Vice President.

The Presidium had met in Lyon in August 2018 to discuss the necessary revisions, taking the opportunity to review them comprehensively to ensure that they were fit-for-purpose, and would continue to be so into the future. The members of the Council of the IAE had also reviewed the draft and the latest version also incorporated their suggestions etc.

The final draft was made available via the Association’s website in February 2019. The most substantive adjustments were as follows:

• The membership categories (section 3) were redefined.
• Members would now be asked to uphold a ‘Code of Professional and Ethical Standards’ in their Egyptological Activities. The code, which includes stipulations concerning the trade in antiquities, was added as a new Annex to the Statutes (Annex 1).
• References to the Presidium, Council and General Assembly were revised to reflect current practices. References to ‘local secretariats’, which no longer had any practical function now that subscriptions were gathered centrally via the IAE website, were removed.
• Provisions have now been made to allow decisions to be made electronically, in particular on the venue for International Congress (Annex 2) and composition of the Presidium (Annex 3).

Members were asked to review the draft and to provide any comments they might have no later than Friday 2 August 2019.

Dr Naunton asked those in attendance to signal their approval of the new statutes via a show of hands. A majority of those present signalled their approval; none signalled disapproval. The changes were therefore thereby approved and the new version would be made available on the Association’s website as soon as possible after the Assembly.

Next Congress

Dr Naunton reported that following its call for bids the Secretariat received only one proposal to host the next Congress, from representatives of a group of institutions based in Leiden, The Netherlands, headed by Professor Dr Olaf Kaper, Professor of Egyptology at the University. Leiden had a very strong and long-established tradition of scholarship in Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies and other related disciplines. The bid had clearly been very thoroughly prepared and was supported by representatives of a number of academic and other institutions in the city, and was excellent in all respects. A prospectus prepared by the organising committee had been available via the IAE website in July 2019.

The Presidium were very grateful to their colleagues in Leiden for their willingness to host the Congress, which plays a vital role in uniting Egyptologists round the world. As there had been no other bids to host the Congress in 2023 members acceptance of the bid had been taken as read.

Closing Remarks

Dr Naunton expressed his gratitude to those in attendance for their participation in the Assembly, and wished all those present a wonderful Congress.

XIIth ICE List of sessions' moderators31.10.2019

The Organizing committee wishes to publish the list of moderators for the sessions:
Sessions Moderators 30 OCT.pdf

XIIth ICE Cairo: 3rd circular and program availaible - UPDATE PROGRAM17.10.2019

3rd circular: 3rd Circular ICE 12 Cairo Egypt_October 2019.pdf
Program: ICE 12_Cairo 2019_ Program_October 2019_2.pdf

XIIth ICE Cairo: Website of the organizers30.09.2019

Please note also the website of the organizers of the XIIth ICE in Cairo with latest news:


Candidates for Presidency and General Secretary - Next International Congress 2023 - Statutes22.07.2019

Dear members of the IAE,

The deadlines both for nominations for the Presidency of the IAE and post of Secretary General, and for bids to host the International Congress in 2023, have now passed.

President / Vice-President
We have received two nominations for the office of President, as follows:

- Professor Dr TAREK TAWFIK, Associate Professor, Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University: CV Tarek Tawfik.pdf
- Professor Dr WILLEKE WENDRICH, Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Los Angeles: CV Willeke Wendrich.pdf

At least ten Professional or Honorary members have indicated their support for each of the candidates, as required by the Statutes. Both have prepared statements outlining a vision for the Association and its activities over the next four years:

- Vision statement by TAREK TAWFIK: Tawfik_4 year plan IAE.pdf
- Vision statement by WILLEKE WENDRICH: Wendrich_IAE vision.pdf

The voting procedure will start on 1 August 2019 and works as follows: After login to the IAE page ("My IAE Account" > www.iae-egyptology.org/intern.php) a link will allow current IAE members to vote. By statute (cf. §3.1), only professional and honorary members are entitled to vote (www.iae-egyptology.org/iae.php?site=statutes).

We have decided to set the deadline a little later than was advertised previously. Members are asked to cast their votes no later than Saturday 28 September 2019 – this deadline has been set a little later than previously advertised in order to ensure that as many members as possible have the opportunity to participate in the election.

The candidate with the greatest number of votes gets the function of President, the second highest becomes Vice-President. The term of the new presidency will start on the first day of the Congress in Cairo (3 November 2019).

Secretary General
The Secretariat received only one nomination for the post of Secretary General, the candidate being Professor Dr RICHARD BUSSMANN, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Cologne, Germany.
Prof Dr Bussmann is a well-known and respected member of the International Egyptological community who has held permanent positions in the UK and in Germany and has extensive experience of working in Egypt as well. A full biography is available here: aegyptologie.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/bussmann.html?&L=1
He is eminently qualified to undertake the role of Secretary General and we are very grateful to him for his willingness to undertake this role in addition to his duties at the university.

As there are no other candidates for the role, we propose to recommend that Prof Dr Bussmann be appointed to the role of Secretary General with effect from the International Congress in Cairo in November this year. Members acceptance will be taken as read.

Next International Congress of Egyptologists 2023
The Secretariat received only one bid to host the next Congress, from representatives of a group of institutions based in LEIDEN/NETHERLANDS, headed by Professor Dr Olaf Kaper, Professor of Egyptology at the University. Leiden of course has a very strong and long-established tradition of scholarship in Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies and other related disciplines, and in our view the bid, which had been clearly been very thoroughly prepared and is supported by representatives of a number of academic and other institutions in the city, is excellent in all respects. A prospectus prepared by the organising committee is available here:
Kaper for ICE2023 in Leiden.pdf

We are very grateful to our colleagues in Leiden for their willingness to host the Congress which plays a vital role in uniting Egyptologists round the world. As there are no other bids to host the Congress in 2023 we propose that the bid from the Leiden team be accepted unopposed. Members acceptance will be taken as read.

Finally, you are reminded that the deadline for submitting comments etc on the revised Statutes of Association is 2 August 2019. A letter outlining the most important changes which have been introduced and the new draft itself are available here:
7290_IAE Letter re Statutes.pdf

Best wishes,
Dr Chris Naunton
Prof Dr Laure Pantalacci
Prof Dr Ursula Verhoeven

Urgent: List of paid participants with papers 12th ICE Cairo09.07.2019

Note from the organizing committee dated July 9th, 2019 (with additions dated July 11th, 2019):

We are glad to announce that 311 of the participants whose abstracts were accepted for the 12th ICE have paid the registration fees and sent the receipts - as it was announced in the circular. Please find on the other hand, we do not have the proof of payment (the receipt) for 130 other participants. In case any of them have paid before the deadline but not sent their receipt, they will have to send it, not later than July 14th at 5 pm, or their participation will be considered as rejected, as the final schedule will be published shortly after this date.

Please note:
1) the entry below from April 26th, 2019 informed about the payment procedure and sending the to: secretariat.ice12cairo@moantiq.gov.eg
2) July 14th, 2019 is not a new deadline for paying the fees, but only a deadline for those delegates giving a a paper who paid their fees already and did not yet send their receipts or proofs of their payment by 30 June 2019.

The colleagues who did not pay the fees whether during the early or late registration period, their participation and papers will be considered as rejected. However, we appreciate their interest in the participation in the congress.

Best regards,
Mr. Ahmed Ebeid
President of the Organizing Committee
Paid list 9 July 2019_IAE and ICE 12 websites.pdf

P.S.: If you don't find your name in the list but you were accepted for a paper and paid your fees already, please send your receipt and contact the organizing committee: secretariat.ice12cairo@moantiq.gov.eg

Deadline Extension of Early Registration29.04.2019

Due to several kind requests from international participants to the Twelfth International Congress of Egyptologists (ICE 12), it has been decided to extend the deadline of early registration till 10th of May 2019.

Ahmed Ebeid
Head of the ICE Organizing Committee

XIIth ICE Cairo *** News: Bank account details and extended deadline for early registration26.04.2019

The Organizing Committee of the ICE Cairo 2019 gave the following information via Email dated 26 April 2019:

Payment instructions (by Wire Transfer):

NAME OF THE BANK: Arab African International Bank - AAIB
BANK ADDRESS: 5, Midan Elsaray Al Koubra, garden city, Cairo Governorate
ACCOUNT HOLDER: Central Bank of Egypt - Supreme Council of Antiquities
FULL ADDRESS: 54 El Gamohria St., Cairo – Egypt
ACCOUNT NO. (US $): 6003364021
Ref. Cust NO. USD 4082175124


1) The bank wire transfer and other related fees have to be paid by the participant.
2) After sending your registration payment by bank wire transfer, scan the bank receipt and attach the PDF file in an email to: secretariat.ice12cairo@moantiq.gov.eg

Subject: Payment NAME SURNAME
(Note: Fill in NAME SURNAME with your full name, so that we will be able to monitor your payment).

• Full name
• Transfer Date
• Amount of the money
• Attached a proof of the transfer (invoice, picture, screenshot or scan)

Best regards
Organizing Committee

XIIth ICE Cairo 2019: Payment Update (Only for Egyptians)13.03.2019

Please, find below the bank account number of the Ministry of Antiquities:
Note: Kindly deposit the fees in the local currency in any bank of your choice to the above mentioned account.

XIIth ICE Cairo 2019: Audiences numbers13.03.2019

The Organizing Committee of the XIIth International Congress of Egyptologists has set the number of its audiences to a maximum number of 200 people (not including the speakers).
They are divided as follows:
-100 Egyptians (50 employees of the Ministry of Antiquities and 50 non-employees. PhD holders are priority).
-100 Foreigners (members of the foreign archaeological institutes in Egypt are priority)

Revision of the Statutes of the IAE28.02.2019

Dear IAE members,

As you will know, it has been our intention for some time to revise the Statutes of the Association. Most pressingly they must be altered so as to allow for certain formal business to be transacted remotely, i.e. online or via e-mail etc. This has already proven necessary in the past e.g. in 2014/15 when the members were asked to decide on the venue for the next congress, and to elect a new President and Vice President, and it will be necessary to repeat this procedure in the coming year (see below).

The Presidium – Vice President Professor Laure Pantalacci, Secretary General Professor Ursula Verhoeven-van Elsbergen, and I - met in Lyon in August 2018 to discuss the necessary revisions, taking the opportunity to review them comprehensively to ensure that they are fit-for-purpose, and will continue to be so into the future. The members of the Council of the IAE have also now reviewed the draft and the latest version also incorporates their suggestions etc.
We produced a new draft which has also now been scrutinized by the IAE Council. The current draft is available in the attached pdf file as well as on the website www.iae-egyptology.org/.

The most substantive adjustments are as follows:
• The membership categories (section 3) have been redefined.
• Members are now asked to uphold a ‘Code of Professional and Ethical Standards’ in their Egyptological Activities. The code, which includes stipulations concerning the trade in antiquities, is added as a new Annex to the Statutes (Annex 1).
• References to the Presidium, Council and General Assembly have been revised to reflect current practices. References to ‘local secretariats’, which no longer have any practical function now that subscriptions are gathered centrally via the IAE website, have been removed.
• Provisions have now been made to allow decisions to be made electronically, in particular on the venue for international congress (Annex 2) and composition of the Presidium (Annex 3).

We would now like to invite you to review the draft and to provide any comments you have no later than Friday 2 August 2019.

Subject to any final revisions that prove necessary a final version will be put to the General Assembly during the International Congress to be held in Cairo in November 2019. Following ratification by the General Assembly the revised statutes will be posted to the IAE website as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

Chris Naunton
President of the IAE
26 February 2019

Letter of the President of the IAE inviting to review and comment the draft until 2 August, 2019 : IAE Letter re Statutes.pdf

Draft of revised statutes : IAE Statutes Revised.pdf

Nominations for Next Presidency of the IAE28.02.2019

Dear IAE members,

With the Cairo ICE ahead of us, it is time to begin thinking about new leadership for the IAE. According to the IAE statutes:
4.3.5: The Presidium shall be elected for the period between the meetings of the General Assembly by all voting members of the Association…”
We therefore now invite nominations for the offices of President and Secretary General. Candidates for either role must be Professional Members of the IAE. Candidates for either role may be nominated by other IAE members or may nominate themselves.

In the case of candidates for President, however, the nomination must be supported by the names of ten Professional Members of the IAE, and must include a statement of the nominee’s affiliations (e.g., university, museum, professional societies), professional qualifications, and the nominee’s vision of “a four year plan for the activity and development of the Association.”

There are no nominations specifically for the role of Vice President however according to the Statutes (Annex 2. 4): “The nominee for Presidency with the second highest becomes Vice President.”

In order to guide the process, descriptions of each role and a list of credentials which candidates should ideally possess is available in the attached pdf file as well as on the website www.iae-egyptology.org/.

All nominations should be submitted to the General Secretary (secretary@iae-egyptology.org) by 30 June, 2019. Nominations will be posted on the IAE website as they are received. Voting by IAE members will begin in July on the IAE website, and will end on 31 August, 2019. The General Secretary will tally the votes, notify the three candidates selected, and the results will be announced at the first general meeting at the Cairo ICE, at which point the new officers will assume their positions.

The offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary General are a burden as well as a privilege, but they offer a unique opportunity to help shape and guide the general direction of international Egyptology. Please encourage your colleagues to think seriously about running, and please consider doing so yourself.

Best wishes,

Chris Naunton
President of the IAE
26 February 2019

Letter of the President of the IAE inviting nominations for the offices of President and Secretary General until 30 June, 2019 : IAE Letter re election P_VP_SG.pdf

Job descriptions for the offices of President and Secretary General : IAE Job Descriptions P_VP_SG.pdf

Venue for the 13th International Congress of Egyptologists (ICE)28.02.2019

The International Association of Egyptologists invites bids to host the 13th International Congress of Egyptology (ICE) in 2023.

The International Congress is the largest regular gathering of Egyptologists and specialists from related fields worldwide. It is held every four years and provides hundreds of scholars with the opportunity to share their research with colleagues. Those wishing to present their work must be members of the International Association of Egyptologists and are invited to submit brief abstracts of their proposed presentation to a scientific committee convened by the host institution in advance. Only those whose work meets the required academic standards are invited to present.

The International Association of Egyptologists is a sponsor of the Congress. It received the bids from prospective host institutions, circulates them to its membership, and organises a closed ballot. The institution whose bid receives the most votes will be invited to organise the next event. It is the responsibility of the host institution to arrange and pay for all aspects of the Congress, including the venue, schedule of presentations and associated events, and committees to review proposed presentations. The host should also set whatever registration fee is necessary to cover costs. The IAE will support the organisers in any way possible but it should be noted that the Association’s resources, financial and otherwise, are very limited.

Bids should include the following information:

• The proposed location and venue
• Proposed dates (approximate)
• The host institution(s) and its/their current or historical connections to the legacy of Ancient Egypt or to Egyptology
• The opportunities the host offers for the promotion of Egyptology

Bids should be submitted to the Secretary General no later than 30 April 2019: secretary@iae-egyptology.org

8 October 2018
Chris Naunton, President of the IAE

Obituary Rainer Stadelmann21.01.2019

Dear colleagues,

With our deepest regret we announce that Professor Dr. Rainer Stadelmann passed away on January 14.

Rainer Stadelmann was born on October 24 1933 in Oettingen (Bayern/Germany). He studied Egyptology, Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology at the universities of Munich and Heidelberg, and obtained his PhD degree in 1960 from Heidelberg University. After having served as an assistant professor in Heidelberg and having obtained the habilitation in 1967, Rainer Stadelmann was appointed deputy director of the German Archaeological Institute Cairo. From 1989 to 1998 he was the director of the institute.

Rainer Stadelmann was an internationally renowned scholar who published widely on a broad range of subjects. His dissertation on the veneration of Syro-Palestinian deities in Egypt remains a standard analysis of the topic. His work on the archaeology of Theban temples, in particular the royal mortuary temples, closely linked to the field work he directed in this area, especially the temple of Sethi I at Gurna and the Temple of Amenhotep III at Kôm el-Hettan, made him an authority on this subject. Another field looming large in Rainer Stadelmann‘s scholarly oeuvre is the archaeology, art and history of the Old Kingdom. Here the great kings of the 4th Dynasty and their monuments attracted him in particular, and he contributed decisively to this subject, both through his field work at Dahshur and through his academic studies.

As the director of the Cairo branch of the German Archaeological Institute Rainer Stadelmann developed the research profile of the institute to include prestigious new projects. Deepening the co-operation with Egyptian partners and supporting Egyptian archaeologists was always close to his heart.

To honour Rainer Stadelmann's achievement the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz), the Grand Officer of the order of the Republic of Egypt and the Egyptian Hathor-Medal were bestowed on him. Rainer Stadelmann was elected a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres (Paris) and held the position of a Honorary Professor at Heidelberg university.

With Rainer Stadelmann Egyptology and Egyptian Archaeology lost an important scholar. The German Archaeological Institute, and scholars all over the world, mourn the loss of a respected colleague and a highly esteemed friend.

Daniel Polz, Stephan Seidlmayer

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Kairo
6, Sh. Abu el-Feda
ET-11211 Kairo / Ägypten

Studying Egyptology - Worldwide02.12.2018

The website of the IAE provides information about the study of Egyptology in Bachelor and Master programs at several universities worldwide. Please visit the updated site (www.iae-egyptology.org/services.php?site=ba_and_master_programs) and tell us if you want to add a place or institution.

With best regards
Ursula Verhoeven, Secretary General of the IAE

12th ICE UPDATE : Second Circular Available14.11.2018

Download : 2nd Circular ICE 12 Cairo Egypt_11_Nov2018_MS.pdf

Egyptologists denied UK entry visas11.10.2018

It has come to the Association’s attention that in several instances in 2018 Egyptian colleagues have been prevented from visiting the UK to participate in academic events or to undertake scholarly research because they were unsuccessful in applying for the necessary entry visa. In all cases the applicants had been invited to the UK by reputable academic institutions, professional bodies and/or registered charities to participate in activities permitted under the current visa regulations. In all cases the sponsor institutions took care to ensure that the candidates and all other aspects of the visits planned met the relevant eligibility criteria. Their inability to visit the UK is much to the detriment of the individuals and wider Egyptological communities in the UK, Egypt and internationally.

The Association is concerned that these instances are representative of a wider trend, and that colleagues from Egypt and other countries may in future find it increasingly difficult to secure the necessary entry visas to collaborate with colleagues in the UK. Any such development might adversely affect the ability of UK institutions, including universities, museums, and charities, to maintain international research standards in the field of Egyptology, and might deter international organisations from hosting conferences and other events in the UK.

The Association expresses its regret that our colleagues were not able to visit the UK on the occasions in question, and its hope that no further such situations arise in future.

12th ICE UPDATE : Deadline for submitting abstracts extended!04.10.2018

NEWS from the organisers of the XIIth ICE to be held in Cairo in November 2019 (www.ice12cairo.moantiq.gov.eg):

1) The venue for the Congress will be the Mena House Marriott Hotel.

2) The deadline for abstracts has been extended until 31st October 2018

Call for Papers : 12th International Congress of Egyptologists, Cairo November 201914.06.2018

On behalf of the IAE (International Association of Egyptologists) and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, we are proud to communicate that the 12th International Congress of Egyptologists will take place in Cairo (Egypt) between the 3rd and the 8th of November, 2019.

Abstract Submission: October 31st, 2018
Early Registration Deadline: April 30th, 2019
Late Registration Deadline: June 30th, 2019

ICE XII – Cairo Secretariat:
Website: www.ice12cairo.moantiq.gov.eg/
Email: ice12.cai2019@moantiq.gov.eg

1st Circular: 1st _Circular.pdf
Registration Form: REGISTRATION FORM.docx

Petition of the Fachschaft of Classics students at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland20.04.2018

Our university has a long-standing tradition of teaching Egyptology, which now runs the risk of coming to an end by autumn 2018, following recent decisions taken by the professors responsible for the domain of ancient history. This will effectively end the possibility for students of our university to take Egyptology classes.

Because of the high demand for Egyptology – it is counted among the most popular courses within the humanities, taken not only by history students, but also by students of archaeology, theology, philology and many other domains – the Fachschaft immediately looked for an open conversation with the persons involved in and affected by this decision. Finally, all concerned parties came to an agreement to put together a team tasked with the research of a new solution on how to keep Egyptology at the university of Fribourg.

To show your support of this team and their intentions to preserve Egyptology as a subject at our university, we would like to ask you to sign the following petition and share it with your colleagues.


Should you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us at fs-scant@unifr.ch

Thank you for your patient attention.

Yours sincerely,
Tiffany Premand

Threat to the Petrie Museum12.03.2018

Dear Colleagues

Some of you will already have heard from Petrie Museum and/or other UCL colleagues but we wanted to bring the issue to a wider audience, and to an audience that understand the vital importance of the Petrie Museum to the Egyptological world.
A significant staff restructure proposed by UCL Culture’s Senior Management Team (SMT) will have a significant impact on the long-term future of the Petrie Museum.

Amongst many changes, the Senior Management Team propose to make 8 redundancies across the three museums run by the Department, which includes FIVE Museum/collections-based staff. Job descriptions have been rewritten for those whose jobs are intact, but the bottom line is that there would be a drastic reduction in experienced, qualified staff to run the museums. The redundancy of museum staff, some of whom have worked with the collections for over 15 years, means that the loss of collections expertise will have a major impact.

Let me make that clear. The Petrie Museum currently has a Museum Manager (redundant, the post to be centralised to cover all three museums), an experienced Visitor Service Officer with an unparalleled 20 years of experience at the museum (redundant, to be replaced by a central pool of front of house staff). A Public Engagement Officer (moved to central shared services), a part-time museum assistant (moving to central shared services across the collections).

In addition we will lose the Senior Conservator (redundant and not replaced), leaving only one member of (non-specialist) conservation staff working across all four collections. If this restructure goes ahead, there will be no qualified conservator for archaeological material across the whole Department and so the Petrie Museum collection is being placed in significant risk. As our Collections Assistants will also be centralised, this will put museum loans and particularly research availability at severe risk.

The role of curator - currently filled by Dr Anna Garnett - appears to be safe and we are told she will remain based in the museum. However, no-one has explained how she is supposed to fill her own role without the support of an in-house manager and museum assistant, and with only non-specialist front of house staff on a rotational basis is anyone's guess. She has been told that she will have more personal research time - this would seem to be an impossibility if she is covering gaps left in the museum by the proposed restructure.

Those of you who have worked at or with the Petrie Museum in your respective research and teaching capacities, or as museum curators for whom we have arranged loans or other facilities, or people who simply value the museum, will know just how hard a limited staff work to offer you support in your teaching, research, museum visits, and exhibition loans. Under the proposed new restructure, it is apparent that the only permanent full-time member of staff in the Museums will be the Curator, thus our capacity to host classes, and to facilitate loans, research visits and tours will be significantly impacted.

We are currently in the consultation phase of the proposed restructure, and we have until 5pm GMT on March 13th when consultation closes to submit our written comments and suggestions. Prof. Joe Cain (UCL) has usefully created a WordPress site which includes the formal documentation relating to the restructure, which may be of interest:
The proposals will fundamentally change the museum's role as we know it.

This proposal fails to recognise the global importance of the collection as one of the most important collections of Egyptian material outside Egypt as demonstrated by the number of international visits we get from researchers. The museum’s Art Council Designation as a collection of national and international significance has been totally ignored in this plan. The Petrie Museum will effectively cease to be a centre of research excellence despite UCL’s claim to be one of the top universities in the world – ‘London’s Global University’!

We want everyone involved in the world of Egyptology to be aware of these proposed changes. If you feel that they will impact on your own work, or would like to write in defence of our amazing museum, please consider writing to the Provost of UCL, Professor Michael Arthur, (michael.arthur@ucl.ac.uk), copying your reply to the Director of UCL Culture, Simon Cane (simon.cane@ucl.ac.uk) and please also copy Prof. Joe Cain into your email (j.cain@ucl.ac.uk) which he will then add to the book of submissions he will be providing to UCL Vice-Provosts.

I would be more than happy to answer any queries, or to provide any further information, or relevant contacts. Our wonderful staff in the Petrie Museum are fighting this proposal as a team not as individuals, and we are being supported by colleagues in UCL and in the wider community. Your support would be appreciated.

With best wishes and many thanks for your support,
Jan Picton

Jan Picton
BANEA/LCANE London Diary Editor, membership.
Secretary, Friends of the Petrie Museum. www.petrie.ucl.ac.uk
Teaching Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, UCL. j.picton@ucl.ac.uk
Deputy Director, Gurob Harem Palace Project, www.gurob.org.uk
Home email: janpicton@ijnet.demon.co.uk.
Tel: 07761 823129

Petition In Support of Christian Greco, Director of the Museo Egizio21.02.2018

Details and Petition in Support of Dr Greco:

IAE Newsletter December 201718.12.2017

Dear friends,

We have now passed the midway point between the last Congress and the next, to be held in Luxor in November 2019 and this is therefore an appropriate moment to take stock of the recent activities of the International Association which are described in the IAE Newsletter:

Download Newsletter: 17 12 IAE NEWS_FINAL v2.pdf

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2018. Ein gutes neues Jahr, bonne anné!

Dr Chris Naunton
President, IAE

Out now: Proceedings of the XIth ICE at Florence13.10.2017

We are glad to inform that the Proceedings of ICE XI at Florence have just been published:

Gloria Rosati and Maria Cristina Guidotti (eds), Proceedings of the XI International Congress of Egyptologists - Florence, Italy 23-30 August 2015. Archaeopress Egyptology 19, Oxford.


Many thanks and congratulation to the two editors, the contributors and all those who have made this rapid publication possible.

Ursula Verhoeven
Secretary General

Increase of the OEB subscription rate10.10.2017

The Committee of the Online Egyptological Bibliography has decided to raise the OEB subscription rate from 1st January 2018 as follows:

*Professional or Associate member:*
€ 75,00 = Joint subscription IAE + OEB: € 100,00

*Student and any member from Egypt:*
€ 50,00 = Joint subscription IAE + OEB: € 62,50

Survey on the current state and future prospects in Egyptology19.09.2017

We invite PhD students and Early Career Researchers (up to +4 years since PhD was awarded) who study any aspect of Egypt's history from the Predynastic Period through the Islamic Period (inclusive of digital humanities, the history of Egyptology, etc.) to take our survey on the current state and future prospects in Egyptology. For the purposes of this survey we use the term 'Egyptology', liberally. Full details are available below: The survey will only be up until October 4th. If you are commencing your PhD studies this autumn, you are welcome to take part as well! Please share this post anywhere you like, including your own social media pages. Thank you!


The purpose of this survey is to gauge the current state and future prospects in Egyptology and related fields for current PhD Students/Researchers and Early Career Researchers. The survey is anonymous. However, we do ask questions on gender, age, location, etc. for statistical purposes and to chart potential differences across these variables. We ask that those eligible, as defined below, complete the whole survey. You may complete the survey piecemeal, by saving and returning to the survey at your leisure. The whole survey should take at most 20-30 minutes to complete. You may discontinue the survey at any time you like. Anonymous answers and statistical data will feed into a peer reviewed paper on the state of the field of Egyptology that is being co-authoured by Justin Yoo, Carl Walsh, and Paul van Pelt.

Research ethics information:
The information you provide in this survey is regarded as strictly confidential and will be held securely until the research is finished. All data for analysis and reporting is anonymous. No identifiable information will be used for publication. At all times there will be no possibility of you being tied to any data. The UK Data Protection Act 1998 will apply to all information gathered within the survey and held on password-locked software. No data will be accessed by anyone other than the authors. As this survey is purely evaluative institutional ethics clearance in the UK was not required. The survey has been deemed exempt from full IRB review by Brown University and has been approved as such.

Justin Yoo, King's College London
Carl Walsh, Brown University
Paul van Pelt, University of Cambridge

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at: EgyptologySurvey@outlook.com

The Netherlands Institute for the Near East is developing into a research institute as part of Leiden University18.09.2017

As announced some time ago, NINO is to enter into a closer cooperation with Leiden University and the National Museum of Antiquities (Leiden). NINO’s curatorium (Board of Governors) has decided to restructure NINO into a research institute, differently organised from the current institute. This autumn we are working hard at the preparations; the changes will take effect starting from January 2018.

The NINO library will be put on loan to Leiden University Library, and form a recognisable part of its planned Middle Eastern Library. The acquisition budget will be doubled and our current library staff members will be employed by Leiden University.

NINO’s Böhl Collection of cuneiform texts will be put on loan to the National Museum of Antiquities, that will take care of preservation and rapid digitisation. The NINO publications will be continued also in cooperation with the Museum.

The new NINO research institute will be firmly rooted in our well-known NINO library, which is to retain its excellent collection and accessibility, as well as its visibility within Leiden University Library. A considerable annual budget will be made available for research activities and fellowships.

Further Details: 170915_NINO state of affairs August 2017 summary.pdf

A detailed update in Dutch is available on our website:

NEW: Introducing "The Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture" 13.09.2017

ISSN : 2472-999X

IAE members may be interested in the new online resource, "The Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture" (JAEA). This peer-reviewed, scientific, open access journal has articles published bi-monthly, which are compiled into an annual periodical at the end of each year. Its purpose is to promote the publication of research devoted to ancient Egyptian architecture (domestic, civil, agrarian, military, ritual/religious, pharaonic, and funerary), from the Predynastic Period to the Roman imperial era, whatever the modern geographical context (Egypt, Sudan, Near East, etc.). The subject scope includes everything relating to construction, regardless of its original importance or purpose. The journal is published through a bespoke online reading interface, with fully interactive footnotes and references, and the use of animations, videos, and 3D reconstructions is encouraged.

The journal publishes fieldwork reports and studies undertaken in the Egyptological tradition, including discussions of epigraphy and iconography, but also work that utilizes specific skills such as structural and materials sciences, or modern investigative techniques. In this way, JAEA seeks to encourage the development of detailed technical descriptions, and deeply theorized understanding (of architectural symbolism, propaganda, climatic and geological influences, etc.). This interdisciplinary approach will help connect adjacent areas of expertise which, alone, could not reflect the richness and complexity of the ancient Egyptian built heritage.

The periodical welcomes any study that meets any one of these goals, only on the condition that the formatting and content of articles are subject to JAEA scientific publication requirements.

Proposal to close down the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) as an independent entity, and to disperse its collections across various departments within the University of Leiden and at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden26.06.2017

Statement approved by the Council of the International Association of Egyptologists, June 2017

NINO has been one of the most prestigious and important departments for the study of ancient Egypt and the Near East since its foundation in 1939. Countless scholars have carried out their research and teaching there, and many more students, some of whom are now among the leading international experts, have enjoyed the privilege of using one of the foremost Egyptological research libraries in the world, and the largest in the Low Countries. Thousands of scientific monographs and articles, many published in the Institute’s own series, have arisen from the research undertaken there. Altogether NINO has made an enormous and vital contribution to our understanding of the ancient past, and the development of some of the most significant complex societies in the history of mankind.

NINO has flourished in large part because it has been able to draw on the skills of a dedicated team of staff and to foster truly multidisciplinary projects specific to the study of the ancient world but also of wider significance. Following the inception of the institute, chairs in Egyptology and Assyriology were created, and based within ist premises. The NINO staff, besides doing important research themselves, have played an important role in the development of Near Eastern Studies (including Egyptology) in the Netherlands. The Institute attracts visiting researchers and others, all of whom gain enormous benefit from the present arrangement in which the Institute’s internationally important collections – including the magnificent open-shelf library and the De Liagre Böhl Collection of ancient material – are kept together. The facilities provided by NINO have generated a research environment which attracts numerous students in Egyptology and ancient Near Eastern Studies to Leiden – the only remaining place in The Netherlands that facilitates research in these fields.

NINO has long provided a meeting point for scholars worldwide; it provides the kind of nexus which is vital in bringing experts together, facilitating the sharing of ideas and fostering the collaborations which are vital to the health of our subject. Very few scholars in the field of Egyptology can have been unaffected by the contribution made by NINO to international scholarship, and many would be adversely affected by ist closure. Proximity is crucial in academic research: inspiration, ideas and the kind of advances in understanding that have characterized the research arising from NINO can only happen when scholars can work closely with, and with easy access to, Primary material, scientific literature, and one another.

The dispersal of NINO’s assets and the loss of its expert staff would drastically reduce the possibility of the vital connections between scholars and their material being made, and consequently the likelihood of first-rate research being undertaken. If the University is to maintain its status as an outstanding contributor to international scholarship in the study of ancient Egypt and the Near East, it is vital that NINO is allowed to continue to thrive as an independent institute. Its loss would be a tragedy for Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern studies. Furthermore, its closure in times of acute danger to the cultural heritage of certain parts of the Near East implies a disregard and ignorance towards the needs of national and international students and scholars in their efforts to research and protect this heritage.

The International Association of Egyptologists opposes, and urges a reconsideration of, the proposed closure of NINO in the strongest possible terms.

Download: IAE Statement_NINO 2017 FINAL.pdf

Online Petition: Support the independence of NINO and the future of Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Netherlands21.06.2017

NINO (Netherlands Institute for the Near East - www.nino-leiden.nl -, based in Leiden, has since 1939 provided a (semi-)independent and vital support for Egyptology, Assyriology, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at large in both a national and international context. NINO maintains a scientific library which counts among the best in Europe, holds the Böhl Collection (ca. 3,000 cuneiform tablets and other objects), publishes journals and monographs, and has a subsidiary institute in Istanbul (www.nit-istanbul.org).

This spring a plan has been drafted by a sub-committee of the NINO Board and Leiden University, which will transform NINO into an entity without its own staff, while the NINO assets (library books, tablet collection, and more) will be controlled by others. The present staff of NINO will be replaced by a "Research School" within Leiden University.

We believe the fields of Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Netherlands are better served long-term by maintaining an integrated and independent NINO. Generations of Dutch and international scholars and students have benefited from the NINO facilities. The viable alternative for the proposed plan is to continue NINO's independent management, as well as its existing fruitful cooperation with both Leiden University and the National Museum of Antiquities, but not to transfer its assets to them.

We therefore urge you to speak out against this plan that puts in jeopardy the long-term future of Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Netherlands, and we ask you to support the continuation of an integrated and independent NINO by signing this petition:


The online petition provides a more detailed description of the situation.

Alice Mouton, Directrice de Recherche at the CNRS and Visiting Research Fellow of NINO (alicemouton@hotmail.com) and Wouter Henkelman, Maître de Conférences at the E.P.H.E., Paris and Visiting Research Fellow of the NINO (wouterhenkelman@gmail.com)

NEW : E-journal "Afrikanistik-Aegyptologie-Online"02.05.2017

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to introduce the peer-reviewed E-journal ‚Afrikanistik-Aegyptologie-Online’ to you. For 10 years the Journal appeared under the name ‚Afrikantistik-Online’. With the support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) the Journal could expand by a section of Egyptology and Archaeology of Sudan and Nubia.

AAeO is promoted by the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia within the framework of DiPP (Digital Peer Publishing) and is hosted and technically supervised by the Academic Library Center HBZ (Hochschulbibliothekszentrum NRW).

The open-access allows to participate worldwide in current scientific studies, even in areas where printed publications are not available or are not easily accessible. It enables Authors to complement their contributions with large-scale images as well as audio and video files.

The Journal supplies a commentary function, which makes immediate communication possible. Comments will also be peer-reviewed and subsequently released by the editors. Therefore a text-forum is planned for discussing problems in grammar, lexicon and further questions. We are open to comments and additional suggestions.

We ask you to publish articles, monographs and preliminary reports, which will be quickly made available online as soon as they are cleared by the reviewers.

With best regards
Anja Kootz, Nico Nassenstein & Helma Pasch (Editors)
Institute for African Studies and of Egyptology
University of Cologne

Website: www.afrikanistik-aegyptologie-online.de/


Forthcoming Website "Digital Giza" : Survey28.02.2017

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to request your feedback on a small-scale prototype version of our forthcoming Egyptology website, called Digital Giza. If you would like to help us create a user-friendly interactive website, suitable for education, exploration, and research by amateurs and experts alike, may I trouble you to take about ten minutes to fill out the following anonymous online survey? It will ask you just 4-5 questions, and to use the website to complete a few tasks.

Survey link: harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cvaHljlFcfdIey1

Peter Der Manuelian
Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology
Director, Harvard Semitic Museum
Harvard University

Recently Proposed Changes to US Government Policy - Statement approved by the Council of the International Association of Egyptologists, February 2017 14.02.2017

1) The Executive Order issued by the President of the United States on 27 January, which prevents nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, all predominantly Muslim countries, from entering the US.

One of the principal roles of the International Association of Egyptologists is to bring together all those throughout the world who are involved in the study of Egypt’s past, and protection of its sites and monuments. The Association aims to provide a forum in which colleagues can discuss pressing issues, exchange ideas, create collaborations, and share expertise and resources.
The Association is explicitly international and inclusive in its outlook and activities. The success of its endeavours depends on the free flow of people and information. The Unites States is one of the most important countries for Egyptology: many specialists are based there, many thousands of uniquely important ancient artefacts are kept in its museum collections, and the exhibitions, films, and books that are created there inspire many millions around the world to engage with the past. No two ancient Egyptian objects, among all the millions scattered around the world are the same; and every specialist, regardless of their nationality or where in the world they are based, brings something unique to our discipline. Our subject thrives on the connections made between such people.
An indiscriminate ban preventing anyone from the countries specified from entering the US, and potentially resulting in discrimination against individuals who have worked or lived in those countries, threatens such connections from being made.

As such, the International Association of Egyptologists opposes the Executive Order in the strongest possible terms, and calls for its immediate rescindment.

2) The proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and to reduce support for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Egyptology, along with the many other sub-disciplines of history and archaeology, plays a vital role in enhancing our understanding of a shared history that is common to all people. Our subject enjoys enormous popularity among the public, not least because it is so alive – specialists continue to improve our understanding of people’s lives in the ancient past through the discovery of new material in Egypt itself, and by applying great expertise and new techniques to interpreting that material. Moreover, ancient Egypt is considered by many as one of the roots of modern culture. The study of ancient Egypt is, therefore, a key to understanding who we ourselves are, and where we come from. Many of the great advances in our subject have been made by scholars in the United States, from the earliest days of scientific inquiry into Egypt’s history up to the present. The continuation of this work depends on financial support, much of which up to now has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Any reduction in the support the US government provides to these funds threatens the vital, ongoing work of Egyptologists in the US, which would have a significant impact on the progress of Egyptology worldwide.

As such, the International Association of Egyptologists opposes the proposed reduction in Support for these funds in the strongest possible terms.

Download: IAE Statement_US Govt Policy Feb 2017 FINAL.pdf

Obituary for May Trad21.12.2016

May's passing is indeed a great loss for all her friends and for The Cairo Museum and in fact for all the Egyptological scene in Cairo where she helped so many people! I have known her for a very long time and she was always the same, a wonderful friend, devoted to others and to Egyptology, always kind, understanding, and respectful towards everyone and unassuming. May was sincerely respected and loved by all those who knew her. May God bless her soul and may she rest in peace. She will be greatly missed.

Fayza Haikal
Professor of Egyptology
The American University in Cairo

MoA's Newsletter12.10.2016

The September issue of the MoA's Newsletter is out now!

Back issues: www.egyptologyforum.org/MOA/MOA.html
Join the mailing list by email to: antiquitiesnewsletter@gmail.com

IANUS Expertenworkshop : IT Empfehlungen gemeinsam formulieren13.07.2016

IANUS gibt als nationales Forschungsdatenzentrum für die Archäologien und Altertumswissenschaften die „IT-Empfehlungen für den nachhaltigen Umgang mit digitalen Daten in den Altertumswissenschaften“ heraus. Dabei handelt es sich um eine Online-Plattform, auf der für die gesamte Fachcommunity technische Informationen zu digitalen Daten zusammengefasst und konkrete Hinweise im Sinne von Best-Practices gegeben werden:
Mit diesem Angebot von IANUS wird versucht, auf die wichtigsten Fragen zum richtigen Umgang mit digitalen Daten zu antworten und sowohl für IT-Laien als auch IT-Fachleute eine Hilfe anzubieten.

Während viele Inhalte zu Datenformaten bereits existieren und abgerufen werden können, gibt es einige Kapitel zu Forschungsmethoden, die bislang noch fehlen. Aus diesem Grund veranstaltet IANUS einen zweitägigen Workshop, auf dem unter Anleitung eines professionellen Moderators und im direkten Austausch gemeinsam Vorschläge diskutiert und neue Empfehlungen formuliert werden sollen. Die erarbeiteten Texte werden anschließend nach einer Endredaktion bis zum Ende dieses Jahres in den IT-Empfehlungen veröffentlicht. Durch die dauerhafte Zitierbarkeit mittels DOI können Autoren/innen ihre Mitarbeit an diesen Beiträgen als Publikationsleistung verzeichnen. Die Veranstaltung wird am Deutschen Archäologischen Institut in Berlin-Dahlem entweder Ende September oder Ende Oktober 2016 stattfinden.

Anmeldung bis: So. 24. Juli 2016

Weitere Details: Aushang_Workshop_IT-Empfehlungen_2016.pdf

Proceedings of the 10th ICE published24.03.2016

Just published (with many thanks to Bert Verrept):

P. Kousoulis, N. Lazaridis (eds.), Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodos 22-29 May 2008, 2 vols., Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 241, Peeters Publishers, Leuven – Paris – Bristol, CT, 2015, XVII + 2241 pages. (www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=9036)

Call for donation23.02.2016

The IAE informs about the following call for donation in behalf of two Antiquities guards of Dayr al-Barsha:

ICE XI – e-gyptology workshop 25 & 27 August 2015: Summary/wrap-up21.09.2015

by Vincent Razanajao

Download: ICE XI e-gyptology workshop wrapup.pdf

The Sale of the Statue of Sekhemka by the Northampton Borough Council (UK)14.09.2015

Statement approved by the Council and General Assembly of the International Association of Egyptologists, September 2015

The International Association of Egyptologists (IAE) strongly condemns the recent sale of the statue of Sekhemka by the Northampton Borough Council (UK). This well-known masterpiece of Egyptian art may now disappear into a private collection, making it inaccessible to the general public, including the people of Egypt, students, and scholars.

The IAE opposes any such sales and would urge any public institution considering such actions to reconsider, and thereby to set an example of ethical behavior in keeping with such institutions’ responsibility as custodians for objects of world cultural importance.

In this regard the IAE endorses the position of ICOM (emphasis added):

"2.15 Disposal of Objects Removed from the Collections
Each museum should have a policy defining authorised methods for permanently removing an object from the collections through donation, transfer, exchange, sale, repatriation, or destruction, and that allows the transfer of unrestricted title to any receiving agency. Complete records must be kept of all deaccessioning decisions, the objects involved, and the disposal of the object. There will be a strong presumption that a deaccessioned item should first be offered to another museum.

Download: IAE Sekhemka Statement Sept 2015 FINAL.pdf

The IAE is now on Facebook and Twitter!14.09.2015



New IAE Presidency and Council30.08.2015

Prior to the XIth International Congress of Egyptologists in Florence, all professional and honorary members of the IAE had been called upon to elect a new Presidency and Council. The following colleagues have accepted their election for the four year term of office from August 2015 until the next congress in 2019:

Dr. Christopher Naunton (Egypt Exploration Society London)

Professor Dr. Laure Pantalacci (Université de Lyon)

General Secretary:
Professor Dr. Ursula Verhoeven (Universität Mainz)

Members of the Council as National Representatives:
• Bárta, Professor Dr. Miroslav (Czech Republic)
• Chauvet, Dr. Violaine (UK)
• Coulon, Dr. Laurent (France)
• David, Dr. Arlette (Israel)
• El-Aguizy , Dr. Ola (Arab Republic of Egypt)
• El-Leithy, Dr. Hisham (Arab Republic of Egypt)
• Jenni, Professor Dr. Hanna (Switzerland)
• Jiménez-Serrano, Dr. Alejandro (Spain)
• Köhler, Professor Dr. E. Christiana (Austria)
• Liptay, Dr. Éva (Hungaria)
• Niwinski, Professor Dr. Andrzej (Poland)
• Piacentini, Professor Dr. Patrizia (Italy)
• Ryholt, Dr. Kim (Scandinavian countries)
• Saleh, Dr. Mohamed (Arab Republic of Egypt)
• Schulz, Professor Dr. Regine (Germany)
• Shirley, Dr. J.J. (USA)
• Staring, Nico, MA (The Netherlands)
• Willems, Professor Dr. Harco (Belgium)

Ex officio (yet to be completed):
• Eldamaty, Professor Dr. Mamdouh (Minister of Antiquities and Heritage of Egypt)
• Bavay, Prof. Dr. Laurent (Directeur de l'IFAO Caire)
• Belova, Professor Dr. Galina A. (Russian Institute of Egyptology in Cairo)
• Meyer, Dr. Marleen de (Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo)
• Pieke, Dr. Gabriele (Secretary General of CIPEG)
• Pilgrim, Dr. Cornelius von (Director of Swiss Institute Cairo)
• Seidlmayer, Prof. Dr. Stephan J. (Direktor des DAI Kairo)
• NN (Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology)

New: Index of the Egyptological Archives08.07.2015

Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to announce that the "Index of the Egyptological Archives" is now available online on the IFAO website (www.ifao.egnet.net/bases/archeg/).

A first update will probably occur at the beginning of September. Meanwhile, any comment will be welcome. I take the opportunity to thank the people involved in this project and I wish you all a pleasant summer.

Best regards,
Nadine Cherpion

Responsable du Service Archives, Collections et Documentation scientifiques
Institut français d'archéologie orientale
37 Sharia el-Cheikh Aly Youssef
Le Caire (Mounira)
Code Postal: 11441

Tel. +202-279 71 635
Fax: +202-279 44 635

ICE XI - Florence 2015: 3rd Circular now online06.07.2015

The 3rd Circular, which coincides with the Final Announcement, includes the program of the sessions and social events, in addition to updated information about registration in Florence, congress venues and facilities.

Download: 3rdcircular_30_6_2015.pdf

For an updated version of the Paper and Poster Abstracts see: www.ice11florence.org/circulars

ICE XI - Florence 2015: Paper and Poster Abstracts online18.06.2015

A preliminary version of the Paper and Poster Abstracts is now available for download at the ICE homepage:

www.ice11florence.org/circulars (Not final. Check for latest version)

Update: Online-Konsultation „Publikationssystem“ - Empfehlungen veröffentlicht16.06.2015

Im Frühjahr 2014 hatte die Arbeitsgruppe „Zukunft des wissenschaftlichen Kommunikationssystems“ der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften die Online-Konsultation „Publikationssystem“ durchgeführt. Inzwischen hat die Gruppe ihre Arbeit an den Empfehlungen abgeschlossen und hat diese veröffentlicht:


Dort besteht auch die Möglichkeit, die einzelnen Empfehlungen zu kommentieren und die
Diskussion über die Zukunft des wissenschaftlichen Publizierens fortzusetzen.

Die Langfassung des Textes mit einer überarbeiteten Fassung der während der Online-Konsultation diskutierten Prinzipien für ein gutes Publikationssystem, einer ausführliche Analyse derzeitiger Probleme sowie Erläuterungen zu dem Empfehlungen finden sich zum Download unter:


Presidential election: Candidates for Presidency and General Secretary01.06.2015

Dear fellow IAE members,

My call for nominations for the next officers of the International Association of Egyptologists has resulted in three candidates for the presidency; Prof. Verhoeven-van Elsbergen has generously offered to serve another term as General Secretary and is the sole candidate for that position.

Each candidate for the presidency has drafted a vision statement, as required by the IAE statutes, and they all offer stimulating ideas for the progress of our association. Please read each statement carefully and cast your vote with the future of the IAE, and of Egyptology, in mind.

Candidates for the Presidency (in alphabetical order):

Khaled El-Enany
Statement_Khaled El-Enany.pdf

Christopher Naunton
Statement_Christopher Naunton.pdf

Laure Pantalacci
Statement_Laure Pantalacci.pdf

Candidate for the Secretary General

Ursula Verhoeven-van Elsbergen

The start of the online access to voting will be announced through an e-mail letter by the IAE’s General Secretary. After login to the IAE page ("My IAE Account") a link will allow current IAE members to vote until July 31st, 2015. By statute, only professional and honorary members are entitled to vote (please refer to: www.iae-egyptology.org/iae.php?site=statutes, § 3.1 Categories of Membership).

The results will be announced at the opening session of the International Congress of Egyptologists in Florence.

James P. Allen
President of the IAE

Request for Nominations: Position of President and General Secretary of the IAE19.01.2015

Dear Fellow IAE members,

With the Florence ICE ahead of us, it is time to begin thinking about new leadership for the IAE. According to the IAE statutes, we need nominations for the position of President and General Secretary.

Candidates for either position must be Professional Members of the IAE. Candidates for General Secretary can be nominated by other IAE members or can nominate themselves. The duties of the General Secretary, as detailed in the statutes, include responsibility for the central administration of the Association and its finances, keeping the list of members up to date, and facilitating contact between the IAE and its members.

According to the statutes, candidates for President can also be nominated by other IAE members or can nominate themselves. In this case, however, the nomination must be supported by the names of ten Professional Members of the IAE, and must include a statement of the nominee’s affiliations (e.g., university, museum, professional societies), professional qualifications, and the nominee’s vision of “a four year plan for the activity and development of the Association.” There are no nominations for Vice President; by statute, the presidential candidate receiving the second-highest number of votes become Vice President.

All nominations should be submitted to the General Secretary (secretary@iae-egyptology.org) by May 31, 2015. Nominations will be posted on the IAE website as they are received.

Voting by IAE members will begin in June on the IAE website, and will end on July 31, 2015.

The General Secretary will tally the votes, notify the three candidates selected, and the results will be announced at the first general meeting at the Florence ICE, at which point the new officers will assume their positions.

The offices of President, Vice-President, and General Secretary are a burden as well as a privilege, but they offer a unique opportunity to help shape and guide the general direction of international Egyptology. Please encourage your colleagues to think seriously about running, and please consider doing so yourself.

James P. Allen
President of the IAE

Statutes: www.iae-egyptology.org/iae.php?site=statutes

ICE XI - Florence 2015: 2nd Circular now online!05.01.2015

The 2nd Circular includes updated and additional information for registration deadlines, fees and payment methods, abstract submission, preliminary program and on accommodation options.

Download: icexi-2ndcircular_1.pdf

Important Dates:
January 26th, 2015: deadline for submitting abstracts
By February 28th, 2015: information on accepted proposals
March 31st, 2015: deadline for registration
April 30th, 2015: deadline for LATE registration
By May 2015: publication of posters and abstracts of the accepted papers on the official website.
By June 2015: final announcement (3rd Circular) with complete programme and participants list

The 3rd Circular will be published on the official website before the end of June 2015:

Egypt Exploration Society: Newsletter Cairo Edition, Issue 2 08.12.2014

Welcome from the Director (1-2)
History of The Society (2)
Current Projects, New Publications (3)
Research grants: Centenary Awards 2014 (4)
The burial chamber of Rashepses at Saqqara (4-5)
EES Scholars 2014, English Language Courses (5-6)
Lectures, Evening Classes, Site Visits (6-7)
Office Opening Hours and Closures (8)
Membership News & Application Form (8)

Download: EES Newsletter Cairo Edition II .pdf

The Grand Egyptian Museum Logo Design Competition03.12.2014

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announces a competition for designing the official logo of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which is located only 2 Kilometers away from Giza Pyramids and scheduled to open in 2018.

Website: www.gem.gov.eg/logo_competition.htm

Deadline for submission: 25-12.2014

Armenian Egyptology Centre: Resignation of director Dr de Vartavan26.11.2014

Dear friends of AEC,

Please note that following extremely serious family and health problems our director Dr de Vartavan had unexpectedly to resign from his post of director of the Armenian Egyptology Centre to remain in Europe.
After historically founding the discipline of Egyptology in Armenia, Dr de Vartavan brought in eight years of intense activity the centre from total anonymity to international recognition, in particular lately with his work on the vocalisation of Ancient Egyptian.
Persons wishing to contact him may now do so on his personal email address:

The AEC Staff

Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East: First call for essays for the T G H James Memorial Essay Prize 25.11.2014

The T G H James Memorial Essay Prize has been created by Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) to encourage Young people having an interest in Egypt and the Near East to learn about the lives and challenges of those who have travelled in the area over the centuries and also the local people they met.
The Prize is open to all under the age of 25. There are two prizes: one of £250 and another of £100. Each prize also includes a 2-year membership to ASTENE and a Bursary (covering the cost of accommodation and meals but not travel costs) to attend an ASTENE Conference to collect their prize. Both winning essays will appear in the quarterly ASTENE Bulletin.

Full information about the call is also available on the ASTENE website under:

Call for essays: astene_essay.pdf

Deadline: 31 March 2015

Egyptian Bioarchaeology: Humans, Animals, and the Environment07.11.2014

Edited by Salima Ikram, Jessica Kaiser & Roxie Walker, 2014

Although the bioarchaeology (study of biological remains in an archaeological context) of Egypt has been documented in a desultory way for many decades, it is only recently that it has become an inherent part of excavations in Egypt. This book consists of a series of essays that explore how ancient plant, animal, and human remains should be studied, and how, when they are integrated with texts, images, and artefacts, they can contribute to our understanding of the history, environment, and culture of ancient Egypt in a holistic manner.

Leading international specialists from varied disciplines including physical anthropology, radiology, archaeozoology, Egyptology, and dendrochronology have contributed to this groundbreaking volume of essays that will no doubt provide much fodder for thought, and will be of interest to scholars and laypeople alike.

Website: www.sidestone.com/bookshop/egyptian-bioarchaeology

Upon publication of the book, the book will be available for FREE online reading in the Sidestone E-library: www.sidestone.com/library/

Proposed Re-print of K.A. Kitchen's Ramesside Inscriptions14.10.2014

Dear colleague,

Since it's now been many years since KRI was available in print, Professor Kitchen and I are presently considering issuing a re-print of the entire series under the auspices of my publishing company, Abercromby Press. In order to keep prices as low as possible, it would be our intention to publish the original hieroglyphic editions in softbound volumes - with the larger tomes such as 2, 5 and 6 probably having to be split over two volumes. Each volume will be supplemented with appropriate indices. Although no final decision has been made regarding the pricing structure, we anticipate that no single volume would cost more than £50.

Before putting words into action, we would very much appreciate our colleagues' thoughts as to whether this is a work that they would welcome to see back in press, and perhaps obtain for their personal libraries. If so, would you prefer to sacrifice the quality and durability of a hardbound volume for a lower cost softbound production, and would an approximate price of £40 per volume seem reasonable to you?

With many thanks and best wishes,

Contact: Benedict Davies (benedict.davies@gmail.com)

CALL FOR PAPERS: ICE XI - Florence 201506.10.2014

On behalf of the IAE (International Association of Egyptologists), the Egyptian Museum of Florence (Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana), the University of Florence and CAMNES (Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies)

We are proud to communicate that the 11th International Congress of Egyptologists will take place in Florence (Italy) between the 23rd and the 30th of August 2015.

Abstract submission: October 3rd 2014(sic!) - January 26th 2015
Registration deadline: March 31th 2015
Late registration deadline: April 30th 2015

ICE XI - Secretariat
Contact: secretariat@ice11florence.org

Official ICE XI web site: www.ice11florence.org

1st Circular: 1st CIRCULAR_ICE11 Florence 2015 D.pdf

International Congress of Egyptologists XI: Florence, Italy, August 23–30, 201518.07.2014

The International Association of Egyptologists is pleased to announce that the host and organizing authority for ICE XI will be the Egyptian Museum of Florence, Italy. The venue was chosen by a majority of member votes cast from May 16 until July 15 of this year. The IAE received a total of five bids, the others being from Turin, Italy; Melbourne, Australia; Trieste, Italy; and Warsaw, Poland. We are grateful for the extraordinary effort required to put these bids together, and hope that the ICE will be in each of the venues in the future.

Please monitor this web page for further news, which will be posted when it is received from Florence.

James P. Allen
President of the IAE

Host of the next International Congress of Egyptology: Online survey16.05.2014

Dear colleagues,

In response to the call from the International Association of Egyptologists for bids to host the next International Congress of Egyptologists, the IAE has received bids from five organizing authorities:

Florence, Italy -- August 23-30, 2015
(Egyptian Museum Florence)
Florence Bid.pdf

Melbourne, Australia -- July 7-12, 2015
(Monash University, Swinburne University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Macquarie University et al.)

Trieste, Italy -- June 21-28, 2015
(RAFVG; Kore University of Enna)
Trieste Bid.pdf

Turin, Italy -- August 29-Sept. 5, 2016
(Egyptian Museum Turin)

Warsaw, Poland -- Sept. 19-26, 2016
(Warsaw University)
Warsaw Bid.pdf

After login to the IAE page ("My IAE Account") a link will allow current IAE members to vote for one of the five choices until July 15th. Only professional and student members are entitled to vote. The votes will be tallied automatically, and the winner will be announced on the IAE website after July 31, 2014.

James P. Allen
President of the IAE

Abnorm Hieratic Crash Course: Free for all to share and use10.02.2014

by Koenraad Donker van Heel (University of Leiden).

Please refer to: www.hieratistik.uni-mainz.de/Dateien/DEFSyllabus_crash_course.pdf

ICE 2014 in Alexandria cancelled: Refunding of payments08.01.2014

Please refer to the website of the organizers:

ICE 2014 in Alex cancelled, IAE invites bids30.12.2013

Message from the President of the IAE

The Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities has informed the IAE that, because of the uncertain political climate in Egypt, Egypt will not be able to host the next International Congress of Egyptologists as originally planned.
The officers of the IAE therefore invite bids from member countries to host the next congress. Each bid should be as detailed as possible, including at least the projected dates of the congress (ideally, in 2015). All bids are due by April 30, 2014.
I remind bidders that the arrangement between the IAE, as sponsor, and the host country and organization is similar to that between the International Olympic Committee and the host city of the Olympics. The IAE membership will vote on the bids on the IAE website, and the winner will be notified and announced on the IAE website after July 31, 2014. It is the responsibility of the host country and organization to arrange and pay for all details of the congress, including schedule, events, venue, hotel space, and committees to review proposed papers from members. In return, the host sets whatever registration fee is necessary to cover costs. The IAE will help insofar as possible, though the organization’s funds are very limited.

With all best wishes for the New Year,
James P. Allen

Urgent SCA message for Egyptologists01.08.2012

Dear Colleagues,

The Department of the Foreign Missions Affairs at the Supreme Council of Antiquities would like to inform you that there are few changes in the procedures of the application process for Foreign Missions and Scholars to work in Egypt.

Missions working in non-military sites, the security clearance form MUST be accompanied by 6 personal photographs and 2 passport copies.

As for mission working in military areas, the security clearance form MUST be accompanied by 9 personal photographs and 4 passport copies.

These new changes by the National Security will be applied for the new applications from 1st of August, 2012. However, for the applications already submitted prior to this date, the department will handle it .

Best wishes

Dr. Mohamed Ismail Khaled
Director of Department of Foreign Missions Affairs Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA)
3. El Adel Abou Bakr St.
Zamalek - Cairo.
Tel./Fax: +20 02-2735-0629

Metropolitan Museum to return 19 artifacts to Egypt01.08.2011

Read more: af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE76T04N20110730

List of Missing Artifacts from the Egyptian Museum Cairo 15.03.2011

Dr. Tarek El Awady, Director of the Egyptian Museum, would like to ask for help in the repatriation of the missing artifacts after the attack on January 28, 2011. Complete list:

Petition forwarded by the Egyptian Museum: Petition to Prime Minister.pdf

The Most Recent Summary of Damage to Antiquities03.03.2011


The State of Antiquities: Latest Press Releases by the SCA23.02.2011


SCA Announcement by Ramadan B. Hussein07.02.2011

Sunday, 6th of Febr., 2011

In the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), we all realize with great appreciation the concerns of the entire Egyptological and archaeological communities around the world on the safety of Egypt's archaeological heritage. We also understand that these concerns are growing higher and higher with the frightening news about "ransacking", "looting", "plundering", "vandalizing"…etc. of Egypt's museums, magazines and archaeological sites. These reports on the situation of Egypt's archaeological heritage are not entirely accurate. There were indeed incidents of vandalism, but have not reached the level of looting. We would like to assure everybody that archaeological sites and museums in Egypt are in the capable hands of the Egyptian Army, the inspectors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and most importantly the villagers living in the vicinity of these archaeological sites. Villagers have formed human shields around the sites and are assisting the army and the inspectors in guarding the magazines and sites.

The story of the vandalism of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo is very complex with multiple sides to it. The people who congregated in the garden of the museum on Friday, January 28 had different intensions. Some people were protecting the museum; others entered the garden with the intension to break into the museum. A third group was just hanging out as if they were in a picnic!

The newly opened museum gift-shop was vandalized and ransacked. Looters thought all along that the gift-shop is the Egyptian Museum and that the jewelry gifts and replicas are antiquities. The majority of the looted jewelry was returned by the Egyptian Army personnel, who rushed into the museum once the curfew was forced. They arrested a number of looters and used the help of volunteers to form a human shield around the museum. The funny part of the story is that only the books of the gift-shop remained untouched. Looters are never interested in books, I guess. However, ca. 6 people broke into the museum through the windows in the museum ceiling using ropes. One of those people fell down on a showcase, while going down using the rope. He got injured and could not escape, and was arrested inside the museum. The army also arrested ca. 10 more people who tried relentlessly to scale the western museum surrounding wall.

The preliminary damage assessment of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo was conducted on Saturday, January 29, by a committee of Egyptologists, army personnel and policemen. This committee included Dr. Tarek El-Awady, the General Director of the Museum, Mr. Ibraheim Abd El-Mageid, a Senior Curator at the museum and myself. We found out that only 13 (thirteen) showcases were smashed and objects were taken out. Fortunately, the thieves were after "treasures". In their understanding, "treasures" are gold objects. Therefore, they left all the objects of the smashed showcases lying on the floors of the galleries. Some of these objects are found broken, while others are still intact. A full account of the vandalism of Egypt's archaeological sites and museums could be found on Dr. Zahi Hawass's website, www.zahihawass.com, and on that of the SCA (www.sca-egypt.org).

New Comment by James P. Allen04.02.2011

Now that communications have been restored in Egypt, there has been emerging more news about Egypt's antiquities than was available when I last wrote. The official voice of the government in this regard, Zahi Hawass, has issued numerous press releases to assure everyone that "All the museums and monuments of Egypt are safe" (personal communication, Feb., 3rd). These are posted on the SCA website (www.sca-egypt.org).

Reports from others in Egypt are less optimistic. While we cannot post them all here, we would encourage those of you who are concerned to monitor the Facebook page "Egyptologists for Egypt," which has been serving as an ongoing forum about the crisis, mostly with personal opinions but occasionally with news from contacts in Egypt itself:

The news of the last few days has not been encouraging, for Egypt's cultural heritage as well as for its people. For those of you with contacts in Egypt, please let them know that we stand with them in spirit and in the hope that Egypt's people and its cultural heritage will both emerge from this crisis not only safely but with a brighter future.

James P. Allen
President of the IAE

CIPEG Statement on the Situation in Egypt03.02.2011


ICOM has published an additional statement on Egypt:

UNESCO Warns on Egypt Heritage03.02.2011

The United Nations' cultural organisation urged Egyptian authorities and protesters Tuesday to protect the country's heritage and respect freedom of expression during the ongoing political crisis.

Read more:

The Situation in Egypt: Activities undertaken by individuals03.02.2011

We would like to inform about activities undertaken by individuals independently from the IAE:

Egyptological Looting Database 2011:

Protect Egyptian Cultural Heritage

Mission to Restore Antiquities in Egypt

Restore + Save the Egyptian Museum

Egyptologists for Egypt

Antiquities Alert20.01.2011

As a permanent service we would like to announce stolen or illegal antiquities on this page under News. Please send any information to secretary@iae-egyptology.org.

Payment of Membership Fee by PayPal12.07.2010

The vast majority of IAE members can pay their membership fee most conveniently by the web payment method PayPal. However, PayPal is NOT available in the following countries:

Arab Republic of Egypt
Republic of Serbia

Members from these countries and those who do not want to use PayPal at all, are kindly requested to contact the General Secretary (secretary@iae-egyptology.org) or their respective national representative (www.iae-egyptology.org/iae.php?site=presidency). For further information about PayPal’s offerings in your country or region, please, see: www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_display-country-functionality-outside.

Welcome by the president24.03.2010

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the new website of the International Association of Egyptologists! Thanks to the efforts of our Secretary General, Prof. Dr. Ursula Verhoeven, and her team - Dr. Silke Roth and Baxe Webdesign -, you now have a better way of communicating with your association and with one another. Key features include access to a directory of members and their addresses (please make sure your own information is up to date), and the ability to renew your membership online. Eventually, this site will give us all a primary portal for linking to institutional and individual websites and Egyptological databases worldwide (such as the OEB, already linked). We also hope you will use it to post news of international interest, and we hope it will also help to curb the trade in illegal antiquities by serving as a site to post alerts. The site you see today is only the beginning. Please let us know your thoughts on how we can improve it and make it more useful to the international Egyptological community.

James P. Allen