Study day lectures:
Urban planning for eternity (Paul Whelan)
Senwosret III created a new town at South Abydos called Wah-Sut to accommodate the personnel involved in building and maintaining his mortuary temple and tomb complex. It offers an extremely rare glimpse of Middle Kingdom state-planned and large-scale urban development. One of the buildings identified within the town was that of the mayor. Discoveries associated with this important official reveal that the town continued to flourish long after the death of Senwosret III and play an important economic role in the region.
Just small lumps of clay? Seals and sealing in the Middle Kingdom (Wolfram Grajetzki)
Excavations in and around Senwosret III’s town and mortuary temple complex at South Abydos have brought to light many seal impressions which reveal the identities and duties of many officials. They can be compared to other sealings found at other sites such as Elephantine and Tell e' Dab'a, as well Egypt’s far-flung Nubian outpost at Shalfak.
Temple, tomb and rubbish (Paul Whelan)
The structure of Senwosret III’s mortuary temple at South Abydos has barely survived the ravages of time, yet we know many details about the activities of its priests and staff from the remains of a production centre and from the rubbish dumped outside its walls.
Rituals revealed from beneath the sea (Paul Whelan)
With the discovery of the long-lost Delta city of Thonis-Herakleion came an archaeological treasure-trove of artefacts, from coins to colossal statuary. Among the discoveries are a number of votive objects that shed light on the veneration of gods there and give insight into other rituals practiced in other parts of Egypt.
Wolfram Grajetzki has excavated in Egypt and also in Pakistan. He has published numerous articles and books on the Egyptian Middle Kingdom, on administration, burial customs and queens.