Wednesday 29 May 2019

Round Table "Egyptian Archeology and Epigraphy at the Beginning of the 21st Century"

Round Table Round Table "Egyptian Archeology and Epigraphy at the Beginning of the 21st Century"

On May 29, the first meeting of the round table "Egyptian Archeology and Epigraphy at the Beginning of the 21st Century" was organized at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, organized by the Department of Oriental History of the IOS RAS together with the Department of the Ancient World of the Historical Faculty of the Moscow State University. M. V. Lomonosov Within the framework of the round table, two lectures by a researcher at the Czech Institute of Egyptian Dr. Massimiliano Nuzzolo were held.

Sunset temple of Niuserre in Abu Hurrobe: new discoveries

The first lecture was devoted to the latest results of the work of the Italian archaeological expedition in the solar temple of Tsar Niuserr in Abu Gurbo near modern-day Cairo. Solar temples - unusual structures that appeared in the era of the V ancient Egyptian dynasty (25-24 centuries BC). And the temple of Niuserre is the most preserved of them. Massimiliano Nuzzolo spoke about how modern methods of research used by his team of experts make it possible to better understand this monument and find out its history. In particular, we discussed the possibilities of using photogrammetry, laser scanning and 3D modeling at archaeological sites.

Uncovering the secrets of the royal annals: new technologies in Egyptian epigraphy

The second lecture demonstrated how modern digital technologies make it possible to refine the reading of already well-known epigraphic monuments. The rapid development of digital technologies provides contemporary historians with new research tools, including in the study of ancient written sources. On the example of the Palermo stone and other fragments of the ancient Egyptian royal annals, the reporter showed that modern methods of image processing and microscopy techniques make it possible to see previously unseen and re-open to science seemingly well-known and long-awaited monuments. In particular, it was about the prospects of application in Egyptian epigraph of RTI technology (ReflectanceTransformationImaging).

The purpose of the round table is to stimulate a discussion on the possibilities of applying modern research methods to ancient Egyptian monuments and on the prospects for the development of Egyptian archeology in the 21st century, taking into account those challenges that stand before it. Colleagues who are interested in this topic can get additional information about the project at SNS. Department of East History Lebedev M.А. (