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Lecture in the PCMA Research Centre in Cairo: The Bab el-Gusus tomb and the newly documented treasure of the 21st Dynasty coffins in the Cairo Museum


The PCMA Research Centre in Cairo has the pleasure of inviting you to a lecture from the PolAr lecture series (Polish Archaeology in Mediterranean) by Prof. Andrzej Niwiński

The Bab el-Gusus tomb and the newly documented treasure of the 21st Dynasty coffins in the Cairo Museum

which will be held at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, 31st of January, 2017 at the Research Centre in Cairo 11, Mahalla St., Heliopolis. 

 

Abstract

Almost 126 years ago, in February 1891 one of the greatest discoveries in the Egyptian archaeology took place in Deir el-Bahari. The "Gate of Priests" furnished 153 funerary ensembles of the 21st Dynasty. The big number of the coffins has created a serious challenge to the Antiquities Organization and the Egyptian Museum of those days, as well as to politicians. About 40% of the objects from the Bab el-Gusus were then presented to foreign countries, and became part of museal collections in Europe, urkey and the USA. Scientific research on the coffins from the Bab el-Gusus tomb had begun soon after the discovery, but then stopped for almost a century, to be reassumed only recently. A number of unknown coffins from the Bab el-Gusus tomb, and their fragments, have recently been found in the basement of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Bio

Andrzej Niwiński is a professor of Egyptian archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. Since 1999 he is directing the Cliff Mission cleaning the slopes overhanging the temples in Deir el-Bahari. For 45 years he has been researching Egyptian coffins, papyri and  religious iconography, especially of the 21st Dynasty. Presently, he is documenting the material of that period in the basement of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.