The area of the First Cataract of the Nile played a major role in controlling the flow of luxury goods from Nubia and the Horn of Africa into Egypt: in particular gold, ivory and the wood known as ‘Pharaoh’s ebony’ or African grenadilla (Dalbergia melanoxylon). Study of the archaeological material discovered in the city of Elephantine and the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa offers the opportunity to explore the use of this exotic wood in the First Cataract region, the trade networks necessary to obtain it, and also the wider distribution of this wood in other parts of Egypt.
The EGYARN project proposes an innovative view of the textile production of New Kingdom Egypt, especially in the Theban area where several sites around the capital have yielded exceptionally rich archaeological evidence.
Through a combined study of funerary texts and related funerary material (wooden coffins, walls decoration of funeral chambers), the 4-year MORTEXVAR project (Earlier Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Texts Variability July 2019 – June 2023, University of Alcalá) aims to reconnect Texts and Materiality.
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