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London day school: An Introduction to Hieratic

Event Info

Host: EES
Type: Education - Lecture

Time and Place

Start Time: Saturday, 20th May 2017, 10:00 am
End Time: Saturday, 20th May 2017, 4:00 pm
Location: The Egypt Exploration Society
Street: 3 Doughty Mews
City/Town: London WC1N 2PG
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Contact Details

Email: contact@ees.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7242 1880



This day school provides an introduction to hieratic, the cursive writing system used in Ancient Egypt for everyday purposes. Previous knowledge or experience in reading hieroglyphs will be helpful.

The day will be divided in two main parts. The morning section (10-12pm) will provide general and basic information covering the following topics: the chronological development of the hieratic script; the materiality of language (tools and materials); uses, genres, and audience; hieratic and literacy.
The afternoon section (2-4pm) will focus on the case-study Labour organisation in Middle Kingdom Egypt: the workmen's lists. The aim is to examine the characteristics of a specific type of administrative documents in Middle Hieratic. Through selected UCL Lahun Papyri and sections of the Reisner Papyri the tutor will show to the participants: layout of papyrus sheet and structure of the text; stilistic features and linguistic complexity: use of formulae, paratextual signs and non textual marks; use, scope, content, and audience of that type of administrative documents.

Tutor: Dr Micol Di Teodoro has recently completed a PhD in Egyptian Archaeology at UCL. Her research focused on the organisation of temporary labour during the Middle Kingdom, through a combination of written sources and archaeological evidence.

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