April 2017

Embodying the Goddess: Tattooing and the Cult of Hathor in Ancient Egypt

While tattooing is an increasingly popular topic, it is rarely discussed in the past owing to the infrequent identification of tattoos in human remains. This is particularly true in dynastic Egypt, where physical evidence of tattooing was limited to a set of three female Middle Kingdom mummies from Deir el-Bahri with Nubian geometric patterns placed on their arms and abdomens.

Death and Nefertiti's Sun Temple: New Evidence for Private Mortuary Cults at Tell el-Amarna

This talk places Nefertiti's "Sunshade of Re" temple - Kom el-Nana, Tell el-Amarna, in context of inscriptions relating to other Sunshades of Re, in particular those relating to the Sunshade of Re of Hatshepsut. While the Sunshade of Re at Kom el-Nana served the solar cult of the Aten, over seen by the regenerative aspects of Nefertiti, it also served as a locus for the mortuary cults of the non-royal or noble courtiers at Tell el-Amarna.