Sacred Landscapes and Legitimation in the New Kingdom Eastern Desert.
Anna Garnett (Curator at the Petrie Museum of Archaeology, UCL).
The Eastern Desert creates a setting where the mutual interaction between people and the landscape, as expressed though rock art, graffiti and monumental construction, developed over time, leaving behind narrative reminders of their authors’ journeys through the desert landscape. Royal cultic enclosures for the worship of local and national deities, and the cult of the divine king, were constructed at specific sites in the Eastern Desert during the New Kingdom (c. 1550-1069 BC) as visible markers of the pacification of the chaotic desert and integral components of conceptual ‘desertscapes’.
A number of desert shrines are well preserved as a result of the favourable environmental conditions in which they were built, forming memorials to specific deities whilst also expressing the divine role of the pharaoh in the peripheral regions of Egypt and serving as a constant reminder of the king’s domain, even when he himself was so far removed from the sites.
This paper will provide an overview to two of these sites (Wadi Hellal and Wadi Mia) and present the evidence for royal and divine legitimation in these desertscapes.
Location: SURF Room, Fulton House, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus.
Time: Thursday, 23 November 2017, 4.30–6.00 pm. Presentation begins at 5:00 pm.
Free entry; all welcome! The lecture will be in English.