Egyptian Gold: Ancient Context, Modern Analysis

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A day workshop hosted by National Museums Scotland and sponsored in collaboration with project PICS 5995 CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) entitled Analytical study of Bronze Age Egyptian gold jewellery, will examine the archaeological context, symbolism, and production processes of gold jewellery excavated in royal and elite burials of the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Periods (c. 2055–1550BC). Registration is free but places are limited and advance booking is required. For enquiries, please contact Lore Troalen at

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Seminar Room, Learning Centre (Level 4), National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (to find the Seminar Room from the Grand Gallery, go directly into the Discoveries Gallery, and take the stairs or lift in the back right-hand corner up to Level 4)

10:15 Registration

10:45 Opening

Jane CARMICHAEL, Director of Collections, National Museums Scotland

10:55 Procurement to adornment: archaeological perspectives on Egyptian gold and gemstone mining

Ian SHAW, Reader in Egyptian Archaeology, University of Liverpool, Co-Director of Gurob Harem Palace Project

11:20 Analytical strategies for the study of Egyptian jewellery

Maria F GUERRA, Director of Research at CNRS & head of project PICS 5995

11:45 Harageh Tomb 72 and the symbolism of fish pendants

Margaret MAITLAND, Curator of the Ancient Mediterranean, National Museums Scotland

12:00 Analysis of jewellery from Harageh Tomb 72

Lore TROALEN, Analytical Scientist, National Museums Scotland

12:20 Goldsmiths on Middle Kingdom monuments

Marcel MAREE, Department of Ancient Egypt & Sudan, The British Museum

12:45 Discussion

12:55 Lunch (please make your own arrangements)

13:50 The jewellery equipment of Middle Bronze age burials in Egypt

Wolfram GRAJETZKI, Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London

14:15 Amuletic jewellery from Riqqeh Tomb 124 in the Manchester Museum

Campbell PRICE, Curator of Egypt and the Sudan, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

14:40 Analysis of jewellery from Riqqeh (title tba)

Matthew PONTING, Senior Lecturer in Archaeomaterials, University of Liverpool

15:05 Tea/coffee (provided)

15:30 The jewellery of the Qurnah ‘queen’: craftsmanship and adornment in the Second Intermediate Period

Lore TROALEN and Margaret MAITLAND, National Museums Scotland

15:55 Discussion

16:10 Close

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