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Egyptology Scotland AGM / Lecture: The falcon necropolis at Quesna

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Lecture by Dr Joanne Rowland NB: This lecture will be preceded by the Egyptology Scotland Society AGM

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From 2007-2020 excavations have been carried out by the EES Delta-Survey mission in the falcon necropolis at the archaeological area at Quesna in the southern central Nile Delta. This necropolis, first located by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, now has evidence to link it to nearby Tell Atrib (ancient Athribis), and it appears to be the necropolis founded by Djed Hor Pashed, also known from Athribis. Extended in size over its period of its use (Late Period-Ptolemaic Period), it contains many thousands of votive offerings in association with the local deity of Athribis, Horus Khenty-Khety. The talk will review the current state of knowledge of the architecture of this mud-brick hypogeum, discuss how its use over time may have changed, and present preliminary results of analysis of the whole team into the distribution of bird and animal remains within the necropolis.

Dr Joanne Rowland has been working in the Nile Delta since 1998 on projects ranging in date from the Middle Palaeolithic and Neolithic to the Ptolemaic and Roman. She gained her PhD in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, in 2004 with a dissertation topic connected with early complex societies in Egypt and the quantitative study of mortuary data in the eastern Nile Delta in the 4th-early 3rd millennium BC. She was a research fellow at the Research Lab for Archaeology (University of Oxford) on the Egyptian chronology project (2006-9), after which she moved to the Egyptian Department of the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels as a scientific collaborator for the renewed investigations of the Belgian Expedition to El Kab in southern Egypt. From 2010-16, Joanne held the position of Junior Professor in Egyptian Archaeology at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. She is the director of two fieldwork projects in the Nile Delta, both under the auspices of the Egypt Exploration Society - the Imbaba Prehistoric Survey and the Minufiyeh Archaeological Survey. She joined the University of Edinburgh in 2016 as Lecturer in Archaeology.

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