Mini-course in the fabrication of ancient Egyptian papyrus sheets and inks – University of Copenhagen

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Mini-course in the fabrication of ancient Egyptian papyrus sheets and inks

The Copenhagen Near Eastern Studies (CNES) association, the Section of Egyptology, Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) and the Department of X-ray and Neutron Science, the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), under auspices of the Copenhagen University Neutron and X-ray Technologies (CoNeXT) project, offer a mini-course in the fabrication of papyrus sheets and inks - the primary form of communiciation in the ancient Mediterranean c. 3000 BCE - 400 CE.

Reproduction of archaeological items and materials are termed "experimental archaeology" and play an increasing role in our understanding of ancient manufacturing processes. The reason behind the ascendency of the field is our increased knowledge of the physics and chemistry of ancient materials obtained through the application of scientific techniques in archaeology.

The mini-course in the fabrication of papyrus sheets and ink will take place on the following days in March 2017:

Thursday 9th

16:00 - 17:00 Lecture by Thomas Christiansen (ToRS) and Poul Erik Lindelof (NBI)
17:00 - 18:00 Questions, planning and assignments
Thursday 16th 16:00 - 18:00 Fabrication of papyrus sheets from stalks cut in the Botanical Gardens (Væksthuset), Århus
Thursday 23rd 16:00 - 18:00 Fabrication of inks and pens; writing on papyrus sheets
Thursday 30th 16:00 - ? Meeting for those, who would like to do analyses of Egyptian manuscripts compare them to imitated archaeological contexts; or write a paper/do an exercise on the basis of the results obtained during the course

The mini-course is open to everyone studying or interested in Egyptology, Near Eastern, Prehistoric or Classical archaeology. There is no requirement of prior knowledge of ancient Egyptian or Greek language. Relevant literature will be distributed on the first meeting (March 9th)

Contact:
Poul Erik Lindelof; lindelof@it.dk
Thomas Christiansen; thochr@hum.ku.dk