Fourth International Congress for Young Egyptologists

„Cult and Belief in Ancient Egypt“

22 – 25 September 2012,

Sofia, Bulgaria



22nd September

New Bulgarian University (Sofia)


09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00 Opening

Prof. Dr. Sergei Ignatov, Minister of Education, Youth and Science of theRepublic ofBulgaria

10:00 – 10:30 Dr. Richard Parkinson (Chair)

Texts, pragmatic reality and religion

Morning Session

10:30 – 10:50 Roberto Diaz Hernandez (University of Tubingen, PhD)

The Rites around the Mastaba according to Ramesseum Papyrus E

11:10 – 11:30 Anne Landborg (University of Liverpool, PhD Candidate)

The composite identity of the dead in Egyptian Coffin Texts

11:30 – 11:50 Daniel Potter (University of Liverpool, MA)

The hand(s) of the god”: The Lexicalisation of a Religious Idiom

11:50 – 12:10 Cheresse Burke (Copenhagen University, MA)

Advancing the Pharaonic Tradition – Graeco-Roman Funerary Texts and their rootsin the Pyramid Texts, the Coffin Texts and the Book of the Dead


12:10 – 13:30 Cocktail

Afternoon Session

13:30 – 13:45 Prof. Dr. Joachim Quack (Chair)

The place of belief in cultic practice

13:45 – 14:05 Alys Cox (University College London, MA)

Gods, Knowledge, and Power in Ancient Egyptian Stories

14:05 – 14:25 Carlo Rindi (University ofPisa, BA)

Some remarks on the positioning of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris figures in Late Period burials

14:25 – 14:45 Giorgia Cafici (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, PhD Student)

The Pontificate of Amun at Thebes in the Ptolemaic Period: prosopographicalanalysis based on the Demotic, Hieroglyphic and Greek documentation

14:45 – 15:05 Ronaldo G. Gurgel Pereira (Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Post-Doc)

Some Remarks on the Book of Thoth: concerning Seshat, Shai and the “invention” of the Hermetic Agathos Daimon

15:05 – 15:25 Paolo Marini (Universiteta di Pisa, Scholarship holder)

Shabti-jars and funerary practices


19:00 – Reception hosted by the Minister of Education Prof. Dr. Sergei Ignatov

              At National Institute of Archaeology with Museum


23rd September

Bulgarian Academy of Science


Morning Session

Prof. Dr. Teodor Lekov (chair)

09:30 – 09:50 Barbara Gilli (University of Ca’foscari, Venice, PhD degree)

The cult of Royal ancestors at Karnak in the Middle Kingdom

09:50 – 10:10 Mohamed Megahed (Czech Institute of Egyptology, PhD student)

The altar of Djedkare’s funerary temple from south Saqqara

10:10 – 10:30 Hana Vymazalova (Czech Institute of Egyptology, scientific researcher)

Royal cult in the Fifth Dynasty pyramid complexes in Abusir

10:30 – 10:50 Valeria Turriziani (Sapienza University of Rome, PhD Student)

Some reflections on the cult of minor deities during the Old Kingdom: evidences from textual and epigraphic sources


10:50 – 11:15 Coffee break


11:15 – 11:35 Filip Coppens (Czech Institute of Egyptology, PhD)

Cult on the Move. The transmission of cultic concepts in first millennium BC Egypt

11:35 – 11:55 Alba Maria Villar Gomez (AutonomousUniversity of Madrid, PhD student)

The Priesthood of Khonsu in Thebes during the Third Intermediate Period

11:55 – 12:15 Maria Rosa Guasch Jane (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, PhD)

On the orientation of the magical bricks in Tutankhamun’s Burial chamber

12:15 – 12:35 Diana Liesegang (University of Heidelberg, MA)

The Phenomenon of “Personal Religion” in the Ramesside Period, from the Poem of Ramses II. Through to the Prayers of Ramses III


12:35 – 14:40 Break for lunch


Afternoon Session

14:40 – 15:00 Dr. Ian Shaw (Chair)

The Small Temple at Gurob: royal cult and ancestor worship at a harem city

15:00 – 15:20 Angelo Colonna (SapienzaUniversity of Rome, PhD Student)

Theoi and Ieroi: some remarks on animal worship in ancient Egypt with reference to classical and Egyptian texts

15:20 – 15:40 Vessela Atanassova (Paris IV – Sorbonne/NewBulgarianUniversity, PhD


                        The Representations of Priests during the Old and the MiddleKingdoms

15:40 – 16:00 Audrey Degremont (University of Brussels, PhD student)

Religious beliefs and praxis of myth in Theban tombs of the reigns of Thutmosis IV and Amenhotep III

16:00 – 16:20 Dan’el Kahn (University of Haifa, PhD)

Remarks on Egyptian Elements in Kushite Religion and Rituals


16:20 – 16:40 Coffee break


16:40 – 17:00 Alessandra Colazilli (SapienzaUniversity of Rome, PhD Student)

Skin in ancient Egyptian belief: Sacred texts and rituals

17:00 – 17:20 Yordan Chobanov (New Bulgarian University, PhD student)

The Presence of the Harper Songs in the Private Tombs of the New Kingdom

17:20 – 17:40 Katharina Aldenhoven (Humboldt University of Berlin, MA)

Throne, Wabet, Daisor Altar? – Some remarks on a unique feature in Kushite Amuntemples

24th September


Morning Session

 DrEmil Buzov (chair)

09:30 – 09:50  Mladen Tomorad (University of Zagreb, Asst. Prof. PhD)

“Shabtis” – Ancient Egyptian funerary figurines: Classification (typology), findings and role in Ancient Egyptian cults and beliefs during Late and Graeco-Roman periods

09:50 – 10:10 Arlette David (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, PhD)

Hoopoes and Acacias: Decoding an Ancient Egyptian Funerary Scene

10:10 – 10:30 Hannah Pethen (University of Liverpool, PhD student)

The Pharaoh as Horus and the religious context for mineral extraction in the Middle Kingdom

10:30 – 10:50 Joanne Backhouse (Liverpool University, PhD student)

Domestic Cult at Deir el-Medina


10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break


11:10 – 11:30 Kerry Muhlestein (Brigham Young University, PhD)

Pyramid Cult at the dawn of the 4th dynasty: revelations from the excavation of a 4th Snefru pyramid in the Fayoum

11:30 – 11:50 Anne-Christine V. Schnoor (University of Copenhagen, BA)

Function and Context of Wooden Statues in the Old and Middle Kingdoms

11:50 – 12:10 Amgad El Wakeel (Helwan University, MA)

Osiris Beds in Ancient Egypt

12:10 – 12:30 Gabrielle Heffernan (University of Birmingham, MA)

Celebrations of Royalty: Royal Mortuary Cults as Cultural Memory Resources


12:30 – 14:30 Break for lunch


Afternoon Session

14:30 – 15:00 Dr. Eleni Vassilika (Chair)

The Funeral Directors and the tomb of Kha and Merit

15:00 – 15:20 Maksim Lebedev (Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of

Sciences, PhD)

Encountering gods of the desert: the Ancient Egyptians beyond the Nile Valleyduring the Old and Middle Kingdoms

15:20 – 15:40 Ilaria Davino (SapienzaUniversity of Rome, MA)

Amon and the God’s Wife: the ritual activity at Karnak

15:40 – 16:00 Amr Gaber (Alexandria University, PhD)

A Study on the Cult of BA-nb- +dt in Ancient Egypt

16:00 – 16:20 Hanadah Tarawneh (Macqurie University, Sydney, MA)

Religious thoughts in the Amarna letters


16:20 – 16:40 Coffee break


16:40 – 17:00 Andrea Kahlbacher (University of Vienna, Postgraduate student)

Bon Appétit! Tradition and Innovation in the Offering Table Scene of the Old andMiddle Kingdom

17:00 – 17:20 Alice Springuel (Université Librede Bruxelles, Postgraduate)

Local cults in the oasis of Bahariya

17:20 – 17:40 María Silvana Catania (Universidad Nacionalde Tucumán-CONICET,

Argentina, PhD)

Solar Journey Images in Private Tombs: Material and Symbolic Configuration

17:40 – 18:00 Andrea Fuller (ELTE Department of Egyptology, Budapest, MA)

Cultic Function of Female Bronze Statues in the Libyan Period



Announcing the next Congress



19:30 Reception at the Museum of Sofia


25th September


Tour to Rila Monastery


Poster Presentations


Bulgarian Academy of Science



Stepien Urszula (Jagiellonian University, Poland,  PhD student)

Flint knives without traces of used on the edge from Tell el-Farkha (Eastern NileDelta) – their function and significance


Nenad Markovic (University ofBelgrade)

Death of the Sacred Bull Apis: The Route of the Funeral Procession and its Impact on the Population of Memphis during the Late Period (664-332 B.C.)“


Birgit Schiller (Humboldt University of Berlin, PhD student)

Minoan Cultic Practice in Egypt


Ulrich Friesenegger (University of Vienna, BA student)

The divine legitimation of Egyptian Kings


Martin Thygesen Jensen (University of Copenhagen, BA)

The Elevation of Bes from Private Deity to Royal Protector


Marsia Bealby (University of Birmingham, PhD candidate) and Tom Hobbs(Nottingham Trent University, MA)

A Lichfieldian in Egypt


Veronika Dulikova (Czech Institute of Egyptology, PhD student)

Unearthing already non-existent tombs at  Abusir South


Fruzsina Bartos (ELTE Department of Egyptology, Budapest, MA)

The history of burials in Theban Tomb 65 during the Third Intermediate Period


Karolina Rosinska-Balik (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, PhD candidate)

The administrative-cultic center on Western Komat Tell el-Farkha  from an architectural point of view


Magdalena Sobas (Jgiellonian University, Krakow, PhD candidate)

The pottery from the cult room from the  Western Komat Tellel-Farkha


Dejan Pernjak & Danijel Struklec (Centre for Croatian Studies)

Egyptian cults in the Croatian territory with special emphasis on syncretic divinities


Silvia Kremenska (New Bulgarian University)

The role of god Seth as a fighter and protector of the sun bark


Milen Milanov (New Bulgarian University)

The Land of Punt and its importance for the incense import


Svetla Ilieva   (New Bulgarian University)

Structure and Types of Rubrics in the Coffin Texts and Book of the Dead


Raina Zlateva (New Bulgarian University)

The Concept of PAwt in the Ancient Egyptian Religious Literature


Magdalena Kazimierczak (Jagiellonian University)

                        The adoption of Egyptian gods cult into Nubia during New Kingdom Period


Svetoslav Mishev

                        The medicine in Ancient Egypt