Editor-in-chief: Gianluca Miniaci
Miroslav Bárta, Manfred Bietak, Julia Budka, Simon Connor, Kenneth Griffin, Ahmed Mekawy, Antonio Morales, Claudia Näser, Rune Nyord, Campbell Price, Yasmine El-Shazly, Angela Tooley, Yann Tristant
Published by Nicanor Books
(ISSN online: 2752-6267; ISSN: 2752-6259)
The series Kitab – Egyptology in Focus (sub-series: Material culture of ancient Egypt and Nubia) seeks to provide space for very focused long articles or short books, being a scientific vehicle for those research topics which do not fit neatly into the format of a journal article or a book. Occasionally, the research is too short and concise for a full monograph but too long and structured for a journal article. Therefore, Kitab aims at acting as a focused “container”, which draws the right attention to important concise research, spotlighting the research subject by isolating it in single standing-alone volumes, thus avoiding the research being dispersed between miscellaneous articles in journals and collective volumes. Kitab will also help in speedily communicating the results of a focused research and it makes research outputs immediately available online and in printed versions.
The first sub-series is devoted to the “Material Culture of ancient Egypt and Nubia”.
Anna K. Hodgkinson
Ear studs, ear plugs or beads?
Reinterpreting a group of glass objects from New Kingdom Egypt in the British Museum
(Kitab – Egyptology in Focus 2)
This short volume discusses a group of glass objects kept in the British Museum that date to the Egyptian New Kingdom (1550–1069 BC) and are commonly referred to as ‘ear plugs’ or ‘ear studs’. Ancient Egyptian ear studs from variety of materials appear in the archaeological record and are usually depicted as worn with a convex dome to the front. However, there is evidence to suggest that the glass objects discussed in this volume, and which are similar, but not equal, in shape to ear studs, were not designed as ear jewelery, but that they actually functioned as beads. The objects are flat-fronted and pierced latitudinally. The piercing, which is related to the manufacture of the objects on a metal rod,would have enabled the objects to be threaded and to be suspended vertically, either as parts of garments or as parts of bead chains.
The Middle Kingdom Ramesseum Papyri Tomb and its Archaeological Context
(Kitab – Egyptology in Focus 1)
In 1895–96, William Matthew Flinders Petrie and James Edward Quibell discovered a shaft-tomb below the ‘Ramesseum’, the funerary temple of Ramses II at Thebes, Egypt. This is most famous for having the largest group of Middle Kingdom papyri – also known as the Ramesseum Papyri – found in a single spot together with a number of distinctive objects, such as carved ivory tusks and miniature figurines in various materials dated around XVIII century BC. Gianluca Miniaci attempts to thoroughly reconstruct the archaeological context of the tomb: the exact find spot (forgotten afterwards its discovery), its architecture, the identity of its owner(s) and recipient(s) of the assemblage of artefacts. A detailed analysis of the single artefacts – provided for the first with full color photographic records and drawings – and their network of relations gives new life to the Ramesseum assemblage after more than a century from its discovery.