Wednesday 28th May – Xth International Congress of Egyptologists

It’s the last day of the International Egyptology Congress, which has been running since last Wednesday, on the island of Rhodes in Greece, with five simultaneous sessions of papers all day every day, and plenary sessions by eminent Egyptologists. There are over 500 delegates attending from all over the world, speaking on everything from recent fieldwork, to philology, beliefs, foreign relations and museums. I spoke about the gallery redevelopment at Manchester, and the approach to presenting human remains. This provoked a very interesting discussion amongst the curators of some of the world’s best known Egyptology collections – Turin, Berlin, Egypt – with a consensus that respect was essential, but how this was implemented needed careful consideration.

The weather has been lovely, and there have been many Egyptologists splashing in the sea when time has allowed…

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