“Borderscapes of Ancient Egypt” is an online Symposium that marks the end of the BORDERSCAPE Project.

Borderscapes Symposium

28th February 2024
Erazm Majewski Hall, Staszic Palace, ul. Nowy Świat 72,
Warsaw, Online on MS Teams

Morning Session (watch here)

10.00-10.30 – Opening and Welcome
10.30-11.00 – Maria Carmela Gatto (IKŚiO PAN) – The making
of the southern ancient Egyptian borderscape.
11.00-11.30 – Jade Bajeot (IKŚiO PAN) – Technical traditions
and social boundaries: the contribution of the technological
approach in defining the social landscape of Predynastic
11.30-12.00 – Dorian Vanhulle (IKŚiO PAN) – Rock art as
mediator between time and space: manifesting borderscapes
in Egypt before the Old Kingdom.

12.00-12.15 – Coffee break

12.15-13.15 – Key-note lecture (watch here)

Prof. Krzysztof Ciałowicz
(Jagiellonian University) – On the border between Egypt
and the Levant. The case of Tell el-Farkha.

13.15-15.00 – Lunch

Afternoon Session (watch here)

15.00-15.30 – Oren Siegel (University of Toronto/IKŚiO PAN) –
Defining and Theorizing Borders in Pharaonic Egypt.
15.30-16.00 – Audrey Eller (Université de Genève) – Lower
Nubia in Graeco-Roman Times: A Typical Egyptian Border?
16.30-17.00 – Katarzyna de Lellis-Danys (Polish Centre of
Mediterranean Archaeology University of Warsaw/National
Museum in Warsaw) – Borderscapes in the Late Antique and
Medieval Egypt in the Light of the Ceramic Evidence.

17.00-17.30 – Coffee break

Discussion Session (watch here)

17.30-18.30 – Discussion: Building an Archaeology of
borders in Egyptology and related disciplines.

About the BORDERSCAPE Project

As described in its website, the BORDERSCAPE Project is a multidisciplinary endeavor that investigates how the rise of the Egyptian state at the end of the 4th millennium BCE impacted and transformed the socio-spatial landscape of the First Nile Cataract region. Based on research, survey, and excavation data furnished by the Aswan-Kom Ombo Archaeological Project, and aided by a wide variety of archaeological and geospatial data, the Project sought to evaluate how the Egyptian Dynastic state dealt with the fluid identities and mobility of the populations in its borderlands compared to the earlier Predynastic Period, and develop a new theoretical model for how this earliest example of a borderscape was shaped by rising centralized power.

The Borderscape Project is led by Primary Investigator Dr. Maria Gatto, and assisted by postdoctoral researcher and digital specialist Dr. Oren Siegel. The project is based at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Culture of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (http://iksiopan.pl/index.php/en/), and is funded by the Norway Grants Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 (https://eeagrants.org/) through the Polish National Science Centre (https://www.ncn.gov.pl/?language=en)-POLS Call (2020/37/K/HS3/04097).