Glimpses into the history of Theban Tombs 32 and -400-: The Ramesside owners – Gábor Schreiber
Egyptology has long been aware of the fact that one’s profession and social statues were key factors in choosing a tomb location throughout ancient Egyptian history. This is especially true of New Kingdom Thebes, where each individual district of the necropolis had its own character shaped by the rank and social standing of the tomb owners and, naturally, by the resources these owners were capable of spending on their mortuary monuments.
One such district of the Theban necropolis was the el-Khokha hillock, where various Hungarian missions have been active since the 1980s. The epigraphic and archaeological researches have shown that during the Ramesside Period the southern slope of el-Khokha was primarily a cemetery for high officials and their mid-ranking subordinates who held non-priestly posts in the local temple economy or in the royal administration.
The lecture will highlight the Ramesside history of two neighbouring tombs at the base of the el-Khokha, TT 32 and TT -400-, with a special emphasis on the identity of their owners. The careers of three persons will be investigated: that of Djehutymes, a high official of Ramesses II’s reign and owner of TT 32, that of Khamin, his contemporary and builder of TT -400-, and that of one Amenmes, who occupied TT -400- in the Late Ramesside Period.
Gábor Schreiber was born in 1974 in Budapest. He studied Classical Archaeology and Egyptology at Eötvös Loránd University, where he graduated in 1999. He received a PhD degree in Egyptology in 2006, and habilitation in 2018. He works as an Assistant Professor of Egyptology at the Institute for Classical Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.
Gábor Schreiber has been a member of the Hungarian Archaeological Mission to Thebes since 1995. He has participated in the excavation and documentation of a number of private tombs on the Theban West Bank. Since 2007 he has been directing the Hungarian Mission’s South Khokha Project working in Theban Tombs 32, -61-, -64-, 179, 180, and -400-.
The conference will be held in English and will be introduced by Christian Greco, Director of the Museo Egizio.
The conference will also be broadcast via streaming on the Museum's Facebook page.
Free admission to the conference room subject to availability.