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Inside the Mind of Ancient People: the tangible and constructed landscape of the western Delta in the Late Period (664-332BC)

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Project "MAP" data sheet

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Organization address
city: DURHAM
postcode: DH1 3LE

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM UK (DURHAM) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

MAP aims to generate an experimental and innovative methodology combining the “sociology of space” critical theory and the archaeological (material and textual) evidence offered by ancient Egyptian society, in order to examine the constitution of space as product of social action or social structures, and recursively to identify the points of contact where the landscape shaped and changed the mind of people. Ancient Egyptian temple libraries preserve a number of written records which provide insights into the religious and geographic knowledge. The challenge is not to harmonize written and archeological sources inside a monadic dimension but to measure the differences, as a way to discover multiple and conflicting stories from the human mind and the actions imposed onto the physical/mental landscape. The “regionally specific sacerdotal” officials during the Late Period (664-332 BC) in the western Delta of Egypt (2nd-7th provinces of Lower Egypt) is adopted as the research-program case-study, on account of its exceptional significance for archaeology, written sources and lack of any substantive previous research programs. MAP represents an innovative theoretical and methodological contribution for understanding the interaction between physical geography and the intimate conception/perception of the physical space inside the geography of ancient Egypt. The goals of MAP will be achieved adopting an intradisciplinary methodology, aimed to reconnect archaeology and philology, through: 1) analysis of the “regionally specific sacerdotal” officials inside written and artifactual sources; 2) landscape archaeology in order to provide a plot map of the physical environment, through which human entities moved and operated; 3) a comparative dimension aimed to generate a theoretical model, which will open new horizons on how humans and the environment interacted, how the environment changed in the mental process and how the mental process was entangled in a tangible geography.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Elena Tiribilli
The pehu Hp (Sn) of the Western Harpoon nome: physical geography vs. sacred geography*
published pages: 285-299, ISSN: 0340-2215, DOI:
Studien zur AltägyptiSchen Kultur 46 2020-01-29
2020 Elena Tiribilli, Penelope Wilson
Archaeological survey at Kafr el Dawar and Kafr el Sheikh provinces (season 2018)
published pages: in preparation, ISSN: 0307-5133, DOI:
Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 2020-01-29
2020 Elena Tiribilli
Disiecta membra: the naophorus statue of Wahibre, Bologna Museo Archeologico KS 1840 + Cairo Egyptian Museum JE 42880
published pages: submitted, ISSN: 0344-385X, DOI:
Göttinger Miszellen 257 2020-01-29
2020 Elena Tiribilli
The Western Delta of Egypt: historical and religious researches. The Western Harpoon Province from the Old Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period
published pages: in preparation, ISSN: , DOI:
2020 Elena Tiribilli, Penelope Wilson (eds.)
Interactions between people and territory: the specific sacerdotal titles of the Western Delta during the Late Period: proceedings of the International workshop held on 10th July 2019 in Durham, Durham University
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Elena Tiribilli
published pages: 121-150, ISSN: 0392-6885, DOI: 10.12871/97888333918168
Egitto e Vicino Oriente 41 2020-01-29
2019 Israel Hinojosa- Baliño, Elena Tiribilli, Penelope Wilson
The Delta Survey: recent work in Kafr el Sheikh and Beheira
published pages: 10-13, ISSN: 0962-2837, DOI:
Egyptian Archaeology 55 2020-01-29

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