Symbolae sacrae? Quarry marks and their relation to the divine world and writing in Roman Gebel el Silsila (Upper Egypt)

Project: ResearchIndividual research project

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Archaeology
  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Description

The main body of research is the unique corpus of early Roman Imperial quarry marks at the sandstone quarry of Gebel el Silsila (GeS) in Upper Egypt: vertical, work-completed quarry faces inscribed with over 5000 marks or symbols, a selection of which (based on the applicant’s ongoing study ) represents contemporaneous deities and immediately associated, and occasionally syncretistic religious ideas and superstitions

Layman's description

Forskningsmaterialet utgörs av en samling unika tidig-romerska stenbrottsmärken (symboler) i det antika stenbrottet Gebel el Silsila (GeS) i Övre Egypten: över 5000 inristade symboler som (enligt mina tidigare studier) delvis förefaller representera samtida (antika) gudar, gudavärlden eller religiösa idéer och vidskepelse. Trots dessa stora framsteg i tolkningsprocessen kräver den symboliska koden och dess komplexa meddelanden vidare studier då symbolernas budskap förblir diffust.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2016/04/012019/03/31

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Maria Nilsson & John Ward

2020/04/012023/03/31

Project: ResearchIndividual research project

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Related research output

Maria Nilsson, Joost Golverdingen & John Ward, 2021 Mar 20, In: Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture. 5, p. 7-57 52 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Maria Nilsson & John Ward, 2020 Nov, Epigraphy through five millennia. Texts and images in context . Dirksen, S. & Krastel, L. (eds.). DAIK, p. 235-254 (Sonderschriften des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Abteilung Kairo ; vol. 43).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

Maria Nilsson, John Ward & John Wyatt, 2020 Sep, Ancient Egypt Magazine, 21 , 1/121, p. 26-32.

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Related activities

Nilsson, M. (Invited speaker)
2019 Jun 152019 Jun 17

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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