Institut français
d’archéologie orientale - Le Caire


Conférence Ifao

The Turin Papyrus Map : New insights about the complex history

Andreas Dorn & Stéphane Polis

mercredi 6 décembre 2017 à 18h à l'Ifao

Visuel conf Ifao 6 decembre


Abstract :

The so-called “Map of the gold mines” (P. Turin Cat. 1879) is among the most famous papyri of the Turin collection and of ancient Egypt as a whole, but it has never been properly published nor systematically studied up until today. Most of the Egyptologists’ attention was indeed captured by the “map” side, but the verso of the document, which contains many hieratic texts belonging to different genres, has not been examined thoroughly.
As a prelude to a complete edition of this papyrus, the goal of this lecture is threefold. First, we provide an overview of history of this papyrus since its acquisition in 1824 as part of the Drovetti collection, and we discuss various scholarly interpretations. In a second part, we focus on the map, discussing some unacknowledged iconic features as well as its topographical and geological significance. The third section of the talk is devoted to the texts found on the verso, to the relationship between these texts and the map, and to the identification of the hands and scribes who worked on this papyrus. We conclude with a discussion of the scribal practices – at Deir el-Madina and beyond – that led to the creation of such an exceptional document.

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