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Paweł Polkowski

ppolkows@ki at o2 dot. pl

Art rupestre Égypte et Soudan

Post-doctorant, bourse IFAO-PCMA (2019)

Poznań Archaeological Museum


Action spécifique 19419 Stone canvas Conference (10-12 novembre 2019)

PHD in archaeology (2016). The title of the thesis: Rock art as an element of cultural landscape of the Dakhleh Oasis.

2003-2008
M.A. STUDIES at the Institute of Prehistory, Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

2009-2015
PHD STUDIES at the Institute of Prehistory, Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

SINCE 2009
Employed at the Poznań Archaeological Museum. Functions:
• Head of the Rock Art Unit;
• Curator of the exhibition entitled "North African rock art";
• Coordinator of the scientific projects in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt.

SINCE 2016
Director of the Petroglyph Unit of the Dakhleh Oasis Project

SINCE 2019
The post-doctoral fellowship at IFAO/PCMA.

• Rock art in Egypt and the Sudan (from prehistoric to modern);
• Saharan rock art;
• Figurative graffiti in temples, tombs, etc.;
• Pharaonic iconography;
• Landscape studies, particularly desert landscapes;
• Desert travel and routes;
• Ancient religions;
• Theory in archaeology.

• Editing the volume "Rock art in the landscapes of motion" (intended to be published in BAR), together with Heiko Riemer and Frank Förster;
• Preparing a monograph on Dakhleh Oasis rock art (the working title: "Rocks in motion. Research on the Dakhleh Oasis petroglyphs in the context of paths, roads and mobility");
• Directing the Petroglyph Unit of the Dakhleh Oasis Project (grant no. 2016/23/D/HS3/00805);
• A post-doc fellow at IFAO/PCMA.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
• Polkowski, Paweł, Ewa Kuciewicz, Eliza Jaroni & Michał Kobusiewicz. 2013. „Rock art research in the Dakhleh Oasis, Western Desert (Egypt). Petroglyph Unit. Dakhleh Oasis Project”. Sahara 24: 101-118.
• Kuciewicz Ewa, Paweł Polkowski & Michał Kobusiewicz. 2014. “Dakhleh Oasis Project, Petroglyph Unit: rock art research 2011”. Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 23(1): 229-244.
• Polkowski, Paweł. 2015. The Life of Petroglyphs: A Biographical Approach to Rock Art in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt. American Indian Rock Art 41: 43-55.
• Polkowski, Paweł. 2015. “Meanders of interpretation: Interpreting the meandering lines”. [In:] J. Kabaciński, M. Chłodnicki & M. Kobusiewicz (eds.) Hunters-Gatherers and Early Food Producing Societies in Northeastern Africa, pp. 297-334. Poznań: Muzeum Archeologiczne w Poznaniu.
• Kuciewicz Ewa, Paweł Polkowski & Michał Kobusiewicz. 2015. “Dakhleh Oasis Project, Petroglyph Unit: Seasons 2012 and 2013”. Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 24(1): 275-296.
• Polkowski, Paweł. 2016. „Rock Art”. [In:] M. Chłodnicki (ed.) Archaeology of the Sudan, pp. 279-302. Poznań: Muzeum Archeologiczne w Poznaniu.
• Polkowski, Paweł. 2016. Krajobraz i sztuka naskalna. W palimpseście egipskiej Oazy Dachla. Poznań: Muzeum Archeologiczne w Poznaniu.
• Polkowski, Paweł. 2018. “Feet, sandals and the animate landscapes. Some considerations on the rock art of the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt”. [In:] D. Huyge & F. Van Noten (eds.) What Ever Happened to the People? Humans and Anthropomorphs in the Rock Art of Northern Africa, pp. 371-395. Brussels: The Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences and the Royal Museums of Art and History.
• Polkowski, Paweł. 2018. “Working on rock art in the Dakhleh Oasis. Some thoughts on threats to petroglyphs and possibilities of research in the Western Desert, Egypt”. African Archaeological Review 35(2): 191-210.
• Polkowski, Paweł. 2018. “A tale of giraffe. On enigmatic composition from site 04/08 in the central Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt”. [In:] J. Kabaciński, M. Chłodnicki, M. Kobusiewicz & M. Winiarska-Kabacińska (eds.) Desert and the Nile. Prehistory of the Nile Basin and the Sahara. Papers in honour of Fred Wendorf. Studies in African Archaeology 15, pp. 687-706. Poznań: Muzeum Archeologiczne w Poznaniu.
• Polkowski, Paweł. 2018. “Egyptian rock art”. [In:] C. Smith (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer, Cham. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_3334-1
• Hamad Mohamed Hamdeen & Paweł Polkowski. 2018. „Rock art in Wadi Gorgod in the Western Third Cataract Region”. Der Antike Sudan 29: 17-38.
• Polkowski, Paweł. 2018. „Oasis bestiarum. Animals in Dakhleh Oasis rock art”. Afrique: Archéologie & Arts 14: 11-40.

• The First International Conference on Rock Art in the Negev Desert and Beyond, 27-28.III.2014 Sde Boker, Israel. Paper: The petroglyphs of the Central Dakhleh Oasis (Egypt): an overview.
• Desert and the Nile. Late Prehistory of the Nile Basin and the Sahara, 1-4.VII.2015 Poznań. Paper: Re-thinking animals, humans and rock art in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt.
• 8th Dakhleh Oasis Project Conference. Archaeology of the Egyptian Western Desert: New Ideas and Concepts, 6-8.VII.2015 Kraków, Poland. Paper (with E. Kuciewicz): What’s new in rock art of Dakhleh Oasis? An overview of findings in the eastern and central parts of Dakhleh.
• What Ever Happened to the People? Humans and Anthropomorphs in the Rock Art of Northern Africa, 17-19.IX.2015 Brussels, Belgium. Paper: Feet and sandals: Metonymies for human beings? Some considerations based upon findings from Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt.
• African Rock Art: research, digital outputs and heritage management, 4-5.11.2016 London, United Kingdom. Paper: Working on the rock art in the Dakhla Oasis, Egypt. Some thoughts on threats to petroglyphs and possibilities of the research.
• Bayuda and its Neighbours. The Archaeology of the Bayuda Desert. Second International Bayuda Conference, 12-14.10.2017 r., Gdańsk, Poland. Paper: Where desert begins. Some preliminary thoughts on rock art from the Fourth Cataract region.
• The Ninth International Conference of the Dakhleh Oasis Project, 10-13.06.2018 r. Prato, Italy. Papers: 1) An overview of the study of rock art in Dakhleh Oasis. History of re-search, rock art traditions, and interpretational issues; 2) The current state of rock art research in the Dakhleh Oasis.
• 20th International Rock Art Congress IFRAO, 29.08.-02.09.2018 Darfo Boario, Italy. Papers: 1) The current state of rock art research in the Dakhleh Oasis; 2) Rock art in the landscapes of motion. The case of Egypt’s Western Desert.
• The 15th Congress of PanAfrican Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies, 10-14.09.2018 Rabat, Morocco. Paper: On African dimension of Egypt’s Dakhleh Oasis prehistoric rock art.
• Deserts, Lakes, Rivers: Similarity and diversity in Pre-protohistoric Egypt, 14-15.10.2018 Cairo, Egypt. Paper: Prehistoric rock art of Dakhleh Oasis: Selected issues and ideas.

2012
Co-organising the first Polish conference on rock art „Sztuka naskalna w perspektywie polskich doświadczeń badawczych (Rock art from the perspective of the Polish research)”, in Poznań, 13-14 April 2012.
2015
Co-organising the second Polish conference on rock art „Sztuka naskalna w perspektywie globalnej (Rock art from the global perspective)”, in Poznań, 24 April 2015.
2018
Organisation and chairing of two sessions held during the IFRAO Congress 2018: 1) Current Research in the Rock art of the Eastern Sahara (with: Paolo Medici, Maria Carmela Gatto, Heiko Riemer, Frank Förster); 2) Rock art in landscape of motion (with: Heiko Riemer, Frank Förster). Darfo Boario. Italy 29.08-02.09.2018.