Day One: Friday, 25 September 2009
After a warm welcome by Dr. Tamás Dezső [Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Eötvös Loránd University] and H.E. Ambassador Aly El-Hefny [Ambassador of Egypt in Hungary], we proceeded to the keynote speaker of the congress, Prof. Dr. Jac J. Janssen [Professor Emeritus at the University of Leiden], who discussed 'Earning a living at Deir el-Medina'. Later, Hanadah Tarawneh [Macquarie University] gave a paper on 'Gift exchange and tribute in the Amarna letters’, shedding more light on the gift-exchange practice by comparing the actual Amarna texts to other sources. Next, Vessela Atanassova [University of Paris Sorbonne IV, New Bulgarian University] delivered a paper entitled 'The Economic Function of the Title jmy-r Hmw- nTr "Overseer of the God’s Servants"?' linking the title jmy-r Hmw-nTr to a more economical rather than religious function. The following speaker, Andrea Zingarelli [University of La Plata], spoke about 'Trade and “money” in Ramesside Egypt: the use of general equivalents in economic transactions'.
After breaking for lunch, Dr. Ian Shaw [University of Liverpool] raised a number of interesting points on pottery typology in his paper: 'Economic symbols? Quadrilingual vessels as metaphors for the Egypto-Achaemenid encounter.' Furthermore, the joint research of Dr. Sara Caramello and Dr. Alessandro Cappellini [Egyptian Museum of Turin and University of Turin] focused on luxury goods and pointed at issues such as reciprocity and reputation in their paper: 'An economic perspective on Near Eastern inter-kingdom relationships during the Late Bronze Age.'
The day progressed with Elena Valtorta's [Basel University] paper on 'Commercial routes in Upper Egypt from Late Naqada II to the Protodynastic: Defining patterns of interaction', followed by Mariusz Jucha's [Jagiellonian University in Krakow] presentation on 'The early Egyptian Rulers in the Nile Delta–a view from the Necropolis at Tell el-Farkha, and Marcin Czarnowicz's [Jagiellonian University in Krakow] research on 'The intersection of the trading routes; commerce and economy of pre- and early Dynastic Tell el-Farkha’.