Day Two: Saturday, 26 September 2009
The second day of the congress opened with a session on ‘Palatial and Temple Economy’. Anna Hodgkinson [University of Liverpool] enlightened the audience on 'Mass-production in New Kingdom Egypt – Capital cities of the New Kingdom and their major industries'. Next, Walter de Winter [Leiden University] expressed his opinion on 'The Egyptian temple economy in the Foreign Lands of Canaan and Nubia'. Moreover, Giulia Pagliari' s paper concentrated on 'Storage in the Ancient Egyptian Palaces' to differentiate the storage of luxury goods to that of the goods intended for re-distribution.
After the coffee break, Evgeniya Kokina [Lomonosov Moscow State University] presented 'Two Egyptian private-law documents of the Old Kingdom'. Additionally, Kata Endreffy [Eötvös Loránd University] spoke to the audience about 'Business with gods: The role of bargaining in demotic letters to gods and Graeco-Roman judicial prayers'. Also, Gabriella Dembitz [Eötvös Loránd University] exhibited 'The oracular inscription of the High Priest of Amun Menkheperre in the Khonsu Temple at Karnak', to illustrate how the analysis of this inscription can help researchers reconstruct the economic situation in Thebes during the years of this high priest.
The 'Nature of the Egyptian economy and its interpretation' was discussed in a very enthusiastic public debate, initiated by the presentations of the two keynote speakers of the day: Dr. Edward Bleiberg [Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum] and Dr. David A. Warburton [Guest Professor at the Mediterranean and Orient Research Centre - Jean Pouilloux, University Lumière Lyon 2].
In the afternoon session, Birgit Schiller [Humboldt University of Berlin] discussed 'Customs and duty in the New Kingdom', raising the question: did foreign ships have to pay duty for their cargo? Next, Abeer El-Shahawy [University Paul Valéry Montpellier III] delivered a paper on the 'Reflections on the trade scenes in the New