sites'. Johanna Sigl [Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich] emphasised the importance of 'Food and luxury Goods–Animal Bones as an indicator for trade connections at the example of the faunal material of Ancient Syene/Aswan, Egypt'.
In the final session of the congress, Marco Rolandi [University of Genova] raised some remarks on 'The grain trade and the importance of Egypt for the economy of the Hellenistic-Roman World'. Dania Bordignon [University of Turin] discussed the 'Use and symbolism of stone statuary: stone painted to imitate another one'.
Apart from the papers, academic posters were also presented by Marsia Bealby (‘Minoan frescoes at Avaris’), Jose Alba Gomez (‘Olive tree cultivation and trade in Ancient Egypt’), Tim Karberg (‘Stonemasons' marks from Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt’), Diana Liesegang (‘The international transfer of culture between Egypt and the Aegean World’) and Anna Maria Ravagnan (‘Ancient interactions between Egyptians and Numidian inhabitants’).
The closing remarks of the congress were delivered by Prof. Dr. László Török [Research Professor at the Archaeological Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences]. Those of us who visited Budapest for ICYE 2009, enjoyed a few days of remarkable Hungarian hospitality. On the final evening of the colloquium, a reception was held in the Museum of Fine Arts, where the conference delegates tasted some of the most delicious local gastronomic specialities in a festive atmosphere. On the following day (Monday 28th September 2009), we had the chance to attend a guided tour of the Egyptian Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, given by Dr. Éva Liptay [chief curator of the Egyptian Collection]. Last, the social event of the congress included a trip to beautiful Visegrád, where we visited the Citadel and the Royal Palace.