International conference
"Decoding signs of identity"
December 2013
Rock shrine
On 13th-15th December 2013 the conference "Decoding signs of identity. Egyptian workmen's marks in
archaeological, historical, comparative and theoretical perspective" took place at Leiden University.

The conference was a part of the research project 'Symbolizing Identity. Identity marks and their
relation to writing in New Kingdom Egypt', which is financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Research (NWO), and carried out at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Faculty of Humanities,
Leiden University.

The conference was hosted by LIAS from 13 to 15 December 2013.

Topics included non-textual identity marks in Ancient Egypt, in particular the system employed by the
workmen of the royal necropolis of the New Kingdom at Thebes, as well as comparable marking systems in
other cultures and periods, historical and archaeological backgrounds, and theoretical and comparative
aspects. The conference was organised in four different sessions and was closed with a panel discussion.

Venue: Gravensteen and Lipsius buildings, Leiden University.



Session 1. Comparative studies

Jean-Louis van Belle (Centre International de Recherches
Marques emblématiques, marques monogrammatiques: un choix,
deux logiques (Belgique, Espagne, France, XIIe- XVIIIe)

Kamil Kuraszkiewicz (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Marks on the faience tiles from the "Blue Chambers" of the
Netjerykhet's funerary complex

Maria Nilsson (Lunds Universitet)
Quarry Marks in Gebel el Silsila - signifiers of men and gods alike?

Nico Staring (Macquarie University, Sydney)
New Kingdom non-textual tomb-graffiti at Saqqara

Athena van der Perre (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Marking the ceilings: the quarries of the Amarna Period

Anna Wodzinska (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Pot marks from the workmen's village at Giza. Social and economic

Joám Evans Pim (Galiza, Academia Galega da Língua Portuguesa)
Title to be announced

Dirk de Vries (Universiteit Leiden)
Title to be announced


Session 2. The Theban necropolis and its administration

Dimitri Laboury (Université Liège)
Title to be announced

Kathrin Gabler (Universität München)
The service personnel of Deir el-Medina: Methods of identification

Rob Demarée (Universiteit Leiden)
Title to be announced

Jaana Toivari-Viitala (Helsingin Yliopisto)
Title to be announced

Session 3. Theoretical aspects

Wolfgang Behr (Universität Zürich)
Title to be announced

Ludwig Morenz (Universität Bonn)
Title to be announced

Kyra van der Moezel (Universiteit Leiden)
Identity marks from Deir el-Medina: a theoretical approach

Alex de Voogt (American Museum of Natural History)
Numbers that don't count: historical and experimental evidence of
"numbered signs"

Oliver Perrin (United States, Independent Researcher)
Title to be announced


Session 4. Identity marks in the Theban royal necropolis

Mark Collier (University of Liverpool)
Integrating hieratic and marks data for the prosopography of 20th
dynasty workmen: Of Neferhoteps, Meryres and beyond

Slawomir Rzepka (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Dating of 'funny signs' in Theban rock graffiti

Ben Haring (Universiteit Leiden)
Title to be announced

Daniel Soliman (Universiteit Leiden)
The functional context of Ramesside marks ostraca from Deir el-Medina

Discussion panel

Announcement of the conference made by Daniel Soliman to the EEF - the link is no
longer available

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