Dongola and Deir el-Bahari: new books in Open Access from Peeters

The first two volumes of the Polish Publications in Mediterranean Archaeology series are now available online. The first one is devoted to the results of research in Dongola (Sudan), and the second to the Temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahari (Egypt).

The first volume of the PPMA, titled Old Dongola: Development, Heritage, Archaeology. Fieldwork in 2018-2019 is an account of the first season of fieldwork of the project “UMMA – Urban Metamorphosis of the community of a Medieval African capital city” led by Assist. Prof. Artur Obłuski under a European Research Council (ERC) grant. More than 20 residential complexes located within and outside the city walls were discovered and their analysis, presented by expedition members in the multi-authored volume edited by Artur Obłuski and Dorota Dzierzbicka, provided new data on the construction techniques and spatial organization of the city.

Volume two of PPMA, entitled The Royal Mortuary Cult Complex in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari. Part 1, The Chapel of Tuthmosis I is an analysis of the Chapel of Tuthmosis I, a shrine located in the southern part of the upper terrace of Queen Hatshepsut’s burial temple. Mirosław Barwik proposes to reconstruct the decoration of particular parts of the chapel walls on the basis of fragmentary elements or even single blocks. In the appendix to the volume Teresa Dziedzic presents an architectural analysis of the chapel, which places the decoration in the context of the whole temple and its building history.

Peeters Publishers has a long tradition of publishing high quality scientific literature in the fields of Egyptology and archaeology, among others. The series Polish Publications in Mediterranean Archaeology, established in 2020, serves to present research conducted by PCMA UW and its partners.

Information about forthcoming volumes in the PPMA series can be found on our website and on the Peeters Publishers website.

This open-access publication was made possible with support from the Ministry of Education and Science program for “Internationalization of Research of the Archaeological Centres of the University of Warsaw in Egypt, Peru, Georgia and Montenegro”.