Current Research in Textile Archaeology along the Nile

We invite young scholars and researchers to discuss current research in textile archaeology along the Nile, from Alexandria to Khartoum. We welcome papers highlighting textiles and textile production in their archaeological context, paper following the chaîne opératoire from fibres to cloth, or on use and economic perspectives.

The seminar will be streamed online to ensure that it reaches its potential audience and that researchers who are unable to attend can still join the discussion later on. Please note that all presenters need to secure permission for online diffusion of any photos and/or drawings.

Location: Room 22.0.11 on South Campus


08:40 – 09:00  Registration, coffee, tea, and welcome

Session 1. Methods and Techniques: Renewed Interest in Ancient Textiles from Egypt and Sudan and Interdisciplinary Approaches

Chairs: Anne Drewsen and Ulrikka Mokdad

09:00 – 09:25   The Study of Textiles of the Museo Egizio: A Work in Progress
                           Valentina Turina & Mathilde Borla, Turin Museo Egizio

09:25 – 09:50   Reappraisal of the Late Antique Textile Collection from the
                           Department of Antiquity, Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts
                           Eszter Matyas, Hungarian National Museum

09:50 – 10:15   Spiral Textiles. Ancient Techniques – Modern hands
                          Ulrikka Mokdad, CTR

10:15 – 10:45   Coffee break

10:45 – 11:10   The Museological Value of Misattribution
                          Cary Karp, Uppsala University

11:10 – 11:35   Charting the Nalbinding of the Nile
                          Anne Marie Decker, independent researcher

11:35 – 12:00  The TexMeroe Project: Towards an Integrative Archaeology of Textile
                          Elsa Yvanez, CTR

12:00 – 13:00   Lunch

Session 2. From the Field: Current Research on Ancient Textiles

Chairs: Ulrikka Mokdad and Elsa Yvanez

13:00 – 13:25  Textiles in the Elite Cemetery at Hierakonpolis: Fresh Investigations
                          in 2018
                          Alistair Dickey, University of Liverpool

13:25 – 13:50  The Elephant’s Shroud
                          Anne Drewsen, CTR

13:50 – 14:15   Tracing Clothes in the Ancient Temples and Documents
                          Katarzyna Kasprzycka, University of Warsaw

14:15 – 14:45   Coffee break

14:45 – 15:10  Scientific Analysis and Technical Study of three ancient Egyptian
                          textiles from the tomb of Hatnofer and Ramose, Western Thebes,
                          New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1550 - 1295 B.C.
                          Tatiana Verdon, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, NYC

15:10 – 15:35  The Practice of Wrapping in Tutankhamun's Burial in a Comparative
                          Ziff Jonker, University of Copenhagen

15:35 – 16:00  Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:25  Qasr Ibrim. Its tools and textiles
                          Sarah Hitchens, University of Liverpool

16:25 – 16:50  Nubian Textiles project – An investigation of textiles and
                          textile production of medieval Sudan
                          Magdalena Wozniak, IKSIO-PAN Warsaw

16:50 – 17:30  Concluding remarks and discussion

17:30 – 18:30  Glass of wine in the CTR library

19:00                Dinner at the restaurant


Registration to attend the seminar is free, but required for logistic reasons.

No registration is required to access the streaming – a link will be uploaded to this page during the week before the seminar.

Please register no later than 10 January 2019.


  • Hotel Copenhagen
  • Radisson Blu Scandinavia
  • Bella Sky Copenhagen
  • Danhostel Copenhagen City
  • Copenhagen Downton Hostel


Lunch options are available at the cafeteria and cafés within the University of Copenhagen, all providing hot or cold meals with vegetarian and/or vegan options.

Coffee and tea will be served during breaks throughout the day.