The sites of Hierakonpolis, Elkab and Edfu exerted profound political, religious and artistic influence on ancient Egyptian civilization. This one day colloquium presents the results of current archaeological fieldwork, exploring why this region was such a powerful force in Egypt’s heartland.

List of speakers:

  • Wouter Claes, Belgian Archaeological Mission to Elkab
  • Rob Demarée, University of Leiden
  • Aaron de Souza, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Gregory Marouard, Tell Edfu Project
  • Vivian Davies, Elkab-Hagr Edfu Expedition
  • Renée Friedman, Hierakonpolis Expedition
  • Liam McNamara, Hierakonpolis Expedition
  • Luigi Prada, Elkab Expedition
  • Susanne Woodhouse, Elkab-Hagr Edfu Expedition
  • Jordan Miller, University of Oxford
  • Ellen Jones, University of Oxford

Download the colloquium programme and abstracts

Egypt's Heartland Special Evening Lecture
Dr Nadine Moeller, Director of Tell Edfu Project, University of Chicago
6.30–7.30pm, Ashmolean Museum (Doors open at 6pm)

New insights into relations between center and periphery: the evolution of the administrative quarter at Edfu from the Old Kingdom to the Second Intermediate Period.

Evening Reception
7.30–9pm, Ashmolean Museum Atrium and Galleries for Ancient Egypt and Sudan

Additional activities will take place on the morning of Friday 19 July. Please download the programme (link above) for more information.


Full colloquium ticket, including evening lecture with Dr Moeller and the evening reception
£65/£60/£55 Full, Concession and Members*


Evening lecture with Dr Moeller and evening reception only
(Does not include entry to the daytime colloquium events)
£30/£25/£25 Full, Concession and Members*


*Members rates apply to Members of the Ashmolean Museum and the Friends of Nekhen (Hierakonpolis Expedition)