Archaeology; Ancient Egypt; Valley of the Kings; Egyptology; Anthropology; mummification; burial goods; burial customs; funerary architecture; Pharaonic court; social identity; tomb robberies; agency; diachrony
Hunkeler Charlotte (2021), New results on the manufacture and durability of cartonnage: experimental archaeology as a method to understand the history of 22nd Dynasty cartonnage cases from KV40 (Thebes, Egypt), in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
, 36, 102836-102836.
BickelSusanne (2020), Retrieving the king’s treasure – reburying the king’s body: Contexts of 21st Dynasty activities in the Valley of the Kings, in Amenta Alessia, Sousa Rogério , Cooney Kathlyn M. (ed.), L'Erma di Bretschneider, Rom/Bristol, 69-79.
BickelSusanne (2020), Retrieving the king’s treasure – reburying the king’s body: Contexts of 21st Dynasty activities in the Valley of the Kings, in Bab el-Gasus in Context. Rediscovering the Tomb of the Priests of Amun
, L'Erma di Bretschneider, Rome, Bristol.
Meyer Sabrina, Frater Nakita, Seiler Roger, Bickel Susanne, Böni Thomas, Eppenberger Patrick, Rühli Frank (2020), Multidisciplinary studies of heavily fragmented and commingled ancient Egyptian human remains found in KV 40 (Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt): A pragmatic workflow and first results, in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
, 29, 102069-102069.
Gamma Claudia, Schlick-Nolte Birgit (2019), Ein gläserner Krateriskos aus dem Tal der Könige, in Antike Kunst
, 62, 3-13.
Meyer Sabrina, Galassi Francesco, Böni Thomas, Seiler Roger, Bickel Susanne, Ruehli Frank (2019), Mummified proportionate dwarfs from the Valley of the Kings, in The Lancet: Diabetes - Endocrinology
, 7, 173-175.
Münch Hans-Hubertus (2018), Noble Burials? Notes on the Use of Black Coffins in KV40., in Dawson Julie, Strudwick Helen (ed.), Oxbow, Oxford, 52-57.
Bickel Susanne (2017), KV 64. An intact 22nd dynasty burial in the Valley of the Kings. Preliminary description, in Proceedings of the First Vatican Coffin Conference I
, 83-88, Edizioni Musei Vaticani, Cità del Vaticano83-88.
Casini Emanuele (2017), La Valle delle Regine durante l’Epoca dei Thutmosidi: alcune osservazioni sull’identità sociale dei suoi ‘ospiti’, in Egitto e Vicino Oriente
, 40, 19-37.
Bickel Susanne (2017), Les tombes non-décorées de la Vallée des Rois : perspectives sociales et historiques, in Bulletin de la Société Française d'Egyptologie
, (197), 12-28.
CasiniEmanuele (2017), The Valley of the Queens: some remarks on the social identity in an 18th Dynasty necropolis, in Current Research in Egyptology 2017. Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Symposium
, NaplesArchaeopress, Oxford.
Bickel Susanne (2016), Konstruktion und Praxis einer Sakrallandschaft: das Beispiel Tal der Könige, in Beck Susanne, Backes Burkhard, Liao I-Ting, Simon Henrike, Verbovsek Alexandra (ed.), Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, 11-26.
Bickel Susanne (2016), Other tombs: queens and commoners in KV, in Wilkinson Richard H. & Weeks Kent R. (ed.), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 230-242.
CasiniEmanuele (2016), Remarks on ancient Egyptian cartonnage mummy masks from the Late Old Kingdom to the end of the New Kingdom, in Current Research in Egyptology 2016. Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Symposium, Jagiellonian U
, KrakowOxbow, Oxford.
CasiniEmanuele (2016), Volti eterni, guide nell’aldilà:
alcune osservazioni sulle maschere funerarie ritrovate nella tomba di Sennedjem a Deir el-Medina, in Egitto e Vicino Oriente
, 39, 91-106.
Bickel Susanne (2015), Das Grab KV 40 im Tal der Könige. Eine Familiengruft Amenophis’ III., in Sokar, Geschichte & Archäologie Altägyptens
Rühli Frank, Ikram Salima, Bickel Susanne (2015), New Ancient Egyptian Human Mummies from the Valley of the Kings, Luxor: Anthropological, Radiological, and Egyptological Investigations, in BioMed Research International
Bickel Susanne (2015), Prinsessen, plunderaars en priesters. Nieuwe onderzoeken naar de niet-koninklijke graven in het Dal der Koningen, in Koek Jan (ed.), Mehen Studienzentrum voor het oude Egypte, Bunnik, 160-175.
Hunkeler Charlotte, Münch Hans-Hubertus, Broken Dreams of Eternity: Third Intermediate Period Coffins and Cartonnages from KV40, in Proccedings of the Second Vatican Coffin Conference
, Musei Vaticani, Rome.
The project aims to be an interdisciplinary, innovative and fully contextualised study of a hitherto unexplored non-royal tomb (KV 40) in the UNESCO world heritage area of the Kings’ Valley in Egypt. This tomb is currently being archaeologically assessed by the University of Basel Kings’ Valley Project. The present application concerns the research necessary to scientifically explore and evaluate the archaeological results obtained to date, and to investigate the numerous historical, cultural, and social questions raised by these finds. Tomb KV 40 contains the human remains of some 50 mummified individuals, from both the 18th and 22nd dynasty (15th-14th c. BC and 9th c. BC), along with several hundred items of their funerary equipment, which have been fragmented by antique and modern looting. This tomb also yields information on members of the royal court of Thutmosis IV and Amenhotep III. In its combined egyptological, technical, and medico-anthropological approach, the project will explore the social and biological identity of the tomb owners of both periods as well as the processes of interaction between the different phases of activity. In drawing intensively on the concepts of diachrony and agency, the project will construct a new and substantiated picture of the developments and changes in the mortuary landscape of the Theban area between the 2nd millenium and first half of the 1st millennium BC. The project is designed to set new standards in combined methodology applied to research on the funerary archaeology of ancient Egypt. Finally, it will enhance the visibility of Swiss Egyptology in an interdisciplinary field.