databases for the scenes of viticulture and winemaking in ancient Egypt
The “Irep en Kemet” research project studies the wine of Ancient Egypt analyzing the relevant data (iconography, texts, artifacts and organic material) to reveal the significance of the ancient Egyptian wine culture legacy in the Mediterranean region.
The ‘Study of viticulture and winemaking in the Egyptian tombs’ (2011-2014) research project was directed by Dr. Maria Rosa Guasch Jané at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of the Universidade Nova in Lisbon (Portugal), and funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) of the Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science.
The ‘Ancient Egypt’s wine rebirth’ EGYWINE (2016-2018) project lead by Dr. Maria Rosa Guasch Jané is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action post-doctoral grant at the Mondes Pharaoniques of the University Paris-Sorbonne (France), and funded by the European Commission (H2020-MSCA-IF-2015).
EUROMED 2016 WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE CONFERENCE held at Nicosia (Cyprus) from the 31st of October to the 5th November 2016
On the 4th of November 2016, Maria Rosa Guasch Jané will present the project paper entitled “An Interdisciplinary Study on the Ancient Egyptian Wines: the Egywine Project” at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL HERITAGE EUROMED 2016 in Nicosia (Cyprus).
The conference is organized by the Cyprus University of Technology and the European Commission, among others.
On the 26th of August 2015, the ‘Irep en Kemet’, Wine of Ancient Egypt, research project director, Dr. Maria Rosa Guasch Jané, has presented the oral communication entitled “The complete corpus of viticulture and winemaking scenes from the ancient Egyptian private tombs” in the INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF EGYPTOLOGISTS XI, held in Florence (Italy) from the 23rd to the 30th of August 2015.
This lecture will be available on-line at our website soon.
El pasado día 28 de noviembre de 2013, el equipo del Proyecto "Irep en Kemet" participó en el XI Congreso de Museos del vino de España. La presentación “La viticultura y la enología en el antiguo Egipto: estudio de las escenas presentes en las paredes de las tumbas” estuvo a cargo de Maria Rosa Guasch y Sofia Fonseca.
Los objetivos principales eran presentar el proyecto y dar a conocer la página web del proyecto patrocinada por el Vinseum, Museu de les cultures del vi de Catalunya, entidad organizadora del evento.
Presented are the research objectives of the project ‘Irep en Kemet’, Wine of Ancient Egypt, and the content of the website. This research project aims at documenting the complete corpus of wine in ancient Egypt and analysing the data (iconography, textual
sources and artefacts) to unveil the importance of the ancient Egyptian wine culture legacy in the Mediterranean region. At this stage, a bibliographical researchable database relevant to wine, viticulture and winemaking in the ancient Egypt has been completed, a scene-detail database for the viticulture and winemaking scenes in the Egyptian tombs has been recorded, and the collected data will be studied and analysed. Our main goal is to provide scholars with a complete, comprehensive archaeological and bibliographical database for the scenes of viticulture and winemaking depicted in the Egyptian tombs throughout the ancient Egyptian history. The project’s website (under construction) will include all the collected data, the study and analysis, as well as the results of our research.
Photographic mision to the private tombs with viticulture and winemaking scenes in middle egypt.
The “Irep en Kemet” Project has accomplished, between the 24th and the 28th November 2013, the second phase of the photographic mission to record all the Egyptian private tombs with viticulture and winemaking scenes. This time Mahmoud Ibrahim, head of the mission, and Mr Ahmed Amin Abdel-Rahim, photograph of the Supreme Council of Antiquities working at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, went to Middle Egypt to Asiut, Miniya and Beni Sueif to photograph the tombs located there. A total of 12 tombs were photograph. This work is being done with the authorization of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities.
All photographs Copyright: Irep en Kemet Project
With a conference entitled “Tutankhamun’s wines. The Project ‘Irep en Kemet’, Wine of Ancient Egypt”, Dr Maria Rosa Guasch Jané, the project director, was in Peralada to present the project and the research developed by the team.
The “Peralada Cultural Experiences 2014-2015” are conferences and cultural debates organized since 2008, in the ancient library of the Peralada Castle, a magnificent place for a meeting regarding cultural and heritage subjects.
List of Egyptian Tombs with viticulture and winemaking scenes
The bibliographical research of the scenes of viticulture and winemaking has resulted in the identification of some unpublished scenes. Furthermore, some of the scenes of viticulture and winemaking are not available for publication, because of copyrights or because they were never drawn or photographed.
For this reason, and with permission of Dr. Mohammed Ismail, director of the Permanent Committee and Foreign Mission Affairs of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) of Egypt, we developed a photographic survey of the graves in 2013.
The photographic work of the scenes will permit us to complete the analysis of the scenes and texts associated to those scenes.
The mission started last June 2013 in Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan and Sohag). We had 49 tombs in Luxor (9 unpublished scenes), 2 tombs in Aswan and 1 tomb in Sohag. Once we have finished this part of the survey we planned to continue with the rest of tombs having viticulture and winemaking scenes that we had identified in the rest of Egypt.
The photographic mission in Middle Egypt took place in November 2013 in Asiut (2 tombs), Miniya (8 tombs) and Beni Sueif (2 tombs).
The photographic mission in Lower Egypt was developed during December 2013 in the Giza governorate. We had 10 tombs in Giza, 13 in Saqqara, 1 in Abusir and 1 in Bahariya oases.