EMCP 2011 season – Iconography report 8 March (Lisa Sabbahy)

Chariot iconography research is well underway. A collection of Eighteenth Dynasty depictions of chariots is basically complete. We are assembling a spreadsheet so that the sources can be easily reviewed and shared, and of course, checked for omissions. Sources included are: temple walls and blocks, private tombs, stelae, and ostraca. We have also been collecting any article or book chapter, which discusses any aspect of chariots in ancient Egypt, and also relevant articles about leather. When the spreadsheet is finished and checked, we will move on to the Ramesside evidence for chariots, a little more daunting task because of all the temple war scenes.

See http://www.leatherandshoes.nl/ancient-egyptian-leatherwork-project-aelp/ (scroll down to EMCP for earlier accounts and images).

Book on Bachit’s leatherwork available

Sandals, shoes and other leatherwork from the Coptic Monastery Deir el-Bachit.


The Coptic monastery and cemetery Deir el-Bachit stands on the hilltop of Dra’ Abu el-Naga, the well-known necropolis in Qurna (West Bank, Luxor). It is the largest Coptic monastery complex preserved in Western Thebes and the first monastery that has been systematically investigated. The excavation of the monastery was started as a DFG-Project des Ägyptologischen Instituts der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in close collaboration with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Abteilung Kairo.Until the start of the investigations in 2001 with a survey, little research was done. After three seasons of preliminary research, full archaeological research was started in 2004.

The leatherwork was studied in 2007, the present volume of which presents the results. The book consists of two parts: the analysis and a detailed catalogue, including colour images of all finds and, where necessary, line drawings. The finds are analysed within the framework of the excavation as well as within the frameworks of the Ancient Egyptian Leatherwork Project and the Ancient Egyptian Footwear Project (www.leatherandshoes.nl).

Available in print through www.sidestone.com and Oxbow Books.

Online reading is possible at the site of the publisher; pdf is available as well.

Tutankhamun’s Footwear Re-published

From today “Tutankhamun’s Footwear. Studies of Ancient Egyptian Footwear” is available again, as it is unrevised re-published by Sidestone Press, an Academic publisher (based in Leiden) that is specialised in archaeology. One can order it directly through their website (www.sidestone.com). Moreover, one can read the book online in Sidestone’s e-library: http://www.sidestone.com/library/.

Update December 2011

Dear visitor,

Despite the problems in Egypt, work on the two projects continued. Most of the time, however, was spent to the EMCP, the daily reports of which can be read below. The Nature article has lead to much attention and several papers, interviews and other developments was the result of that. The work will continue next year with a focus on conservation; photography and registration of all Tano leather has been finished, next the comparable material in the Egyptian Museum will be the focus of the team members responsible for this task. Simultaneously, the detailed analysis will be done. Both the philological and iconographic studies started.

Preparation of the Chariot Conference (1 & 2 December 2012) is ongoing; please, have a look at the announcements for information.

Work on the leather finds from Gebel Adda, housed in the Royal Ontario Museum, is ongoing. In 2012 the leatherwork found by the Polish Mission to Deir el-Bahari, the German Mission to Dra Abu el-Naga and the German/Swiss Mission at Elephentine will be studied.

The continuation of the work in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo of the Footwear Project is scheduled for next year as well: there are still about 40 pieces to be studied. Meanwhile, work on the final archaeological report of the project  (phase I) is ongoing.

Below you will find a list of articles that have been published or submitted this year; you can find these too at the sections on this website, together with the description of the projects. Due to problems with the previous publisher of the Tutankhamun Footwear and Amarna Leatherwork books, I was forced to re-publish them. I am grateful to my friends from Sidestone Press (www.sidestone.com) to take care of this and, especially, for find time to do this on such a short notice and so fast, making the books available again by next year! A nice development is that the books will also be made available online to read. Moreover, a new book was published on the leatherwork from the Coptic Monastery Deir el-Bachit (see below).

Amarna Leatherwork: http://www.sidestone.com/books/amarna-s-leatherwork. For online reading: http://www.sidestone.com/library/amarna-s-leatherwork

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012!




AELP (including EMCP)

Veldmeijer, A.J. & S. Ikram. Submitted. [The Tano chariot in the Egyptian Museum Cairo.] – Current World Archaeology.

Veldmeijer, A.J. & S. Ikram. Submitted. De strijdwagen in het oude Egypte: een overzicht. – Archeologie Magazine.

Veldmeijer, A.J. & S. Ikram. With contributions by L. Skinner. Submitted.  Preliminary Report of the Egyptian Museum Chariot Project (EMCP). –  Bulletin of the American Research Center in Egypt.

Veldmeijer, A.J. & S. Ikram. Submitted. Why Leather in Ancient Egyptian Chariots? – Proceedings ‘Why Leather’ Conference.

Veldmeijer, A.J. 2011. What’s in a stitch. – Archaeological Leather Group Newsletter 34: 16-19.

Veldmeijer, A.J. 2011. Sandals, shoes and other leatherwork from the Coptic Monastery of Deir el-Bachit. Analysis and Catalogue. – Leiden, Sidestone Press.

Marchant, J. 2011. A short article about our Egyptian Museum Chariot Project:



2011. Studies of Ancient Egyptian Footwear. Technological Aspects. Part XIV. Leather Eared Sandals. – PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 8, 5: 1-31 (free download at www.palarch.nl).

In press. Ptolemaic footwear from the Amenhotep II temple at Luxor. – Journal of the American Research Centre in Egypt.

In press. Studies of Ancient Egyptian Footwear. Technological Aspects. Part XVIII. Fibre Composite Sandals. – Jaarberichten Ex Oriente Lux.

New paper AEFP

A new paper in the series on footwear technology has been published on www.PalArch.nl:

2011. Studies of Ancient Egyptian Footwear. Technological Aspects. Part XIV. Leather Eared Sandals. – PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 8, 5: 1-31.


New publication EMCP

A new publication is added at http://www.leatherandshoes.nl/ancient-egyptian-leatherwork-project-aelp/: 2011. What’s in a stitch. – Archaeological Leather Group Newsletter 34: 16-19.

Update September 2011

Dear colleagues,

Although promised in the post notification message to update the site next week (thus in late July), because of the summer holidays I decided to wait a bit until everybody is in office again.

Ancient Egyptian Leatherwork Project (AELP)

The monograph on the leatherwork from the Coptic Monastery Deir el-Bachit is in press (Sidestone Publishers, www.sidestone.nl). I have uploaded the cover on the AELP page (http://www.leatherandshoes.nl/ancient-egyptian-leatherwork-project-aelp/).

Dr. Ole Herslund (University of Copenhagen) has joined the EMCP to have a close look at chariot-related texts.

Ancient Egyptian Footwear Project (AEFP)

The study of the items in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo will continue this fall; there are still about 35 sandals and other pieces of footwear that needs to be looked at.

The book “Tutankhamun’s Footwear. Studies of Ancient Egyptian Footwear” will be republished by Sidestone Press (www.sidestone.nl) later this year.

Most recent publications are:

2011. Studies of ancient Egyptian footwear. Technological aspects. Part VIII. Fibre, coiled sandals. – Jaarberichten Ex Oriente Lux 43: 57-68.

2011. Leatherwork from Gebel Adda in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. – Archaeological Leather Group Newsletter 33: 8-11.

For a full list of publications, see page ‘Footwear Project’ (http://www.leatherandshoes.nl/ancient-egyptian-footwear-project-aefp/).

Added to Publications Phase I. Manufacturing Technology at http://www.leatherandshoes.nl/ancient-egyptian-footwear-project-aefp/ are several images of the book presentation (Tutankhamun’s Footwear) in the Allard Pierson Museum (Amsterdam) in May 2010, which was celebrated with a mini-exhibition ‘Archaeology Meets Design’. Here, several reconstructions of Egyptian-Roman and Egyptian-Christian footwear and one of Tutankhamun’s shoes (made by Martin Moser) was exhibited together with creations of the famous Dutch shoe-designer Jan Janssen (www.janjansen.com).

Ancient Egyptian Leatherwork Project (AELP)

Our work on the so-called Tano Chariot (EMCP) will continue this fall. Focus of the work will be the drawing of the pieces and conservation. Related to this material is the chariot leather from Thutmosis IV, Amenhotep II and III, the study of which we hope to continue as well. One paper related to this project is in press:

What’s in a stitch. – Archaeological Leather Group Newsletter.

The book “Amarna’s Leatherwork. Part I. Preliminary Analysis and Catalogue” will be republished by Sidestone Press (www.sidestone.nl) later this year.

The book “Sandals, Shoes and Other Leatherwork from the Coptic Monastery Deir el-Bachit. Analysis and Catalogue” (http://www.leatherandshoes.nl/ancient-egyptian-leatherwork-project-aelp/) will be published by Sidestone Press (www.sidestone.nl) and is expected to become available in several weeks.

Post Notification Installed

Dear Visitor,

It took a while but finally the post notification system is installed in order to update you on the proceedings of the Ancient Egyptian Footwear Project (AEFP) and the Ancient Egyptian Leatherwork Project (AELP), including the Egyptian Museum Chariot Project (EMCP). However, we will not notify you with all minor changes; in order to keep the number of notifications limited, we will bundle the news and update the website only several times a year.

I have added the email addresses of:

– those who are or were responsible for the museum collections that have been studied within the framework of the Projects or helped while working;

– those responsible for the excavations of which finds have been studied;

– those who collaborate (or collaborated) other than just mentioned;

– those who expressed their interest in the projects.

If you do not want to receive notifications anymore, please, let me know and you will be removed from the list immediately.

The first update will follow this week.