International Conference on Ancient Egyptian Chariotry 2012

In 2012, a two-day conference on ancient Egyptian chariotry was held at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC).

A successful conference

Dr André J. Veldmeijer, Prof. Dr. Joost Crouwel and Dr. Salima Ikram

Dr André J. Veldmeijer, Prof. Dr. Joost Crouwel and Dr. Salima Ikram

The First International Chariot Conference, jointly organised by Dr Salima Ikram of the American University in Cairo and Dr André J. Veldmeijer of the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, took place on Friday 30 November and 1 & 2 December.

The conference was held at the NVIC, with specialist from all over the world attending. This exciting conference covered a wide variety of topics (see the abstracts), although the focus remained on ancient Egyptian chariots.

Twenty-two papers were given, including the key-note lecture by Prof. Dr Joost Crouwel who, back in 1973, studied Tutankhamun’s chariots together with the late Mary Littauer. The objective of the conference was to assess the current knowledge on chariots and pinpoint the lacunae for further study. Thus, research can be directed more precisely to acquire missing knowledge.

In this we were successful as the conference served as inspiration for new research, new ideas and as meeting point for scientists. The success of the conference can, perhaps, best be valued by the call for a follow-up conference in due course.

A selection of photographs can be found here.

Fifth Notification: Schedule and Abstracts

1 - 2 December 2012

Preparations for the First International Chariot Conference, jointly organised by the American University in Cairo (AUC) and the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC), are in full swing and we are looking forward to it. The conference will be held at the NVIC on Zamalek on the 1st and 2nd of December.

Registration will be possible on the preceding day (Friday 30 November) from 4.00 to 6.30 pm

The key-note lecture of the conference will also be held on Friday 30 November preceding the conference by Prof. Joost Crouwel. This key note lecture: Studying the Six Chariots from the tombs of Tutankhamun ,  starts at 7.00 pm sharp.

Registration for the conference will also be possible on Saturday morning from 08.30 to 09.00 a.m.

The abstracts of the conference can be found here (by Sidestone Press Leiden and the PalArch Foundation Amsterdam). The updated version will be uploaded shortly before the start of the conference. A working version will be part of the conference package.

You may find all relevant information (including details on transportation) here

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of queries.
Kind regards,

André Veldmeijer and Salima Ikram


Friday, 30 November: NVIC, 1, Dr. Mahmoud Azmi Street, Zamalek.

16.00 - 18.30 Registration at Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC)
19.00 Key-note lecture by Prof. Dr. Joost Crouwel (Professor Emeritus of Aegean Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam): Studying the Six Chariots from the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

Saturday, 1 December

08.30 Registration
09.00  Welcome
09.30  Salima Ikram: The ‘Tano’ Chariot and the Egyptian Museum Chariot Project.
10.00  André J. Veldmeijer: The ‘Tano’ Chariot: The Near Complete Leatherwork from an Ancient Egyptian Chariot.
10.30  Lucy Skinner: Conservation of an Ancient Egyptian Chariot Cover: Its Secrets Revealed.

11.00 Break

11.30 Edgar B. Pusch: Qantir/Pi-Ramesse “… Headquarters of Thy Chariotry …”.
12.00 Silvia Prell: The Workshops of the Chariotry of Qantir- Piramesse.
12.30 Bela Sandor: Chariots’ Inner Dynamics: Springs and Rota-tional Inertias.

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Heidi Köpp: The Chariot as a Mode of Locomotion in Civil Contexts.
15.00 Hermann Genz: The Introduction of the Light, Horse-Drawn Chariot and the Role of Archery in the Near East. At the Tran-sition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Ages: Is there a Connection?
15.30 Samantha L. Cook: Cultural Implications of the Chariot and Composite Bow in New Kingdom Egypt.

16.00 Break

16.30 Arianna Sacco: The Depiction of Chariots on Wall Reliefs in New Kingdom Egypt and Neo-Assyrian Empire.
17.00 Lisa Sabbahy: Gendering Chariot Use in New Kingdom Egypt.

Sunday, 2 December

09.00 Mattia Raccidi: The 3rd Millenium BC Chariots in Syria: A Study through the Documentation.
09.30 Edwin C. Brock: A Possible Chariot Canopy for Tutankhamun.
10.00 Yukiko Sasada: An Alternative Theory for ‘Bit-Wear’ found on the Second Premolar Teeth of the Buhen Horse.
10.30 Fernando Quesada-Sanz: Physical Limits of Horses and Men and the Military Employment of Light Chariots in the Near Eastern Late Bronze Age.

11.00 Break

11.30 Roberto Díaz Hernández: The Role of the War Chariot in the Formation of the Egyptian Empire in the Early 18th Dynasty.
12.00 Colleen Manassa: The Chariot that Plunders Foreign Lands: Paronomasia and Chariots in New Kingdom Literature.
12.30 Ole Herslund: Chariots in the Daily Life of New Kingdom Egypt.
13.00 Mohamed Raafat Abbas: The Diplomatic Role of the Chari-oteers in the Ramesside Period.

13.30 Lunch

15.00 Anthony Spalinger: Egyptian Chariots: Departing for War.
15.30 Ian Shaw: Ballistic Missiles and Electric Cars: The Differing Aims and Trajectories of Egyptian and Syro-Hittite Chariots.
16.00 Discussion

18.30: Reception at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (only for participants of the conference).

Fourth notification First International Chariott Conference

Dear Colleagues,

This fourth notification will present the details of the conference as well as how to prepare and submit the paper for the proceedings. The next notification will offer details on travelling to Egypt, going from Cairo International Airport and how to find the Netherlands-Flemish Institute (NVIC) in Zamalek, together with other information.

The schedule for the Conference is finished. The schedule and abstracts are available as .pdf at Each paper has been allotted a slot of 20 minutes with five minutes for questions. Note that, because of the tight schedule, we intend to enforce this schedule closely.

There will be an opportunity to register on two occasions: Friday 30 November from 16.00 to 18.30 and Saturday 1 December from 08.30 to 09.00 at the registration desk in the NVIC. Costs are: foreigners $ 20 (LE 120); foreign students $ 10 (LE 60); Egyptians $ 5 (LE 30); Egyptian students $ 2 (LE 10).

The proceedings will be jointly published by the PalArch Foundation and Sidestone Press , and offered for free downloading at It will be readable online for free in the e-library of Sidestone Press. Printed versions (Printing on Demand) can be obtained through Sidestone Press as well.

PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology (PJAEE; ISSN 1567-214X) is a
peer-reviewed, open access, online journal.

Best wishes,
André J. Veldmeijer & Salima Ikram

Secound Announcement

Chariots, the racecars of the ancient world, are amongst the most influential inventions in the history of warfare and a tribute to human inventiveness. Despite their prominence in different aspects of ancient Egyptian life, little is known about them. This conference serves, for the first time, to gather together specialists (archaeologists, philologists, art historians, technical specialists, and historians) who work on chariots and related subjects from ancient Egypt and the Near East.

The conference is scheduled for 1 & 2 December, 2012.

The conference will be held in Cairo (NVIC, 1, Dr. Sh. Mahmoud Azmi Str, Zamalek) and is jointly sponsored by the Netherlands Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) and the American University in Cairo (AUC).

Call for papers

Topics can include chariot technology, production, reconstruction, uses, social significance, typology, as well as other chariot-related subjects. Posters will also be accepted. The conference language is English.

Both papers and posters will be published online in a special edition of PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology (PJAEE;, an open-access peer-reviewed journal (ISSN 1567-214X) but will also be available as PoD volume in collaboration with Sidestone Press Academics (Leiden:, who are specialised in publishing archaeological scientific literature.

Please send titles and abstracts (500 words or less), by March 1 2012 to
: and

Notification of acceptances will be sent out by April 1 2012 and a final schedule will be sent out by May 20 2012.

The next announcement will include suggestions for hotels as well as other details.
André J. Veldmeijer & Salima Ikram

First Announcement

The exact dates in November will be announced in the Second Announcement later this year, together with detailed information on the objectives of the meeting.

The conference is a direct consequence of the Egyptian Museum Chariot Project, which is a detailed study of chariot leatherwork (see

Key-note speaker: Prof. Dr J.H. Crouwel (University of Amsterdam)


Dr André J. Veldmeijer (Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo)
( or
Prof. Dr Salima Ikram (American University in Cairo)

Of course you can already contact us if you are interested to come.

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