Belgian expansionism and the making of Egyptology, 1830-1952

Introducing P&P’s sister project: SURA

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SURA - Unlocking the Photographic Archives of the Pioneering Years of Egyptology at the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels

SURA is a two-year joint project between the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH) in Brussels and the Department of Archaeology of KU Leuven. It aims to valorise a historical collection of ca. 7000 glass-plate negatives kept in the famous Egyptological library of the RMAH. These images date to the first half of the 20th century and document the pioneering years of Egyptology in Belgium from the perspective of Jean Capart and his collaborators. The archaeological sites where the RMAH excavated, and from which objects entered into the museum’s collection, are featured among these glass negatives, as are photographs of sites and excavations by other teams. Images of objects in various museum collections worldwide, of the Egyptian landscape, flora, and population are part of the collection as well. SURA is supported by BELSPO as part of the research program Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks (BRAIN-be 2.0 2018-2023).

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