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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1330: Epigraphies of Pious Travel, II: Space and Epigraphy

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Rachael Banes, School of History, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Arkady Avdokhin, Institute for Antiquity & Near East Studies, Russian State University of Humanities
Paper 1330-aUsing Graffiti (or the Absence of Them) as Proxy Data for Sacred Space: The Memnonium at Abydos (Again)
(Language: English)
Ian Rutherford, Department of Classics, University of Reading
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Daily Life, Epigraphy
Paper 1330-bThe Epigraphic Melting Pot: Pilgrims and Epigraphic Traditions in Greek Graffiti from the Sinai
(Language: English)
Rachael Banes, School of History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Epigraphy
Paper 1330-cScanner's Progress: 3D Modelling Russian and Byzantine Pilgrimage Epigraphy
(Language: English)
Sophia Shevchuk
Yuri Svoiski
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Byzantine Studies, Epigraphy

This is the second of two interconnected panels organised by the 'Epigraphies of Pious Travel' project. The panel investigates the graffiti carved by pilgrims in the eastern Mediterranean, and focuses in specific on both space and epigraphy in relation to pilgrimage. The first paper examines how graffiti can be used to identify sacred space at a pilgrimage site in Egypt, whilst the second paper considers travellers' inscriptions in the Sinai and the epigraphic traditions which influenced these texts. The final paper bridges the gap between the medieval world and the modern era, looking at how we can record and preserve pilgrimage graffiti with 3D scanning technology. This panel encompasses a period of over one thousand years of history, with a strong focus on the pilgrimage networks of the eastern Mediterranean and their epigraphic output.