Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Joshua Aaron Roberson
Sealing as a practice in ancient Egypt has been attested by thousands of exemplars recovered from archaeological sites. Seals have been found in cemeteries, settlements, and military forts, which suggests they had a multifaceted use as administrative tools and religious amulets. Preserved mud sealings are equally informative, since complete sealings hold the negative impression of the seal inscription and the surface they were adhered to, such as fabric, wood, or papyrus. The present study analyzes a corpus of 423 seal impressions from a Middle Kingdom settlement site on Elephantine Island excavated by the Realities of Life project from the German Archaeological Institute. I use GIS software for spatial analysis, identify sealing types within established typologies, review the objects' proveniences, and put the corpus in its historical and cultural context for the purpose of clarifying the meaning, function, and context of seal impressions found at Elephantine.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Consola, Katherine Margaret, "A Lasting Impression? A Study of Middle Kingdom Seal Impressions from Elephantine Island" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2169.