Issue 13: November 2009


BMSAES 13 contains 11 papers submitted for publication in the Proceedings of the Third International Colloquium on Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt, which was held at the British Museum from 27 July to 1 August 2008.

This selection from the more than 40 papers that will ultimately appear in the full proceedings “Egypt at its Origins 3” (Peeters’ Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta series), touches on a wide range of topics and recent discoveries pertaining to this formative period is Egyptian history.

Potmarks were the subject of a special workshop during the conference and particular emphasis has been placed on them here in order to make these studies available as quickly as possible in the hope of generating further discussion of and interest in these still enigmatic markings. For further information please visit  

In addition to prompt distribution, the 11 papers published herein also benefit from BMSAES’s online format, which has enabled us to reproduce numerous, high-quality images in full colour.

In particular, this format has made it possible to include the stunning photographs of the finds from Tell el-Farkha illustrating the contribution by Krzysztof Ciałowicz who delivered the 2008 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology.

The papers have been edited by Renée Friedman and Liam McNamara, both for this online publication and the eventual hard copy publication. Elisabeth O’Connell has edited the papers to conform to BMSAES style guidelines. 

The full conference program and abstracts of papers presented are available at:

Renée Friedman
Elisabeth R. O’Connell


Pottery production at Hierakonpolis during the Naqada II period: Toward a reconstruction of the firing technique
Masahiro Baba
Institute of Egyptology, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

South Levantine Early Bronze Age chronological correlations with Egypt in light of the Narmer serekhs from Tel Erani and Arad: New interpretations
Eliot Braun
W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, Israel and Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem, Israël

The corpus of pre-firing potmarks from Adaïma (Upper Egypt)
Gaëlle Bréand
EHESS-CRPPM, CNRS UMR 5608 “TRACES,” Toulouse, France

The development and nature of inequality in early Egypt
Juan José Castillos
Uruguayan Institute of Egyptology, Montevideo, Uruguay

The Early Dynastic administrative-cultic centre at Tell el-Farkha
Krzysztof M. Ciałowicz
Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Egypt and Nubia in the 5th–4th millennia BC: A view from the First Cataract and its surroundings
Maria Carmela Gatto
Yale University, New Haven, USA

Burial practices of the Final Neolithic pastoralists at Gebel Ramlah, Western Desert of Egypt
Michał Kobusiewicz, Jacek Kabaciński, Romuald Schild, Joel D. Iris and Fred Wendorf

Egyptian engineering in the Early Dynastic period: The sites of Saqqara and Helwan
Angela La Loggia
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

The corpus of potmarks from Tarkhan
Lisa Mawdsley
Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Investigating a new Dynasty 2 necropolis at South Saqqara
Ilona Regulski
Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Potmarks from Early Dynastic Buto and Old Kingdom Giza: Their occurrence and economic significance
Anna Wodzińska
Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland