Diplomatic marriages in the Late Bronze Age
International marriages were an important custom of the Late Bronze Age (1600-1200 BCE) in the Ancient Near East (ANE) and Egypt, serving as a major form of diplomacy between royal families. Textual documentation of the ANE and Egypt and recently discovered archaeological data in Luxor (Egypt) will allow the study of the role royal foreign women played in Ancient Egypt and highlight their status at the Egyptian court. Under a gender study and gender archaeology perspective, the EU-funded PRINCESS project will analyse the diplomatic marriages and their role as political unions, as well as explore the funerary customs related to these royal foreign women and their entourage to understand their acculturation level. Finally, excavations will be conducted in Gurob (Egypt, Fayum area), where an important harem-palace was built, to collect new data on the foreign community belonging to the royal entourage housed there.
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