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This paper seeks to outline the rich potential of finds from tombs. The archaeological interpretation of material coming from funerary contexts is not limited to the reconstruction of burial customs and funerary culture, but such material adds to our knowledge of everyday life, social structures, various aspects of society as well as ethics and thoughts of people (cf. Pinch, G., in: Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Egyptologists). Further, the finds attest to a variability of funerary customs in Ancient Egypt despite the fact that most of the material is associated with the upper class. Within this elite-biased view on funerary culture, the material evidence suggests a certain discrepancy between written theory and real practice – archaeological findings may contradict texts and pictorial sources related to procedures such as building one’s tomb, respecting the dead and worshipping ancestors (cf. Baines, J./Lacovara, P., in: Journal of Social Archaeology2). The paper also highlights possible approaches to communicate basic knowledge concerning the topic to undergraduate students. Given the diversity of the subject, it seems necessary to simplify some aspects in order to avoid confusion and to successfully communicate main issues e. g. the importance of documenting find spots and artefact association.

In: Methodik und Didaktik in der Ägyptologie
Herausforderungen eines kulturwissenschaftlichen Paradigmenwechsels in den Altertumswissenschaften
Für die ägyptologische Methodik und Didaktik stellt der gegenwärtige kulturwissenschaftliche Paradigmenwechsel eine besondere Herausforderung dar. In 38 Beiträgen werden die vielfältigen epistemologischen Schwierigkeiten, aber auch die Chancen diskutiert, die sich aus dem kulturwissenschaftlichen Paradigmenwechsel ergeben. Aus dem Gespräch von Ägyptologie, Kultur-, Geschichts- und Religionswissenschaft, Linguistik, Archäologie und Museologie ergeben sich neue Perspektiven. Nicht zuletzt gelingt es den Beiträgen, Impulse für die Entwicklung fachübergreifender Fragestellungen der verschiedensten kulturwissenschaftlichen Diskurse zu geben.