Seth, God of Confusion: the archaeology of a cult centre in Egypt

  • Hope, Colin (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Bowen, Gillian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Gardner, Iain (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project examines the growth and survival of the cult of Seth in Egypt's Western Desert against the background of the cult's suggested proscription elsewhere in the ancient state. Through detailed excavation and radiometric dating of the cult centre in Dakhleh Oasis, it will make a powerful case for continued veneration of Seth as a sign of regional independence. This will challenge the orthodox view that Egypt operated as a monolithic state, impacting significantly on hw we approach ancient Egyptian religion and administration. In doing so, the study will position an Australian research team at the forefront of contemporary scholarship on Egypt, enhancing our national reputation in the promotion and preservation of global heritage.
Effective start/end date1/01/1530/12/22


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$541,582.00
  • Monash University
  • University of Sydney