The International Association of Egyptologists (IAE) is a professional organization that unites world-wide scholars and scientists who study the ancient cultures of Egypt. The IAE advocates for preserving the world’s archaeological heritage and condemns intentionally targeting cultural heritage sites unequivocally.
In memoriam Jan Assmann (1938-2024)
On February 19th, 2024 Jan Assmann passed away at the age of 85. He was an expert in ancient Egyptian literature, religion, and funerary beliefs and undertook archaeological and epigraphical fieldwork in Thebes. Together with his wife, he earned recognition far beyond Egyptology by coining the concept of “cultural memory”. As a professor at Heidelberg University, Jan Assmann inspired generations of students. His work has an enduring effect on how scholars see Ancient Egypt. Our thoughts are with his wife Aleida and their children.
The International Association of Egyptologists expresses its deep concern and support for our colleagues in the Sudan. Due to the violence from the warring factions, there is an immediate and serious threat to human lives and Sudan’s cultural heritage in archaeological sites, museums and communities. We call upon the international institutions to speak out and help protect ordinary Sudanese citizens, who are the victims of these destructive forces.