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MAES Lecture 14/4/14: Prof. Rosalie David – The Priests of Ancient Egypt

BM EA 65443. Statue of a priest.

BM EA 65443. Statue of a priest.

The next Manchester Ancient Egypt Society Bob Partridge Memorial Lecture will be given by Prof. Rosalie David

The Priests of Ancient Egypt, Practioners of Magic and Medicine

Monday 14th April, 7:30pm
Days Inn, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3AL
All welcome

 

The priesthood dominated and permeated almost every aspect of ancient Egyptian society, and yet there have been very few studies of their impact on this civilisation.

Professor David is currently undertaking a detailed study of the priesthood and the contribution it made to life in Egypt, and this lecture will explore one important aspect of the work – how the priests functioned for over three thousand years as the main practitioners of medicine and magic.

It will reveal how biomedical studies on human remains and the literary sources relating to the priesthood and medical treatment are helping to augment our knowledge of this very important group in Egyptian society.

Professor Rosalie David, OBE, PhD, FRSA, is Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at The University of Manchester and until her retirement in 2012, she was Director of the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at The University of Manchester. She was formerly Keeper of Egyptology at the Manchester Museum.

She is the author of over 30 books and many articles and was awarded the OBE for services to Egyptology.

 

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Lecture in Perth, 28/3/14: ‘Dying to Live Again: Mummies in Ancient Egypt & Today’

Gilded Roman mummy mask from Hawara. Acc. No, 2179. Photo: Paul Cliff

Gilded Roman mummy mask from Hawara. Acc. No, 2179. Photo: Paul Cliff

“Dying to Live Again: Mummies in Ancient Egypt and Today”

  • Friday 28 March 2014
  • Time: 18:00
  • Venue: Perth Museum and Art Gallery
  • Suitability: Families
  • Cost: £5.00
  • Booking: Essential

A talk by Dr Campbell Price , Curator of Egypt and the Sudan at Manchester Museum, in conjuction with the newly-opened “Secret Egypt” exhibition in Perth.

Campbell’s work involves caring for one of the finest collections of Ancient Egyptian Mummies in the UK. He was also responsible for translating the hieroglyphic inscription on Perth Museum and Art Galleries own mummy resulting in the discovery of her name – Takherheb. This evening marks the launch of our fundraising campaign to help conserve Takherheb.

Perth Museum & Art Gallery's Egyptian mummy and case photographed in 2010

The Perth Mummy, Takherheb

Suitable for adults and children aged 10 and over.

Book here

Contact details

Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Perth & Kinross Council
George Street
Perth
PH1 5LB
01738 632488

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London Event 26/10/13: “In the footsteps of Petrie”

Petrie_1903A fundraising study day run by the Friends of the Petrie Museum, exploring Flinders Petrie’s world of excavation and collecting. Part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Friends and in honour of Petrie’s 160th birthday.

 

Venue : Institute of Archaeology UCL
Cost is £25 for Friends of the Petrie / £30 for guests / £10 students
Booking form here

 

 

 

PROGRAMME

9.30: welcome
9.45 – 10.45 Professor Stephen Quirke: Framing Petrie: the worlds of archaeology and Egypt 1853-1942
10.45 – 11.15 coffee
11.15 – 12.15 Dr Campbell Price: While skulls bobbed around on the waves: Petrie at Hawara
12.15 – 12.30 short break
12.30 – 1.30 Dr Tine Bagh: It’s all about the money: financing Petrie’s excavations
1.30 – 2.30 lunch (please make your own arrangements)
2.30 – 3.30: Dr Paolo Del’Vesco: In the company of Petrie: letters, notebooks and pocket diaries in the archive of the Petrie Museum
3.30 – 4.00: tea
4.00 – 5.00: Dr Alice Stevenson: The General and the young surveyor: Petrie, Pitt-Rivers and Victorian archaeology
5.00 – 5.30: Panel Q&A

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MAES Lecture 14/10/13: Derek Welsby, ‘Excavations at Gematon: A Kushite City on the Nile’

BM EA 1770The next Manchester Ancient Egypt Society lecture will be given by Dr. Derek Welsby

Excavations at Gematon, a Kushite City on the Nile

Monday 14th October, 7:30pm
Days Inn, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3AL
All welcome

 

Founded by the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaton in the 14th century BC Kawa flourished for nearly 2000 years. Ongoing excavations by the Sudan Archaeological Research Society in association with the British Museum are concentrating on the remains of the Kushite town, on its houses, industrial quarter, store rooms and shrines. Work is also taking place in the contemporary cemetery where a number of dressed stone pyramids have been uncovered recently along with evidence for links with the Roman World. The talk will seek to set Kawa in its Kushite context and highlight some of the most important results of the excavations.

Derek Welsby directed excavations in Sudan at Soba East (1982-92), survey and excavations in the Northern Dongola Reach (1993-98) and excavations at Kawa (1998-present) as well as a number of smaller projects including an archaeological survey along the Wadi Halfa to Kerma railway. He is project director of the SARS mission forming a part of the Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project, is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum and was until recently President of the International Society for Nubian Studies. He has published extensively on the archaeology of Sudan including The Kingdom of Kush. The Napatan and Meroitic Empires and The Medieval Kingdoms of Nubia. Pagans, Christian and Muslims on the Middle Nile.

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MAES lecture 09/09/13: ‘Experimental Mummification’ by Ryan Metcalfe

Gilded Roman mummy mask from Hawara. Acc. No, 2179. Photo: Paul Cliff

Gilded Roman mummy mask from Hawara. Acc. No, 2179. Photo: Paul Cliff

The next Manchester Ancient Egypt Society lecture will be given by Dr. Ryan Metcalfe

Experimental Mummification

Monday 9th September, 7:30pm
Days Inn, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3AL
All welcome

Despite being a source of fascination and scientific investigation for well over a century, the methods used by the ancient Egyptians to mummify their dead are still not fully understood. The effects of the process on chemical analysis are also rather obscure, but the range of materials used in mummification may have a significant impact. A large number of experimental models have been produced over the years. Although these have tended to look at the overall success of the methods under investigation, the last few years have seen a small number of studies focussing on the chemical and biochemical effects of Egyptian mummification. This talk will present the most recent experiments undertaken at Manchester.

Ryan Metcalfe spent over 12 years in the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology, working up from MSc student to Lecturer. Coming from a background in the sciences rather than Egyptology, his research has concentrated on the use of chemical and biological analysis and in particular how mummification affects our ability to work with ancient human remains.

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‘Hidden Treasures’ events: A shabti of Pinudjem II & blue painted pottery

Pinudjem-II

Photo: Glenn Janes

Join Manchester Museum curators and conservation team for Hidden Treasures events , a national initiative to celebrate collections in UK museums and archives. Museum staff will talk about newly acquired objects.

Drop-in, FREE

2-3pm, Collections Study Centre,  Floor 3, all ages

Thursday 22 August: With Curator of Egypt and Sudan, Campbell Price, talking about a shabti of the 21st Dynasty priest-king Pinudjem II.

Friday 23 August: With trainee Curator of Egypt and Sudan, Anna Garnett, talking about blue painted Egyptian pottery, dating to the New Kingdom.

More information on the programme at the Museum Meets blog.

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Bob Partridge Memorial Lecture 10/06/13: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Amenemhat sphinxThe next Manchester Ancient Egypt Society lecture will be given by Dr. Toby Wilkinson.

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Monday 10th June, 7:30pm
Days Inn, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3AL
All welcome

Ancient Egypt has all the ingredients of an epic novel – glittering courts, dynastic intrigues, murky assassinations and epic battles; individual stories of heroism and skulduggery, of triumph and tragedy; powerful women and tyrannical kings – but the real history is even more surprising. The Ancient Egyptians were the first group of people to share a common culture, outlook and identity within a defined geographical territory governed by a single political authority – concepts of nationhood that continue to dominate the planet. As the world’s first nation-state, the history of Ancient Egypt is above all the story of the attempt to unite a disparate realm and defend it against hostile forces from within and without. In this lecture, Toby Wilkinson sets out to reveal Ancient Egypt in all its complexity, including the relentless propaganda, the cut-throat politics, the brutality and repression that lay behind the appearance of unchanging monarchy, as well as the extraordinary architectural and cultural achievements for which the pharaohs are justly famous.

Dr Toby Wilkinson is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He is a regular media commentator on Egypt, has lectured on Ancient Egypt throughout the UK and overseas and has contributed to many television and radio programmes. Toby is the author of 8 books on Ancient Egypt, the most recent of which, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, was named by the Times, the Sunday Times, and BBC History Magazine as one of the history books of the year, and won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for the best popular history of 2010.

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Egyptian ‘Fake or Find?’ workshop, Friday 7th June 2013

shabti_fake‘FAKE or FIND?’ WORKSHOP

2-3pm, Friday 7th June 2013.

Collections Study Centre

Join Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and the Sudan, and find out how to tell Egyptian treasure from tourist tat!

What tell-tale signs distinguish a genuinely ancient piece from a modern imitation?

Using examples of both genuine and fake from the collection, Campbell will show some of the tricks of the trade.

A great chance to bring along any Egyptian items you would like to be identified.

Entry is FREE, but booking is essential as places are limited. Email museum@manchester.ac.uk to book.

Find out more here.

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MAES lecture, 13/5/13: Geoffrey Tassie “Hair and State Formation in Ancient Egypt”

The next Manchester Ancient Egypt Society lecture will be given by Dr. Geoffrey Tassie

Hair and State Formation in Ancient Egypt

Monday 13th May, 7:30pm
Days Inn, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3AL
All welcome

 

Hair, the most malleable part of the human body, lends itself to the most varied forms of impermanent modifications. The resulting hairstyles convey social practices and norms, and may be regarded as a “representation of self”. As such they may be considered as an integral element in the maintenance and structuring of society. Hairstyles were linked to the identity of individuals and social groups, such as men, women, children and the elderly. Within the social hierarchy hairstyles were used as a means of displaying status. After experimentation with a broad spectrum of hairstyles during the Protodynastic and early Dynasty I, an institutionalised canon for hairstyles was established, coinciding with the creation of administrative institutions. Once the canon was established standard hairstyles continued to serve as the norms for identifying members of the administration or signs of authority.

Dr. G. J. Tassie is an Honorary Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Winchester focussing on the areas of Predynastic Egyptian archaeology and social theory, particularly how the rise of state is reflected in the body. He has directed the Egypt Exploration Society’s Kafr Hassan Dawood and Wadi Tumilat Survey and Excavation Project in the East Delta, researching Fourth and Third Millennium BC sites and investigating the environmental history of the region. In addition to writing over 60 publications, he has devoted his time over the last 10 years to tackling issues of cultural heritage management. He is also engaged in numerous field expeditions in Europe, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt.

 

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MAES lecture, 8/4/13: Chris Naunton, “Regime Change in 25th Dynasty Thebes”

BM EA 1770

Sphinx of Taharqa. BM EA 1770.

The next Manchester Ancient Egypt Society lecture will be given by Dr. Chris Naunton, Director of the EES

Regime Change and the Administration of Thebes During the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty.

Monday 8th April, 7:30pm
Days Inn, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3AL
All welcome

The Piye Stela suggests that the Nubian king of that name invaded Egypt and defeated a series of local, independent to re-establish central authority after a brief period when the country had become divided. In fact however there are good reasons to think that the country had been divided for some time and that the Kushites already had control of quite a bit of it, but never really had total control of the whole of the Two Lands. The study of the administration immediately beneath the level of King, and the titles held by important individuals in particular, can tell us a great deal about the processes involved and the reality behind the propaganda.

Dr Chris Naunton is Director of the Egypt Exploration Society. He studied Egyptology at the universities of Birmingham and Swansea and wrote his PhD thesis on regime change in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty. He has excavated in the field at Abydos and in el-Asasif, Western Thebes but his research focuses now on the EES archives and the history of Egyptology. He is the presenter of the 2012 BBC film Flinders Petrie: ‘The Man Who Discovered Egypt’.

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