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Edinburgh workshop 16/10/14: Egyptian Gold – Ancient Context, Modern Analysis

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Detail of golden shell pendant, Acc. no. 5968, from Riqqeh

A workshop organised by National Museums Scotland and PICS 5995 CNRS project
Thursday, October 16th, 2014, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Gold is inextricably linked with ancient Egypt’s wealth, beliefs, and traditions. However, surprisingly few studies have been conducted on Egyptian jewellery of the Bronze Age and little is known about goldsmithing practices. A day workshop hosted by National Museums Scotland and sponsored in collaboration with project PICS 5995 CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), entitled Analytical study of Bronze Age Egyptian gold jewellery, will examine the archaeological context, symbolism, and production processes of gold jewellery excavated in royal and elite burials of the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Periods (c. 2055–1550BC).

Registration is free but places are limited and advance booking is required. Please book HERE or call 0131 247 4073. For enquiries, please contact Lore Troalen at l.troalen@nms.ac.uk

Programme
Seminar Room, Learning Centre (Level 4), National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
10:15 Registration
10:45 Opening
Jane CARMICHAEL, Director of Collections, National Museums Scotland
11:00 Procurement to adornment: archaeological perspectives on Egyptian gold and gemstone mining
Ian SHAW, Reader in Egyptian Archaeology, University of Liverpool, Co-Director of Gurob Harem Palace Project
11:25 Analytical strategies for the study of Egyptian jewellery
Maria F GUERRA, Director of Research at CNRS & head of project PICS 5995
11:50 Harageh Tomb 72 and the symbolism of fish pendants
Margaret MAITLAND, Curator of the Ancient Mediterranean, National Museums Scotland
12:10 Analysis of jewellery from Harageh Tomb 72
Lore TROALEN, Analytical Scientist, National Museums Scotland
12:30 Discussion
12:45 Lunch (please make your own arrangements)
13:45 The jewellery equipment of Middle Bronze age burials in Egypt
Wolfram GRAJETZKI, Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London
14:10 Amuletic jewellery from Riqqeh Tomb 124 in the Manchester Museum
Campbell PRICE, Curator of Egypt and the Sudan, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester
14:35 Analysis of jewellery from Riqqeh (title tba)
Matthew PONTING, Senior Lecturer in Archaeomaterials, University of Liverpool
15:00 Tea/coffee (provided)
15:20 The jewellery of the Qurnah ‘queen’: craftsmanship and adornment in the Second Intermediate Period
Lore TROALEN and Margaret MAITLAND, National Museums Scotland
15:50 Discussion
16:10 Close

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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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