Monthly Archives: May 2011

Secret Egypt – Excavating Ancient Egypt – Coventry Day School

Saturday 28th May, 10am-4pm

EES excavating at Amarna

EES excavating at Amarna

The Herbert Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP
 £25 including lunch

Find out more about recent discoveries in Egypt with archaeologists
from the Egypt Exploration Society including Penny Wilson,
Chris Naunton, David Jeffreys and Karen Exell.

This event is a joint venture of the EES and the organisers of
Secret Egypt: Unravelling Truth from Myth, an exhibition at the
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum featuring ancient Egyptian
treasures from some of the UK’s most important collections.

The programme for the day is as follows:

10.00 Museum opens
10:15 Registration and coffee
10:45 Welcome and opening remarks by Dr Karen Exell who will
chair the Study-Day
10.50 Chris Naunton, The City of Akhenaten: EES work at
Tell El-Amarna
11:50 Chris Kirby, Introduction to the Secret Egypt Exhibition
12.15 Lunch (buffet provided) and an opportunity to see the
Secret Egypt exhibition
13.30 Dr Penny Wilson, The Books of Buried Treasure: Archaeological
Guides or Heritage Nightmare?
14.30 Dr David Jeffreys, The EES at Memphis: current issues and
future directions
15.30 Discussion and closing remarks by Dr Exell

To book your place please contact the Egypt Exploration Society on
0207 242 1880 or, or book on-line at

For further information on the exhibition please see

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Women and Egyptology at Manchester

Wednesday 11th May 2011, 5.30-6.30

Margaret Murray unwrapping in 1908

Margaret Murray unwrapping in 1908

Cafe Couture @ The Manchester Museum
Oxford Road
Manchester, United Kingdom

I will be giving  a talk on female Egyptologists at Manchester, from Margaret Murray unwrapping mummies to Amelia Edwards, author of A thousand Miles Up the Nile and her links with the North West and the development of the collections at the Manchester Museum.

This is one of the Cafe Historique series of lectures –  Cafe Historique is open to anyone with an intereste in Manchester’s cosmopolitan heritage.


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Colloquium: Graeco-Roman Egypt in Manchester

Friday 10th June 2011

John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester

This colloquium will discuss and explore the Graeco-Roman collections held in the Manchester Museum and the John Rylands Library special collections, an immensely rich collection of material including everything from documentary papyri to the famous Fayyum portraits excavated by Flinders Petrie over a hundred years ago. The colloquium is organised by Dr Roberta Mazza, from the Religions and Theology Department of the University of Manchester.

There is no registration fee, but £15  for joining the lunch if interested. Because of organizational matters, if you would like to attend please contact Roberta Mazza by 20 May at the following e-mail address:

Further information on the colloquium programme can be found here: GREat Manchester

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Curator’s Diary, Sunday 1st May 2011: Egyptology in Cameroon

I have just returned from Cameroon where I had been invited to examine the PhD thesis of Emmanuel Bitong at the University of Yaounde I. The

With the candidate at the end of the successful viva

With the candidate at the end of the successful viva

invitation came from Dr Pierre Oum Ndigi, Emmanuel’s spervisor, who studied for 25 years in Lyon, France, with Goyon, before returning to Cameroon to bring his knowledge back and establish Egyptology as a discipline at the University.

The viva examination took place in a lecture hall with over 200 people present. I was the chair of the jury of five, and the exam took 4 1/2 hours. When the success of the candidate was announced, the place went crazy – very emotional. Afterwards we all went for a slap up meal with champagne (indeed!) on campus.

There are very few resources for Egyptology in Cameroon – no library, little access to computers and the internet, no museums where objects can be seen, and for Pierre, lecturer in the history department, only a small loaned office to work from. The achievement of Emmanuel – to complete a PhD in this context – is extraordinary, and the experience for me entirely humbling. There

Dr Pierre Oum Ndigi

is a huge interest in Egyptology amongst the students, and a deep interest in connections between Bantu language and customs and those of ancient Egypt. This is an aspect of ancient Egypt little explored in the West, and opens up whole new interpretations of aspects of ancient Egypian culture, such as divination and ancestor worship.

I will be doing what I can to help Pierre and Emmanuel establish their Egyptology centre in Yaounde. I have already sent lists of free electronic resources (of limited benefit given the lack of computers) and will be sending books to begin the library. If you would like any further information, or would like to donate any books on Egyptology or Archaeology to help establish the library please let me know ( – any publications will be absolutely devoured by the students.
More photos of my Cameroon trip can be found here:


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