The Friends of the Egypt Centre support the Egypt Centre and organise an exciting programme of ten monthly lectures per year (September to June). These events run separately from the Egypt Centre’s other online events, such as courses and conferences, and cater for all levels of understanding. You can choose to be a member of the Friends for an annual fee of as little as £10 or pay £3 per lecture (booking via Eventbrite). Details of the membership options can be viewed here.
The new season will kick off on Wednesday 27th September with the Friends AGM at 6.30pm (UK time), followed by a lecture (7pm UK time) by Don Ryan on the Valley of the Kings. This lecture will take place both in-person (Taliesin Studio) and via Zoom (but will not be recorded), with tickets for the online event available here.
27th September (Taliesin Studio and via Zoom)
Donald P. Ryan (Pacific Lutheran University)
The Valley of the Kings: research and discoveries in several of the lesser-known tombs
Abstract: The goal of the Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project has been to investigate several of the undecorated and typically smaller tombs found amongst the larger tombs in Egypt's New Kingdom royal cemetery. Over the years, the project has excavated 11 such tombs including KV 60 (with its purported mummy of Hatshepsut), KV 21 (two 18th dynasty royal women), KV 48 (the vizier of Amenhotep II), and three small tombs KV 50, 51, 52) which contained the mummies of animals. The project's director, Donald P. Ryan, will provide a look at some of the expedition’s interesting discoveries.
Bio: Dr. Donald P. Ryan is an archaeologist affiliated with the Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, USA, a Fellow of both the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society, and a Research Associate of the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway. A veteran of many field expeditions, he is also the author of numerous scientific and popular articles and several books on archaeological subjects.
A summary of the talks can be found below while the full details can be found here.
25th October (Taliesin Studio and via Zoom)
Ersin Hussein (Swansea University)
Metal production and consumption: luxury, power, and identity in Ptolemaic Cyprus
15th November (Taliesin Studio and via Zoom)
Loretta Kilroe (The British Museum)
Site H25: living under colonial occupation in New Kingdom Nubia
13th December (Zoom only)
Heidi Köpp-Junk (Assistant Professor in Egyptian Archaeology at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, section for Egyptian temples, Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw / Georg-August University of Göttingen)
Dewatering systems for wastewater and rain in ancient Egypt: the latest research on the water systems in the temple of Athribis and Tuna el-Gebel
17th January (Zoom only)
Kristin Thompson (The Amarna Project)
Unknown royal statuary from Amarna
28th February (Taliesin Mall Room and via Zoom)
Phil Parkes & MSc Conservation Practice Students (Cardiff University)
Conservation of artefacts from the Egypt Centre
13th March (Zoom only)
Victoria Jensen (Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies University of California, Berkeley)
Deir el-Ballas: the royal residence that defeated the Hyksos
Details to be confirmed.
15th May 2024 (Zoom only)
Marisol Solchaga (University of Manchester)
‘Offering-trays’ and ‘soul-houses’: reconsidering their function as ritual artefacts
19th June (Zoom only)
Paulína Šútorová (Trier University)
Lost women: rediscovering Ramesside queens