Friends of the Egypt Centre February Lecture, 28 February 2018

The Valley of the Kings: Research and Discoveries in Several of the Lesser-known Tombs.

Dr. Donald P. Ryan (Pacific Lutheran University, Washington, USA).

The goal of the Pacific Lutheran University, Valley of the Kings Project, is to investigate several of the undecorated and typically smaller tombs found among 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 (a tomb likely for two 18th dynasty royal women), KV 48 (the tomb of the vizier of Amenhotep II), and three small tombs which contained the mummies of animals.

The project’s director, Donald P. Ryan, will provide a summary of the work thus far.

Location: Fulton House Room 2, Swansea University.

Time: Doors open at 6.30pm with the lecture starting at 7.00pm.



Sacred Landscapes and Legitimation in the New Kingdom Eastern Desert.

Anna Garnett (Curator at the Petrie Museum of Archaeology, UCL).

The Eastern Desert creates a setting where the mutual interaction between people and the landscape, as expressed though rock art, graffiti and monumental construction, developed over time, leaving behind narrative reminders of their authors’ journeys through the desert landscape. Royal cultic enclosures for the worship of local and national deities, and the cult of the divine king, were constructed at specific sites in the Eastern Desert during the New Kingdom (c. 1550-1069 BC) as visible markers of the pacification of the chaotic desert and integral components of conceptual ‘desertscapes’.

A number of desert shrines are well preserved as a result of the favourable environmental conditions in which they were built, forming memorials to specific deities whilst also expressing the divine role of the pharaoh in the peripheral regions of Egypt and serving as a constant reminder of the king’s domain, even when he himself was so far removed from the sites.

This paper will provide an overview to two of these sites (Wadi Hellal and Wadi Mia) and present the evidence for royal and divine legitimation in these desertscapes.

Location: SURF Room, Fulton House, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus.

Time: Thursday, 23 November 2017, 4.30–6.00 pm. Presentation begins at 5:00 pm.

Free entry; all welcome! The lecture will be in English.

InENPWW Research Seminar, 9 November 2017

Egypt-on-Avon: Ancient Egypt in Bristol and Bath

Aidan M. Dodson (University of Bristol)

3bed870f14b80fe0d7c0fadc2df7ff01--women-in-history-explorationAncient Egypt first appears in Bristol and Bath in the 1820s, with exhibitions of mummies and an unwrapping. We will explore Egyptology and Egyptomania in this English region, which was the base for Amelia Edwards for her whole Egyptological career, and is the home to one of the most ambitious of all Egyptianizing architectural projects.
Location: Keir Hardie 152, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus
Time: Thursday, 9 November 2017, 4.30–6.00 pm. The talk starts at 5.00.

(Free entry; all welcome! The lecture will be in English.)

InENPWW Research Seminar, 12 October 2017

Queen Ahhotep: An Unsung Woman of Power in Ancient Egypt

Izold Guegan (Swansea University & Université Paris-Sorbonne [Paris IV])

Egypt has seen many powerful women who played a fundamental role in society, and had considerable influence on the course of history. A number of them epitomized the royal power in unparalleled ways, but many of these mighty women have been forgotten for a long time. Queen Ahhotep, mother of king Ahmose, is one of the most emblematic figures of the beginning of the New Kingdom. She was born at the end of the Second Intermediate Period (c. 1560 BCE) and witnessed the conflict between the Theban kingdom and its rivals, the Hyksos and the kingdom of Kerma.
Closely related to the three last kings of the Dynasty 17, she took an active part in the reconquest of the Egyptian territory by the Theban leaders. Unfortunately, Ahhotep has always remained in the shadow of her daughter, queen Ahmes-Nefertari, partly due to the mysteries around the number of queens named Ahhotep. However, it is possible to trace the important events of her life and the incredible worship she received long after her death
Location: SURF Room, Fulton House, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus
Time: Thursday, 12 October 2017, 5.00–6.00 pm.

(Free entry; all welcome! The lecture will be in English.)

InENPWW Research Seminar, Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Canceled due to illness. This seminar will be rescheduled for a later date.

Sleeping hard? The sensual body, practicalities, and religious connotations of ancient Egyptian headrests

Dr. Katharina Zinn (University of Wales: Trinity Saint David)

Taking inspiration from Latour’s actants (2005), Barad’s agential realism (2007) and Bennett’s thing power (2010)—relating the potential of agency to materials and objects in human lives—the presented case study contributes to a discussion of the physical relationship of material objects and the human body through the lens of the New Materialisms, focusing on states when materiality seeps deliberately and dangerously into immateriality. This is explored at the example of unpublished headrests from the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum, Merthyr Tydfil, by looking on the intersection of bodies with the material that also could be interpreted as inter-material communication. Impressions of fabric on their wooden surface are presumably the imprint of bedding intended to ensure comfortable sleep, telling us about the sensual experience using these artefacts. The contact between skin and rough wood needed to be alleviated.

Location: Faraday Building, Lecture Room C, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus

Time: Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 4.00–6.00 pm.

(Free entry; all welcome! The presentation will be given in English.)

Friends of the Egypt Centre – Public Lecture: 7 June 2017

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

From Kings’ Valley to Kings College: The Makings of a Modern Mummy

 Dr. Stephen Buckley; Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Professor Joann Fletcher; Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York

Price: gratis for members; £3 for non-members, yearly membership from £10
Location: Fulton A Lecture Theatre, Swansea University (Singleton Park Campus)
Time: Wednesday, 17 May 2017; doors open at 6.30pm with the lecture starting at 7.00 pm

Interpreting Egypt’s Past in Wales and the World