InEPWW Study Day: Bird Art in Middle Kingdom Tombs


The InEPWW (Interpreting Egypt’s Past in Wales and the World) research centre wishes to invite you to a special Study Day on Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 1:00–5:00 pm.

InEPWW Study Day: Bird Art in Middle Kingdom Tombs

John Wyatt (Independent researcher)

The second “golden age of tomb art” in ancient Egypt occurred at the beginning of the Middle Kingdom, and was no longer centred around Memphis, but further south in Middle Egypt. Bird scenes were very much part of that art. This Study Day will examine, inter alia, what prompted this southern movement; the types of tomb in which bird art became most prominent; the different categories of depiction and the reasons for them; what those scenes add to our knowledge of society, daily living and the environment at that time; and, lastly, in an Egyptological—not ornithological—context, what and why particular species may have been included.

John Wyatt is a specialist in African birds and mammals, and formerly a deputy director at the British Trust for Ornithology. Trained as an anthropologist and ethnographer, he is the world’s only ornithologist working full time on the birds of ancient Egypt.

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

Time: Wednesday, 5 April 2017; 1:00–5:00 pm

To help us plan for room size and amounts of sustenance required, we ask that you please RSVP by booking a free ticket through EventBrite. Thank you!

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

InENPWW Research Seminar, Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A pharaoh at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac: Discourses on art in ancient Egypt and contemporary west Africa

Prof. Martin Stringer (Swansea University)

At a recent exhibition in the Quai Branley – Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris, the curators chose to add a small figure of an Egyptian pharaoh among a selection of objects from the Dogon people from Mali in West Africa. The catalogue also referred to the possible connections between ancient Egypt and the Dogon people. This paper will review the genealogy of this relationship, looking back at the way scholars of the past have tried to make the links, and the purposes for which they did this, before coming back to ask why the link is still be suggested at a major Western museum in the twenty-first century.

Location: Faraday Building, Lecture Room C, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus
Time: Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 4.00–6.00 pm.

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

Friends of the Egypt Centre – Public Lecture

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

The ‘Mummy Pits’ of Ancient Egypt: The Long-Kept Secret of Early Travellers

Tess Barber, Cardiff University 

A little over a century ago, burials known simply as ‘mummy pits’ were a common and characteristic feature of Egypt’s burial landscape. These ‘pits’ contained mass burials of mummies piled-up in such great numbers, that it is surprising that they now appear to have disappeared from the archaeological record.

Price: gratis for members; £3 for non-members , yearly membership from £10
Location: Fulton House Lecture Room 2, Swansea University (Singleton Park Campus)
Time: Doors open at 6.30pm with the lecture starting at 7.00 pm