Mon 14th Jan: Secrets in the Sand!!!

Our next MAES meeting is on Monday 14th January (at the Pendulum Hotel / Manchester Conference Centre on Sackville Street from 7pm).

We welcome back our former Secretary and Chair, geologist Colin Reader who will present this year’s  Bob Partridge Egyptology Lecture.

 Over a number of years, Colin had the very good fortune to be asked to work with the late Ian Mathieson at North Saqqara, and has since been analysing Ian’s unpublished material – particularly with regard to the enigmatic and little understood Gisr el Mudir at Saqqara a site in which he himself has a keen interest. Today this is a very crowded site, with many tombs and temples from all periods of the Pharaonic Civilisation.  But what was Saqqara like when the earliest pharaohs chose to build there and what influenced where they chose to build?

Photo: Colin Reader

Members of the Saqqara Geophysical Survey Project carrying out topographic survey from the Gisr el Mudir. Photo: Colin Reader

As he did with the Great Sphinx of Giza, Colin has examined the famous necropolis of North Saqqara from an engineering geologist’s perspective. The results were rather surprising and have recently been published in JEA! In this lecture, Colin will share these findings, shedding light on Saqqara before the pyramids.

Colin is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Chartered Geologist and regular contributor to AE Magazine. He was first attracted to ancient Egypt by the controversy over the age of the Great Sphinx at Giza and what the weathering and erosion of that monument could tell us about its age. Colin then went on to research the geology of Egypt in broader terms, particularly the way the Egyptian landmass and features such as the Nile Valley and the Red Sea Hills, evolved.  MAES members will of course know Colin well as our former Secretary and Chair!

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