Study Days

In addition to our monthly lectures we also run a study day each year.  These are one-day events (usually held on a Saturday in spring) and are dedicated to a particular theme or area of interest.

In addition to our regular March study day, we are holding an extra study day in October. Details will appear below shortly. The study days are held online via Zoom and open to all.

Our Study Days are open to anyone with an interest in ancient Egyptian history and culture.


Alexandria – Melting Pot or Simmering Cauldron? Egyptians and Jews under the Ptolemies 

Study Day with Michael Tunnicliffe and Sarah Griffiths in association with MAES

Saturday 23rd October 2021 Online via Zoom

Doors open 9:30am. Lectures run 10am to 4pm

MAES members £30; Guests £40

Following the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, the Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled Egypt for nearly 300 years, presiding over one of the most wealthy, prestigious and powerful countries in the known world. This was an era of unprecedented change for Egyptian culture and society, ruled by Macedon-Greeks from a new capital – Alexandria – which became one of the most important cosmopolitan cities in the Near East. But with Egyptians, Greeks and Jews all living in the same space, tensions were likely to rise and, as the House of Ptolemy imploded from bitter sibling rivalries, corruption, intrigue, murder and civil unrest, the “Alexandrian mob” became a significant force in the power politics of Egypt. Meanwhile Rome – the rising power in the West – watched, waited and then stepped in.

In this study day, Michael Tunnicliffe and Sarah Griffiths will paint a vivid picture of Egypt’s last ancient dynasty, from Ptolemy I to the famous Cleopatra VII, exploring the changing political relationships within Alexandria and the fluctuating fortunes of the Jewish community, tracing the series of catastrophic events leading to Rome’s annexation of Egypt and the end of more than 3000 years of Pharaonic rule.

To book your place please download the booking form here:


The Deir el-Medina Community – New Evidence from Human Remains

Study Day with Rosalie David OBE, Roger Forshaw and the KNH Centre, University of Manchester in association with MAES

Saturday 26th March 2022 Online via Zoom

Doors open 9:30am. Lectures run 10am to 4pm

Deir el-Medina housed the families of the royal workmen who were primarily engaged in constructing and decorating tombs in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes (c. 1550 BCE – c. 1000 BCE). The town and neighbouring tombs where the inhabitants were buried were extensively excavated from 1905 to 1951: by E. Schiaparelli (1905-9) for the Egyptian Museum, Turin; and by German and French archaeologists G. Moller (1913) and B. Bruyére (1917-51).  Currently, the IFAO (Institut français d’archéologie orientale) holds the concession to excavate and study the site.

Deir el-Medina has for many years provided extensive archaeological and inscriptional evidence about the daily lives of this special community. In recent years, however, a new mission has focused on examining the human remains of these families from the nearby tombs. The mission, carried out under the auspices of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and the IFAO, was initiated and is led by Professor Anne Austin (University of Missouri-St Louis, U.S.A.).  It now also includes a team from the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology, University of Manchester.

At present, only Deir el-Medina and Tell el-Amarna offer the opportunity for large-scale studies on non-elite populations. The current research project therefore has great potential not only to provide further knowledge about the lives of the Deir el-Medina community, but also to contribute to wider studies on health and disease in ancient Egypt.

At this study-day, members of the mission will present some recent discoveries and discuss issues relating to disease, dental conditions, diet (including water provision at the site), and textiles associated with the burials.


Click here to find out more about  the rest of the MAES programme!