Study Days

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

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

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Saturday 26th November 2022 Online via Zoom

To mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, MAES will be holding a special study day with Rosalie David OBE and guest speakers!

Tickets will be available in September – the day will be open to MAES members and guests.

Rosalie David, Abeer Eladany, Daniella Rosenow, Nancy Hoskins:

Tutankhamun Anniversary Study Day

  • Rosalie David: Tutankhamun: What Does Science Reveal About His State Of Health?

Since the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, a series of scientific studies have been carried out on the king’s mummified remains, with the aim of investigating various health issues and the cause of his death. This talk will consider the evidence put forward to support these proposals and will relate them to the wider context of disease occurrence and medical treatment in ancient Egypt. Questions we will seek to address include: Was a particular condition commonly found in ancient Egypt? How was it treated, and was this an effective therapy?  And what are the limitations and difficulties associated with the investigative techniques so far used for these studies?

  • Daniela Rosenow: Tutankhamun. Excavating the Archive

In 1922 the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered at Luxor, the first known intact royal burial from ancient Egypt. The excavation by Howard Carter and his team generated enormous media interest and was famously photographed by Harry Burton. These photographs, along with letters, plans, drawings and diaries, are included in an archive created by the excavators and presented to the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford. To celebrate the centenary of the discovery, the Griffith Institute, in collaboration with the Bodleian Libraries, is hosting the exhibition “Tutankhamun. Excavating the Archive”, that displays a selection of about 150 objects of this archive. They present a vivid and first-hand account of the events and give an intimate insight into the records of one of the world’s most famous archaeological discoveries.

  • Abeer Eldany: The Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb – An Egyptian Perspective

A basic online search using the word “Tutankhamun” would generate thousands of results. The most well-known publications and resources are in English and present European and American views about the discovery and its circumstances. But what did the Egyptian media say about the discovery? And how did this tie with the political state of affairs in Egypt at the time?  This talk is an attempt to explore the representation of ancient Egypt in general in the Egyptian printed magazine and newspaper articles at the time of the discovery, and in particular how it was reported and presented to the public in Egypt.

  • Nancy Arthur Hoskins: The Tutankhamun Textiles

Among the golden treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb were textiles: belts, collars, head coverings, gloves, and garments embellished with embroidery, beads, and woven bands. The lecture will focus on the Tunic of Tutankhamun, a complete linen tunic — still beautiful and colourful after three thousand years. Carter described the tunic as “a gala robe” and said that such robes “in their pristine state they must have been gorgeous pieces of colour.” The cloth and clothing of New Kingdom Egypt flourished with new and unusual techniques, very different from the ancient plain linens, suggesting contact with other weaving cultures through conquest. The tunic bands and other pieces became a part of my ‘experimental archaeology’ project to recreate these textiles, to understand the ancient methods, and to document the techniques through teaching and writing.

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

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