Magic and Art this Monday!

This Monday Campbell Price presents our annual Bob Partridge Egyptology Lecture, in memory of our late Chairman.

Photo: RBP

Cat in the Marshes, Tomb of Nebamun

Join us to explore Artisans as Ritualists in Ancient Egypt

Artisans, particularly those engaged in producing sculpture, held an especially important place in Ancient Egyptian society. This lecture explores the ‘magic’ of artistic production and traces the evidence of some artisans, who often left their mark on works they created or used their access to skills and resources to make very special objects for themselves.

Monday 12th February from 7:30pm Manchester Conference Centre / Pendulum Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB

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Life in Deir el-Medina: Bookings now being taken!

We are now taking bookings for the upcoming joint half-study day on Saturday 7th April. MAES and the Egypt Exploration Society present two lectures by EES Director Cédric Gobeil about his excavations at Deir el-Medina and his research on the mummy of the Deir el-Medina tattooed lady.

This is in association with the Manchester Museum – the lectures take place in the museum’s Kanaris Lecture Theatre. Tickets £20 each.

Photo: Cedric Gobeil

Deir el-Medina Fieldwork

To book click here!

 

Delta Digs Study Day! Saturday 17th March.

Statue of Wadjet at Buto. Photo: Penny Wilson

Booking is now open for our annual Manchester Ancient Egypt Society study day. This year we present “Delta Digs” with Penny Wilson, Joanne Rowland and Rosalie David.

Join us   for a fascinating day of exploration of the Delta and its history, including the rise of Sais to Royal Capital, Predynastic settlements at Merimde Beni Salama, the Tanis treasures and Graeco-Roman “Boom & Bust”.

9:30am – 4:30pm at the Longfield Suite, Prestwich. Details and bookings here:

 

The Magic of Artistic Production!

Campbell Price is giving our annual Bob Partridge Egyptology Lecture, in memory of our late Chairman, on Monday 12th February.

Artisans, particularly those engaged in producing sculpture, held an especially important place in Ancient Egyptian society. This lecture explores the ‘magic’ of artistic production and traces the evidence of some artisans, who often left their mark on works they created or used their access to skills and resources to make very special objects for themselves.

Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. He undertook his BA, MA, and PhD in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. He has published widely on ancient Egyptian material culture, most recently Pocket Museum: Ancient Egypt (Thames and Hudson, 2018). Campbell has lectured widely throughout the UK, and internationally.

Manchester Conference Centre / Pendulum Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB. 7:30pm.

Photo: RBP

Cat in the Marshes, Tomb of Nebamun

Egypt, Crete & the Levant this Monday!

Our first 2018 MAES meeting is next Monday, 8th January. We welcome back Dylan Bickerstaffe who will be presenting his lecture ” Separated at Birth? Egypt, Crete and the Levant”.                              

Why were bulls, vultures, and snakes such prominent symbols in the cultures of ancient Egypt and Minoan Crete? The Egyptian king was a ‘mighty bull’, and there were cults in Egypt for the Apis, Buchis, and Mnevis bull. In Minoan Crete votive bull figurines were placed in shrines; numerous images depicted scenes of bull leaping; and several myths and legends focused on bulls – not least the mighty man-bull, or Minotaur. But this theme may also be found in extremely ancient cultures in the Levant, Mesopotamia, and Anatolia – and here, too, were the common symbols of vultures, and snakes. Images of totemic animals are just one of several artistic themes which we will see paralleled in these ancient cultures.

Come and join us Monday from 7:30pm at the Manchester Conference Centre. Visitors welcome!

Ancient Egyptian Fake News or Tale of Genuine “Daring-do?”

Did an Egyptian-led Phoenician expedition circumnavigate Africa in the late-seventh century BC? Herodotus certainly thought so! Come to our next MAES meeting and find out!

Monday 11th December

Kevin Harrison: Around Africa by Trireme: Necho’s Phoenician Mariners … an Ancient Example of ‘Fake News’ or of Genuine ‘Daring-do?’

7:30pm visitors welcome!

For more details click here:

Two big events for 2018!

MAES is proud to announce we are co-hosting two major Egyptology events in 2018!

On 7th April we are holding a joint MAES / Egypt Exploration Society Study Day: “Life in the Royal Workmen’s Towns of Ancient Egypt” at the University of Manchester.

And the Fourth British Egyptology Congress (BEC) is coming to the University of Manchester 7-9th September.

Tickets for these events will be released nearer the time – please check our website for more details here:

We look forward to seeing you!!!