While the world remains in lockdown owing to the Coronavirus pandemic I’ll be giving a few lectures online. For details please see below. I’ll be running these via Zoom, the online communications platform. To attend any of the talks you’ll need to register by clicking the links below. Attendance is limited and places are likely to fill up quickly so please only register if you are confident you’ll be able to attend. If you have any questions please let me know via this page.
UPDATE 19 MAY 2020: I’m now hoping to continue to provide lectures online indefinitely, whether the world remains in lockdown or not. In order to ensure I can cover my costs there will be a small charge to attend some of the lectures in future (more on this here).
If you’d like to know more about how the lockdown has affected my work as a self-employed Egyptologist, writer and broadcaster, or if you’d like to support my work please see here.
SEARCHING FOR IMHOTEP
Imhotep. The name has been made famous by Hollywood mummy movies but the real-life man of this name was perhaps even more extraordinary. He is credited with designing the Step Pyramid, the very first of these iconic monuments, and long after his death he became a folk hero, and eventually a god. Despite his status, his tomb has never been found. Two thousand years after he lived, the ancients made thousands of offerings to him around a group of tombs of Imhotep’s time. Could one of them have been the final resting of the man himself?
THE KINGDOM OF KUSH
Coming Soon… Details will be posted here in due course!
The Kingdom of Kush: Egypt’s mighty rival in the south. Egypt expanded into the territory to its south at various times in history, built monuments there and influenced the beliefs and practices of the people they encountered. But the influence went both ways; at times the tables turned and the Kingdom of Kush, centring on the cities of Kerma and later Napata and Meroe, became more powerful than Egypt. Kings of Kush even came to rule Egypt as the Twenty-fifth Dynasty. They retreated after a century of rule but continued to thrive in the middle Nile Valley for centuries more, burying their rules under distinctively tall pyramids. This is their story.
PREVIOUS ONLINE TALKS:
PEOPLE AT AMARNA. From Akhenaten and Nefertiti to John Pendlebury and Mary Chubb
Tuesday 14 April 2020, 12.00 pm (UK time)
Thursday 16 April 2020, 5.00 pm (UK time)
Tuesday 21 April 2020, 11.00 am (UK time)
Hosted by The Egypt Exploration Society.
A recorded version of this talk is now available via the Egypt Exploration Society’s YouTube channel and here (see below):
Tell el-Amarna is the name we give to the site of Akhetaten, the city founded by the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten as the capital of his new Egypt. His story has proven to be one of the most captivating from anywhere in the ancient world and yet it was almost completely unknown until less than two hundred years ago. Various travellers, expeditions and archaeologists have helped reveal the evidence for what happened in the relatively brief period of the city’s existence, and the contribution of the various EES expeditions in this is immense. In this talk we’ll look at the site, some of its history and the work of those who have revealed Amarna to be one of the most important ancient sites in the world.
For those who have joined / will be joining any of the ‘People at Amarna’ talks, a guide to further reading and other resources online is available here.
AFTER AKHENATEN. Nefertiti, Smenkhkare, and where were they all buried?
Monday 27 April 2020, 12.00 pm (UK time) FULLY BOOKED
Wednesday 29 April, 5.00 pm (UK time) FULLY BOOKED
*NEW DATE: Monday 4 May 2020, 5.00 pm (UK time). REGISTER HERE
What happened after Akhenaten’s death? Where was he buried? Who succeeded him? Could it have been Nefertiti? And who was Smenkhkare? Tantalising clues have been found at Amarna and in the Valley of Kings. But how to make sense of them?
For those who have joined / will be joining any of the ‘After Akhenaten’ talks, a guide to further reading and other resources online is available here.
EGYPT’S LOST PYRAMID
Wednesday 13 May 2020, 5.00 pm (UK time). FULLY BOOKED
Monday 18 May 2020, 12.00 pm (UK time). FULLY BOOKED
Wednesday 20 May 2020, 5.00 pm (UK time).
In 2017 an Egyptian Mission discovered a previously unknown pyramid at the site of Dahshur & it seemed the burial chamber was intact… I was lucky enough to visit to make a film when the tomb was opened. This is the story.
The film was broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 in October 2019 and is available via All4 here. It subsequently appeared on the Smithsonian Channel in North America, see here. Do take a look a look, there will be a chance for you to ask any questions you might have at the end of the talks!
As with previous talk a guide to online resources and further reading is here.