Tuesday, 10 January 2017

First glimpse at new Bolton Egyptology gallery

Friday, 6 January 2017

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Votive animal mummies were produced in their millions by the ancient Egyptians as a means of communication between man on earth and the divine. The paucity of literary evidence from the time for the purpose and motivation behind this practice mean that the mummies themselves remain our best source of information. At the University of Manchester, cutting edge non-destructive scientific analysis is being used to help unravel the secrets of these ancient animal mummies. X-rays and CT scans help to tell us about the contents of the bundles, as well shedding light on how the mummies were manufactured. 

The award-winning touring University of Manchester exhibition, ‘Gifts for the Gods: Animal mummies revealed’ tells the stories of some of these mummies from the time of their manufacture c.700BC to their scientific study today. Focusing on the role of the British in the discovery, excavation, collection, curation and study of these artefacts, researchers are able to reconstruct the post-excavation histories of these mummies, helping to reveal their stories thousands of years after they were made.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Not just an Aftermath – Tell el-Dab’a After the New Kingdom - Project Curator Talks in Swansea

The Friends of the Egypt Centre
Upcoming lecture
19th October

Not just an Aftermath – Tell el-Dab’a After the New Kingdom

Dr Manuela Lehmann, The British Museum, Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Project Curator

Tell el-Dab'a is a settlement that is well known for its Second Intermediate Period and New Kingdom houses, temples and palaces. Less well known is that this site was settled extensively in the Late and Ptolemaic Periods as well. Changes in the traditional Egyptian architecture evolve into a quite different settlement layout. New research is giving insights into a typical Egyptian settlement in the time after the New Kingdom in the Delta.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Dylan Thomas & Ancient Egypt

Wednesday 21st September 2016 
(this lecture will take place in Café West, Fulton House) 

Dulcie Engel Independent Researcher and Egypt Centre Volunteer

Title: Dylan Thomas and Ancient Egypt

Abstract: Dylan Thomas’s interest in Ancient Egypt is little known. He grew up in a period of great fascination with all things ancient Egyptian following Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. This is reflected in the fact that the first poem in his notebooks, dated April 1930, has an Egyptian theme, while Egyptian symbolism crops up throughout his early short stories, and plays a crucial role in such poems as ‘My world is pyramid’, ‘Should lanterns shine’ and ‘Altarwise by owl-light’. I
n this talk, Dr Dulcie Engel, an Egypt Centre volunteer and confirmed Dylan Thomas fan, discusses the significance of Ancient Egypt to Swansea’s most famous son using examples from the Egypt Centre’s collection. 

Friends of the Egypt Centre

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Storage Treasures - Greek Stela of a 'good woman'

I recently was lucky enough to be doing some work in the storage room at the Egypt Centre and came across this lovely fragment of a Greek stela.  

It reads:

ARISA the daughter of AROSTOMENES a good woman who caused trouble to nobody. Farewell now. 55 years old. In the 28th year of the Emperor, on the 16th day of tner Month Pharmouthis'. 

Translated by Dr Kate Bosse Griffiths