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Fascinated by ancient civilisations?

We offer anyone with any level of knowledge, inspiring short courses on ancient Egypt and other areas of the ancient world.

Forthcoming Study Days

 

Saturday 26 June 2021 (online only)

Embodied Forms: Non-royal statuary in the late period

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Speaker: Dr Campbell Price (University of Manchester)

Temple statuary was the chief medium for elite self-presentation in the Late Period (c.750–30 BCE). Dedication of such monuments at the vast complex of Karnak was a privilege of the priestly elite. This study day explores the forms and inscriptions of some of these statues. These give an important insight into conceptions of divinity, materiality, and expectations of how the statues were conceived to function for eternity in temples frequented by gods, the living, and the dead.

The four lectures include:

1. Dedicating a Temple Statue
Who was allowed to dedicate a statue in a temple, when and why? Many such monuments carry texts that reflect on their own creation and those involved in setting them up. These often allow genealogical reconstruction – but give us information on normative social practice, too. This lecture reviews some of the evidence.

2. Existing in the Shade of Karnak
A significant quantity of Late Period non-royal sculpture comes from the so-called Karnak Cachette, excavated between 1903–1906. Many inscriptions on the sculptures that emerged state a desire to exist in the sacred space of Karnak. Security – both spiritual and physical – are emphasised. This lecture concentrates on the ‘conceptualisation’ of the statue at Karnak.

3. Archaism and Innovation: Attitudes to the past
It is a widely-noted trend in Late Period sculpture to make reference to more ancient statue forms, and to draw on the long history of sculptural production in Egypt. This ‘archaism’ phenomenon was not motivated by some generic respect for the past but by a desire to engage viewers. This lecture interrogates how archaism ‘works’.

4. Being Among the Praised Ones: Reciprocal actions
The main objective of temple monuments, like statues, was to attract attention. This lecture reviews a range of expected ritual interactions with the living made clear in inscriptions. Less well known is the evidence that suggests the statue owner would act for the living. Statue owners aimed to be admitted to an exclusive club, close to and coalescing with the gods.

In addition to hearing four engaging lectures, you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and to socialise with the speaker during an online drinks reception.


Book and pay now to attend online: £30.00 per person

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To pay by BACS / online banking please see foot of page for our bank details.

If you must pay by cheque, send it with copy of booking form to: Dr Kathryn E. Piquette Bloomsbury Summer School c/o The Ancient Egypt Foundation 25 Red Lion Square London WC1R 4RL UK

 

 

Saturday 4 September 2021 (online and in person)

Recent discoveries in the Royal Cache Wadi on Luxor's west bank

Speaker: Dr José Ramón Pérez-Accino (Complutense University of Madrid)

We are pleased to invite Dr José Ramón Pérez-Accino to lead our autumn study on the Royal Cache Wadi. It is here, on the West Bank at Luxor, that a key chapter in the life history of the Valley of the Kings came to a close 500 years after it began as a royal necropolis. At the end of the New Kingdom, the mummified bodies of Egyptian rulers and some members of the royal court were deposited in a tomb in a wadi or bay in the cliffs near the temple at Deir el-Bahari. The find of this “Royal Cache” in 1881 was the first spectacular discovery of Egyptian archeology to be covered by the mass media. It has since been assumed that this so-called wadi is otherwise largely devoid of archaeological remains. However, since 2017, the C2 Project: Royal Cache Wadi survey has revealed new evidence for religious activity prior to the re-burial of the kings. These exciting findings significantly change our understanding of the area and especially the history of the Valley of the Kings.

The four lectures include:

1. Not the Last Journey: The re-burial of the kings at the end of the New Kingdom

2. The Night of Tasting Fear: A discovery in the mountains

3. The Forgotten Valley. The C2 Project

4. Work in Progress: Lines of research and future plans

In addition to hearing four fascinating lectures, you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and to socialise with the speaker over morning and afternoon refreshments.


Book and pay now to attend online: £30.00 per person

 

Book and pay now to attend in person: £40.00 per person

or


PDF icon Download a booking form

 

To pay by BACS / online banking please see below for our bank details

If you must pay by cheque, send it with copy of booking form to: Dr Kathryn E. Piquette Bloomsbury Summer School c/o The Ancient Egypt Foundation 25 Red Lion Square London WC1R 4RL UK

 

 

Bank details for payments by BACS / online banking

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COLEMAN C/TPM/LPOA

Bank:
National Westminster Bank plc

Bank address:
Tottenham Court Road Branch
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London W1T 2EA
UK


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