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The Egyptian Study Society (ESS) is an organization for people who are interested in Ancient Egypt. ESS welcomes anyone with similar interests to participate. ESS programs include lectures, slide and video presentations, seminars, hands on workshops, and an annual picnic. Well known Egyptologists and knowledgeable ESS members make presentations throughout the year.
This talk centers around the stone sarcophagus of a New Kingdom mayor from Herakleopolis found at the turn of the 20th century by Sir Flinders Petrie and Guy Brunton. Stone sarcophagi, while the norm for royalty, are quite rare for officials, especially those who held office in provincial Egypt. Tomb robbers cut this sarcophagus into a number of pieces shortly after its modern discovery in the 1920s and subsequently sold those on the antiquities market. Over the years, these pieces have found their way into public and private collections in both North America and England.
The Egyptian Study Society is in the process of making their collections catalog available for members and non-members through this website. At the current moment, we are bringing our KMT collection online which will allow members to check-out copies through our website and to be picked up and returned at ESS monthly lectures. We are also working to bring our Cook Photograph Collection online for public to peruse.
The Cook Collection Data Base is an accumulation of print data, educational lectures, and media information concerning Ancient Egypt. The collection is named after former members Charles and Betty Cook, who both passed away several years ago, and who generously donated over forty years of information they had saved and collected about Ancient Egypt.