February 2017

Monday, July 20, 2009

It has been estimated that only one-third of the Ancient Egyptian archaeological sites have been found so far, and new discoveries are being made almost daily. Many of those recent discoveries have been made on the Giza Plateau, in the shadow of the famous pyramids, and at nearby Saqqara and Abu Sir. Mahmoud Khodier’s illustrated lecture will discuss the work currently being done at these sites and their importance to our understanding of the history of the fascinating Ancient Egyptian civilization.

Mahmoud Khodier

Mahmoud Khodier is a renowned Egyptologist and tour guide. Born in Memphis, Egypt, he holds degrees from both Al Azhar University and Cairo University. His expertise, sensitivity, sense of humor and enthusiasm for Egyptian archaeology has put him in great demand as a popular lecturer throughout Egypt and the United States.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The scarab amulet is the single most abundant artifact to have survived from ancient Egypt, and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, were made throughout the course of Egyptian history. Today, scarabs continue to be found on excavations throughout Egypt and elsewhere with thousands residing in museum collections around the world. This fully illustrated lecture will examine these important artifacts by looking at the unique biology and behavior of the scarab beetle and its incorporation into Egyptian symbolism, religion and art as well as at the archaeological value of the many types of scarab produced by the Egyptians.

Richard H. Wilkinson

Richard H. Wilkinson is Regents Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Arizona. He is the Director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition, which has conducted archaeological projects in Egypt for over twenty years and is now excavating the memorial temple of Queen Tausert – the nineteenth dynasty pharaoh who ruled Egypt as a king at the time of Homer’s Troy. The author of over a hundred articles and reviews as well as eight acclaimed books – including the recent Egyptian Scarabs – Professor Wilkinson has received many honors in the field of Egyptian archaeology and is the editor of the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ancient Egyptian medicine was trial by error in every sense. Several medical treatises have been discovered, but these surviving documents appear to have written during the late Middle to New Kingdom dynasties. However many Egyptologists agree that they are copies made from earlier documents. The individual formulas/recipes described in these papyri were a result of what worked, or what was perceived to have worked. Sources of ingredients used in pharaonic times were obviously natural and not artificial as they are in today's society. Many of these individual ingredients were effective, but many were not. Since the ancient physicians practiced poly pharmacy it would have been almost impossible for them to make the distinction of what truly was effective and what was not. By the same thought process, religious incantations in conjunction with these formulas, or in some cases used alone, may have been felt to provide some relief to the ill patient. We will discuss these concepts in detail.

Jim Turley

Jim has a Pharm.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently the Director of Pharmacy of a local hospital. His clinical focus is in infectious diseases. Jim has recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a Certificate in Egyptology.

Monday, September 15, 2014

According to Egyptologist Peter Dorman, “Senenmut may justifiably be described as one of the most eminent and influential persons of the Eighteenth Dynasty.” Living during the reign of Thutmosis III and Hatshepsut, he achieved high rank with titles including Tutor of the King’s Daughter (that is Hatshepsut’s daughter, Neferure), Overseer of all the Works of the King, and High Steward of Amun. His duties in the administration of the religious estate included being Overseer of the Double Granary, the Fields, the Garden, and Cows of Amun. Both monarchs, but especially Hatshepsut, showered him with gifts of statuary and other signs of their esteem. We will look more closely at the facts that are known about his life and the questions surrounding his death. Many of his statues and structures show deliberate defacement. Was he a casualty of the proscription against Hatshepsut or did she herself decide to punish his presumptions? Many sensational theories about Senenmut have been promulgated over the years, and these continue to appear in books and the spiel of tour guides. However, a comprehensive examination of newer as well as well-known evidence shows many of the suggestions can be discounted. What remains is still a remarkable story.

Bonnie Sampsell

Dr. Bonnie Sampsell was a professor of genetics. She has spent the last twenty years traveling to Egypt and studying Egyptology. She is the author of a book, The Geology of Egypt: a traveler’s handbook as well as numerous articles in The Ostracon. She has also been published in Kmt and Al Ahram Newspaper. She serves as Guest Curator of the Egyptian Collection at the Wayne County Historical Museum in her hometown of Richmond, Indiana.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Join us while we travel through the development of the Egyptian pyramids, from the pit “mastaba” tombs to the gigantic wonders at Giza. We will examine how low flat mud brick tomb structures came to be built of stone and stacked, resulting in the Step Pyramid. Mistakes were made in early pyramid design triggering the architects to plan the Bent Pyramid and bringing about the eventual collapse of the Meydum Pyramid. Triumphs were achieved in the Great Pyramid where we will investigate the function of the famous “air shafts”.

Jim Lowdermilk

Jim Lowdermilk is a past-President of the Egyptian Study Society. He currently manages the ESS website and is on the Speaker’s Committee. Jim has his BA and MA in Applied Mathematics. He has published papers in the Ostracon, the Journal of the Egyptian Study Socety, and presented his research to the American Research Center in Egypt as well as the Egyptian Study Society. His interests in Egyptology include the Egyptian calendar, mathematics, pyramids, and astronomy.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Edouard Naville and Francis Llewellyn Griffith are often referred to as the first archaeologists to see the importance and grandeur of the Great Temple at Bubastis and it is their descriptions and findings which continue to draw modern day archaeologists to the site of the once magnificent temple and city. So unique was this temple that thanks to the work of Naville and Griffith, several Pharaohs who would have never been identified, had it not been for their association with the Great Temple complex at Bubastis, were able to be for their reigns and contributions to Egyptian history. Throughout this lecture we will follow the excavations of Naville and Griffith at the temple, their conclusions and discoveries, and examine the importance of the temple to the interpretations of the city’s destruction and its recognition in ancient history as one of the most important cultural sites associated with Egypt.

Matthew Prythero

Matthew Prythero is the current Treasurer of the Egyptian Study Society. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Denver after graduating in 2016. Matthew has been interested in Ancient Egyptian history since his primary school days and has studied specifically on the feline worship culture and the city of Bubastis. Matthew currently works for the U.S. Department of State where he continues to pursue his dedication to the preservation of the past through diplomatic and economics means.