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Details of the extra meeting on 25 November are given at the bottom of this page.  

Saturday 20 November 2021 1400 UK Time:

Nicky van de Beek: 'From Saqqara To Leiden: The Journey Of The Tomb Chapel Of Hetepherakhet.'


The offering chapel of Hetepherakhty was once part of a mastaba tomb in the desert of Saqqara. It dates back to the fifth dynasty, when kings built pyramid complexes and sun temples scattered around the Memphite necropolis. Hetepherakhty held titles of a judicial nature, but as a priest he was also connected to the cult of former kings. His modest sized offering chapel is decorated with high quality relief decoration. It shows him spearfishing in the marshes, inspecting agricultural activities and enjoying a funeral meal. He is surrounded by scenes of fishing, fowling, baking and brewing, as well as preparations for his funeral. The tomb was excavated by Auguste Mariette in the1860s, when a different stance was held with regard to antiquities than nowadays. How did the tomb chapel end up in a museum in Leiden? What happened during its long museum history? And how can it be studied using modern technology? 

Nicky van de Beek is a PhD student at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, where she studies representations of landscape in tomb iconography from the Old to the New Kingdom. She has excavated in Luxor and Saqqara, and loves to wander around these sites with her camera. 



Thursday 25 November 2021  (evening lecture starting at 19:00 UK time.) 

John Wyatt: 'Herodotus On Egyptian Animals - Fact Or Fiction?'

Herodotus has been described as both the Father of History and the Father of Lies. This talk examines his statements on Egyptian wildlife in Book 2 of his Histories and assesses their accuracy as a partial answer to this question. 


 For the EXTRA MEETING 25 November 2021 at 7 pm:   

 Registration for this lecture will open as soon as possible after Nicky van de Beek's talk on 20 November.   

 The fee for this meeting is to be advised for both members and guests. As an extra meeting, the fee is not covered by the advance payments for the Saturday lectures.  

 The waiting room will open about 6.45pm for a 7 pm start.  
Zoom Meeting Joining Instructions  

To join the meeting on 25 November all you have to do is follow these steps:  

1: Click/tap on the registration link you have been sent. You will be asked to enter your name and email address to register for the meeting. Visitors please contact the Secretary at to obtain a link.   

2: If you have not already paid the meeting fee in advance, contact the Secretary at to arrange payment. Payments can be made by BACS transfer, through PayPal, or by cheque. Details on the website 'Join Us' page.  

3: Look out for the meeting link which will be sent during the week before the talk. You may need to check your junk or spam folders in case it goes astray. If you have not received this link by the day before the meeting please try registering again or contact the Secretary. For reasons of security and copyright the meeting link should not be shared with anyone else.  

Remember, the registration link you will be given is specific to the meeting on 25 November. A new registration link will be issued for each future meeting.