17 October 2020
The talk will be 'virtual' - like the talks given in June and July 2020.
Dr Kate Spence: 'House And Home: Urbanism And Society At Amarna.'
Using published records of houses and suburbs at Amarna, this talk investigates what can be learned about ancient Egyptian society in the New Kingdom from the archaeological remains excavated in the first half of the Twentieth Century.
Dr Kate Spence is a Fellow of Emmanuel College and Senior Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Her research interests are in the areas of the built environment and material culture of ancient Egypt and North Sudan, particularly during the New Kingdom. She has been involved in fieldwork projects in Sesebi, a walled colonial town in Nubia, and the North Palace at Amarna.
Saturday 16 October 2021
Bernadette Brady: 'An Astronomical Ceiling At Esna: The Egyptian Story Of The Sun And The Moon.'
The ceiling of the hypostyle hall in the Temple of Khnum, Esna, contains a complex astronomical and astrological scene. Built in the first century CE with its decoration not completed until the third century, this ceiling captures some of the last images of the Egyptian view of the heavens. Now being cleaned, these images are slowly revealing the glory of the Egyptian view of the path of the sun and the journey of the moon. This lecture unpacks the rich imagery and mythology of the Egyptian view of the sun and the moon.
Bernadette Brady holds a PhD in Anthropology (2012), MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (2005) and a Certificate in Egyptology from Manchester University (2020). She is currently a lecturer on the online Master of Arts in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology for the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK. Bernadette was the course director for the 2019 Bloomsbury Summer School in Luxor on Egyptian Cultural Astronomy and has lectured widely on this subject.