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Details of the meeting on 08 September 2021 are given at the bottom of this page. 

16 September 2021 Thursday 1900 UK Time:


 Annual General Meeting - for members. No charge for this meeting. 


18 September 2021 Saturday 1400 UK Time:

Hilary Wilson

 'The Aegean Connection 2: Egypt and the Sea Peoples.'   

Our Chairperson, Hilary Wilson will give today's virtual talk.

Following on from her investigation of Egyptian trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, Hilary will explore the political and military connections between Egypt and the Aegean groups known collectively as the Sea Peoples. This will include a review of the various theories as to the origins of these sea-faring warriors and the reasons behind their migration into Egypt’s sphere of influence. Their alliances with each other and with Libyan groups led to significant military actions, especially in the reigns of Merenptah and Ramesses III. The outcomes of these conflicts will be discussed to evaluate the contribution of the Sea Peoples to the decline of Egypt’s New Kingdom and the Late Bronze Age Collapse, which saw the demise of some long-established cultures in the region, such as the Hittites, and the appearance of new powers like the Philistines and Phoenicians.  


 Hilary was for some years an Associate Lecturer in Maths and Archaeology with the Open University. Since the 1990s she has taught Egyptology courses for the University of Southampton Continuing Education Department, the WEA and other adult learning groups as well as introducing Ancient Egypt to primary school pupils in the guise of Setkemet, 'The Egyptian Lady'. She has written several books on Ancient Egypt and is a staff contributor to Ancient Egypt Magazine. Recently retired (almost) from teaching Mathematics, she devotes her leisure time to writing Egyptian-themed fiction. 


      The waiting room will open about 1.45pm for a 2 pm start.                  
Zoom Meeting Joining Instructions    

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08 September 2021 Thursday 18.30 for a 19.00 UK Time:

Professor Barry Kemp: 'Was Amarna Really A City of Gold?'

This meeting costs £5 and the fee is considered as a donation to the Amarna Trust. It does not form part of the multiple meeting fee payment for the Saturday lectures.             

In the eyes of foreign princes, gold was as "plentiful as dust" in Egypt in the time of Akhenaten and they said so in letters addressed to him. Did they exaggerate? Archaeologists have actually found very little gold at Amarna but a careful assessment of evidence gives us hints of metallic wealth, including gold, spread through the city. 

Professor Barry Kemp studied Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 1962. He was appointed Assistant Lecturer at the University of Cambridge the following year, remaining there until retirement (as Professor of Egyptology) in 2007. He continues with research and fieldwork. He is particularly associated with the ancient city of Tell el-Amarna, where  he has worked since 1977. The programme of survey, excavation and repairs to ancient buildings continues, in conjunction with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Publication of work completed is a further preoccupation. (Biography adapted from the British Academy Website www.the The Amarna Project web site: