This is just a quick look at some of the activities lined up as we head into 2017.
I gave my new talk Caravan Cities and Frontier Fortresses to The Ancient World Society, Boston, Lincolnshire on Thursday 13th October (2016). This looks particularly at the desert cities of Palmyra, Resafa, and Dura Europos in Syria; Hatra in Iraq; and Petra in Jordan during the Roman era. The tour I did of the region in 1980 is used as the template on to which many intriguing discoveries are explored; interspersed with travel through the desert and sights of modern cities as they were then. Much of which is, of course, now reduced to rubble.
Mercifully still intact are the monuments of Jordan, including fabulous Petra, Wadi Rum, Kerak, Mount Nebo, Madaba, and Jerash. All of these and more are included in the trip I am leading for Ancient World Tours May 13th – 21st, 2017 (£2585).
I also intend to run a trip to Sicily, and perhaps an Introductory Tour of Egypt during the year.
At the Poynton Egypt Group on Friday 27th January 2017 I will give my talk Great Expeditions to God’s Land and Punt which explores the sites from which the Ancient Egyptians set forth to sail the Red Sea. The ancient records of expeditions to the Eastern Desert of Egypt are examined both in the quest to discover the location of the legendary land of Punt, and to see where sacred stone and gold were quarried.
For the Chesterfield branch of the Society For the Study of Ancient Egypt, on Saturday March 11th 2017, I am due to give For Whom the Sun Doth Shine: Nefertari Beloved of Mut. Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of Ramesses II seems to have been particularly favoured by her husband, and not only had a temple dedicated to her at Abu Simbel, but also received one of the most beautiful tombs to have survived into the modern era. Nefertari probably did not live even to the half way point in Ramesses’ reign, so what lay behind these special honours? Who were her children, and who took her place?
A talk has also been scheduled for the RAMASSES (North Kent Egyptology Society) on Saturday October 7th 2017: topic to be confirmed.
Further talks will be announced as they are scheduled in due course.
My article Why Sinuhe Ran Away – investigating the clues contained in this classic Ancient Egyptian text (and other related documents) to answer the central mystery, will appear in KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt Vol. 27 No.4, Winter 2016.
I am also preparing some articles to appear in Ancient Egypt Magazine during 2017.
Hopefully, I will then find time to finally complete and publish Finding the Pharaohs (part 1 of Refugees for Eternity), my in-depth exploration of the tale of how the tombs and mummies of the pharaohs and queens of the New Kingdom were discovered. This includes a detailed account of the work of Howard Carter – including the Saqqara Incident and other dramatic episodes, as well as some interesting insights in to the work in and around The Valley of the Kings that preceded the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
For those who would like to discover the true stories behind some of the dramatic incidents presented in the ITV drama TUTANKHAMUN, and are unwilling to wait for Finding the Pharaohs, a summary of some of the interesting points (and awkward questions) regarding the discovery are already available in my chapter: The Mysterious Mr. Carter and the Troubling Case of the Lotus Head, in An Ancient Egyptian Case Book (reprinted edition 2016, available through this site). How did an exquisite wooden head of Tutankhamun emerging from a lotus come to be found in Carter’s store? Was he trying to steal it? Where in the tomb did it come from? Carter’s explanation makes no sense. Also in the Case Book is a chapter concerning Embalming Caches – the most famous of which was Tutankhamun’s, discovered by Edward Ayton for Theodore Davis in December 1907.