NEWS and FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Posted June 19th, 2017 by Dylan

TALKS

After a sustained period with talks around the country from late 2017 into early 2018, the pace has thankfully slackened off a little, but more bookings continue to be made. As at early August 2018 the forthcoming programme is:

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. Venue: Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, PE11 2XH. Friday October 19th 2018 at 7.30pm.
THE EGYPTIAN LABYRINTH
Contact: Sandy Watson: 07966 44 30 40

Northampton Ancient Egyptian Historical Society. Monday evening December 3rd 2018. GREAT EXPEDITIONS TO GOD’S LAND AND PUNT.
Contact: Linda Amas: lvamas@aol.com; www.facebook.com/groups/nachs/

Sussex Egyptology Society. Horsham Venue: Business & Enterprise Centre, Forest School, Comptons Lane, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5NT. Saturday March 16th 2019.
Study Day: ROYAL LADIES of the NEW KINGDOM – four sessions (details to be posted).
Contact: Janet Shepherd: janet@ancient.co.uk; www.egyptology-uk.com

Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society. Reading: Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JB. Saturday June 1st 2019, 2pm: FOR WHOM THE SUN DOTH SHINE: NEFERTARI beloved of Mut.
Contact: Francesca Jones: fhjones_tvaes@yahoo.co.uk; www.tvaes.org.uk

The Egyptian Society Taunton. Friends Meeting House, 13 Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP. Saturday June 8th 2019 at 2pm. THE ROYAL CACHE: The Tomb of the Royal Mummies.
Contact: Janet Diamond: 01823 491 528; Mobile: 07979 76 12 12.

Other Forthcoming events will include my DAY SCHOOL on Royal Ladies of the New Kingdom at Horsham Sussex, March 16th 2019; and other venues (details to be posted).
Further bookings of this Day School (or parts of it) around the country are pending.

PUBLICATIONS
FORTHCOMING.
My new book: The EGYPTIAN LABYRINTH: Clues to Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost Building, is due to appear before my tour early next year. This is an in-depth study of a fascinating subject.

THE ROYAL MUMMIES CACHE
A very thorough discussion of all the evidence relating to the discovery and clearance of this remarkable cache-tomb. The study benefits from the work of the recent clearance of the tomb, including accurate plans and diagrams, illustrations, notes on finds etc.

RECENT publications have included:

‘I’m Not Pentewere Screams Unknown Man E’, Ancient Egypt magazine June/July 2018; Vol. 18 No.6. Issue: 108, 26-30. Here I point out several weaknesses in the identification of the so-called ‘screaming man’ mummy, Unknown Man E, as the conspirator prince, Pentewere, condemned as the murderer of his father, Ramesses III. His burial, though unconventional, shows respect; and in probability he comes from a different dynasty!

Since last writing here I have been proved correct in my belief that no chambers would be found behind the walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb. My articles on this, published on academia.edu, received a lot of hits and (perhaps surprisingly) continue to do so. The basic arguments are laid out in Did Tutankhamun Bury Nefertiti in KV62?; and also as Iconic Queen Hidden By Golden Pharaoh? Many people developed an almost religious conviction that Nefertiti would be discovered buried in the chamber. Owing to this, I decided to take the idea and (supposedly) run with it in a short wry piece entitled Tutankhamun and the Burial of Mrs King,/strong>. This received even more attention on Academia.edu but was not well-received by the ‘believers’. It continues to receive a steady stream of hits.

Loret’s Last Triumph: KV38, The Tomb of Aakheperkare Thutmose I Kmt Winter 2017/18, 36-42.
The discovery and clearance of the tomb is described in detail using Loret’s original notes, translated from the French.

‘A Middle Kingdom Expedition To God’s Land & Punt’, Ancient Egypt 17.6; Issue 102, June/July 2017, 12-18.
Concerning the expedition of Henu (under Pharaoh Sankhkare Mentuhotep III), through the Wadi Hammamet and the Egyptian Eastern Desert, to launch boats to Punt, and return with precious stone for statues.

The Changing Face of KV34: The Tomb of Thutmose III
Kmt Fall 2017, 66-73.
A passage from ‘The Quest of Julian Day’ by Dennis Wheatley draws attention to the fact that access to KV34 in the 1930s was from above the cleft housing the tomb. Inside were no hand-rails, flooring or lighting. The access made by Loret was still more hair-raising. Other changes are noted. Sadly many of the historic pictures did not make it to the final publication.

AVAILABLE NOW

See the BUY BOOKS page for basic details of An Ancient Egyptian Case Book. The fourteen Case Studies gathered together here examine the evidence behind a range of theories and discoveries. Four cases comprising the Deductions From Discovery section look at the evidence behind four excavations of Amarna Period Material: The Tomb of Akhenaten and The Golden Ring of Nefertiti; The Enigma of KV58; The Mysterious Mr Carter and the Troubling Case of the Lotus Head; KV63, Embalming Caches, and the Clues to Lost Tombs. Tales Told By Enigmatic Mummies gathers together six cases examining in detail the evidence for the identity of Royal Mummies (including questions over assessments of Age at Death, and DNA studies). Ancient True Stories comprises an intensive exploration of the stories behind the documents relating to The Harem Conpiracy Against Ramesses III; Tombrobberies; and the strange circumstances of the Death of Hadrian’s ‘favourite’, Antinous, in the Nile. A final section concerns the true story of The Cursed Play in the Valley of the Queens.

Identifying the Royal Mummies Part 4 of Refugees for Eternity, The Royal Mummies of Thebes; looks at each method used to ascertain the identity of a royal mummy, and then weighs up the evidence for and against each mummy in turn.

ALSO FORTHCOMING

THE ROYAL MUMMIES CACHE
A very thorough discussion of all the evidence relating to the discovery and clearance of this remarkable cache-tomb. The study benefits from the work of the recent clearance of the tomb, including accurate plans and diagrams, illustrations, notes on finds etc.A SECOND ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CASE BOOK.
A number of articles which have been previously published, appear here in full/unedited form – often much expanded with new/additional information; and also some which are entirely new. Including: Why Sinuhe Ran Away; Great Expeditions to God’s Land & Punt; Adoption, Inheritance, and Freedom; Strong Man: Wrong Tomb, The Problem of Belzoni’s Sarcophagi; Emile Brugsch and the Royal Mummies at Bulaq; The Death of Three Kings on the Battlefield: Seqenenre Ta’o, Seneb Kay, and Richard III; The Mummy in the Nile; Tales of the Tombs of the Thutmose Three; The Modern History of KV34; The Lost Tomb of Thutmose II – is it intact? Did Tutankhamun Conceal Nefertiti in KV62?; Sun Ra and Egypt; For Whom the Sun Doth Shine – Nefertari Mery en Mut & Isitnofret; The Wadi Hammamet Signalling System; The Throne of Hatshepsut; and more…