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Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society – 17th September 2019

Monthly Lecture Posted on Tue, September 03, 2019 12:55PM

Loyal Service or Political Agenda? – The Ramessesnakht Family, the 20th Dynasty and the end of the New Kingdom

Tickets £1 for non-members, £5 for non-members, Lectures begin at 7.30pm and take place in the Lecture Theatre at Bolton Museum and Art Gallery.

From his first attestation dating to late in the reign of Ramesses III or early in that of Ramesses IV until his last, early in the reign of Ramesses IX, the high official Ramessesnakht occupied the office of ‘High Priest of Amun’. As well as this immensely important and powerful position he also held other important offices. These included ‘Overseer of Royal Building Projects’ and ‘High Steward of the Memorial Temple of Ramesses III.’

This accumulation and monopolisation of administrative offices by various members of the Ramessesnakht family has often been proscribed in popular Egyptological literature as having been instrumental to the decline of royal authority during the 20th Dynasty and, ultimately, the fall of the New Kingdom. The exact nature of the relationship between the family and the ruling dynasty though is unclear as the available evidence seems to indicate that the family acted on behalf of rather than against the royal court.

Join James Parr as he attempts to try and determine the nature of the relationship between the Ramessesnakht family and the royal court of the 20th Dynasty and its influence if any on the fall of the New Kingdom.

Ancient Egypt in Bolton

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, September 03, 2019 12:05PM

Egyptology Study

Miscellaneous Posted on Fri, April 26, 2019 01:14PM

Ever wanted to study for a recognised qualification in Egyptology but not been able to afford or invest the time to go university? If so, then the University’s distance learning programmes may well be just what are you are looking for. Delivered entirely online the University runs courses ranging from short courses and a Certificate and Diploma course to a Masters degree. If you are interested and would like more information please visit:

Ancient Egypt Magazine

Miscellaneous Posted on Fri, April 26, 2019 01:00PM

Interested in Ancient Egypt? Want to keep up to date with all the latest discoveries in Egypt read scholarly articles? Then Ancient Egypt magazine is definitely for you. Filled with interesting and thought-provoking articles written by established and up and coming Egyptologists the magazine has something for academics and amateurs alike. For more information and to subscribe please click the link below:

Prof Joann Fletcher Lecture

Monthly Lecture Posted on Fri, April 26, 2019 12:44PM

Professor Joann Fletcher and Dr Stephen Buckley
Title: Armageddon and Ancient Egypt
Bolton Museum, Library and Art Gallery
Tuesday 21st May 2019
Members: £1, Non-members: £5

Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society are proud to announce that our next lecture in our 2018/19 programme will be given by Professor Joann Fletcher. Join Professor Fletcher as she explores the true history behind the biblical prophecy of the destruction of the world at ‘the hill of Armageddon’: Megiddo.

Romans in Southern Scotland

Monthly Lecture Posted on Fri, April 26, 2019 12:25PM

Thank you Dr Birgitta Hoffmann!!

Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society would like to thank Dr Birgitta Hoffmann for giving a fantastic and very informative talk on Roman activity in Scotland. Dr Hoffmann talked about her ongoing excavation project more widely referred to as the ‘Roman Gask Project’. Dr Hoffmann talked extensively on the various building and quarrying activities of the Romans. If you would like to learn more about the ‘ Roman Gask Project’ please visit the Project’s excellent website at the following address:

Egyptology Evening

Museums Posted on Tue, April 16, 2019 07:58PM

Ritual Sex in
Ancient Egypt

Cynthia May
Sheikholeslami, Egyptologist, Cairo, Egypt

Thursday 9th May, 7pm
Bolton Library Lecture Theatre

Twenty-first century western concerns
with sexuality revolve around desire (often in the framework of romantic love)
and questions of identity. Three thousand years ago, in ancient Egypt,
fertility and creation were the focus of interest in sexuality. While there is
some evidence of what we term romantic love, as well as hints of homosexuality,
the artistic and textual record from pharaonic Egypt emphasizes sex for the
continuity of life, both in this world and the next. It is not surprising
then that ancient Egyptian religious ritual may be overtly sexual. A famous
illustrated papyrus from the late New Kingdom now in the Museo Egizio in Turin
depicts sex in Hathoric ritual. At the same time, however, love songs on other
papyri of the period show that ritual sex could overlap with individual
encounters between lovers, and also be celebrated at funerary
banquets. This lecture will discuss ritual sex as well as individual
relationships in a Hathoric festival context for both the living and the dead.

The content of this lecture may not be suitable for
under 16s.

£5, includes refreshments

To book: