Past Events

Founded in 2010, the Vancouver Chapter of SSEA has had some amazing events over the years. Take a look to see the type of activities we offer.

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Women’s Health in Ancient Egypt

Humanity has come a long way in the last thousands of years. Yet, women have only in recent times learned to control their biology to fashion their lives. Join us for an enlightening talk.

One of Egypt's most famous Women (WikiMedia)
One of Egypt’s most famous Women (WikiMedia)

When?

Thursday, 26 September 2013
7 p.m.

Where?

Alliance for Arts & Culture
#100 – 938 Howe St
Vancouver, BC (Map)

Tickets

  • FREE – SSEA Members
  • $5 – General Public

Tickest available at the door or on

About the Speaker

W Benson Harer Jr
W Benson Harer Jr

W. Benson Harer, Jr., MD is an adjunct professor of Egyptology in the Department of Humanities at California State University at San Bernardino. He has published numerous articles on Egyptology, including several that combine his knowledge of medicine with his passion for ancient history and archaeology. He recently retired as Chief of Staff at Riverside County Regional Medical Center and has served as President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Harer has served on the ARCE Board of Governors since 1981 and is on the board of the Northwest Chapter of ARCE in Seattle. (Photo Credit: W Benson Harer)

Abstract

Basic mammalian biology has shaped the lives of women throughout our existence. Women’s concerns have been the same everywhere: attracting and keeping a mate, birthing, lactation, menstruation, contraception, infertility, abortion, etc. It is only in the past 50 years that women in developed nations can control their biology to shape their lives. Women in different cultures use different approaches to meet these common challenges. This talk will explore how the women in Ancient Egypt coped with the biological imperatives imposed on the human female mammal. (Courtesy: Benson Harer)

Curating Ancient Egypt at the Manchester Museum

We are grateful to welcome Campbell Price, Curator at Manchester Museum in England, to tell us about what it is like being a curator of an Egyptian collection. Please make sure to visit the Museum’s website to learn more about its Egyptian collection.

The Manchester Museum holds one of the UK’s largest collections of objects from ancient Egypt and Sudan, and one that is in many respects among the most important in the world. The core of the collection, which contains a total of over 16,000 objects, comes from the pioneering excavations of William Matthew Flinders Petrie – the ‘father of Egyptian archaeology’. One of Petrie’s main individual sponsors was Jesse Haworth, a Manchester textile manufacturer whose generosity ensured that the city’s University museum received a significant number of Petrie’s finds. The main strength of this material is that it comes from scientifically controlled excavations, rather than the open art market.

Looking over the new Galleries (Courtesy: Manchester Museum)
Looking over the new Galleries (Courtesy: Manchester Museum)

In particular, Manchester houses a large number of objects from the site of Kahun (sometimes referred to as ‘Lahun’) near the Faiyum lake. Kahun is best known as the town built to house workers on the pyramid of Senwosret II (c. 1877-1870 BC) and which continued to function for the maintenance of the cult of the deceased king. Everyday items from relatively ordinary houses shed light on aspects of life not usually known from ancient Egypt. Objects which were previously known mainly from tomb scenes – such as furniture, brick moulds and even a bee hive – are preserved in good condition. Having this material makes the Manchester Museum uniquely well-placed to challenge the still-widespread conception of the ancient Egyptians as morbidly obsessed with death.

At the end of 2012 the Museum re-displayed its archaeology and Egyptology collections in a suite of new ‘Ancient Worlds’ galleries. This was a unique opportunity to research the collection and communicate the stories of objects in new ways. Yet it was also a challenge – familiar to many curators of Egyptian collections – to balance the rich evidence for ‘daily life’ in ancient Egypt with an equally rich (though often less well-provenanced) group of funerary material. The Manchester Museum has often been associated with its pioneering work on the study of mummies. The collection houses 24 human mummies, which have been the subject of scientific research since 1908, when Margaret Murray led an interdisciplinary team in the UK’s first scientific mummy ‘autopsy’ – unwrapping two mummies from an intact Middle Kingdom burial from Deir Rifeh. The ‘Manchester method’ of investigating Egyptian human remains was made famous in the 1970s, when the then-curator of Egyptology, Rosalie David, set up the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Project. The Project examined mummies in Manchester and elsewhere to investigate ancient disease and mummification techniques, establishing a procedure that became standard practice.

A Brick Mould from Kahun (© Paul Cliff)
A Brick Mould from Kahun (© Paul Cliff)

The new Ancient Worlds galleries acknowledge Manchester’s significant contribution to these scientific studies, while presenting the unusually rich evidence for daily life in ancient Egypt. As for most museums nowadays, Manchester Museum is actively trying to engage new audiences – and maintain the interest of existing ones. It is thus hoped that by including a robust digital component for those seeking more information, the world-class collections in Manchester will continue to inform and inspire our visitors.

Campbell Price

Dr. Price received his Ph.D in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow. He has been Curator of Egypt and the Sudan at the Manchester Museum since 2011.

Note

The opinions expressed in this guest blog entry do not necessarily represent the views of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities nor its chapter in Vancouver.

Post revolution: What is Luxor like?

This is one of our first guest blog entries from Egypt and we are grateful for Jane telling us about the current situation outside of Cairo. Please make sure to visit her website to learn more.

Well firstly events in Cairo don’t really reflect the life in Luxor, the fields are still tilled just like the depictions in the tombs, old men still sit around in coffee shops playing dominos, young men cheer on their favourite football teams on poor quality TV’s set up in coffee shops, women set their bread to rise in the sun, the Nile flows and the sun shines. Not quite the picture you are getting from the media.

Empty Karnak (Photo: Jane Akshar)
Empty Karnak (Photo: Jane Akshar)

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