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Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society


WE have three lectures planned for the coming months, all at The Oakwood Centre in Headley Road, Woodley.

On Saturday, April 14, Manon Schutz looks at Hypnos and Thanatos in Egypt? The Meaning of Beds in Ancient Egypt

In Greek mythology, Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death) were brothers, sometimes even twins, born to Nyx, the night. In this lecture, Schutz queries how closely linked were death and sleep in Ancient Egypt. All Egyptian beds ever found are from tombs, not domestic areas.

Then, on Saturday,

May 12, the theme will be

Élite and Common: Old

Kingdom and Ptolemaic Cemeteries to the West of the Step Pyramid

Complex at Saqqara

The Saqqara necropolis had been in use – almost continuous­ly – for more than 3,000 years. First establishe­d for the royalty and nobility, the necropolis soon became a resting place for all members of society regardless of their social standing.

This presentati­on by Dr Iwona J Kozieradzk­a-Ogunmakin will aim to introduce the audience to the cemetery site located immediatel­y to the west of the Step Pyramid complex.

And, in a change to a previously published date, on Saturday, June 2, Dr Pauline Norris in this lecture will introduce ancient Egyptian Astronomy. Among other topics, we will look at the latest thinking about Nabta Playa and Nut the sky-goddess.

Entry to each session is £3.

For more details, log on to www. tvaes.org.uk Francesca Jones

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