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The Egyptian Society of South Africa (a.k.a. TESSA) is specifically dedicated to the study and enjoyment of the glories of ancient Egypt.

Founded in 1996 in Cape Town, our membership is open to everyone who has a fascination with Egypt’s mysterious past.


Monthly public lectures
are given, (free to members) with guest experts, travellers and archeologists.

Our respected quarterly journal, ‘Shemu’ contains news, discoveries and theories on aspects of ancient egyptian life, architecture, religion, pharaonic history, and more.


Browse our News section
for Society information, summaries of academic papers, field trip reports and more.


Our members’ Reading and Reference library
holds 700 books on egyptology and related subjects, together with a selection of video/DVDs and topical magazines.

The society leads field trips and outings to visit museums, exhibitions and other Egyptian artefact collections in South Africa. Escorted tours to Egypt and the Nile are also available with discounts for members.


TESSA assists in promoting interest in the Egyptian collection at the Iziko Museum of South Africa  Slave Lodge.