DIARY

Meetings and lectures are usually held at 7:30 pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month, there is no meeting in December. In July we hold our annual Day School - the venue for this year is St George’s GS, Richmond Road, Mowbray.

Non-members are very welcome at all meetings, a nominal entry fee of R25 is charged.

PLEASE NOTE DAY SCHOOL BOOKINGS HAVE OPENED!   Don’t delay -  as of today 24th May 55 PLACES ALREADY BOOKED!

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There is no meeting of this society in December - we look forward to welcoming you at our 2017 meetings.

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Tuesday 27th June 2017 at 7.30pm

Keith Grenville – PHILAE – The House of Isis - this most elegant temple dedicated to Isis – the supreme maternal deity who was sister and wife to Osiris, and through archive photographs shows the drowning of the temple by the rising waters of the Aswan High Dam and the eventual rescue.

John Lombard – members platform - Breaking News from Egypt

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DAY SCHOOL SATURDAY JULY 15TH at ST GEORGE’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL

TUTANKHAMUN – OLDEST TEENAGER IN THE WORLD

PROGRAMME

10.00AM – Opening address
10.15am   Anlen Boshoff  - ”Clothing a Pharaoh – Tutankhamun’s Attire & Adornment”
11.15am – Tea/coffee/biscuits
11.45am – Keith Grenville – “Making a meal of it –  Tutankhamun’s menu. “
1PM – Lunch
14.15pm - Professor Dave Woods - “What Tutankhamun’s Mummy can tell us”
3.30pm – Close

THREE LECTURES – TEA/COFFEE – LUNCH –

R180 MEMBERS – R190/NON-MEMBERS

BOOKING OPEN NOW! PHONE JEAN 021 557 5082 – 073 189 9626 OR EMAIL

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Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 7.30pm

Dr Renate Van Dijk-Coombes – TBA
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 Tuesday 26th September 2017 at 7.30pm

PLEASE NOTE Cost to members R20 – non-members R50 – students R15

Ted Loukes [Guest speaker from Johannesburg]

Akhenaten: A Different View. [After the lecture tea/coffee/karkady will be served & a chance to chat with Ted about his ideas.

Akhenaten, the heretic pharaoh, took on the might of the priesthood of Amun-Ra; and, enforced by the military, temples were shut down and the names of the gods were hacked out from statues and inscriptions the length and breadth of Egypt. All the gods were banned and everyone had to worship the Aten. Akhenaten and his family, more concerned about their new religion, left the empire unprotected and weakened – an ineffectual king more interested in poetry and nature ratherthan ruling. Statues and inscriptions depict Akhenaten and his family with long thin necks, sloping foreheads andelongated skulls, and this has led to claims that the king suffered from various disorders, or even that he was female. An ugly misshapen man struggling with his own mental and physical abnormalities.

This is the story that most history books will tell you, but is it true?

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Tuesday 24th October 2107 at 7.30pm

Dr Shadreck  Chirikure – Metals in Ancient Egypt

Dr Chirikure is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. He obtained the degrees of MA Artefact Studies (2002) and PhD in Archaeology (2005) from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Shadreck Chirikure’s Archaeological Materials Laboratory is Africa’s only facility dedicated to the study of pyrotechnology practiced by farming communities of the last 2000 years of the sub-Saharan past. Examples of pyrotechnological material studied in the laboratory include metallurgical slags, metal objects, local and imported ceramics, plasters and glass beads.

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Tuesday 28th November 2017 at 7.30pm

TESSA AGM  – after a short AGM there will be a short lecture – details to be announced.

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Cape Town venue for Meetings and Lectures

The Jenny Mallet Hall
St George’s Grammar School
Richmond Road, Mowbray, Cape Town

For a printable pdf of the map, click here

Free secure parking available – non-members are welcome
Valid Membership Cards to be shown at all meetings

TESSA meets for monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month at St George’s Grammar School, Richmond Road, Mowbray.  We have ten meetings a year to which members have free access.   Monthly meetings generally take the form of a main lecture of about one hour followed by a tea/coffee break and then a 30 minute “Members’ Platform” where ordinary members are invited to “have their say” on any topic that interests them.  Occasionally we have “double lectures” where the topic being addressed is longer than normal and is interrupted by the tea/coffee break with the “Members’ Platform” falling away for that month.  Among our speakers have been some international figures, including Dr Zahi Hawass. We attempt to get a high-profile speaker every second or third year but, being at the wrong end of the world results in enormous travel costs.

There is no meeting in December because of the holidays and our July meeting takes the form of our Annual Day School which is held at the Baxter Theatre Complex in Rosebank. This event is the high point of our year and consists of three lectures on a specific theme and a sumptuous Egyptian-style buffet lunch.  This is the only thing for which members have to pay – obviously to cover the costs of catering and of the hire of the venue.

At our normal monthly meetings, members have free access to our ever-expanding Lending and Reference library.  We have close to 700 books all told, as well as a DVD section and magazines for members’ casual perusal.

Members also receive free copies of our quarterly magazine “Shemu” which contains general interest articles as well as brief details of recent discoveries.  Irregular reports on new discoveries are also e-mailed to those members for whom we have an electronic address.

TESSA arranges annual day outings to places of Egyptological interest.  Recent outings have included “Egypt in the Boland” and “Egypt in the Swartland.”

ANTHONY HUMPHREYS