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2011-09-10 York Study Day - Reformation at Amarna and Thebes, Egypt Exploration Society

posted 20 May 2011, 06:19 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 1 Feb 2016, 14:48 ]
Saturday 10 September 2011

Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre, Dept. of Archaeology, University of York, King’s Manor, York, YO1 7EP

Tickets: £25 (EES members), £30 (non-members).
Students: £15 (EES members), £20 (non-members).

The Society has had a long association with the Amarna Period and in particular with the capital city of the time, at Tell
El-Amarna. EES excavations at the site have contributed enormously to our understanding of this intriguing chapter in
Egypt’s history, and the following lectures will show how ongoing research into various aspects of the period continues to
complement what the excavations have revealed, and also that the debate on various issues that have gripped Egyptologists
for many years is not yet closed!

10.00 Doors open for registration. Coffee/tea and biscuits will be available
10.45 Opening remarks
11.00 Dr Aidan Dodson, Will the real Akhenaten please stand up? Two centuries of Amarna research
12.00 Chris Naunton, Arguments, Hockey and Dressing Up: Amarna Excavations on Film
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Dr Karen Exell, Nefertiti and Tutankhamun in Western Imagination
15.00 Coffee/tea and biscuits
15.30 Stephen Cross, An Ancient Flash Flood and Stratigraphy in the Valley of the Kings
16.30 Closing remarks
17.00 Reception in the Kings Manor Refectory

Dr Aidan Dodson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of
Bristol. In 2009 he published a study of the end of the 18th Dynasty (Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb and the
Egyptian Counter-Reformation) which included a discussion of the convoluted debate on Akhenaten’s coregent(s), which is perhaps
emblematic of Amarna historiography. For this event Dr Dodson will consider the way in which the site of Amarna and its royal
denizens have moved from the utter obscurity of the early nineteenth century to today’s global superstardom.

Chris Naunton is Deputy Director of the EES. The EES carried out excavations at the site of the ‘city of Akhenaten’, between
1921 and 1936 where field director John Pendlebury took it upon himself to raise awareness of the work by any means possible,
not least by embracing the idea of capturing moving images of his dig. The footage which is now kept in the Society’ archives
reveals a great deal about the processes involved and in particular what it was like to live and work at Amarna.

Dr Karen Exell is Chair of the EES and Curator of Egypt and Sudan at the Manchester Museum. Nefertiti, wife of Akhenaten,
and Tutankhamun, last king of the Amarna period, are elusive figures in the archaeology of the period. However, the mask of
Tutankhamun and the bust of Nefertiti are arguably two of the most iconic objects associated with ancient Egypt. How have
these iconic objects influenced our understanding of ancient Egypt, and more particularly, the Amarna period?

Stephen Cross is a member of the Geologist’s Association (UK), the Merseyside Archaeological Society and the Liverpool
Geological Society. He was an advisor to the Supreme Council of Antiquities’ 2008/09 Central Area and KV8 excavations in
the Valley of the Kings. Steve will explain the theory that an ancient flash flood deposited its sediments in the central area
of the Valley covering and concealing tombs cut there, providing an insight into the history of this area of the Valley which
may be of significance for future excavations in the Valley.

TICKETS: The Egypt Exploration Society 3 Doughty Mews, London WC1N 2PG
Phone: + 44 (0)20 7242 1880 E-mail:
Paul Brayford,
20 May 2011, 06:25