by Erica Morland, co-founder of Thames Valley ancient Egypt society
Tutankhamun, the New Kingdom’s famous 18th Dynasty Egyptian boy king/ pharaoh was the last ruler of his royal family line. His father was (probably) the pharaoh Akhenaten, who some believed to be the mummy found in the tomb KV55. His mother was (probably) his father’s sister, sister identified through DNA testing as an unknown mummy referred to as “The Younger Lady” Tutankhamun was involved in the restoration of the Ancient Egyptian religion after its dissolution by Akhenaten- the heretic pharaoh and began restoring old monuments damaged during the previous Amarna period.
Erica is an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist, she got the bug as a six-year-old when she was able to see an unwrapped head of a mummy in a case at the Hancock museum in Newcastle. This became a fascination after seeing the Tutankhamun exhibition at the BM in 1972. Erica’s particular interests are Ancient Egyptian food and farming (having worked in the food industry for 35 years), and the lives of Ancient Egyptian Women. In 1994, she with two friends, set up the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society and has been a committee member ever since. She has visited most of the major sites in Egypt, and has dragged he (long suffering) husband all over the world visiting Ancient Egyptian collections as far apart as Tokyo, New York, Turin and Sydney.
Berkshire Archaeological Society Events – from September 2020
Government advice is likely to remain that gatherings are not permitted or advised. We are, therefore, planning to hold all BAS activities from September on Zoom.
See the events page for a list of monthly lectures. Synopses will be posted separately when available.
Members attending meetings on Zoom will be advised of meeting joining instructions beforehand. Not all Study Group meetings are listed as they are usually confirmed the week before.
from Julie Worsfold, BAS Lectures and Day School Organiser & Chair Communications Working Group
Image (think of it as geofizz!): This scanning electron microscope image shows COVID-19 virus (yellow), also known as 2019-nCoV and SARS-CoV-2, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (pink) cultured in the lab. Image credit: NIAID-RML / CC BY 2.0.
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