Egyptology Society of Victoria

The Egyptology Society of Victoria (ESV) promotes and supports the study of ancient Egypt in Victoria and more broadly in Australia and Egypt. The Society is affiliated with the Centre for Ancient Cultures at Monash University. We run a regular series of public lectures and seminars throughout the year, and support Egyptological research, teaching and exchange. Established in 1990, the ESV brings scholars, students, and the general public together to celebrate, share and explore the fascinating culture of ancient Egypt.

Join and Support

  • Follow us on Facebook to learn more about the Society and keep up to date with our activities.
  • Become a member of the ESV and support Egyptology in Victoria.
  • Membership is available at the rates below and can be paid online through Shop Monash.

Membership Costs:

  • Standard annual* membership: $45
  • Student/Pensioner annual* membership: $30
*Rates are inclusive of GST. The annual membership period runs from 1 July to 30 June; payments made between April 1 and June 30 will cover the coming financial year.

ESV members receive:

  • Advance notification and booking for all ESV events
  • Discount rates on all events organised by the Society that carry a cover charge.


The ESV welcomes donations, which can be made online through Shop Monash and are tax deductible. Since the founding of the Society, memberships and gifts from ESV members have funded an annual weekend symposium with international visiting scholars, subsidised student research in Egypt, assisted in the development of research library collections in Victoria, and supported Monash University excavations in the Dakhleh Oasis. Your annual membership and/or gift allows us to continue these important activities.

Current Events

2023 Egyptology Study Day

Text and power in ancient Egypt

In-person Egyptology Study Day, co-presented with the Monash Centre for Ancient Cultures.

Date and Time: Saturday 7 October, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue:  Monash Clayton, Lecture Theatre E7, 14 Alliance Lane
Registration Link:  HERE


Registration open from 10:00am

Session 1

10:20am – 10:30am: Welcome

10:30am – 11:30am: Dr Julia Hamilton – Embodied and enlivened: How ancient Egyptians named themselves and things in their world

11:30am – 11:45am: Break (tea, coffee and biscuits provided)

11:45am – 12:45pm: Dr Andrew Connor – Coexisting with the Empire? Reconstructing the worldview of an Egyptian temple under Roman rule

12:45pm – 1:45pm: Lunch (pizza will be provided, or you can make your own arrangements)

Session 2

1:45pm – 2:15pm: Saskia Moorrees – “This strip of papyrus becomes reality”: Writing magic in Greco-Roman Egypt

2:15pm – 2:45pm: Erin Casey – Object and text: The non-elite production of written culture in urban Amarna

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break (tea, coffee and biscuits provided)

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Dr Andrew Connor – Scar (t)issue: What can we learn from ancient Egyptians' scars?

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Dr Julia Hamilton – Material girls: Reusing a princess’ tomb at Saqqara in the First Intermediate Period

Past Events

Amarna's North Desert Cemetery: the 2022 Excavations. A lecture by Dr Anna Stevens

Date and Time: Wednesday August 23, 7.00pm
Venue:  Monash Clayton, Lecture Theatre E7, 14 Alliance Lane

Abstract:  In late 2022, the Amarna Project undertook a final season of excavation at the cemeteries of Akhetaten (modern Amarna), the city founded by king Akhenaten. The excavation of Amarna’s cemeteries has provided one of the largest assemblages of non-elite burials from ancient Egypt. Their study sheds important new light on health, quality of life and burial customs in ancient Egypt, and on how the people of Amarna reacted to Akhenaten’s religious reforms.  Lecture attendees will be the first public audience hear the results of the 2022 season, held at the North Desert Cemetery, one of the most unexpectedly diverse of the Amarna cemeteries. With large shaft- and- chamber tombs, a unique assemblage of burial goods, and a surprising bioarchaeological find, the North Desert Cemetery showcases the richness of Amarna’s burial grounds as a source for understanding the lives and deaths of the people of ancient Egypt.

Early Christianity at Kellis in Egypt’s Dakhleh Oasis: the archaeological evidence. A lecture by Dr. Gillian Bowen

Date and Time: Wednesday May 24, 7.00pm
Venue:  Monash Clayton, Lecture Theatre E7, 14 Alliance Lane

Abstract: Kellis, in Egypt’s Dakhleh Oasis, was home to a vibrant Christian community from at least the late third century CE. When the village was abandoned at the end of the fourth century, the residents left behind a wealth of documentary evidence detailing all aspects of their everyday life. Over the centuries the village was engulfed in sand, which preserved the community’s churches and burial grounds. The main basilica is the earliest surviving purpose-built church known in Egypt and its excellent state of preservation has led to a better understanding of the development of Egyptian church architecture. Almost 800 graves have been excavated and these throw considerable light on Christian burial practices, their mortality rate, and their diseases. The talk summarises the findings and their importance for our understanding of early Christian Egypt.

2022 Egyptology Study Day

Tutankhamun’s Egypt – A Century of Research

In-person Egyptology Study Day, co-presented with the Monash Centre for Ancient Cultures, and with an array of talks celebrating Tutankhamun, his tomb, and the Egypt he ruled.

Date and Time: Saturday 1 October, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue:  Monash Clayton, Lecture Theatre E7, 14 Alliance Lane
Registration Link:  HERE


Registration open from 10:00am

Session 1

10:30am –10:45am: Welcome

10:45am – 11:45am: Prof. Colin Hope – Tutankhamun and his tomb

11:45am – 12:00pm: Break (tea, coffee and biscuits provided)

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Dr Gillian Bowen – Tutankhamun’s Wardrobe

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch (pizza will be provided, or you can make your own arrangements)

Session 2

2:00pm – 2:30pm: Dr Anna Stevens – Approaching death in Tutankhamun’s Egypt: The cemeteries of Amarna

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Tracy Lakin – Gurob in the time of Tutankhamun

3:00pm – 3:15pm: Break (tea, coffee and biscuits provided)

3:15pm – 3:45pm: Prof. Colin Hope – Tutankhamun’s Wine Cellar

3:45pm – 4:00pm: Closing remarks

A/Prof Colin Hope -  In the palace of Egypt’s Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III and the palace complex at Malkata in Thebes

Online lecture, Wednesday 29 June at 7pm

Zoom details: in an exclusive talk for ESV members and Monash University students.

Abstract: In 2021 the discoveries made by a team of Egyptian archaeologists under Zahi Hawass were revealed for the first time. Huge quantities of objects including inscribed jars, elaborately-painted vessels and even a gilded fish have been found within the well-preserved remains of a settlement on the West Bank at Luxor. Various claims have been made about the significance of the discovery, including that it is the most important since the finding of the tomb of Tutankhamun! This talk will place the discovery within the context of the building programme of King Amenhotep III, Tutankhamun's grandfather, and his palace at Malkata.

Membership renewals: It’s that time of year when ESV membership is due for renewal. We are extremely grateful for your support over the past couple of years, and invite you to renew your membership to allow us to continue to bring the latest research on ancient Egypt to the Victorian public, including what we hope will be an exciting array of talks in the coming year. The annual membership period runs from 1 July to 30 June; payments made between April 1 and June 30 cover the coming financial year.

For further details and to renew, please visit:

Supporting the Dakhleh Oasis Project: The Dakhleh Oasis Project is running an online fundraiser to help cover the costs of maintaining their dig house and research base in Egypt’s western desert. To learn more, please visit:

Celebrating Tutankhamun: Finally, we are excited to announce that in-person events are once again permitted on campus, and we hope to run an ESV Study Day celebrating the centennial of the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun later in the year. We’ll be in touch with more details by email soon. Don’t forget to also join our Facebook page @EgyptologyVic to keep up with latest ESV news.

Dr Serena Love – From Tomb to Table: The Ancient Egyptian Yeast Project

Online lecture, Wednesday 30 March at 7pm

Please note that this lecture will be open to the general public, as well as ESV members.

Zoom details:

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Dr Serena Love will join us for an update on the Ancient Egyptian Yeast Project, an experimental project to test whether ancient yeast might be extracted to produce bread and beer today.

Abstract: The project began with a simple premise: could we successfully extract and revive yeast from ancient Egyptian vessels to make bread and beer? This presentation will outline the motivation, methods and outcomes of the ancient yeast project, including the results of sourdough bread making, experimental baking and attempts with brewing beer. Do we actually have a strain of ancient yeast? Unfortunately, the media jumped ahead of the science on this project and the DNA results are still pending. However, the circumstantial evidence for ancient yeast is positive. The most successful result so far is the experimental bread baking that has provided a new interpretation for Old Kingdom baking practices.

Challenging the narrative: Collaborative archaeology in Egypt and Sudan

Online lecture, Wednesday 17 November at 7pm

This lecture is offered as a special session for Monash staff and students and ESV members.

Collaboration and co-production between heritage practitioners and source communities is vital in addressing archaeology’s colonial roots and their contemporary ramifications. This lecture will explore the history of collaborative archaeology in Egypt and Sudan. By drawing on a range of case studies, which bridge three decades and multiple heritage contexts, the presentation aims to explore innovations and ongoing challenges within the discipline and to situate Egypt and Sudan within the wider movement of collaborative archaeology.

Dr. Gemma Tully is a community archaeologist, heritage consultant and museum professional who works to enhance mutual understandings of heritage between diverse stakeholders in Europe and North Africa. Her PhD (University of Southampton, 2010) focused on collaborative approaches to the representation of ancient and modern Egypt in museums. She has worked in the museum sector in learning, visitor services and curatorial roles, as well as co-ordinated participatory archaeology projects in the UK, Sudan and Egypt. Gemma has published widely, currently teaches Museum Studies for the University of Bergamo and works as a freelance heritage consultant.

Egypt under Kushite Rule

Online lecture, Wednesday 13 October at 7pm

The ESV and Monash Centre for Ancient Cultures are delighted to host a free online public lecture by Dr Chris Naunton.

In the late eighth Century BCE, Pharaoh Piankhy, the king of Upper and Lower Egypt, the son of Ra, beloved of Amun, marched down the Nile Valley with his army to meet a series of rebellious kinglets and chiefs who had come to claim authority in the north of Egypt. According to his ‘victory stela’, a giant slab of granite, Piankhy’s victory was decisive: he encountered little resistance, and the ringleader of his enemies, Tefnakht, the Chief of Sais, surrendered from distance without putting up a fight. Piankhy is part of the line of kings that represent Manetho’s Twenty-fifth Dynasty of Egypt. But he doesn’t appear in Manetho’s list and wasn’t even Egyptian—This is the story of Kushite rule in Egypt.

Speaker bio: Dr Chris Naunton is author of Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt and Egyptologists' Notebooks and presenter of numerous television documentaries including The Man Who Discovered Egypt, Tutankhamun: Mystery of the Burnt Mummy, and Egypt’s Lost Pyramid. He is a former Director of the Egypt Exploration Society and President of the International Association of Egyptologists and is now Director of the Robert Anderson Trust.

How to attend: The lecture will be held by Zoom. Attendance is free and open to all. For more details, please visit our Facebook page at