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.

Donations:

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.


Upcoming Events

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:

Please click this URL to start or join. https://monash.zoom.us/j/85067909138?pwd=UGFEaGxQSlRTRE9NS3c2YVR2aWV0Zz09
Or, go to https://monash.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 850 6790 9138 and passcode: 700005

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.


Past Events

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 https://www.facebook.com/EgyptologyVic