The Egypt Study Society (ESS) is an organization for people who are interested in ancient Egypt. ESS welcomes anyone with similar interests to participate. ESS programs include lectures, slide and video presentations, seminars, hands on workshops, and an annual picnic. Well known egyptologists and knowledgeable ESS members make presentations throughout the year.
You can find the latest lectures by visiting Next Lecture page or the Upcoming Lectures page. You can view our monthly newsletter, The Scribe's Palette, for current info about ESS and news about ancient Egypt. You can read the full archive of our journal, The Ostracon.
Our society is a non-profit educational organization based in Denver, Colorado, USA, and is an associate group of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Many ESS members assit the DMNS with exhibitions and projects connected with Egypt.
Amarna was the short-lived capital city built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and his Great Royal Wife, Nefertiti. The city was dedicated to the cult of one god, the Aten, the power of the sun. Amarna rose swiftly on virgin desert - lands un-profaned by the worship of other deities - and was abandoned just as swiftly after Akhenaten’s death (c. 1332 BCE).
From an archeological perspective, Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt. It is thus simultaneously the key to an extraordinary chapter in the history of religious experience and to a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian. There is no other site like it.
Nefertiti’s City is a one-day program offering opportunities to learn about this amazing site first hand. On Saturday afternoon, renowned Egyptologist Dr. Barry Kemp, Director of the Amarna Project, will speak on "Urban Un-Planning: How the Ancient City of Nefertiti and Akhenaten Evolved." Two members of the Amarna excavation team currently working in the workers’s cemeteries, Dr. Gretchen Dabbs and Dr, Jerry Rose, will use studies of skeletal remains to discuss what life was really like in Amarna. These talks will be followed by a hands-on workshop focused around forensic anthropology and what we can learn about the health and lifestyles of ancient peoples from the evidence of bones.
Nefertiti’s City will provide activities for families and children to learn about ancient Egypt while becoming “makers,” ancient Egyptian style. There will be opportunities to practice hieroglyphs, build pyramids out of sugar cubes, spin and weave flax into linen, practice woodworking with ancient-style tools, create Amarna art, design and dress up in Egyptian costumes, and get up close and personal with mummified flesh.
Nefertiti’s City is a joint project of The Amarna
Research Foundation, the University of Colorado Classics
Department, the Egyptian Study Society and the Boulder
Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.