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.
The 134 giant sandstone columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall are a virtual petrified forest, each of them blanketed with thousands of hieroglyphic texts and hundreds of elaborately carved scenes representing kings and gods. This dazzling array of ancient information technology has long daunted visitors and even scholars attempting to decode this complex three- dimensional matrix of pharaonic history and culture. A fourth dimension, the passage of 33 centuries since the pharaohs Sety I and Ramesses II constructed the Great Hypostyle Hall around 1300 BCE. Since then, several pharaohs, High Priests, Medieval squatters and visitors from the Greco-Roman period down to today have literally left their marks with new inscriptions, graffiti and even iconoclastic vandalism of human and animal forms in the scenes and hieroglyphs. Using 3D modeling, digital photography and other high tech methods, the Hypostyle Hall Project is now recording and decoding this titanic ancient "puzzle box," revealing new insights into how the Egyptians created such artistic marvels and the subtle coded language of the hieroglyphic "software" that served as a magical operating system for this vast pharaonic machine.
Dr. Peter Brand received his BA in history from the U of Texas at Arlington in 1990, an MA in Ancient History from Memphis State University in 1992 and his PhD in Egyptology from the University of Toronto in 1998. His doctoral dissertation was titled "The Monuments of Seti I: Epigraphic, Historical and Art-Historical Analysis." Since 1994 Dr. Brand has worked with the Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project and he became director of the project in 2000. Dr. Brand has published two books and has a third book in production with the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Currently he is writing a forth book, a historical biography of the pharaoh Ramesses II. Dr. Brand has also written more than a dozen articles and book chapters and has appeared in television documentaries about Egypt and the ancient world for National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E and the BBC.