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.
For over 40 years the Combined Prehistoric Expedition has investigated the prehistory of Egypt. The Expedition grew out of a collaboration and friendship between two archaeologists – Dr. Fred Wendorf of Southern Methodist University in Texas and Dr. Romuald Schild of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The two first led a multidisciplinary international team of scientists to rescue archaeological sites about to be inundated by construction of the Aswan High Dam. From there the Expedition expanded to explore other areas of the Nile Valley and adjacent Western Desert. The result expanded our knowledge of the people who inhabited prehistoric Egypt and reconstructed the environment in which they lived. This presentation presents highlights of the Expedition’s adventures in the archaeology of Egypt and its ongoing investigations at Wadi Kubbaniya.
Speaker Bios: Kimball Banks has been doing archaeology for over 40 years. He has his PhD from Southern Methodist University in Texas and became a member of the Combined Prehistoric Expedition as a graduate student. He has continued as a member off-and-on in the intervening years, including in the last few years in Wadi Kubbaniya. In addition to Egypt, he has conducted field work in Oman, the Southwest, Texas, and the Northern Plains. He currently works for Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. in Golden. Prior to that he spent 26 years in the federal sector, first as an archaeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and then with the Bureau of Reclamation
Signe Snortland holds a M.A. from the University of Manitoba. Currently she is the Deputy Area Manager, Eastern Colorado Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation in Loveland, Colorado. Previously she served as the Chief Archeologist for the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and has worked as an archaeologist for the Bureau of Reclamation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of North Dakota, Bureau of Land Management, and Historic Resources Branch of the Province of Manitoba. Her research interests are Northern Plains prehistory, mortuary practices, Egyptian prehistory, and cultural resources management. She volunteers her services as an archaeologist to the Combined Prehistoric Expedition.