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.
Most people are familiar with the three main and eight subsidiary pyramids on the Giza Plateau but are unaware of the many other structures on the Plateau such as Khufu’s trial (replica) passages, the enigmatic stone block structures near that pyramid, or the possible remnants of construction ramps. Using satellite and ground photographs, Mr. Rigano will discuss the Giza Plateau in the context of the 3,000-year flow of ancient Egyptian history, and will provide many little-known facts about the pyramid complexes.
Charles Rigano is a retired Air Force officer and corporate defense and information technology executive. He has studied ancient Egypt for thirty-six years with a specialty in Old Kingdom architecture. He is the author of the recently published book, Pyramids of the Giza Plateau: Pyramid Complexes of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, which has been praised by KMT magazine as “the most exhaustive work ever published on its subject matter … and should be on the bookshelf of every pyramidophile ― and Egyptophile, as well.” Mr. Rigano is the author of five articles on pyramids and pyramid construction that have been published in The Ostracon. He lives in Ohio and has been a Corresponding Member of the Egyptian Study Society since 1999.