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.
Join us at the Boulder Public Library Main Branch for a NOT TO BE MISSED educational and fun weekend exploring Ancient Egypt’s “Pyramid Age.”
Denver’s Egyptian Study Society has partnered with the Boulder Public Library to present THE BEGINNINGS OF ETERNITY, a two-day seminar featuring Egyptologists, University Lecturers, and Egyptian Study Society Specialists.
Dr. Mark Lehner, Director of the Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA), and host of numerous Discovery Channel Specials, will be our keynote speaker.
During the Old Kingdom, almost 5,000 years ago, the ideas and rituals of preparing for the afterlife were put into practice. This was a time of building monumental pyramids, perfecting mummification, developing rules, and creating rituals to ensure a successful passage into the next life. Thus, those who dwelled beside the Nile during the Old Kingdom thought that their time on earth was just THE BEGINNINGS OF ETERNITY.
Topics presented on Saturday October 17, 2015 and Sunday October 18 will include:
We hope you can join us for this exciting event!
Preliminary Activities at BPL Main Branch (click for details):
Mark Lehner is Director and President of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Inc. (AERA), an American nonprofit organization, an NGO registered with the Egyptian government as AERA-Egypt. Lehner has carried out archaeological research in Egypt for over thirty years. He has mapped and excavated at the Great Sphinx and Pyramids in Giza. AERA, Inc. sponsors the Giza Plateau Mapping Project (GPMP), which conducts annual excavations of Old Kingdom settlements near the Sphinx and Pyramids with an interdisciplinary and international team of archaeologists, geochronologists, botanists, and faunal specialists. From 1990-1995 Lehner was Assistant Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Chicago. He is now a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Lehner was born, raised, and began his college education in North Dakota. He went to Cairo in 1973 as a Year Abroad Student at the American University in Cairo where he received his B.A. in Anthropology. He lived in Egypt in for 13 years, working for American, Egyptian, British, French, and German archaeological projects. From 1979 until 1983 he was the Field Director and then Director of the Sphinx Project sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt. In 1984 he began the Giza Plateau Mapping Project (GPMP), sponsored by ARCE and Yale University where Lehner received his PhD in Egyptology in 1990. In 1988 the GPMP began to excavate in search of the settlement and infrastructure that supported the pyramid work force. The team has discovered a workers’ city that includes workshops, storage buildings, bakeries and a large royal administrative center from the time of the pyramids (ca 2,500 B.C.). Major support for AERA’s research excavations GPMP has been provided by the David H. Koch Foundation, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, Peter Norton and the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Society, the Ted Waitt Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs Lee M. Bass and the Myhrvold Family Charitable Foundation. Since 2005 AERA has conducted archaeological field schools to train young Egyptian archaeologists working for the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities at Giza, Luxor and Memphis on behalf of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) funded by USAID, the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Lehner has appeared on television in National Geographic's Explorer program, and on the WGBH NOVA series, Secrets of Lost Empires series on ancient technology, including This Old Pyramid and Obelisk. IN 2011 Lehner appeared in NOVA’s Riddles of the Sphinx. He is author of The Complete Pyramids published in 1997 by Thames and Hudson. His work has appeared in articles in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discover and Archaeology.