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.
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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.
At the end of Egypt’s New Kingdom (ca 1539 – 1077 BC), when a strong central authority had declined, Luxor`s Valley of the Kings, the traditional burial place for Egypt`s rulers for nearly five hundred years, underwent a series of robberies and disturbances, These were carried on for some time, even at official instigation, according to some. As a result, many of the stone sarcophagi that had enclosed the royal remains were subjected to damage and demolition, often apparently to recycle elements of these monuments.
Since the extensive interest in ancient Egypt, from the Nineteenth century onwards, only a few attempts have been made to restore some of these damaged sarcophagi, with varying degrees of success. Two of these attempts are the subject of the present speaker`s presentation, Edwin Brock, a research associate at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. An extensive period of excavation, documentation and study of thousands of fragments in the Valley of the Kings from the mid 1980`s to the present by Brock, has led to the reconstruction of remains of sarcophagi of two pharaohs of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Dynasties, Merenptah and Ramesses VI. These sarcophagi are now on view to visitors to the Valley of the Kings as the result of considerable physical effort and technical expertise, which will be featured in detail in this presentation.
Edwin Brock , an American Egyptologist, has worked over thirty years in Egypt. After completing studies at the University of Toronto, he served ten years in Egypt as director of the Canadian Institute in Egypt. Subsequently he worked with the American Research Center in Egypt ,of which he is a member, as well as American University in Cairo library. He was staff Egyptologist for five years with the Theban Mapping Project, worked as archaeological consultant with the American Research Center’s Valley of the Kings Flood Protection Project and as archaeological monitor for two USAID-funded engineering projects in the areas around Karnak and Luxor temples for sewerage installation and lowering ground water. He has worked extensively in the Valley of the Kings, including carrying out a reconstruction of one of the sarcophagi of Ramesses VI. Outside of Luxor he has worked on archaeological projects in the Dakhlah Oasis, at Memphis and in the eastern Delta.