Life and Death in Middle Egypt at the University of Manchester


A day spent investigating those who lived, worked and died during Egypt’s Golden Age.

The Middle Kingdom town of Kahun (ancient name Hetep-Senwosret , or “Senwosret is Satisfied’) is a remarkable purpose-built settlement created to house the community of priests and workers who serviced the nearby pyramid of pharaoh Senwosret II. The excavations of Flinders Petrie in 1889-90 produced an unprecedented range of objects relating to the daily activities of ordinary Egyptians living ordinary lives at this extraordinary site. The Manchester Museum is fortunate in having the finest collection of objects from Kahun.

Also included in the collections of the Manchester Museum is the intact tomb group belonging to two men known today as the “Two Brothers”: this represents a unique groups of objects from a private burial of the Middle Kingdom.

We will spend a day with Egyptology experts Dr Campbell Price and Dr Joyce Tyldesley using archaeological, scientific and other evidence to explore the lives of the men and women who lived, worked and died in Middle Kingdom Egypt.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

10.00: Senwosret is Satisfied: Daily Life at Kahun Lecture by Dr Joyce Tyldesley.

11.00: Coffee break.

11.15: Handling session with Dr Joyce Tyldesley and Dr Campbell Price.

11.45: The Curious (Mummy) Case of the Two Brothers ,the second lecture with Dr Campbell Price will discuss some of the artefacts seen at the handling session.

12.45: Walk to lunch at Christies which is buffet style in Bistro room

14.00: Handling session in Museum store (Group A) with Dr Campbell Price.
(Group B) Sit-Hathor-Iunet and the Royal Women of the Middle Kingdom. Lecture with Dr Joyce Tyldesley

The groups then swap over, and Joyce repeats the lecture while Campbell repeats the Museum store experience:

15.00: Sit-Hathor-Iunet and the Royal Women of the Middle Kingdom (Group A) Handling session in Museum store (Group B)

16.00: Questions and final remarks

16.30: Close

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager

See something old in a new way

Andante Study Days offer rare, often unique, insights into the world of working archaeology. All are led by expert guides, and are designed to give guests access to some of the best of British Archaeology... 

What to expect 

  • An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
  • A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
  • Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
  • Small Groups 12-25 guests 
  • The company of like-minded people!
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