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In Service of the Gods: Priests and Priestesses in Ancient Egypt – Short Course

Course Synopsis:

Priests, priestesses, and other temple personnel played an important role in ancient Egypt. While the King was seen as the High Priest and the intermediary between the sacred and profane worlds, it was the priesthood who were ultimately the ones who ensured the earth and heavens remained as the gods created them. This was achieved through a series of rituals, such as the Daily Temple Ritual, in which the priesthood performed ceremonies in the name of the King. This course will examine the role of the priesthood, from the high priests to the doorkeepers. Additionally, the office of the God’s Wife of Amun and related titles will be explored. Particular focus will be given to the objects in the Egypt Centre collection that belonged to temple personnel, such as coffins, shabtis, statues, and stelae.


Dr Ken Griffin is the Collections Access Manager of the Egypt Centre, Swansea University. His association with the Egypt Centre first began in 2000 as a volunteer. Over the past two decades, he has been researching the collection, including publishing a number of the objects. Prior to his appointment as the Collections Access Manager, he was a lecturer in Egyptology at Swansea University. He has visited Egypt on over 50 occasions and participated in archaeological work at Abydos, the Valley of the Kings, the South Asasif necropolis, and Sai Island (Sudan).


In order to be as accessible as possible, this 5-week course will be run twice, with sessions taking place via Zoom:

– Sunday evenings 6–8pm (UK time) – Starting Sunday 16 January 2022

– Wednesday mornings 10am–noon (UK time) – Starting Wednesday 19 January 2022

A week before the course starts, you will be emailed the Zoom link, which can be used for both sessions. Therefore, participants will have the option of attending either day, or both!


This course costs £40, with fees going directly to supporting the Egypt Centre. In particular, the funds will be used to purchase a new writing case for the House of Life gallery. Additionally, participants have the option of adding an extra donation if they wish. Donations, of course, are greatly appreciated! Once you have booked, you will automatically receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite.

If you haven’t received anything within 24 hours, please contact Ken at k.griffin@swansea.ac.uk

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Rotten Remedies: Children’s Half Term Workshop

From baboon brains to crocodile poo, discover the rotten remedies used as medicine in ancient Egypt this February Half Term.

Search for evidence of illness on our dummy mummy as you carefully unwrap its bandages and use 3D Hologram scans to see inside mummified remains. Learn to write magic spells in hieroglyphs and compare which foods would make you sick, with those that would make you better. Then mix unexpected ingredients to cure a common illness as you make your very own medicine pouch to take home with you.


22 – 25 February 2022

10am -3pm

Ages 6-11

£20 per child per day

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We Need to Talk: Contemporary Conversations in Egyptology

The We Need to Talk series brings together leading specialists to discuss hot topics in Egyptological research, and in particular themes that relate directly to current global issues. The aim is to inform, educate, raise awareness, and to encourage deeper interdisciplinary engagement because – we need to talk.

As with all IntEg events, participation is free and open to the general public (via Zoom). Audience members will be invited to submit questions for discussion via social media before the event, and will also be able to ask questions to the experts during the live events.


Free series of events

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