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Details of the face-to-face meeting at Itchen College on 2nd March are given at the foot of this page. 

Saturday 16 March 2024 1400 UK Time:

Juan Carlos Moreno Garcia: 'Silver and the Egyptian Economy.'   



The use of metals in economic transactions was common in ancient Egypt, particularly copper during the third millennium BC, and only gradually silver from the beginning of the second millennium BC. In fact, the increasing integration of Egypt in the exchange networks of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East favoured the diffusion of silver as a means of payment, together with a weight system compatible with those in use in these areas. Scattered references to the use of silver for paying taxes, acquiring goods and storing valuable commodities suggests that part of the wealth produced in Egypt was commercialized and exchanged in markets or otherwise, a practice that induced changes in the productive activities of ancient Egypt, particularly from the Late Bronze Age on. 


Juan Carlos Moreno Garcia  is Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the University of the Sorbonne. He specialises in landscape and environmental archaeology, with a particular interest in the social, economic and political aspects of land use and the distribution of wealth in ancient Egypt. He advocates a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of ancient cultures, with emphasis on socio-economic history and has published widely on these themes.   


 The waiting room will open about 1345 for a 1400 start UK time.  
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 Registration for this lecture will open in late February or early March 2024.  


Saturday 2 March 2024 1400 UK Time Face-to-Face Meeting at Itchen College: 

(Doors at Itchen College usually open around 1330.) 

John Billman: 'Latest News from Excavations and Conservation at the South Asasif.'


The Kushite Period has continued in recent years to pose as many questions as answers with even the order of the kings of the twenty-fifth dynasty subject to revision. At the same time, it has become increasingly clear that many aspects of the so-called ‘Saite Renaissance’ have their roots in the preceding Kushite Period. This was demonstrated by reliefs and texts from the tombs of Karakhamun and Karabasken in the South Asasif necropolis. Recent work undertaken by the South Asasif Conservation project illustrates just how significant this necropolis was in the Kushite period, with 4 large tombs and more than 30 smaller ones. From recent work, clues are starting to emerge that the area was a centre for ritual activity, some of which demonstrates connections to Osiris, Abydos and Nubia. This talk will focus particularly on the discoveries and conservation of the last decade of work of the South Asasif Conservation Project.
Meeting fee: £5 (includes refreshments)
Places are limited so pre-booking is essential.

Please contact the Secretary to reserve your place. 

Note: As an extra meeting, this lecture is not part of the advance payment scheme. The fee for this meeting will be £5.  


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