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This is the 16th March 2024 updated edition of the website. Any ideas and contributions for additions to the site will be gratefully received. Check back often for Society news. Changes today include details of the next 'Zoom' Saturday meeting on 20th April 2024.

The regular April meeting is Saturday 20th April 2024 at 14.00 UK time. The meeting will be held on 'Zoom.' John J Johnston will give his lecture, ‘Lost in Time and Space: Unrolling Egypt's Ancient Dead’ 14.00 UK time. 'Zoom' waiting room usually opens around 13.45. It will begin at the usual 14.00 UK time. The 'Programme' Section of the website will be updated as details of the new programme become available. The cost of the talk will be £3 for paid up UK members and £4 for paid up overseas members. For guests, the fee will be £6 - UK and overseas based people.  

The June SAES regular meeting will not be on our usual third Saturday of the month, but will be on the second Saturday - 8th June 2024. This avoids a clash with our good friends at Thames Valley, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary on our original date. Congratulations to them.

The 8th June SAES regular meeting will not now be given by Katharina Zinn. Katharina has work commitments that prevent her giving the talk previously scheduled. Instead, Hilary Wilson will give a talk on 'The Life and Afterlife of Egyptian Furniture.' We hope Katharina can give her talk at some point in the 2024 - 2025 season.

An evening Zoom meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 19th June 2024. Aleksandra Hallmann will give a talk on, 'Sartorial Habits in Late Period Egypt.' The talk will commence at 1900 UK time. 

For those who missed our announcement of the cancellation of the Study Days in December, Hilary's explanation is given below: 

It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Silsila fundraiser weekend planned for 9-10 December 2023. Despite the loyal support of SAES Members and our regular guests, John Ward and the Gebel el-Silsila team have made it clear that registration numbers and, more especially, confirmed payments are not enough to warrant the time and effort of the speakers in preparing for this event. We are hugely disappointed by the last minute decision to cancel, which is entirely beyond our control. We would like to thank other groups, in particular the Egypt Exploration Society, the Kemet Klub and the Thames Valley and North-East Ancient Egypt Societies, who had generously left this weekend clear to avoid clashes of the sort that resulted in the postponement of the original event in July.  We thank those registrants who paid their joining fees, all of which were to have been donated to the Friends of Silsila, but we now feel bound to refund those fees so that individual supporters can choose whether to make a personal donation to FoS or use it for another purpose. Payments made through PayPal can be refunded on request. To refund payments made by bank transfer, the Treasurer will require bank details. In either case, please contact the Secretary to discuss arrangements for repayment. SAES Members may choose, if they wish, to have payments set against future events.  Once again, we are extremely sorry for the short notice of this cancellation and hope that it will not deter people from joining SAES events in the future. Thank you for your understanding. 

Hilary Wilson
(SAES Chair)  



The 2023 - 2024 programme is complete and the website  updated with  the new information incorporated into the monthly programme. The new material is uploaded as time permits, The 2023 / 24 season SAES leaflet did not appear under the 'About Us' tab due to the many changes forced on us this season. 

To avoid disappointment, please register as soon as you can for meetings. Administration of the 'Zoom' virtual meetings means that some time is needed to register and process applications. Please register at least the evening before a meeting and, if possible, as early as you can to guarantee your place. 

It has not been possible to return to our pre-Covid venue at Oasis Academy. Zoom meetings will continue for the foreseeable future, supplemented by occasional face to face meetings. The occasional meetings will be at Itchen College. The 'meeting venue' tab under the 'about us' section of the website has been updated accordingly.


 Hoteps 79 to 81 (the latest editions up to and including the November/December 2023 copy of the Society newsletter) have been added.  

 Hoteps can be found under the 'About Us' tab and then under 'Hotep Newsletter'. Future editions of Hotep will be added shortly after they are published. 

The programme for the 2023 / 2024 season is given below.

Thursday 14 September 2023. Annual General Meeting. (This meeting alone is 'members only.') 1830 for 19.00 UK time.

Saturday 16 September 2023. Hilary Wilson 'Silver in Ancient Egypt: Sources and Uses.' 14.00 UK time.

Saturday 7 October 2023. Face to face meeting at Itchen College -  NOT ON ZOOM. Hilary Wilson, The Women in Tutankhamun's Life.’  Advance booking essential. Cost will be £5. Details under the October tab on this website. 

Saturday 21 October 2023. The Terry Mason Memorial Lecture by Anna Pearman: 'Howard Carter's 1922 Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb: Its Impact on Archaeology and the Media.' 14.00 UK time.  

Saturday 18 November 2023. Peter J Brand: 'Abu Simbel: Anatomy of a Temple, Epitome of a Reign.' 14.00 UK time.  

Saturday 16 December 2023. Hana Navratilova: 'Walking the Desert - Ancient Visitors to the Pyramids.' 14.00 UK time.  

Saturday 20 January 2024. Kate Spence: 'Living at Sesebi: an Egyptian Colonial Town in Nubia in 2nd Millenium BC.' 14.00 UK time.   

Saturday 17 February 2024. Roland Enmarch: 'Ex-pat and Vassal Princes: Some Curious International Messengers in the Late 13th Century BC.' 14.00 UK time.

Wednesday 28 February 2024. Jen Turner: 'Statues in the sacred space: monuments from the Karnak Cachette.' 19.00 UK time.

Saturday 2 March 2024.  Face-to-face meeting at Itchen College -  NOT ON ZOOM. John Billman, 'Latest News from Excavations and Conservation at the South Asasif.' 1400. Advance booking essential. Cost will be £5. Details under the March tab on this website.   

Saturday 16 March 2024. Juan Carlos Moreno Garcia: 'Silver and the Egyptian Economy.' 14.00 UK time.

Saturday 20 April 2024. John J Johnston: 'Lost in Time and Space: Unrolling Egypt's Ancient Dead.' 14.00 UK time. 

Saturday 18 May 2024. Lucia Gahlin: 'The 7 Laughs of Neith: Ancient Egyptian Creator Goddesses.' 14.00 UK time.

Saturday 08 June 2024. Hilary Wilson: 'The Life and Afterlife of Egyptian Furniture.' 14.00 UK time.

Wednesday 19 June 2024. Aleksandra Hallmann: 'Sartorial Habits in Late Period Egypt.' 1900 UK time.

 Saturday 06 July 2024. Chris Naunton: 'Egypt's Silver Pharaohs: The Royal Tombs of Tanis.' 14.00 UK time. Face-to-Face meeting at Itchen College. 

September 2024. Annual General Meeting. (This meeting alone is 'members only.') 1830 for 19.00 UK time. 

ln September 2020, the Society welcomed its first overseas members. Since then, we have been joined by people from around the world, as well as parts of the UK well away from our normal catchment area. Welcome to everyone and to all our new members.

If you are based anywhere, inside or outside the UK, you can still join our virtual meetings. Why not give it a try? (All meetings are UK time.) 

For all virtual meetings, attendees will be emailed a link to be able to view it. The way for this to happen is that members are emailed a reminder, and requested to register for the meeting. The current arrangements are summarised below and repeated on the 'Join Us' webpage.

Zoom Meeting Joining Instructions

Meetings will be announced via the usual monthly reminder emails where the registration link will be given. To join a meeting, all you have to do is follow these steps:

1: Click on the registration link and enter your name and email address to register for the meeting.
2: If you have not already paid the meeting fee in advance, contact the Secretary at to arrange payment. Payments can be made by BACS transfer, through PayPal, or by cheque. Details below.
3: Look out for the link which will be sent during the week before the meeting. You may need to check your junk or spam folders in case it goes astray. If you have not received this link by the day before the meeting please try registering again or contact the Secretary. For reasons of security and copyright the meeting link should not be shared with anyone else.

For the new season, 1 Oct 2023 – 30 Sep 2024, subscription rates are as follows (subject to confirmation at the AGM):
Existing UK Members : £10 (note, an additional payment of £12 can be added for 4 regular meeting fees) 
New UK Members: £10 (note, an additional payment of £12 can be added for 4 regular meeting fees)
Overseas Members: £12 (additional payment of £16 for 4 regular meeting fees)

Meeting fees:
Regular monthly meetings: Members: £3
                                               Overseas Members: £4
                                               Non-Members: £6
Occasional evening meetings, lecture series/courses, occasional face-to-face meetings & study days: individually priced.
 Note that all fees are under review for 2023 - 2024. The subscription rates are lower than when the Society host physical meetings, as we do not have to hire a venue.

Payment details:

Payments may be made through: PayPal to
                                                      BACS transfer to Lloyds Bank  30-90-86       account No: 01068756
                                                                                             Southampton Ancient Egypt Society   
                                                      Cheque sent to The Secretary,
                                                                                10 Cobbett Way
                                                                                 SO30 2ET

Please note that cheques are often delayed in the post post Covid 19. Please post early!

Anyone paying by bank transfer PLEASE let the secretary know by email, so the transaction can be correctly allocated to you.  

The membership subscription rates for 2023/2024 are lower than our time at Oasis Academy due to not having to hire a venue for Zoom meetings. For more information, please contact the Southampton Ancient Egypt Society Secretary using

A 'Quick Zoom Tutorial' has been prepared and  emailed to members. New members who would like a copy, please contact the Secretary using

Please check the website often for updates.. 

Meetings will be advertised on the website, on Facebook, in the news-letter and in our regular reminder emails. As a matter of security, we are asking for attendees to register in advance for each meeting, as detailed above.              

Although it has not yet posed a problem, there is a limit to the number of people we can accommodate in a Zoom meeting and there may come a time when a lecture or, for instance, the Study Day, is over-subscribed. In that case priority will be given to Members. For this reason, non-members cannot use the prepay scheme. 

 The Southampton Ancient Egypt Society Committee have largely filled out the programme for 2023 / 2024. As soon as further information becomes available, the webmaster will place it in the NEWS section. A programme leaflet for 2024 – 2025 will be prepared to include details of Society meetings. It will be available under the 'About Us' tab on this website.


There have been problems with the Society email address. A new address has now been obtained -

The old email address is now unreliable, and the new is the best way to contact Southampton Ancient Egypt Society electronically. Telephone and postal address remain the same.   

Hoodies,' sweatshirts and polo shirts are selling well. Several members have worn them at recent meetings. They all have a woven 'Southampton Ancient Egypt Society logo,' and are available to order. Colours are white, navy or sky blue. Please contact Annette (our Secretary.)

Photograph. Current and former committee members at the 20th birthday meeting in September 2018. Left to right, David Marriott, Susan Marriott, Keith Rider, Jenny Turner, Carol Carswell, Norman Pease, Glenn Worthington, Hilary Wilson, Annette Winter, David Soper, Nicola Simpson, Mary Carter, Mark Walker, Maggie Pilling and Peter Funnel.