Ta-wer Egyptology
Ta-wer News:
August 2021

Paul's article on Old Kingdom Abydos for the prestigious new Brepols journal Aegyptologica pisana is due to appear in the first volume expected in 2022 (after some delays due to Covid). He has just completed another 22 drawings for a soon to appear publication of ancient Egyptian magical wands by Fred Vink and Professor Hartwig Altenmüller. This work will revise and substantially augment Prof. Altenmüller's 1965 publication of these distinctive objects.

Currently, Paul is working on the Metropolitan Museum of Art material relating to their early 20th century excavations in the Assasif as well as those of Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon as collated by the Met's curator emerita Christine Lilyquist. This monumental archive of highly important material is set to appear in several volumes published by Golden House.

February 2021

Paul Whelan delivered a very interesting lecture for The Southampton Ancient Egypt Society on Saturday 20th February.
The Symbiosis of King & Cult – Abydos in the Old Kingdom

This lecture looked at the ancient cult centre of Abydos during the Old Kingdom, which was one of the most formative periods in its history. Looking primarily from a royal perspective, the available evidence reveals the evolving physical and spiritual landscape at Abydos from the 4th - 6th Dynasties and how the royal presence there changed over this time.

New ideas were presented which will be published in the forthcoming Pisa University journal later this year. A version of this talk was first given in Pisa in 2018 but new information and links have since been added.
Paul Whelan's map of Abydos

October 2020
Thank you to everyone who attended our first Zoom study day and for all your kind comments. I must admit I was a bit anxious about how it would turn out - would the internet bandwidth be ok, what if there was a powercut? etc etc. In the end it was a great way to spend an incredibly wet October Saturday. Now to start planning the next one!

April 2020

Due to Covid-19 the May study day has now been postponed until November - date to be announced.

During the lockdown, Paul has been working on various articles and his Abydos book whilst I have been amusing myself with a sort of Egyptology/photography/current affairs project. Those of you who use Facebook may have already seen the adventures of Pharaoh and Mummy, but if not, you can find the series on our new page:
Pharaoh and Mummy
Stay safe everyone!

February 2020:

We are working on the lecture programme for our May study day which will focus on the area known as El-Assasif on the west bank at Luxor. Nowadays tourists associate this area with the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, but as we will discover the region has an interesting history!

November 2019:

What a fascinating day! Four interesting and stimulating lectures by Paul Whelan and Wolfram Grajetzki - our 'Bringing scraps to the table of knowledge' study day was a great success. Now to plan the next course which will be in May 2020. Watch this space for more details.

September 2019:
Booking is now open for:
'Bringing Scraps to the Table of Knowledge'

How little things can reveal so much!

We are delighted that our guest lecturer will be Dr. Wolfram Grajetzki.
Date 23rd November 2019.
Find out more

Other lectures:

'Move over Osiris here comes Serapis'.

Paul Whelan will be delivering the Philip Wickens Memorial lecture on Saturday 9th November for the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society.
The talk will look at the introduction of Serapis at Abydos and how the cultic life there, for so long focused on Osiris, changed as a result. It's a fairly under-explored period in the history of Abydos, but has some quite interesting and unusual aspects that people maybe unaware of. For more details - see the
TVAES website

April 2019:
Here's a little puzzle for you:

Two luminaries from early 20th century Egyptology made the most important contribution to our understanding of the significance of these crude objects.
All will be explained on our study day on the 18th May.

Copyright ref for Carnarvon pic: By Harry Burton - Originally from en.wikipedia, Public Domain, httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid=2971980
Copyright ref for Carter pic: Chicago Daily News, Inc., photographer - The Library of Congress (USA), Public Domain, httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid=1822753

February 2019:

Study day booking is now open:

Mini-me to Menagerie - Ancient Egyptian magical objects in context
Find out more and book a place

December 2018: Seasons greetings to all our friends and clients!
Santa's little helper
We are currently working on the lecture programme for 2019 and are delighted to announce that Dr Gianluca Miniaci from the University of Pisa will be our guest lecturer in May.
Find out more.

Also new in 2019, we will be introducing a series of Saturday morning lectures introducing the history and culture of ancient Egypt. These two hour sessions will be suitable for those who are new to the subject or just have a general interest as well as to our regular enthusiastic clients!
The first session 'From Pits to Pyramids' taught by Paul Whelan will take place on 11th May 2019.
Book now

November 2018
We are delighted that the first study day on Abydos was so well received. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the day. You will find reviews and course summary here.
The venue (15Hatfields) near London Waterloo/Southwark was very comfortable for a full day course, and as Paul approved of the excellent coffee and delicious buffet lunch, we will be using the same venue for our next event! As I write this, Paul is working on a programme and will be recording a short video to introduce and promote the day. Exciting times!

Abydos Study day - Paul with some of the delegates
I have been asked to circulate details of some study tours in 2019 - please see details below.

Suzanne Bojtos Study Tours 2019
Suzanne is running three study tours in 2019. The trip to Sudan is already fully booked but there are still places on the following:
Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel (1 - 11 Feb 2019)
Crete and Santorini June 2019 (date to be confirmed but likely to be 10th June)
If you are interested you will find contact details and booking information on the itineraries above.

Ramesseum, Luxor. Photo by JMH

Lorna Oakes' Study Tour to Egypt 2019
Two places have become available on Lorna's study tour to Egypt (13 - 26 February 2019). Contact me to be put in touch with Lorna if you are interested or complete and return the booking form.
The itinerary looks fabulous - See the full
itinerary and booking form

Beni Hassan - photo by JMH

3rd October 2018
With only a few weeks to go now until our first study day in London, we are busy preparing course handouts and processing the enrolments. If you would like to attend, there is still time to book a place. Full details and booking
For those of you who may be anxious about booking online, don't worry. You can
email me to reserve a place and then bring a cheque or cash on the day.

Paul has been very busy with his illustrations over the summer including drawings of ivory apotropaic wands for a new catalogue written by Prof. Hartwig Altenmüller and Fred Vink.
Other projects include drawings of photographs taken during Howard Carter's excavations. Unfortunately these photographs are not available for publication but hopefully Paul's illustrations will do them justice.

This example shows Howard Carter at work (Lord Carnarvon's excavations in the Assasif 1907-11).

Once the publication by the Metropolitan Museum of Art is available, I will post a link!

August 2018
Thank you to everyone who has linked to this site or shared details on social media. Our Facebook page is now up and running.
Paul and Dr Gianluca Miniaci, Pisa April 2018
Pisa 2018

Pisa, April 2018

Arno, Pisa I am pleased to report that Paul's talk on 'The Symbiosis of King and Cult: Abydos in the Old Kingdom' was well received by those attending the lecture at Pisa University. Some interesting and possibly new observations were made in the presentation concerning the occurrence of Khentymentiu and Osiris on royal and non-royal monuments. We look forward to presenting a new version of this lecture in London in October as part of the Abydos study day. The talk will also form the basis of a paper to be published in a new online journal being produced by the University of Pisa. Details to follow.
We were very well looked after during our visit to Pisa and would like to thank Professor Marilina Betro and Dr Gianluca Miniaci for their hospitality.

March 2018

Paul Whelan and Jane Hamilton are very excited to launch Ta-wer Egyptology - with our new website and the autumn 2018 lecture programme. We will start this venture with study days, initially with lectures by Paul, but expanding to include guest Egyptologists in 2019. We also hope to launch a series of short online distance learning courses.

Currently Paul is busy working on a number of projects - his own book on Abydos, illustrations for a Metropolitan Museum of Art publication and also proof reading for the University of Vienna and Golden House Publications.

Coming up in April: Paul Whelan will be delivering a lecture on
The Symbiosis of King and Cult: Abydos in the Old Kingdom at the University of Pisa on 20th April. Our thanks to Professor Marilina Betro and Doctor Gianluca Miniaci of the Egittologia Pisa for organising this.

The University of Pisa (Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere) has introduced a new cycle of international conferences and seminars in Pisa “EST”, acronym of “Egyptological Seminars under the Tower”. The main aim is to bring international emerging and established scholars to Pisa in order to present their recent or ongoing researches (including archaeological results) or to discuss particular targeted topics.

For more details and for information on the full programme of events in Pisa, go to: