I write with two pieces of news that may be of interest to you in the run up to Christmas, which come straight from our friends at the Egypt Exploration Society (EES).
As part of the Fortnum and Mason Christmas Auction, the EES have put together a special prize of an exclusive Egyptological experience which will take place on Monday 10 January 2011 in London.
Starting in the late afternoon with a private 'behind the scenes' tour of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum with the Deputy Keeper, Dr Jeffrey Spencer, during which you will be able to see many of objects excavated by the EES in Egypt. In the evening you and your guest will attend the EES private view of the amazing 'Book of the Dead' exhibition at the British Museum, followed by dinner with Dr David Jeffreys of University College London, an eminent EES field director with many years of experience working in Egypt and many fascinating stories to tell.
To be in with a chance of bidding for this unique experience, please visit this link:
The auction is running now and will finish on 5th December 2010!
We would encourage everyone to support the EES this Christmas since it is a unique Egyptological organization with robust archaeological credentials that has been excavating in Egypt for almost 130 years. Like many academic societies, they have faced a challenging time recently, but remain determined to raise the profile and funding necessary to continue their critical work which is currently concentrated in the Egyptian Delta.
The pressures on ancient Delta sites in Egypt due to climate change and social impact are growing and are unlikely to recede. The EES has archaeological teams ready to work at two such sites, Tell Basta and Tell Mutubis, next Spring. These teams are eager to uncover the facts about life in ancient Egypt before these sites become inaccessible for archaeologists and we are asking supporters to get involved this Christmas to help make this a reality.
The Society’s ‘Amelia Edwards Projects’ at Tell Basta and Tell Mutiubis this year have been accepted into the Big Give programme and at 10am on 6th December (until approximately 9th December) there is a special opportunity to double all online donations and to make a real difference to EES fieldwork in Egypt. By getting involved with their ‘Christmas Challenge’ you could help teams to explore these ancient sites in Spring 201l. If you can help and enjoy the idea of your donation going twice as far, simply log on directly to www.thebiggive.org.uk/donate/ees