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Order out of Chaos: The turbulent times of the Second Intermediate Period


Dr Stephen Harvey
Sunday 12th and 19th May 2024

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Order out of Chaos: The Turbulent Times of the Second Intermediate Period
With Dr Stephen Harvey

4 lectures delivered over 2 afternoons. Sunday 12th & 19th May 2024
2pm UK time.

We love to see you for the live lectures, but if you have to miss one, don't worry, you can of course catch up (or watch again) at your leisure via the recordings. You will have access to the recorded lectures for a whole month after the last live lecture. Recordings will be available until 19th June

Sandwiched between the classical Middle Kingdom, and the golden age of the powerful New Kingdom pharaohs was a period of about 150 years where Egypt was in turmoil.  Egyptologists refer to this time the Second Intermediate Period (approximately 1650-1550 BCE). Power and control of Egypt was split. Egypt found itself under foreign threat from both the north and south. Occupying Hyksos Kings ruling from their capital in the Delta, Avaris, and pressures from Nubian leaders in Kush, meant that Egypt became  fragmented and disorganised.


Over a series of 4 lectures Dr Stephen Harvey will discuss the challenges of making sense of this chaotic time in Egypt’s history. We will discuss the key sources that help to shed light upon what was going on. Textual sources such as the Rhind Mathematical papyrus, papyrus Sallier I, the autobiography of Ahmose son of Ibana and the stela of Kamose all help to provide vital clues to enable us to get a sense of the story of this period. 

In addition we will consider the archaeological evidence. Excavations at Tell el-Dab’a most notably by Bietak, attest to the burial practices, houses, forts,  temples and palaces of the Aamu (Hyksos) in Avaris with their own material culture very much apparent in items such as decoration, pottery and weapons. 

Stephen’s own excavations at Abydos provide evidence for the warrior family who finally united Egypt once more. Leaders who stood up to the Hyksos and led a series of campaigns and delt with a number of uprisings. This battle for independence by the Theban rulers of the 17th dynasty were eventually successfully concluded under the reign of Ahmose. The price this family paid for the reunification of Egypt is evident in the battle scars of Sequenenre Tao, killed in ferocious  battle, but who now rests peacefully in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in Cairo.

Join Dr Stephen Harvey for a set of four lectures  over two afternoons this May as he explores this most troublesome of times for the ancient Egyptians. Ultimately  we will conclude by  entering into  the New Kingdom under the rule of Ahmose. Founder of the New Kingdom of Egypt and the pharaoh responsible for the pyramidal complex at Abydos, excavated by Stephen and his team since 1993.  

Dr Stephen Harvey

Stephen Harvey has been  Director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project since 1993, excavating of the pyramidal complex of King Ahmose at Abydos, southern Egypt.  He received his Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology in 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania, and his B.A. in Archaeological Studies from Yale University in 1987.   Harvey’s fieldwork in and around the pyramid complex of Ahmose (ca 1550-1525 BC) has resulted in major discoveries, including several previously undiscovered temples, the identification of the pyramid of Queen Tetisheri, and the analysis of thousands of fragments of the temples’ decorative program.  In addition to extensive fieldwork at Abydos, Harvey has worked in Egypt at Giza and Memphis, as well as on archaeological projects in the United States, Syria (Tell es-Sweyhat), and Turkey (Gordion). Harvey has held teaching and curatorial positions at a number of leading Egyptological institutions, he has been interviewed and consulted on numerous international documentaries. He has led over 25 tours to Egypt, Jordan and Sudan.  

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