Monday, 6 February 2017

The Dolly Mare of Llangennith

 The stone effigy, known locally as the 'Dolly Mare', can be found at the Parish Church of St Cennydd which is located in the centre of the small village of Llangennith, Gower in South Wales.  The effigy is one of several stone artefacts located within this church, the site of which dates back to the 6th century when it was founded as a religious retreat by St Cennydd.

The figure is not identified by any plaque or inscription but may be a member of the De la Mare family who owned nearby Oxwich Castle - images of a De La Mare and his lady can be found at Oxwich Church.

The knight, made of Dundry limestone, has lost its legs and is a little worn but you can still make out that the knight is wearing a chain-mail helmet and collar over which is worn a tunic.   There is a shield on his right shoulder, a belt at his waist and his hands are placed upon a sword to the left of his body.  This style of armour places his death at around 1260.

The figure can be found to the right of the church door as you enter. Originally it was placed at the south side of the nave where it rested within a niche. 

Photographs by B Rogers
Information collated from Local Boy Makes Good: The legend of St Cenydd (available to purchase from St Cenydd's Church)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

First glimpse at new Bolton Egyptology gallery

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Votive animal mummies were produced in their millions by the ancient Egyptians as a means of communication between man on earth and the divine. The paucity of literary evidence from the time for the purpose and motivation behind this practice mean that the mummies themselves remain our best source of information. At the University of Manchester, cutting edge non-destructive scientific analysis is being used to help unravel the secrets of these ancient animal mummies. X-rays and CT scans help to tell us about the contents of the bundles, as well shedding light on how the mummies were manufactured. 

The award-winning touring University of Manchester exhibition, ‘Gifts for the Gods: Animal mummies revealed’ tells the stories of some of these mummies from the time of their manufacture c.700BC to their scientific study today. Focusing on the role of the British in the discovery, excavation, collection, curation and study of these artefacts, researchers are able to reconstruct the post-excavation histories of these mummies, helping to reveal their stories thousands of years after they were made.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Not just an Aftermath – Tell el-Dab’a After the New Kingdom - Project Curator Talks in Swansea

The Friends of the Egypt Centre
Upcoming lecture
19th October

Not just an Aftermath – Tell el-Dab’a After the New Kingdom

Dr Manuela Lehmann, The British Museum, Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Project Curator

Tell el-Dab'a is a settlement that is well known for its Second Intermediate Period and New Kingdom houses, temples and palaces. Less well known is that this site was settled extensively in the Late and Ptolemaic Periods as well. Changes in the traditional Egyptian architecture evolve into a quite different settlement layout. New research is giving insights into a typical Egyptian settlement in the time after the New Kingdom in the Delta.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Dylan Thomas & Ancient Egypt

Wednesday 21st September 2016 
(this lecture will take place in Café West, Fulton House) 

Dulcie Engel Independent Researcher and Egypt Centre Volunteer

Title: Dylan Thomas and Ancient Egypt

Abstract: Dylan Thomas’s interest in Ancient Egypt is little known. He grew up in a period of great fascination with all things ancient Egyptian following Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. This is reflected in the fact that the first poem in his notebooks, dated April 1930, has an Egyptian theme, while Egyptian symbolism crops up throughout his early short stories, and plays a crucial role in such poems as ‘My world is pyramid’, ‘Should lanterns shine’ and ‘Altarwise by owl-light’. I
n this talk, Dr Dulcie Engel, an Egypt Centre volunteer and confirmed Dylan Thomas fan, discusses the significance of Ancient Egypt to Swansea’s most famous son using examples from the Egypt Centre’s collection. 

Friends of the Egypt Centre