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Here we go again


The month has flown by as it’s already time for our second talk with the lovely Kelee Siat on the subject of Queen Tiye. Kelee is originally from the United States but is currently a Postgraduate at the University of Birmingham in the UK completing her MRes Thesis. She has minor qualifications in Psychology, Sociology, Geography, and Law; and received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and counselling, all of which have added to her interdisciplinary approach when analysing and conducting research in ancient history.

In 2006, she obtained her BA (Hons) in Sociology at the University of Birmingham, where she later altered research pathways and obtained her MA in Antiquity-Egyptology in 2013. Her MA dissertation Rebellion in a Priestly Community: A Comparative Study of the Chronicle of Prince Osorkon and Numbers, which looked at rebellion and sacrifice (death by fire) within the comparative texts of the Old Testament Numbers 16 and the Third Intermediate Period Chronicle of Prince Osorkon. Kelee has presented on multiple occasions in Birmingham including the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity Forum in 2012 regarding comparative religion and cross-cultural symptoms of social and psychological development through the Egyptian Amduat and sacred Mayan Popol Vuh. She has chaired two sessions at the Birmingham Egyptology Forum in 2014 where she presented a session ‘Meteors, Jewels, Life and Death: Fairy Tales of Ancient Egypt’ addressing issues of moral justice and the modern relevance of ancient Egyptian texts; and queried whether biographical research was obtainable for an historical figure such as Queen Tiye. Kelee’s current research employs a new model for the examination of ancient individuals and delves into the biographical details about Queen Tiye, the wife of Amenhotep III.

“Queen Tiye is a woman of knowledge, talent, beauty, wealth, connections and feared. By the examination of artifacts connected to the famed wife of Amenhotep III, they will demonstrate how details, both intimate and general, can be extracted from a seemingly simple material object. Exploration of these objects will be through a socio-historical approach which will demonstrate how the investigation into the life of an ancient individual can be multidimensional; and requires a model which accepts interdisciplinary fields in order to access greater detail about an individual from the past. The examination of these objects in this way will open up questions as to probabilities and possibilities into the life of and events surrounding Queen Tiye. Mother of the famed heretic King Akhenaten and grandmother to Tutankhamun, Tiye has a story yet to be told.”

With a description like that, it’s hard to not be intrigued.

The venue is the same, The Pen Museum in the Jewelery Quarter. For those of who have haven’t been before, there is a map on our previous post “Counting Down The Days”. These directions start at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as it is the closest landmark located in the city centre. There is also the 101 bus which stops opposite Barclays on Colmore Row and will drop you off right outside the Pen Museum. Pay and Display parking is available in the area for those who are intending to drive.

After the last talk, we realised it wasn’t immediately obvious how to get into the museum. We are hoping that we will be able to leave the gate open next week to allow you all to be able to get in much easier. Once through the gate, take the door on the right-hand side and walk through. You will be greeted by our Treasurer, Grace, who will collect your admission fee. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available free of charge to all attendees.

The talk will start at 6:30pm so please ensure you arrive on time. If you are going to be late for any reason, you will still be able to attend however keep in mind that you may miss the beginning of the talk.

If you have any questions about the talk or the venue, please feel free to get in touch.



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