The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria is a group that promotes the study of archaeology, anthropology, ethno-archaeology and ethno-history in both Australia and further abroad. Lectures, from a range of talented presenters, are held every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the The Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre – 251 Faraday St, Carlton.
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Next Lecture: Thursday 15th of April, 2021, @ 6.30pm

Note: Room limit of 30 people applies to this indoor event due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Egyptian Metal Working Technology of the Pyramid Age

Presented by Chris Davey
Executive Director, Australian Institute of Archaeology

Chris will use images and texts found in Old Kingdom Tombs, archaeological discoveries and experimental archaeology to explain the processes that were used during the first six dynasties of ancient Egypt. Most of the research behind the talk has been published by Dr Davey over the last forty years but it has not been generally accepted until recently when the discovery of new material at the site of Elkab has confirmed his hypotheses.

Christopher Davey became the honorary director of the Institute in 2002 after retiring from National Australia Bank where he was a project finance executive. He has been responsible for the Institute’s re-establishment in a building leased from La Trobe University. The development of the Institute’s catalogues for the library, collection and archives has been a major responsibility and the organisation of accession path documentation for the museum collection is an important achievement.

Chris began his archaeology at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he also read ancient languages. He then continued the study of archaeology and ancient history at the Institute of Archaeology, London. He has excavated in the Middle East, Australia and the United Kingdom; he now digs regularly in Cyprus and Egypt. He has published papers on the history of mining and metallurgy, ancient architecture, maritime archaeology and the history of archaeology. He edits the Institute’s annual journal Buried History.

Employment as an underground miner at Broken Hill, surveyor, engineer, mines inspector, contract design engineer, tertiary lecturer (mining and systems engineering) and international bank executive has given Chris broad perspectives. The interconnections with archaeology and history are many, while in banking these interfaces led to an involvement with environmental issues as they related to the bank’s operations and loan book. 


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