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Discoveries and Secrets: Egyptian Archaeology

16 Nov 2019


Free, Ticketed

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Join our panel of speakers as they discuss Scottish contributions to archaeology in Egypt, including new research on pioneering excavator Alexander Henry Rhind, exciting discoveries made during our review of Egyptian collections across Scotland, and current excavation work in Egypt.


Auditorium, Level 1, entry via Chambers Street

Booking information

Age 14+

Book in person at our museums, call 0300 123 6789 or book online.

Our speakers will explore discoveries and secrets from Egyptological research being conducted at National Museums Scotland and the University of Edinburgh. The presentations will be followed by Q&A and the opportunity to consider the legacy of Scottish involvement in Egyptology, how we work with and share Egyptian collections in Scotland today, and the future archaeology in Egypt.


Dr Margaret Maitland

Curator Dr Margaret Maitland presents research on Alexander Henry Rhind, the oft-overlooked first archaeologist to excavate in Egypt, and the secrets his archives hold.

Dr Dan Potter

Curator Dr Dan Potter discusses hidden histories revealed through a touring exhibition examining Scotland’s contribution to Egyptology and a national review of Egyptian collections across Scotland.

Dr Joanne Rowland

Dr Joanne Rowland describes past and recent fieldwork discoveries at Merimde Beni Salama, the earliest farming village in North Africa, discussing how archaeologists are revealing secrets through new approaches to looking at ancient Egypt. Joanne is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology.


Statue in fine yellow sandstone of a Chief of the Medjai (police) and his wife seated side by side, Ancient Egyptian, excavated by Alexander Henry Rhind, Museum reference: A.1956.143

Statue in fine yellow sandstone of a Chief of the Medjai (police) and his wife seated side by side, Ancient Egyptian, excavated by Alexander Henry Rhind, Museum reference: A.1956.143

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


Map and directions


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 


  • The Auditorium is wheelchair accessible, and there is access to an accessible toilet.
  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. 
  • Lifts are available to all floors.
  • Accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • There is also an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

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This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. 

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