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Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are designed to give you further information about the Egypt Exploration Society's services.

Events

Library/Publications

Archive

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Membership

EES Research Projects

Room Hire

Other topics

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Events

Q: Can I book places on an event?

A: Yes, please see our Events Page – all events can be booked here, and we ask you to use this booking system where possible, rather than contacting the EES directly.

 

Q: How will I know if there are still places left on an event?

A: If the event is still on the Events Page, it is still open for bookings. Once events are fully booked, they are removed from the Events Page. 

 

Q: I saw an event on your Events page some time ago, but it has now disappeared. What happened?

A: All current events are listed on the Events page. It is possible your event has passed, or been cancelled. If you cannot find the event on the Events Page, it will not be possible to book a place.

 

Q: Are EES Events open to non-members?

A: Yes, all of our events, including evening classes, study days, conferences, lectures, seminars, and visits to museums and galleries, are open to non-members, although members can buy tickets for events at discounted prices.

 

Q: Will I receive a ticket for my event booking?

A: If you book online, you will receive an email confirmation of your booking. It is not necessary to bring this with you to the event, as we register all guests at events on arrival. It is possible to send paper tickets if you do not have access to email. 

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Library/Publications

Q: Can I access digital versions of the Society’s excavation and survey reports?

A: No, but copies are available in the Society’s library at our London office, and are also available for purchase at a discounted rate for EES members at our online shop.

 

Q: Can I access digital copies of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology and the Egyptian Archaeology Bulletin?

A: Back-copies of every issue of the JEA except the five most recent issues are available online through JSTOR. EES members can add an online subscription to JEA (including the entire back catalogue) when joining or renewing. The EA bulletin is not digitally available, but selected articles are available online. Previous issues of EES Newsletters are also available on our website.

 

Q: Can I borrow books from the EES library if I am not a member?

A: Only members are allowed to borrow books from the EES library. For further details regarding library and archive use, please see our web page.

 

Q: Do you provide access to the Online Egyptological Bibliography?

A: No, but we do have a CD-ROM version, which is accessible through our library.

 

Q: Can I make copies of library material?

A: The EES has a photocopier, which library users may access. The Society charges 10p per A4 sheet and 15p per A3 sheet copy. Please note that scanning facilities are not available to library users, but you are welcome to bring a portable or desktop scanner with you to use. 

 

Q: Can I check which books I currently have on loan from the library via the website?

A:  It is not possible to check which books you have on loan via the online catalogue; if you need to check, please email: library@ees.ac.uk, or phone 020 7242 1880.

 

Q: Can I renew books which I currently have on loan from the library via the website?

A: Books cannot be renewed remotely via the website; to renew your books, please contact: library@ees.ac.uk, or phone 020 7242 1880.

 

Q: I would like to use the library, but I don’t live in London - what can I do?

A: If circumstances prevent you from coming into the EES office, but you need to borrow books from the library, it is possible for us to send books out to members by post, if you mention this when you call or email to reserve the books. Please note that we do ask members to cover the cost of postage. Items returned by post must be sent by some form of postage that can be tracked, e.g. Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed or Parcelforce, to ensure secure delivery.

 

Q: What do I do if I think I’ve lost or cannot find a book I have on loan from the EES library?

A: If you think you have lost or cannot find one of our books, please let us know as soon as possible. We will check our records to see whether the book is still registered as being on loan to you. If you really cannot find the book at all, you will be responsible for buying a replacement volume.

 

Q: What if a book becomes damaged whilst on loan to me?

A: If a book becomes damaged whilst on loan to you, you will be responsible for paying for it to be repaired or replaced.

 

Q: Do you accept donations of books for your library collection?

A: If you would be interested in donating books to the EES, please send a list of the books you would like to donate to: library@ees.ac.uk, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  We have been very fortunate to have received a great number of generous donations in recent years; if we already have copies of the books in question, we sell these books on to other members, with the proceeds helping to fund the purchase of new books.

 

Q: If I am unable to come into the library to search for items myself, is it possible for you to send scans or photocopies of articles or short passages of books to me?

A: It is possible for us to send scans and photocopies of journal articles and short passages of books to you; however, please note that copyright law prevents us from sending copies of entire books or journals. Please be aware that we do charge for postage, and charge a minimum of £2.50 for copies, with an additional 10p/sheet for anything exceeding that amount. 

 

Q: How can I find out what the publication dates for newsletters and other EES publications are?

A: Unfortunately, it is not definitively possible to say exactly when newsletters and other publications will be sent out; however, as a rule of thumb, the Newsletter is sent out three times per year, usually in March, July, and November; and the Egyptian Archaeology bulletin is sent out twice per year, usually in March and October. If you think you are missing a mailing by a significant margin of time, please contact: enquiries@ees.ac.uk.

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Archive

Q: Can I access the EES Archive Catalogue online?

A: It is not currently possible to view the entire catalogue online; some of our holdings are catalogued by the National Archives and this can be viewed here. Please contact archives@ees.ac.uk for more information about Archive holdings. 

 

Q: Can I visit the EES Archive?

A: The EES Archive welcomes visits from researchers, by appointment. It is not possible to visit the EES Archive, or view archival material (including the Society’s collection of watercolour paintings by Howard Carter, Marcus Blackden and Percy Buckman) except by appointment. 

 

Q: How can I arrange to visit the EES archive?

A: Archive visits should be arranged by contacting archives@ees.ac.uk. Enquiries about possible archive visits should be made two to four weeks in advance of your preferred date. 

 

Q: What will I need to do before I visit the EES Archive?

A: Your archive visit appointment will be confirmed by the Archivist, usually via email. You will be required to submit a full list or details of what material you would like to view before visiting. It is not possible to visit the archive without an appointment, nor is it possible to request extra material on the day of your visit. 

 

Q: What will I need to bring with me to visit the EES Archive?

A: You are welcome to bring a laptop, a portable or table top scanner, a digital camera with you. It is not necessary to bring any special equipment, nor will you require proof of identity, researcher/student status or affiliation to a research institution. 

 

Q: Will I be able to make copies of archive documents?

A: In most cases, it will be possible to photocopy EES Archive documents (dependent on the type of document, size and condition). It is permissible to photograph archival material (no flash may be used), or in some cases, if you wish to bring a portable or tabletop scanner with you, it may be possible to scan the document. Please note that it will not be possible for staff to scan documents on your behalf during your visit. It may be possible to have scans made and sent to you, but this is at the discretion of the Archivist and there may be a delay in making these scans. 

 

Q: I am not able to visit the EES Archive. Is it possible to request copies of archival material to be made and sent to me?

A: In some cases, this may be possible, but we cannot guarantee it. Some of our archive holdings have been digitised, and these are available on request. If the material you wish to consult has not been digitised, it is not possible (except in exceptional circumstances) to request digitisation of this material. You are welcome to send a representative to consult the material and make copies on your behalf. 

 

Q: Is it possible to arrange group visits to the EES archive?

A: Group visits to the archive are welcome, but due to space constraints, group numbers should preferably not be higher than 20.

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Membership

Q: How can I check whether my EES membership is up to date or in need of renewal?

A: For any enquiries regarding membership, please contact: membership@ees.ac.uk, or call us on 020 7242 2266. Subscription renewal forms will be sent out in March every year to all members.

 

Q: I signed up for membership online last night - is my membership valid immediately?

A: Yes. Your membership begins as soon as we receive your payment. If you have also opted to add-on JEA-online, then this will be subject to delays, as is managed by Sage. Your log in details will be sent to you directly from Sage once your subscription has been processed. 

 

Q: Can I still qualify for Student Associate Membership if I am not enrolled on a university degree course in Egyptology or Archaeology, but am studying for another accredited or non-accredited course, such as the University of Manchester Certificate and Diploma in Egyptology?

A: Anyone studying Egyptology or Archaeology at any level, including distance-learning certificates and diplomas such as those offered by the Universities of Manchester, Exeter and Glasgow, is eligible for Student Associate Membership. If you have any queries about your eligibility, please contact: membership@ees.ac.uk.

 

Q: Do you offer a discounted membership rate for over-60s?

A: Unfortunately we do not offer specific age-related discounts. Membership of the EES offers discounted rates on events tickets and publications. We offer several levels of membership, and the option to add-on various subscriptions, such as the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Graeco-Roman Memoirs and access to the JEA online. 

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EES Research Projects

Q: I’m planning to be in Egypt soon. Would it be possible to visit one or more of the EES research projects whilst work is being undertaken?

A: Site visits are subject to permission being granted by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities (or equivalent relevant authority), and also at the project director’s discretion, so unfortunately this is not generally possible. However, the Society does arrange regular group visits for members via the Cairo office (contact details), and as part of our tours (see: http://www.ees.ac.uk/news/index/219.html)

 

Q: Is it possible for me to work on one of your research projects in Egypt?

A: The number of places on our projects is very limited, as we run small projects with small teams. Due to Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) rules about the manual labour on excavations being done by Egyptians, specialist work is all that is available, and so places are allocated to individuals with specialist skills. An individual must have at least a first/undergraduate-level degree in Egyptology/archaeology to work on a research project in Egypt. Undergraduate students are currently not allowed to work on projects in Egypt. Occasionally, our Field Directors have places available for volunteers, but only rarely. Volunteer opportunities are available in our library and archives, however!

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Room Hire

Q: I am looking for a space to hold an event. Do you hire out any of your rooms?

A: Yes. We have two spaces available to hire, the Committee Room and the Library (upstairs room). Both rooms are suitable for meetings, seminars/lectures, classes, media and television use. Please contact enquiries@ees.ac.uk for full details of our Terms and Conditions and Room Hire Rates. 

 

Q: Do you allow filming inside/outside the building?

A: Yes. We frequently hire out our premises for filming, both for Egyptological and Archaeological documentaries and films, and to the wider media. Please contact enquiries@ees.ac.uk for more information. 

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Other topics

Q: I would be interested in working for the EES. Should I contact you directly about job opportunities?

A: We are a small organisation, and do not have many positions of employment. If any positions become available, they will be advertised on our website and on the EES Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Q: Do you do media consultancy work for film, television, etc.?

A: Yes! We are able to provide information, suggest further points of contact and sources, and fact-check and advise on scripts for various media. For further information, please contact: contact@ees.ac.uk

 

Q: Is EES material, e.g. images, film, publication text, archive material, available to reproduce for use in publications, exhibitions, etc.?

A: Permission can be granted for the use of EES-owned material in academic and non-academic theses and publications, media productions, and museum or gallery exhibitions. Charges may be applied, depending on condition of request. For more information, please contact archives@ees.ac.uk, supplying the following details: Image to be reproduced, Name, Institutional Affiliation (if any), Intended type of publication (Article, Book Chapter, Monograph, Multi-Authored volume, TV/Film, e-publication), Intended print run (approximate number), Intended audience (Commercial/General/Academic/Student). 

 

Q: How can I find out what the EES office/library opening times and closure dates are?

A: Our opening times and spring, summer and winter closure dates are listed on the website. The London office is open from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, and the library is open from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday.

 

Q: How can I become an Egyptologist?

A: In order to become a professional Egyptologist, you will need to study Egyptology or archaeology or ancient history with an emphasis on ancient Egypt at university, first at undergraduate level, and then as a postgraduate, up to and beyond a PhD, which most full-time teaching, research, or museum jobs in Egyptology require. A list of university departments offering Egyptology or Egyptology-related degrees around the world can be found here

Most Egyptologists tend to specialise in either the archaeology or the language of ancient Egypt, but all share a background of understanding of the art, architecture and culture of ancient Egypt; ideally, it’s best to have some experience of both sides of Egyptology, regardless of which you eventually specialise in. In order to gain the best breadth of knowledge, it is advisable to study areas other than simply ancient Egypt, such as social anthropology, art in the ancient world, or the history and culture of another complementary ancient culture, e.g. classical civilisations, the ancient Eastern Mediterranean, or the ancient Near East. As many major texts in Egyptology are written in French and German, a working knowledge of one or both of these languages is desirable. If you hope to spend time working in Egypt, it is advisable to learn some Arabic (standard Arabic will be understood, but the particular Egyptian form of Arabic is best); however, this is not a prerequisite and is probably best learned through conversation, if classes are available, and in practical situations - most Egyptologists tend to pick up Arabic through working in Egypt and learning the words and phrases they need through experience. Of course, if you hope to work in Egypt or just in Egyptology, it’s important to be knowledgeable about modern Egypt, and worth keeping up to date with news from sites such as Al-Ahram or Egypt Independent.

It is also a good idea to get involved in Egyptological activities outside of universities - become a member of organisations such as the EES, or a local Egyptology society, or a museum friends group, such as the Friends of the British Museum or the Friends of the Petrie Museum. Many Egyptology societies and Friends groups hold events similar to those run by the EES, with regular lectures from Egyptologists and other specialists, or evening classes in hieroglyphs or other aspects of Egyptian culture.

 

Q: Are you able to provide me with contact details for individuals and/or institutions who I’d like to get in touch with?

A: We never give out third-party contact details which are not already in the public domain, but will be happy to forward your details on to whoever you are trying to contact, or direct you towards a location where contact details are given, if possible.

 

Q: I’d like to know whether you have any information about a particular topic or subject area that I’m interested in. Is there a research framework I could follow to find out about my areas of interest?

A: For advice about undertaking research on a particular topic, please see our page about research projects, or consult our online library catalogue for possible avenues of enquiry and further food for thought. Please be aware that we are unable to undertake research on behalf of individuals, although we can act in a research advisory capacity to the media, and can sometimes provide a limited amount of help, depending on the query. 

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