Women in Ancient Egypt

Zahi Hawass

13 SEPT 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de la Prensa


Zahi Hawass (Damietta) is one of the most renowned archaeologists and Egyptologists in the world, and a recognized expert in the field. He has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, and is known for his charisma and communication skills.

He has served as Secretary General for the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and as Minister of Antiquities for the Egyptian government. Some of the major discoveries he has made during his career include the tombs of the pyramid builders at Giza and those of the Valley of the Golden Mummies in the Bahariya Oasis. He has directed and managed the Egyptian Mummy Project, which served to identify the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut, and has participated in the creation of 19 new museums in Egypt, including the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NEMC). In addition, he has also led a movement for Egyptian objects held in collections around the world to be returned to Egypt.

He is a prolific author of books, articles and publications, and has also participated in many documentaries and television programs around the world. The first book he ever published was dedicated precisely to women in Ancient Egypt. After several decades excavating on the Gizeh plateau and in Saqqara, his knowledge of women through archaeology is extensive.


21 SEPT 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


The Egyptologist, Dr. Chris Naunton, is Director of the Egypt Exploration Society and Chairman of the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society (TVAES).

A great communicator, he is one of the most well-known faces in Egyptology, due to his role as the voice of National Geographic. He has presented and directed many documentaries and television programs on the figure of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, a subject on which he is an internationally recognized authority. 2022 is the centenary year of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, the greatest discovery in the history of archaeology. The treasures that Howard Carter unearthed a century ago have captivated generations of students and enthusiasts of Ancient Egypt. However, there is still much to be said and new technologies have made it possible to reopen research lines that no one had even considered until a few years ago.

He studied Egyptology at both Birmingham and Swansea University, teaching this specialization at UCLA, SOAS, Birkbeck College and Bloomsbury whilst regularly lecturing around the world. He has also published a number of articles on Ancient Egypt and contributed specialized chapters to many popular and academic publications.

Lost tombs of queens in Thebes

Nacho Ares

28 SEPT 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


Nacho Ares (León, 1970) is a historian, Egyptologist, communicator, specialized radio broadcaster, and one of the curators of the exhibition Daughters of the Nile. Women and society in ancient Egypt. A History graduate from the University of Valladolid, he has a certificate in Egyptology from the KNH of the University of Manchester (2009-2012)

He is the director and presenter of the program SER Historia on the SER radio network, and of the podcast Dentro de la pirámide, on Podium Podcast, where he focuses on researching and popularizing the historical enigmas surrounding Ancient Egypt.

He is the author of a number of books on Egyptian culture and has published articles in specialized archaeological magazines, such as Ancient Egypt Magazine, National Geographic Historia, La Aventura de la Historia, Misterios de la Arqueología, Boletín de la Asociación Española de Egiptología and Revista de Arqueología, a publication he directed for 10 years. He has participated in the series Otros Mundos (Movistar+) along with Javier Sierra, and in the television program, Cuarto Milenio, directed by Iker Jiménez.

The female factor in Ancient Egypt

Mayte Mascort

05 OCT 22
19:00 H./strong>
Palacio de las Alhajas


Maite Mascort is an archaeologist and one of the most prominent and respected figures in the field of Egyptology in Spain.

Holder of a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Barcelona, she is co-director, together with Esther Pons, of the Oxyrhynchus Archaeological Mission (El-Bahnasa, Minia, Egypt) and has been vice-chairman and founding member of the Societat Catalana d’Egiptologia, since 1988.

She has worked as head of the Actions Section of the Archaeology and Paleontology Service of the Generalitat de Catalunya and scientific advisor to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NEMC), as well as curator of various exhibitions in museums around the world. She has given lectures and courses at national and international conferences and has worked as an editorial collaborator and scientific advisor for National Geographic’s History magazine since its first issue, in addition to writing numerous articles and publications for scientific journals.

Hetepheres;lights and shadows of a royal tomb

Esther Pons

19 OCT 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


Esther Pons (Barcelona) is an archaeologist and head curator of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities and the Near East at the National Archaeological Museum, as well as one of the curators of Daughters of the Nile. Women and society in ancient Egypt.

A graduate in Geography and History from the University of Barcelona, she has a PhD in Ancient History and Archaeology from that same university.

She is co-director, together with Maite Mascort, of the Oxyrhynchus Archaeological Mission (El-Bahnasa, Minia, Egypt), and has participated in national and international conferences and seminars on Ancient Egypt. Her articles on metalwork in Egypt, Greco-Roman terracottas and the findings at the Oxyrhynchus site (Egypt) have been published in many national and international scientific journals, and she has worked as curator and advisor for several exhibitions and catalogs on Ancient Egypt and the Near East.

Wâdi Qubbânet el-Qirùd: the tomb of the three foreign wives of Thutmose III

Isabel Olbes

26 OCT 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


Isabel Olbés (Manila, 1971) is a technician in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities and the Near East at the National Archaeological Museum, and technical curator of the exhibition Daughters of the Nile. Women and society in ancient Egypt.

A graduate in Prehistory and Archaeology from the Autonomous University of Madrid, she directed her studies towards Egyptology with a degree thesis on the iconography of Nubians in Theban tombs, the study of the Egyptian language in hieroglyphic characters, and research stays at the Griffith Institute (Oxford) and the British Museum (London).

She has been part of several archaeological projects in Spain, and has lectured on various aspects of Egyptian history and civilization at conferences and seminars. In recent years she has coordinated and managed exhibitions in various museums in Spain, and currently, is involved in several research and publication projects on the collection of amulets and the collection of bronze statuettes of deities of the National Archaeological Museum.

Aida, Egypt in the opera

Víctor Sánchez Sánchez

07 NOV 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


Víctor Sánchez (Madrid, 1968) is Professor of Musicology at the Complutense University of Madrid. Specialist in musical dramaturgy, opera and zarzuela, he has made stays as visiting professor at the universities of Berkeley, Havana, Mexico and Turin. He regularly collaborates with the Complutense Institute of Musical Sciences. His research also includes critical editions of scores for the recovery of operas such as I due Figaro by Mercadante (Salzburg, 2011) or Tabaré by Tomás Bretón (Teatro de la Zarzuela, 2022).

A specialist in Verdi’s operas, he regularly collaborates with the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani, based in Parma. He has published the books Verdi and Spain (Akal, 2014) and Musical exchanges between Spain and Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries (Ut Orpheus, 2019). In 2018 he was the curator of the exhibition “Aida: the imagined Egypt” at the National Library.

The Pharaoh Queen Hatsepsut

Jose Manuel Galan

16 NOV 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


José Manuel Galán (Madrid, 1963) is an archaeologist and senior researcher at the CSIC (Higher Council for Scientific Research) and Director of the Djehuty Project in Luxor.

He has a degree in Ancient History from the Complutense University of Madrid, and a PhD in Egyptology from the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA. Since 2002, he has directed the Djehuty project, which focuses on the excavation, restoration, scientific publication and dissemination of a set of funerary monuments and burials on the hill of Dra Abu el-Naga, at the northern end of the necropolis of the ancient city of Thebes, now Luxor, in Egypt.

In Spanish, he has published the books Cuatro Viajes en la Literatura del Antiguo Egipto (1998) and El imperio egipcio: Inscripciones (2002). In addition, he has written some 30 research articles, which have been published in the most prestigious international journals in the field. His extensive research work has been recognized with the 2012 Madrid Cultural Initiative Award.


Joyse Tyldeslay

23 NOV 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


Joyce Tyldesley (Bolton, 1960) is an archaeologist, Egyptologist and communicator, as well as a professor at the University of Manchester, where she directs the Certificate, Diploma and Masters program in Egyptology.

A graduate in Eastern Mediterranean archaeology from the University of Liverpool, she holds a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Oxford and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton. She has worked with the Museum of Manchester in the creation of several free online Egyptology courses (MOOC), and has participated in archaeological excavations in Britain, Europe and Egypt, where she conducted her own field survey at Tuna el-Gebel. Her academic work is focused on women in Ancient Egypt, a theme she has developed in books such as Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt (1994), Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh (1996) and Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt (2008), as well as in many scientific and information articles.


Christian Greco

30 NOV 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


Christian Greco (Arzignano, 1975) is an Egyptologist, researcher and director of the Egyptian Museum of Turin.

A graduate in Classical Literature and Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Pavia, Greco holds a master’s degree in Egyptology from the University of Leiden and a PhD from the University of Pisa. He has worked as assistant curator and curator of the Egyptian collection at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, in Leiden.

In addition to his experience with museums, he has been co-director of the Turin Museum’s archaeological excavations in Saqqara, worked in Luxor as an epigrapher with the Oriental Institute of Chicago, and taught at the University of Leiden, the University of Turin, the University Institute of Advanced Studies in Pavia, and New York University in Abu Dhabi.

He is the author of a number of scientific and informative articles, has participated in international conferences and has curated exhibitions in various museums around the world.

Mummies of queens

Salima Ikram

07 DEC 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


Salima Ikram (Lahore, 1965) is an archaeologist, Egyptologist and professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC), where she is also head of the Egyptology department.

A graduate in classical and Near Eastern history and archaeology from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, she holds a PhD in Egyptian archaeology from the University of Cambridge, UK.

She has directed the Animal Mummy Project at the Cairo Museum, the North Kharga Darb Ain Amur Survey and the mission in the Valley of the Kings, focused on the excavation of tombs KV10/KV63. She has written several books on Egyptian archaeology including The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity (1998), The Tomb in Ancient Egypt (2008) and Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies In Ancient Egypt (2005). In addition, she works with many specialized and popular publications such as Egypt Today and National Geographic, and has participated in documentaries and television programs for the BBC, National Geographic Channel, History Channel and Discovery Channel, among others.

Egyptomania: Ancient Egypt and its influence on the history of fashion

21 DEC 22
19:00 H.
Palacio de las Alhajas


Lorenzo Caprile (Madrid, 1967) is one of the most prestigious fashion designers in Spain. He studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and at the Politecnico Internazionale della Moda in Florence (Italy), where he also obtained a degree in Spanish Language and Literature. He opened his own workshop in Madrid in 1993, specializing in bridal and occasion wear. The Spanish Royal Family asked Caprile to design the wedding dress for the Infanta Cristina and the iconic red dress worn by Doña Letizia at the wedding of Mary and Frederick of Denmark in 2004.

A great expert in the history of dress, he teaches design at various postgraduate schools and, since 2006, has also worked as a costume designer for theater, opera, ballet and musicals, including his work for the National Classical Theater Company, as well as the company, Noviembre. He also works regularly with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Costume Museum in Madrid.

Some of the awards and distinctions he has received include the following: (2004) T award from Telva magazine for the best Spanish fashion designer; (2013) Ceres award from the Mérida Festival for Best Costume Design for “Fuegos”, by director, José María Pou; (2014) Ciudad de Alcalá de las Artes y las Letras award for “his contribution to creation, art and the world of culture, as well as for his national and international renown”; (2015) Gran Cruz de la Orden del Dos de Mayo of the Community of Madrid; (2016) Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts, (although he himself states that fashion is not an art), awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Sport.

Since 2018, he has been one of the main hosts of the program Maestros de la Costura, on TVE.