About us
The page was last modified on November the 6th 2015
Settlement
Temples
Chapels
Tombs
Rock shrine
Huts
Collections
Andy is a keen photographer and
many of the photographs on the
web site were taken by him. Here
he is using his binoculars to see a
distant detail in front of the first
pylon at Karnak in 2005.
Over the years I have
attended several Bloomsbury
Academies, where I had the
pleasure to meet and to
listen to some outstanding
Egyptologists: Kent Weeks,  
Geoffrey Martin, Aidan
Dodson, Jaromir Malek,
Nicholas Reeves, Joyce
Tyldesley, Steven Snape,
Zahi Hawass and many
others.
Lenka and Andy Peacock from England at
the top of the Theban cliffs at Luxor in
January 2005
After our first visit to Egypt, I enrolled at Birkbeck
College, University of London, evening classes and started
reading Historical and Social developments in ancient
Egypt, followed by The Language and Beliefs of the
Ancient Egyptians, then Art, Kingship and Religion in
ancient Egypt and finally Egyptian Literature and Royal
Texts of the second Millennium, resulting in my obtaining
the Diploma in Egyptology. For one year I diverted my
attention to the Sumerian language but was soon back for
more Egyptology. I attended several post-diploma
courses: First reading in Egyptian texts, Artefacts in
Egyptian collections and finally Real life at Deir
el-Medineh with Rosalind and Jac. Janssen.
This web site was a member of the
Egyptological network of the Russian
Academy of Sciences, Centre for
Egyptological Studies, and the Russian
Institute of Egyptology in Cairo
(
www.cesras.org) between 2007 and 2015
thanks to kindness and generosity of
Edward Loring from Switzerland, who
sadly passed away in March 2015. We
are forever grateful to him for all the
support and trust he bestowed upon us.
By combining the photographs
that we shoot during our
travels & museum visits with
step by step descriptions we
hope that you better become
to understand the historical
development and the present
meaning of this remarkable
location. The site is here for
you to enjoy!
It was Andy's full support,
kindness and love that enabled me
to spend so much time at the
college, in museums and at the
library, and also his enthusiasm
for travelling to Luxor and visiting
the ancient sites, that finally led
to compiling these pages.
Biking to the Valley of the Kings in 2005
I found the "dancing girls" relief
at Luxor temple in 2005
My mother tongue is Czech,
I grew up in Prague. Andy
is a Londoner and a true
English gentleman.
The combination of my
professional qualifications
and work experience as a
librarian in an academic
library at University
College London combined
with knowledge in the field
of Egyptology helped me to
produce this web site.
To read more about our travels in Egypt please click here
Generally we used to get
around the necropolis on
foot or by bikes but you
cannot turn down an offer
of a lift in a car once
belonging to the late king
Farouk. Andy is holding on
to the bumper as this
ancient car has no
working hand brake.
There was a long wait from reading my
first primary school paper on the discovery
of the tomb of Tutankhamun to exploring in
person the chapels of the "Divine
Adoratrices of Amun" at Medinet Habu in
1997. Until then my fascination with
ancient Egypt had been nourished only by
reading books and visiting museums.
In 2010 we left London and moved to Somerset. Although
away from Bloomsbury, I still keep a close eye on
happenings there. I attend lectures, study days and
exhibitions related to Deir el-Medina. Among the most
interesting events were the seminar with Dr Jaana
Toivari-Viitala, organised by the Egypt Exploration Society
and called The workmen's huts in the Theban mountains
documenting the royal tomb-builders' huts in September
2012 and the study day organised in August 2013 by the
Friends of the Petrie Museum called The Tomb of Kha and
Meryt at Deir el Medina with the principal speakers        
Dr Eleni Vassilika (at that time Director, Egyptian Museum
Turin), Prof. Joann Fletcher (York University & Harrogate
Museum) and Dr Stephen Buckley (York University &
Harrogate Museum).
Towards Amenhotep III tomb
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Somerset's Dillington House organised a day lecture called Living in an Ancient Egyptian Town with the
tutor Lucia Gahlin in summer 2011, which I attended.
In 2012 I became a member of the Taunton Egypt Society.
I returned to studies of Middle Egyptian language. Early in 2014 I finished a course using
Collier/Manley's book How to read Egyptian hieroglyphs and since March 2014 I have been studying
with a course using James P. Allen's book Middle Egyptian: an introduction to the language and culture
of hieroglyphs.
Further on-line courses studied:
1. University of Liverpool: "Superpowers of the Ancient World: the Near East", Dr Glenn Godenho (lead
educator). 4 weeks, autumn 2015
2. University of Manchester: "Ancient Egypt: A history in six objects" by Dr Joyce Tyldesley, Dr Glenn
Godenho, Dr Campbell Price. 6 weeks, autumn 2015
In November 2010 our web site was invited by Dr Thierry Benderitter, a Member of the International
Association of Egyptologists (IAE), to join Egypt Ring at
www.osirisnet.net.