LECTURE 1: The Rose Red City. Half as old as time.

This site remained unknown to the western world until 1812, when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt discovered it. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage” Petra was named amongst the New7 Wonders of the World in 2007 and was also chosen as one of the "28 Places to See Before You Die".                  


LECTURE 2: In search of a Tomb. (part 1)

Howard Carter was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist who became world-famous after discovering the intact tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh, Tutankhamun (known as "King Tut" and "the boy king") in November 1922. Using black/white slides from Howard Carters journals. I will tell the story of his meeting with the English Lord and their search for the richest prize ever found in 


(part 2)

The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon of Tutankhamun’s intact tomb received worldwide press coverage. It sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun's mask, now in the Egyptian Museum, remains the popular symbol. The "mysterious" deaths of a few of those who excavated Tutankhamun's tomb have been popularly attributed to the curse of the pharaohs. Also the silver pharaoh whose treasures were just as great as Tutankamun's, but who was forgotten for 50 years in the museum basement.

Proposed Lecture



I have for over 20 years been a student of Ancient Civilizations. My initial studies were on the history of Ancient Egypt, later I expanded my knowledge to cover ancient civilizations that existed within the Mediterranean geographical area.

 My knowledge has been gained whilst studying at Manchester University, Liverpool University and open learning studies with Oxford University to obtain my diplomas.

 I also have considerable practical experience having worked in the Petrie Museum at the UCLA in London and also at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on a special project working alongside Dr. Janice Kamrin under the supervision of world renowned archeologist Dr Zawi Hawass. I have also taught Egyptology to groups for University of the 3rd  age and the Workers Education Authority (WEA).

 Additionally  I have acted as a cultural and destinations guide for small groups that I have accompanied on numerous trips to various ancient sites within the Red Sea and Mediterranean areas. I have been presenting talks now for the past 8 years. The following list are the Cruise Companies I have given presentations on. Thompson, Saga, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Serenade of the Seas, Independence of  the Seas, Princess Cruises, Holland America, P & O / Cunard, MSC cruises.

Prepared for

The Royal Geographical Society - HK

Vivianne Rowan