Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Weekly # 104

Welcome to the Wednesday Weekly, your weekly dose of links to Egyptology news, articles, blogs, events and more!

Photocredit: Cairo Post

THE ANCIENT WORLD ONLINE

3D Petrie Museum
http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.nl/2014/05/3d-petrie-museum.html

Coming Soon: VÉgA Vocabulaire de l’Égyptien Ancien - Vocabulary of Ancient Egyptian
http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.nl/2016/02/coming-soon-vega-vocabulaire-de.html

High resolution plates fron "La Porte d’Horemheb au Xe pylône de Karnak"
http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.nl/2016/02/high-resolution-plates-fron-la-porte.html

LUXOR TIMES

More discoveries by Spanish team in Luxor, new information revealed during the ministerial visit
http://luxortimesmagazine.blogspot.nl/2016/02/more-discoveries-by-spanish-team-in.html

IMALQATA

Our Last Days for the Season
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/our-last-days-for-the-season/

ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM BLOG

Clay sealings from Edfu, Egypt in the Greek & Roman collection
https://www.rom.on.ca/en/blog/clay-sealings-from-edfu-egypt-in-the-greek-roman-collection

BRITISH MUSEUM BLOG

Study, conservation and display of a rare pair of curtains from Late Antique Egypt
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2016/02/04/study-conservation-and-display-of-a-rare-pair-of-curtains-from-late-antique-egypt/

A medieval alchemical book reveals new secrets
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2016/02/05/a-medieval-alchemical-book-reveals-new-secrets/

ACROSSBORDERS

Tracing cooking and baking activities at SAV1 East
http://acrossborders.oeaw.ac.at/tracing-cooking-and-baking-activities-at-sav1-east/

End of week 5 at SAV1 West and SAV1 East
http://acrossborders.oeaw.ac.at/end-of-week-5-at-sav1-west-and-sav1-east/

Summary of week 5 at Sai Island, Pharaonic town
http://acrossborders.oeaw.ac.at/summary-of-week-5-at-sai-island-pharaonic-town/

Hidden Highlights 1: SAV1W 1677
http://acrossborders.oeaw.ac.at/hidden-highlights-1-sav1w-1677/

AMARA WEST PROJECT BLOG

Amara West 2016: smiles and excitement – a visit from Amara East primary school
http://blog.amarawest.britishmuseum.org/2016/02/03/amara-west-2016-smiles-and-excitements-a-visit-from-amara-east-primary-school/

Amara West 2016: a villa and its surroundings
http://blog.amarawest.britishmuseum.org/2016/02/05/amara-west-2016-a-villa-and-its-surroundings/

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ANIMAL BIO BANK

Who’s coming to a mummy ‘re-rolling’?
https://ancientegyptbiobank.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/whos-coming-to-a-mummy-re-rolling/

LABORATORIO ROSSO

Unique discovery made in Abusir by Czech archaeological mission, Laboratoriorosso’s scientific partner
http://www.laboratoriorosso.com/eng/2016/02/03/unique-discovery-made-in-abusir-by-czech-archaeological-mission/

AHRAM ONLINE

German teen faces life ban from Egypt after scaling Khufu pyramid
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/186663/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/German-teen-faces-life-ban-from-Egypt-after-scalin.aspx

Egyptian archaeologists call for tougher security measures after 'sale of pyramid pieces'
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/186973/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-archaeologists-call-for-tougher-security-.aspx

Karnak Amun-Re statue not recently restored as claimed
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/186849/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Karnak-AmunRe-statue-not-recently-restored-as-clai.aspx

Egyptologist Hawass promotes Egypt in Bulgaria
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/187115/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptologist-Hawass-promotes-Egypt-in-Bulgaria.aspx

NILE MAGAZINE

Tutankhamun's Walking Stick
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/2/6/tutankhamuns-walking-stick

Grand Designs
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/2/9/grand-designs

ANCIENT ORIGINS

Has the Hidden Location of the Tomb of Cleopatra Finally Been Found?
http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa/has-hidden-location-tomb-cleopatra-finally-been-found-005304

Examining Cryptic Grave Goods: What Are the Ancient Egyptian Funerary Cones?
http://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-other-artifacts/examining-cryptic-grave-goods-what-are-ancient-egyptian-funerary-cones-020736

ERIC'S GUIDE TO ANCIENT EGYPT

The Abydos Helicopter
http://ericsguidetoancientegypt.com/?p=203

Ramesses The Great Husband And Father
http://ericsguidetoancientegypt.com/?p=215

THE CAIRO POST

Egyptian embassy in Berlin repatriates 2,700 year-old statuette
http://thecairopost.youm7.com/news/193542/news/egyptian-embassy-in-berlin-repatriates-2700-year-old-statuette

DISCOVERY NEWS

Mystery Mummies: Who Are They? Photos
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/mystery-mummies-who-are-they-photos-160208.htm

Mummy Identification Still Uncertain Science
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/mummy-identification-still-uncertain-science-160208.htm

EGYPT CENTRE, SWANSEA

Gruesome rites? Book of the Dead Fragment.
http://egyptcentre.blogspot.nl/2016/02/gruesome-rites-book-of-dead-fragment.html


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday Weekly # 103

Welcome to the Wednesday Weekly, your weekly dose of links to Egyptology news, articles, blogs, events and more!

Photocredit: Ahram Online

THE ANCIENT WORLD ONLINE

26th International Congress of Papyrology Proceedings Online
http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.nl/2016/01/26th-international-congress-of.html

Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt Online Preprints
http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.nl/2016/01/journal-of-american-research-center-in.html

The Temple of King Sethos I at Abydos
http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.nl/2016/02/the-temple-of-king-sethos-i-at-abydos.html

Davies and Gardiner: Ancient Egyptian Paintings
http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.nl/2016/02/davies-and-gardiner-ancient-egyptian.html

LUXOR TIMES

Exclusive: Official statement on photography in the Egyptian museum
http://luxortimesmagazine.blogspot.nl/2016/01/exclusive-official-statement-on.html

IMALQATA

Site K
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/site-k/

Meanwhile, Out in the Desert: Pots and Pits
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/meanwhile-out-in-the-desert-pots-and-pits/

Analyzing the King’s Plasters
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/analyzing-the-kings-plasters/

Out in the Desert – Again
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/out-in-the-desert-again/

Lost and Found
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/lost-and-found/

The Guardhouse
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/the-guardhouse/

IN THE ARTIFACT LAB

APPEAR Project – Portable X-Ray Fluorescence on the Fayum Mummy Portraits
http://www.penn.museum/sites/artifactlab/2016/02/02/appear-project-portable-x-ray-fluorescence-on-the-fayum-mummy-portraits/

ACROSSBORDERS

A modified Egyptian cooking pot from SAV1 West?
http://acrossborders.oeaw.ac.at/a-modified-egyptian-cooking-pot-from-sav1-west/

Exposing in situ-remains of Dynasty 18
http://acrossborders.oeaw.ac.at/exposing-in-situ-remains-of-dynasty-18/

AMARA WEST PROJECT BLOG

Amara West 2016: well protected, cemetery excavations now in full swing
http://blog.amarawest.britishmuseum.org/2016/01/30/amara-west-2016-well-protected-cemetery-excavations-now-in-full-swing/

BROOKLYN MUSEUM

Dig Diary, Jan. 31:
http://brooklynmuseum.tumblr.com/post/138408045240/dig-diary-jan-31-taking-a-balloon-ride-over

AHRAM ONLINE

‘Bady Bay’ shrine to be transferred to Grand Egyptian Museum on Thursday
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/185997/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/%E2%80%98Bady-Bay%E2%80%99-shrine-to-be-transferred-to-Grand-Egypt.aspx

Old Kingdom boat ruins discovered for first time in Saqqara Necropolis
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/186438/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Old-Kingdom-boat-ruins-discovered-for-first-time-i.aspx

Egyptian Museum displaying three artefacts for February ‘Piece of the Month’
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/186583/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-Museum-displaying-three-artefacts-for-Feb.aspx

KELSEY MUSEUM

Ugly Object of the Month – February
https://kelseymuseum.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/ugly-object-of-the-month-february/

KRISTIAN STRUTT

THaWS 2016. A Late Start and Sediments Beyond the Temple of Ay and Horemheb
https://kdstrutt.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/thaws-2016-a-late-start-and-sediments-beyond-the-temple-of-ay-and-horemheb/

NILE MAGAZINE

History Repeating
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/1/27/history-repeating

Admit It. You're A Little Bit Envious
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/1/28/admit-it-youre-a-little-bit-envious

One Of The Most Delightful Pieces Of Middle Kingdom Art
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/1/31/one-of-the-most-delightful-pieces-of-middle-kingdom-art

Let's Call Her "Eve"
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/2/1/lets-call-her-eve

Pyramid-Age Boat Discovered At Abusir
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/2/2/pyramid-age-boat-discovered-at-abusir

THE ASOR BLOG

Interview with Zahi Hawass
http://asorblog.org/2016/02/03/interview-with-zahi-hawass/

ANCIENT ORIGINS

Pharaoh Akhenaten: A Different View of the Heretic King
http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa/pharaoh-akhenaten-different-view-heretic-king-005249

The Tomb of Khentkaus III: A Cautionary Tale of Climate Change?
http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/tomb-khentkaus-iii-cautionary-tale-climate-change-005286

Provocative Yet Sacred: The Ancient Egyptian Festival of Drunkenness
http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/provocative-yet-sacred-ancient-egyptian-festival-drunkenness-005289

ERIC'S GUIDE TO ANCIENT EGYPT

Ramesses The Great Photo Album
http://ericsguidetoancientegypt.com/?p=174

EPISODE 019: Ramesses The Great Builder
http://ericsguidetoancientegypt.com/?p=180

COLLECTING EGYPT... AND OTHER MUSINGS!

Transforming the Body Egyptian Style
http://collectingegypt.blogspot.nl/2016/02/transforming-body-egyptian-style.html

HISTORY EXTRA

Guidebook to the Ancient Egyptian afterlife
http://www.historyextra.com/article/ancient-egypt/guidebook-ancient-egyptian-afterlife

10 things you (probably) didn't know about Ancient Egypt
http://www.historyextra.com/article/ancient-egypt/10-facts-ancient-egypt

Life in Ancient Egypt: what was it like?
http://www.historyextra.com/article/ancient-egypt/what-was-ancient-egyptian-life-like

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Hiker discovers 3,500-year-old Egyptian antiquity in Galilee
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hiker-discovers-3500-year-old-egyptian-antiquity-in-galilee/


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Guidebook to the Ancient Egyptian afterlife

In ancient Egypt, the end of life marked the start of a challenging journey – one that could be smoothed using the spells compiled in a Book of the Dead. Rob Attar explores how these books were used to ensure a speedy and successful path through the next world.

Wearing clean clothes and white sandals, you stand in a long hall supported by columns. On a throne at the far end of the room you see the figure of Osiris, the god of the underworld. You are surrounded by 42 gods, terrifying mummified figures including the Swallower of shades, the Bone-breaker and the Eater of entrails.

In front of you is the god Thoth in the form of a baboon. He sits atop a pair of scales that will very shortly decide your eternal fate. This is judgment day and, should you fail the test, you will experience the agonising second death. But you show no fear because you are a possessor of the Book of the Dead – a tome that contains within its texts the secrets to surviving the afterlife.

You turn to the first of the gods and begin to speak: “O Far-strider who came forth from Heliopolis, I have done no falsehood.” Then you turn to the second: “O Fire-embracer who came forth from Kheraha, I have not robbed...”

Coming forth by day

For ancient Egyptians, life on earth could be very short, so the rituals surrounding death were an integral part of their culture. Many of the best-known relics from Egypt – pyramids, tombs and mummies – reveal the time and resources that the people of the Nile were prepared to spend to ensure a successful afterlife. Spells or formulae that could aid your path through the next world first appeared on the walls of pyramids during the Egyptian Fifth Dynasty, around 2350 BC. Some 400 years later, in the time of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, these Pyramid Texts evolved into Coffin Texts that were inscribed on coffins, tomb walls and, sometimes, sheets of papyrus.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Weekly # 102

Welcome to the Wednesday Weekly, your weekly dose of links to Egyptology news, articles, blogs, events and more!

Photocredit: Imalqata.wordpress.com


THE INDEPENDENT


Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt looks beyond the Pharaohs and shines a light on ordinary citizens

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/new-exhibition-transforming-the-body-in-ancient-egypt-looks-beyond-the-pharaohs-and-shines-a-light-a6828166.html

LUXOR TIMES


Exclusive: Official statement on photography in the Egyptian museum

http://luxortimesmagazine.blogspot.nl/2016/01/exclusive-official-statement-on.html

IMALQATA


Ebony but no Ivory (yet!)

https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/ebony-but-no-ivory-yet/

Shereen, our Antiquities Inspector for 2016

https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/shereen-our-antiquities-inspector-for-2016/

A Site Visit on our Day Off
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/a-site-visit-on-our-day-off/

There Is a Now, But There Was Also a Before
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/there-is-a-now-but-there-was-also-a-before/

Planning the Palace
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/planning-the-palace-2/

An Ancient Egyptian Aphrodisiac
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/an-ancient-egyptian-aphrodisiac/

101 Years Ago at Malqata
https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/101-years-ago-at-malqata/

IN THE ARTIFACT LAB

Report from the field: Conservation in the burial chamber of king Woseribre-Senebkay

http://www.penn.museum/sites/artifactlab/2016/01/25/report-from-the-field-conservation-in-the-burial-chamber-of-king-woseribre-senebkay/

EGYPT CENTRE, SWANSEA


Thank you Griffith Institute -it's amazing what you can find out online!

http://egyptcentre.blogspot.nl/2016/01/thank-you-griffith-institute-its.html

ACROSSBORDERS


A scarab, lots of schist, pottery and stone tools: good progress in the New Kingdom town of Sai

http://acrossborders.oeaw.ac.at/a-scarab-lots-of-schist-pottery-and-stone-tools-good-progress-in-the-new-kingdom-town-of-sai/

Special mid-season thanks

http://acrossborders.oeaw.ac.at/special-mid-season-thanks/

AL-AHRAM WEEKLY

Faith and the Pharaohs

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/15262/47/Faith-and-the-Pharaohs.aspx

AMARA WEST PROJECT BLOG


Amara West 2016: Commodity and trade – imported pottery at Amara West

http://blog.amarawest.britishmuseum.org/2016/01/24/amara-west-2016-commodity-and-trade-imported-pottery-at-amara-west/

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ANIMAL BIO BANK


A (Very Early) Visit to Oxford

https://ancientegyptbiobank.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/a-very-early-visit-to-oxford/

BIBLE HISTORY DAILY

Ancient Egyptian Diseases: Oldest Case of Scurvy?

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/ancient-egyptian-diseases-oldest-case-of-scurvy/

BROOKLYN MUSEUM

Dig Diary, Jan. 24

http://brooklynmuseum.tumblr.com/post/137947904702/dig-diary-jan-24-sunset-on-january-21-the-end

DEMON BLOG


Heroes & Villains from Ancient Egypt at the Ashmolean

http://www.demonthings.com/heroes-villains/

AHRAM ONLINE


Eight museum employees to face trial for botched restoration of King Tut mask

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/0/185717/Heritage/Eight-museum-employees-to-face-trial-for-botched-r.aspx

NILE MAGAZINE

What Is Inside The Great Pyramids?
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/1/22/what-is-inside-the-great-pyramids

The King's Bodyguard
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/1/25/the-kings-bodyguard

It's Official. Photography Is Back At The Museum.
http://www.nilemagazine.com.au/2016-january/2016/1/26/its-official-photography-is-back-at-the-museum

ANCIENT ORIGINS

Unraveling History: The Final Fates of the Children of Cleopatra VII?
http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-famous-people/unraveling-history-final-fates-children-cleopatra-vii-005230

Queen of Pyramids: The Powerful Hetepheres I and her Magnificent Tomb
http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-famous-people/queen-pyramids-powerful-hetepheres-i-and-her-magnificent-tomb-005234

ERIC'S GUIDE TO ANCIENT EGYPT

EPISODE 018: Ramesses The Great Warrior And The Battle Of Kadesh
http://ericsguidetoancientegypt.com/?p=152

BM INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME

ITP Reports 2015 – Part 2: Egypt!
https://bmtrainingprog.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/itp-reports-2015-part-2-egypt/

EGYPTIANS

Tuesdays Egyptian: Looking for Amenia
http://tim-theegyptians.blogspot.nl/2016/01/tuesdays-egyptian-looking-for-amenia_26.html

ABOUT.COM

We Spoke to Legendary Archaeologist Zahi Hawass About All Things Egypt
http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/egyptology/fl/We-Spoke-to-Legendary-Archaeologist-Zahi-Hawass-About-All-Things-Egypt.htm

Pharaoh Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye
http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/pharaohs/fl/Pharaoh-Amenhotep-III-and-Queen-Tiye.htm


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Ancient Egyptian Diseases: Oldest Case of Scurvy?

Infant skeleton sheds light on ancient Egyptian diseases

By Robin Ngo  •  01/22/2016

Despite its notoriety as a historical disease commonly associated with sailors, scurvy—a nutritional deficiency disease caused by a severe lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid)—is still present in developed countries. For example, it was recently reported that a baby in Spain developed scurvy, possibly due to an almond milk-only diet.

How long has scurvy been around? According to a new study published in the International Journal of Paleopathology, the skeleton of an infant from the ancient Egyptian settlement of Nag el-Qarmila (c. 3800–3600 B.C.E.) may provide the earliest attested evidence of scurvy, thus helping researchers better understand ancient Egyptian diseases.

Bioarchaeologists Mindy Pitre and Robert Stark examined the skeleton of an infant who was about one year old. The researchers observed that the infant suffered from a deficiency in ascorbic acid (vitamin C), as demonstrated by tell-tale changes to different parts of the skeleton.

“While the cause of this infant’s probable scorbutic [i.e., related to scurvy] state is unknown, various circumstances such as diet and cultural behaviors may have contributed to the condition,” the researchers said in their study. “Given the current lack of evidence of scurvy from ancient Egyptian contexts, this case study informs on the antiquity of ascorbic acid deficiency in the Old World.”

The infant had been discovered during excavations at the Predynastic settlement of Nag el-Qarmila by the Aswan-Kom Ombo Archaeological Project, directed by Maria Carmela Gatto and Antonio Curci.

Source: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/ancient-egyptian-diseases-oldest-case-of-scurvy/

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Early Egyptian Queen Revealed in 5,000-Year-Old Hieroglyphs

by Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor   |   January 19, 2016

About 60 drawings and hieroglyphic inscriptions, dating back around 5,000 years, have been discovered at a site called Wadi Ameyra in Egypt’s Sinai Desert. Carved in stone, they were created by mining expeditions sent out by early Egyptian pharaohs, archaeologists say.

They reveal new information on the early pharaohs. For instance, one inscription the researchers found tells of a queen named Neith-Hotep who ruled Egypt 5,000 years ago as regent to a young pharaoh named Djer.

Archaeologists estimate that the earliest carvings at Wadi Ameyra date back around 5,200 years, while the most recent date to the reign of a pharaoh named Nebre, who ruled about 4,800 years ago. 

The "inscriptions are probably a way to proclaim that the Egyptian state owned the area," team leader Pierre Tallet, a professor at Université Paris-Sorbonne, told Live Science.

He explained that south of Wadi Ameyra, the ancient expeditions would have mined turquoise and copper. Sometime after Nebre's rule, the route of the expeditions changed, bypassing Wadi Ameyra, he said.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

X-Rays Reveal The Secrets of Egyptian Scrolls

By Megan Gannon ON 1/17/16

“Usually, in this area, no visitor gets in,” Verena Lepper tells me on a gray Friday morning in Berlin. She gently closed a set of double doors behind us, careful not to create any vibrations in the walls. We were standing in a room that was white from floor to ceiling, without a single scuff. It felt more like an airlock on a spaceship than a vestibule in the city’s Archaeological Center, completed just four years ago. There, I would sign my third guestbook of the day.

The procedure was not just a German reflex for meticulous record-keeping but also a security policy: Inside was the nation’s largest collection of papyri, among the four largest in the world, two floors crammed with scrolls that were pressed between glass and tucked away in metal drawers. Although academics hesitate to put a price tag on research material they consider priceless, any one of these scraps of paper would sell for thousands of dollars on the antiquities market.

Among the manuscripts was a section of The Ahiqar, a proverb-loaded narrative about a betrayed chancellor of the Assyrian King Sennacherib. The 2,500-year-old text was written in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, and one of the 15 that Lepper, a curator at the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection in Berlin, knows herself. “Literary studies people claim this is the first novel ever to be written,” she says. But for Lepper what is most interesting about this first copy of The Ahiqar is where it came from: Elephantine Island, a narrow patch of land less than a square mile large in the middle of the Nile River, opposite Aswan in southern Egypt.

The hundreds of documents that have turned up at Elephantine include 10 different languages and range four continuous millennia, from Egypt’s Old Kingdom around 2500 B.C. to the Middle Ages. “I’m not aware of any other place in the world where you have 4,000 years covered by textural resources from one single place,” Lepper says. And yet most of the texts from the island haven’t been studied or published—and many haven’t even been unfurled because they're so delicate.