Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Countries battle over artefacts

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3927833.stm
A general article about countries trying to re-patriate artefacts and monuments now residing in other nations' museums.  It deals with a number of artefacts and countries, but also mentions Egypt's attempts to re-patriate the Berlin bust of Nefertiti and the British Museum's Rosetta Stone.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

More about the BM's Analysis of Nesperennub

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/700/he1.htm
A detailed summary from Al Ahram Weekly about the BM's analysis of the Theban mummy Nesperennub.  This is quite a long article and contains some interesting information both about the mummy and the exhbition itself.  Be warned - the page takes quite a while to load, and the image on the page even longer.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Recent Discoveries at Abydos

http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianweekly/story/0,12674,1266978,00.html
This Guardian Online article summarises recent discoveries at Early Dynastic Abydos, including the probable human sacrifices and the 14 buried boats.  It includes extensive comments by excavator David O'Connor.  This is very much a popular-archaeology article, and is distinctly fluffy, but it does provide a useful top-level summary of what is being found there at the moment.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Pollution forces Egypt to move statue of god-king

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=4&Article_id=6446
The 80-ton pink granite statue of Ramesses II, originally from Memphis but currently located outside the Cairo Station, is covered in scaffolding in preparation for a move to a new location south of the city next year.  It has suffered from pollution damage and is being examined for internal cracks prior to a logistical exercise that will cost around £1million UKP.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

New twist on out-of-Africa theory

http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1153697.htm
DNA analysis presented at a genetics conference that gives a new twist on the out-of-Africa hypothesis of human origins. U.S. researcher Professor Alan Templeton doesn't support the so-called replacement theory in which African hominids caused the extinction of other Homo species. Instead, he believes that his analysis of the human genome showed that prehistoric gene-swapping created a single evolutionary lineage beginning in Africa and ending where we are today.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Professor Lech Krzyzaniak

http://www.muzarp.poznan.pl/muzeum/eindex.html
On the Poznan Museum Home Page: "It is with great sadness that we report the death
of Prof. Dr. Lech Krzy┼╝aniak, a director of this Museum of long standing and an eminent researcher of the prehistory of North Eastern Africa, on July 10th, 2004." I never met Professor Krzyzaniak, but I have read nearly everything he wrote on the prehistory of Egypt, and I am truly sad to hear of his death. He will leave a great gap in Prehistoric studies. My sympathies to his friends, colleagues and family.

Friday, July 09, 2004

News Item: Ongoing work at Karnak and the Valley of the Kings

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/698/hr1.htm
An overview of the excavation, conservation and archaeological research project carried out this year by the Centre Franco-Egyptian d'Etude des Temples de Karnak (CFEETK), along with their Egyptian colleagues, in five different areas of Karnak temple.
Also, a description of the SCA's planned activities in the valley of the Kings: The SCA is undertaking a site management project with a Japanese Government grant of $2.6 million offered as a grant by the Japanese government.to provide a proper Visitor Centre, a new security system and stricter guidelines for tourists.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Egyptian Antiquities Overview

http://www.egypttoday.com/arttemplate.asp?ArtID=50&IssueNo=07&IssueYear=04&MagID=ET
Egypt Today magazine article about the management of Egyptian antiquities and some of the recent negative publicity that it has received, together with information about progress with the Alexandria excavations and a musuems update.

More on the British Museum 3-D Mummy Analysis (Discovery Channel)

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20040628/mummy.html
Another article about the BM's virtual unwrapping of the mummy of Nesperennub

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Battlements Found at Egypt's Ancient East Gateway

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=5556237
"An Egyptian archaeological team has uncovered battlements from Pharaonic times at the ancient eastern gateway to Egypt in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, the Culture Ministry said Wednesday. The find includes three fortifications built in the area of Tharu, an ancient city which stood on a branch of the Nile that has long since dried up, a ministry statement said". (Reuters). See article for more.