Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
"Thousands of Americans booked their tickets for an exhibition of Egyptian treasures in Dayton, Ohio. The number of persons who bought tickets to visit the exhibition The Queen for Immortality stood so far at 25,000. Director of the Modern Art Museum, which hosts the exhibition, expected the number to reach 400,000 by January; adding that the Americans fancy the ancient Egyptian civilization. The local press in Dayton urged US citizens to visit the exhibition to avoid the curse of the pharaohs. Some 141 artifacts representing the modern dynasty are displayed in the exhibition which will be opened for the public on Thursday. The exhibit includes: massive stone carvings, intricately painted sarcophagi and coffins, gold death masks, exquisite jewelry, stunning relieves, and artwork from Egypt's golden age, many items of which have never before been displayed outside of Egypt". This is the full State Information Service bulletin.
More informatin, including examples of actual items on display, and details of when, where, and how much, are detailed on the above page on the Business Wire website.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
"Pantelleria, August 25 - A priceless set of ancient jewellery, probably from Egypt, is the latest archaeological jackpot experts have struck on this southern Italian island. Excavations at the 16th-century BC settlement of Mursia, on the north-western part of the isle, have uncovered a beautiful oriental style ring, necklace and pair of ear-rings" .
"Meet Terry, the rat terrier, best friend and traveling companion of Shirley Maclaine, 1984 Oscar Best Actress and 10-time Golden Globe awardee. At 71, Maclaine has been acting for five decades. . . . In the course of our interview with Shirley at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, we learn that Terry, in one of her previous lives, was an Egyptian who knew our colleague, today’s press con moderator, back in those days. Our Egyptian peer, it turned out, was a pharaoh. It is that kind of afternoon". Read the article for more!
Time Travelling Pharaoh
The Mummy - Collector's Edition
The Last Days of Cleopatra - On Stage
"In The Last Days of Cleopatra, three actors are not only required to bring Elizabeth Taylor (Anna Roberts), Richard Burton (Michael Deleget), and Rex Harrison (Christopher LaCroix) to life, they must do so in a musical about the filming of the 1963 epic Cleopatra. It's a tall order, and only Roberts succeeds, specifically when her cadences match those of the screen legend. But one resists Deleget's attempt to re-create Burton's lush Welsh intonations and LaCroix's effort to achieve Harrison's signature suave urbanity, particularly as costume designer Georgette Feldman keeps Harrison in a toga throughout".
Friday, August 26, 2005
"Whatever is said about the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) -- and a great deal is -- one thing is certain, he is never going to be accused of being a wallflower. Since being appointed to the post three years ago Zahi Hawass has courted the media spotlight with a fervour few would have imagined in the rarefied world of archaeology". A profile of Zahi Hawass on the Al Ahram Weekly website
Thursday, August 25, 2005
"Hawass said that the 9x15m discovery, constructed of glass, pottery, limestone and marble, is the most beautiful antiquity discovered in the area. It dates back to the second century.He added that multinational team is now working on the mosaic in order to move it to el-Arish National Museum where it will be displayed alongside other antiquities discovered in the area.The site is already famous for the "Blosium" Roman theatre discovered there, noted Hawas, it is the biggest Roman theatre in Egypt with a 110m long stage.Mohammed Abdul-Maksoud, head of the Lower Egypt Antiquity Department and head of the excavation team, said that the mosaic discovery was made during the ongoing restoration work being carried out on the theatre. Unfortunately, it was significantly damaged by the Israeli army which used it as a military camp during the occupation".
The second part of the Tour Egypt feature on the Gilf Kebir appears on the site's home page and on the above URL. This page has a discussion of rock art in the area, and is again accompanied by some lovely photographs, as well as a very useful map.
Thanks to Jacob Rabinowitz for letting me know that since his online publication of the Contedings of Seth and Horus, about which I posted on Tuesday, he has also published the first six hours (glyphs, translation, transcription) of the Amduat. To quote the web page on the above URL: "This is the first half of the book Amduat, describing Ra's journey through the twelve hours of the night. It is the first complete translation to appear in English in 100 years, the only version of the hieroglyphic text available online or currently in print".
"Contacts are being held with a number of countries to bring back to Egypt 2,000 artifacts reportedly displayed in 22 halls abroad. Egypt recently received a number of artifacts from some countries including Britain, Australia and Canada". This is the complete State Information Service bulletin.
Many thanks to Chris Townsend, my much-appreciated and newly designated "Official Nitpicker". As Chris points out, although the exhibit noted above, and posted about yesterday, has a lot of items originating in Japan, the Impact Arena in Muang Thong Thani is in Thailand and not Japan as I posted yesterday. Keep up the good work Chris! The above URL is a link to the Impact Arena in Bankok, Thailand. Full details of the location of the Arena, which is showing the Science Week exhibition until Sunday, are at the following URL, with my apologies:
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Part 2: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2256&dept_id=457701&newsid=15083581&PAG=461&rfi=9
A two-part feature on Tutankhamun, to coincide with the impending arrival of the exhibition in Florida: "The King Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Exhibit opens from December to April in Fort Lauderdale. Many Islanders are planning to go see it. Who was King Tut? Why is his name spelled differently, at different times? Why was he so important?" A general overview on the young king's life and the discovery of his tomb.
Volume (No. 33) of the "Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur" (SAK) was published on the 18th August 2005, and contains the following articles:
- Faried Adrom: "Der Gipfel der Frömmigkeit" (Soziale und funktionale Überlegungen zu
Kultstelen am Beispiel der Stele Turin CG 50058 des Nfr-abw)
- Hartwig Altenmüller: Eine Stiftungsurkunde für die Opferversorgung des Grabherrn? Zum Bild des Grabherrn an der Staffelei
- Horst Beinlich: Fragmente eines Opferständers aus dem Tempel von el-Hibe
- Edith Bernhauer: Eine Hathorkuh, eine Privatperson und ein Schlitten
- Stefan Bojowald: Eine semitische Analogie zu Gattungszugehörigkeit und Rollenverständnis des /ob(w)/-Vogels im ägyptischen Cheti XIIIa?
- Martin Bommas: Amun von Theben als Ziel von Gottesnähe: Überlegungen zur
Königsnekropole von Tanis
- Gerard P. F. Broekman: The Chronological Position of King Shoshenq Mentioned in Nile Level Record No. 3 on the Quay Wall of the Great Temple of Amun at Karnak
- Manuela Gander: Die Farbigkeit der Schrift: Zur Verwendung und Bedeutungmonochromer und polychromer Inschriften auf Särgen des Mittleren Reiches
- Stefan Grunert: Verlorenes erhalten: Zerstörte Inschriften aus dem Grab des Hetepniptah (G 2430)
- Karl Jansen-Winkeln: Vier Denkmäler einer thebanischen Offiziersfamilie der 22. Dynastie
- Jac. J. Janssen: Accountancy at Deir el-Medîna: How accurate are the administrative ostraca?
- Jochem Kahl - Mahmoud El-Khadragy - Ursula Verhoeven with an appendix by Ulrike Fauerbach: The Asyut Project: fieldwork season 2004
- Mahmoud El-Khadragy: The Offering Niche of Sabu/Ibebi in the Cairo Museum
- Kristina Lahn: /Qedeschet/. Genese einer Transfergottheit im eägyptisch-vorderasiatischen Raum
- Benoît Lurson: De Ramses a Horus. Analyse du programme iconographique des murs de la salle E du temple de Derr
- Sabine Neureiter: Schamanismus im Alten Ägypten
- Mansour el-Noubi: The Shrine of Min at the Temple of Ramesses II at Abydos (Room XII)
- Joachim Friedrich Quack: Positionspräzise Nachträge in spätzeitlichen Handschriften
- Faiza Mahmoud Sakr: New Foundation Deposits of Kom el-Hisn
- Igor Uranic': /Book of the Dead /Papyrus Zagreb 601
- Petra Vomberg: Die Weidendarstellung im Grab des /Jpwj /(TT 217) aus nomasiologischer Sicht betrachtet.
The abstracts can be found in PDF format at:
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
" A Briton is being held in Egypt after trying to smuggle 66 manuscripts out of the country, airport officials said." See this short BBC News article for more information.
Jacob Rabinowitz has just published a revised edition of his
Egyptian Anthology through Invisible Books . This now includes the complete text of The Contendings of Horus and Seth, in Hieroglyphics, Transliteration and Translation, with introduction and some grammatical commentary. The author believes that this is the only complete version of this text available online.
The entire text is available without charge in PDF format at the above address
This is a bit late - I meant to post it on Sunday evening - but the latest edition of the EEF News digest is available online at the above address, offering useful information as usual about international exhibitions and lectures, online publications as well as other news items.
Monday, August 22, 2005
"Distinguished Egyptian archaeologist Mansour Radwin, Chief Inspector for the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities, will speak about his recent archaeological discoveries at the cemetery of the pyramid builders at Giza" - this is scheduled for 7pm at the Michaeol C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, in the U.S.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
The Tour Egypt website has been updated this week with a feature on the Gilf Kebir, by Allan Watson. The Gilf Kebir is in one of the driest areas of the world - rainfall is so meagre that it cannot be measured. However, remains of prehistoric occupations and some wonderful rock art are the clearest indications of the fact that at various points in prehistory this area in the south west corner of Egypt was much more humid. Today, it has its own very special beauty. This article, part one of two, describes the Gilf and how its present form was created, and looks at the history of its discovery. The feature has some stunning photos to accompany it.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Midway Games Day Report
"Set in New York City in 2095, Immortal tells the tale of Earth being visited by ancient Egyptian gods who are, in reality, immortal aliens responsible for the construction of all planets in the universe. Having cast judgment on Horus, the god responsible for the creation of Earth, the gods have given him seven days to reclaim his immortality by mating with a rare species that occasionally pops up around the universe. This rare female species is a universal anomaly, one whose presence cannot be predicted, and who sports the rare ability of being the only females in the universe who can mate with immortals". Sounds like an absolute hoot! See the review for more details.
Friday, August 19, 2005
A short bulletin from the Egyptian State Information Service website: "Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni said his ministry will organise a world celebration late in December to mark the opening of the two facilities at a new large museum. When completed the museum, established on a surface of 117 feddans on Alexandria desert road, would hopefully be the largest museum in the world. The Minister said after a meeting of the higher committee that supervises the project, under Zahi Hawwas, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, that the two facilities are restoration centre and a power generating station that serve the project. He said a large area of the project has been afforested. The project's cost is estimated at LE 550 million".
Thursday, August 18, 2005
But let us get serious. Joint Egyptian-Polish expedition started the dig of fully preserved tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep I in Kings Valley near Luxor. According to Dr. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, archeologists are close to the greatest discovery. He considers the discovery in Dra Abu al-Naga region as important as the discovery of Tutankhamun tomb in 1922."
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005
"The reopening of Das Egyptische Museum und Papyrussamlung in Germany where the bust of Queen Nefertiti is exhibited was the focus of most German newspapers," reported the Middle East News Agency yesterday. Das Egyptische Museum will continue to exhibit the precious Egyptian relics until October 2009, said Berliner Zeitung newspaper. The relics will then be moved to another museum, it added. Another German newspaper said that the real birth date of Queen Nefertiti is 7th December 1912 when a German expedition team unearthed the bust of the beautiful queen in the Tal el-Amarna area and made her known to the world. The newspaper added that the bust of Queen Nefertiti was first exhibited in 1924. Since then Nefertiti has come to be known as part and parcel of Germany's Egyptian collection".
"For the first time, a Mexican archeological team has been selected by Egypt's top antiquities authorities to work in the famous Upper Nile Valley. The group was chosen to refurbish the so-called Tomb of Puimre, or TT39, one of the country's most important unrestored burial chambers.The team, selected by the Egyptian government's Supreme Council of Antiquities and made up mainly of scientists from the University of the Valley of Mexico, in March will begin a five-year renovation project to make the site suitable for the public to visit. (It has been closed since the 1920s.)They will apply techniques that Mexico's archeologists have developed in their effort to preserve and understand their nation's 5,000 pre-Columbian sites, as well as myriad Spanish colonial churches, convents and palaces."
See the article for more.
Many thanks to Linda Woods from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for letting me know that the MFA has re-launched its Website, with enhanced functionality to encourage visitors to interact more deeply with the encyclopedic collection, exhibitions, and calendar of programs.
A notable new feature of the re-launch is an improved and expanded Giza Pyramid Archive which contains thousands of important photos, diary pages, maps, and panoramic views of sites from the MFA/Harvard University excavations from 1902 to 1947. The Archive has been reported to previously on this page, but is now linked to directly from the "Collections" page of the MFA website, making it easier to locate.
Apologies again for the news void.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
"The pyramids of the pharaohs and the nuclear bunkers of the past century may appear to have very little in common. But that could be about to change as the guardians of Britain's atomic heritage discover the benefits of working like an Egyptian". This article is about safe storage of data in a format that will survive into the future.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
"Ancient Egyptians gossiped about a bald queen, royals who had affairs, missing bodies, homosexuality, harem intrigue and more, according to a noted Egyptologist. Lisa Schwappach-Shirriff, curator of California's Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, which houses North America's largest collection of Egyptian artifacts, recently found evidence for tabloid-like gossip in the museum's eclectic archives and elsewhere". See this two-page article for the full details of the story.
"The European Union (EU) approved a grant of 75,000 euro to the Supreme Council of Antiquities SCA for restoring a number of antiques at the Egyptian Museum. The project will last for three years for restoring 10,000 antiques, according to SCA Secretary-General Zahi Hawas". This is the full State Information Service bulletin.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Sunday, August 07, 2005
This is the entire review on the Tour Egypt website.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Another article about the scan of the mummy Sherit, but with a photo of the reconstruction of Sherit's face that I don't think appears on any of the pages I posted during the week.
Bob Partridge has announced that the latest issue of "Ancient Egypt" magazine is now out
(August/September 2005, issue 31). I've posted top-level contents previously, but the full listing is now available and includes:
- The Oriental Museum in Durham: Karen Exell tells how the collection
was formed and looks at some of the more important exhibits.
- Who were Nefertiti’s Parents? Marshall Hindley discusses the possible parentage of one of Egypt’s most famous Queens.
- Replica Tomb of Thutmose III: Nacho Ares describes the project to create a full-sized replica of the tomb of Thutmose III, soon to be on display in Edinburgh.
- Reconstructing the Face of Tutankhamun: A report from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities on the facial reconstruction of Tutankhamun following the recent CT scan.
- Meryetamun at Akhmim: The story of the discovery and restoration of a remarkable colossal statue of Queen Meryetamun, daughter and Great Royal Wife of Rameses II, told by Ayman Wahby Taher.
- A river full of water ...but was it safe to drink? Jo Morris investigates where the ancient Egyptians obtained their drinking water.
- Dressing Nefertiti: Ancient Egyptian Costumes on Television: Egyptology Clothing Consultant Janet Johnstone describes the problems of designing reproductions of ancient costumes for television programmes and films.
- Archive Image: Old and new images of the obelisk of King Senuseret I at Heliopolis.
- News of the Friends of the Petrie Museum.
- Defending Egypt from Chaos - Rameses III and his Battles: Nicholas Wernick looks at the military campaigns of Rameses III, as detailed in his temple at Medinet Habu, to determine if he was truly one of the great warrior pharaohs.
Regular features include:
- Bits and Pieces: news from the world of Egyptology.
- From our Egypt Correspondent: the latest discoveries and work in
Egypt provided by Egyptian Egyptologist, Ayman Wahby Taher.
* PerMesut for Younger Readers: Written by Hilary Wilson, in this
edition the subject is "Frogs".
* Society Contacts: details of all the Egyptology Societies in the
United Kingdom, plus a number from overseas.
* Events Pages: A full list of all lectures in the U.K. for the
next three months, plus news and details of any Egyptian Exhibitions
in the U.K.
- Netfishing: A regular review by Victor Blunden of web pages on ancient Egypt. This edition looks at sites on the early Dynastic Period of Egyptian history.
Book Reviews include:
- The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, by Aidan Dodson and Dyan Hilton.
- Great Pharaohs, by TGH James.
- Egypt Flying High, with aerial photos by Marcello Bertinetti.
- The Obelisk: A monumental Feature in Britain, by Richard Barnes.
- Warfare in Ancient Egypt, by Bridget McDermott.
- War in Ancient Egypt, by Anthony J. Spallinger.
- Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings. Vols V and V., by Porter and Moss.
Friday, August 05, 2005
A review of Mahdi Bunduq's play and the recent staging of Akher Ayyam Akhnaton (The Last Days/Day of Akhenaten) comparing it with Alfred Farag's earlier The Fall of a Pharaoh. Both take on the reign of Akhenaten, dramatising the king's life. Bunduq "recklessly embraced the controversial and much debated details of Akhenaten's personal life and relationships and with a little help from the imagination wove them into a suspenseful family melodrama involving incest, murder and revenge". See the Al Ahram article above for more details and a detailed review of the plays, the storylines and the participants.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
And another one: a different scan image, plus a reconstruction of what Sherit might have looked like when she was alive on the CBS5.com website:
Contents Listing for the latest issue, number 206 for 2005 (contents for issues 204 and 205 from 2005 also listed on this page). Papers listed are written in either German or English.