Monday, October 31, 2005
"Amid displays about Antebellum Nashville and how the state Capitol was built, the Tennessee State Museum features a haunting exhibit: A 3,600-year-old Egyptian mummy. Visitors strolling through the museum might find the mummy jarring, or at least out of place. Enclosed in a glass case, the mummy is unwrapped; the skin of his entire body is exposed. That skin appears leathery and taut against his skeleton. In a word, after being lulled by the heroic history of Daniel Boone and Andrew Jackson, it's downright scary . . . . The state museum, by and large, has not been pulled into a growing global debate over whether mummified remains and other cultural artifacts should be returned to the country of origin". And, umm, according to a psychic, the mummy's ghost didn't like moving premises. See more on The Tennessean website, above.
The regular feature on the Egyptian Gazetter website where Zahi Hawass talks about his experiences: "On March 2, 1996, Mansour Boriak, my most experienced and trusted archaeological assistant burst in to my office, yelling 'Doctor! Doctor! Ashry Shaker is here. Something important has been discovered in Bahariya Oasis!' Mansour is a prankster and often tries to fool me. However, he kept insisting that there was exciting news from Bahariya. I refused to believe him until Ashry Shaker, the director for the Antiquities Department of the Oasis, came into my office. Ashry informed me that an amazing tomb had been found.The afternoon of March 1 , guard, Abdel Maugoud, was working at the temple of Alexander the Great. While standing there, Maugoud noticed a donkey running with his lead rope in his mouth. This was unusual because donkeys don't run; they don't like the lead ropes, and they never voluntarily take them into their mouth. Maugoud could not leave his post to chase the donkey. The donkey stopped about a mile away and then came back to the temple with the rope in his mouth. Finally, a replacement guard appeared and Maugoud took the donkey and started home. The stubborn donkey refused to go and took Maugoud back out into the desert to the exact spot where he had ran away earlier. The donkey then dropped the rope near a hole in the ground. Maugoud dismounted and peered into the hole, and he saw gold shining deep within the sand. Immediately, he ran off and told Ashry Shaker. Ashry invested the hole and as he peered in he saw part of a mummy's face looking up at him. Even more surprising was that the face was shinning and appeared to be made of gold. I drove to Bahariya a week after receiving the news. After preliminary work was done, we reburied the tombs to prevent tomb robbers from plundering the site, because there were no funds to launch a full-scale excavation. My first priory is always conservation and restoration. In June 1 999, when we were able to resume excavations, we announced this fantastic find. Virtually overnight the Valley of the Golden Mummies attained international fame".
Sunday, October 30, 2005
The website for the Journal of African Archaeology is now showing the contents for Vol. 3 (2) 2005, due for release in December 2005. The full contents listing is on the above URL, but I have listed below those specifically dealing with Egypt.
P.M. Vermeersch, P. Van Peer, V. Rots & R. Paulussen: A Survey of the Bili Cave and its Surroundings in the Red Sea Mountains, El Gouna, Egypt.
P. Robertshaw: Review of Peter Mitchell. African Connections: Archaeological Perspectives on Africa and the Wider World
The french magazine Touthankhamon is now available (issue 23, October/November 2005). Its main feature this month concerns the pyramids from Abu Roash to Meroe. Other features are as follows:
- conférence de Toulouse
- Au royaume des pyramides, d'Abou Roach à Méroé
- Les théories de constructions, les textes des pyramides, l'évolution du complexe pyramidal
- géologie de la vallée des rois
- le culte funéraire à l'Ancien Empire
- Erostime et séduction
- Les fondations
- Amenhotep III, le pharaon oublié
Carnet de route :
- Wadi Hammamat
Et aussi :
- Le grand sphinx de Guizeh
- Une statue royale d'un souverain amarnien
- C'est quoi un pilier osiriaq
There is also a full hieroglyph course in PDF format at:
Saturday, October 29, 2005
"BBC news: the Corporation is offering a red-button application to accompany its new historical drama-documentary series, "Egypt," which traces how the mysteries of ancient Egypt were uncovered by three renowned Egyptologists: Howard Carter, The Great Belzoni, and Jean-Francois Champollion. The application, which is available on all the UK's major digital TV platforms after each of the series' six episodes, presents viewers with a mystery game that expands on the story of the curse of Tutankhamun. The game introduces viewers to Count Louis Hamon (an actual historical figure) who is seeking to lift the curse, and sets them a number of challenges to help him do so. The challenges involve tracing the origins of a 'mystical mummified hand' and reuniting the ashes of the hand with a sacred mummy. At the same time, however, viewers have to determine whether Hamon is a genuine mystic, as he claims to be, or a charlatan. The app requires viewers to use the number keys on their remote to choose between various options, in order to unlock the next stage of its narrative. The BBC says that viewers who successfully navigate the app will be able to win "an exclusive scarab if they dare to take on 'the curse.'" "
Friday, October 28, 2005
Ashraf Ashmawi, legal consultant in the SCA, told Al-Ahram Weekly that changes in the 1983 law focussed on five articles. The first was properly and legally to identify three main terms -- the SCA's permanent committee, the inviolable area around every monument, and the land found next door to the archaeological site -- in an attempt to provide all necessary security measures and a healthy environmental atmosphere The second article to be repealed is the section of the law allowing possession of antiquities. A year after the approval of the law all owners of Egyptian antiquities must hand over all objects to the SCA, which in its turn will install them in their archaeological storehouses. Ashmawi continued that Article 7 of the old law stipulating that the police were the only department authorised to remove any encroachments on archaeological sites or monuments had been changed. Such responsibility is to be given to the SCA's secretary-general, or to someone he entrusts, while the police agencies will only be a safeguarding agency while executing the secretary-general's decision. Article 30 has been added to the law stipulating that the SCA is the only authority competent to carry out restoration and preservation work for all Egyptian monuments, archaeological sites and historical edifices. The minister of culture will have the authority to assign any scientific authority or mission to execute any such work, but under complete supervision of the SCA's secretary-general. As for penalties, according to Ashmawi all these have been doubled or tripled.
Writing for Al Ahram Weekly, Serene Assir describes a trip to Sohag: "Not an area to be visited by lazy tourists who seek all sites to be laid out for them on a silver tray, ready for them to take their quick snapshots and run off back to their luxury hotel, Sohag is, by contrast, a crucial spot for any traveller to visit if in search of a true understanding of modern and ancient Egypt, and of how the two continue to interact". Included in her account are details of several sites in Sohag including those at Akhmim and Abydos. Click on the photograph on the page to see more photographs.
This one, which I missed, was shown on the EEF Newsletter (which will be online on Sunday, when I will post details): " Following the arrival of Darius the Great the Achaemenid king, in Egypt, Egyptians who were proud of the water of the Nile River and their country springs, imitated the technique used by Iranian aqueduct diggers to provide water for their dry lands. Historian Parviz Shahryari believes that aqueduct diggers went to Egypt with Darius to teach the Egyptians the method of digging aqueducts. According to Shahryari, it was Walter Hinz, the German archeologist and Iranologist, who found out this issue for the first time".
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
The project will cost LE7 million, as part of a grant from the US Research Centre to preserve and develop the Valley of the Kings. The total grant is estimated at US$10 million. Supreme Council for Antiquities Secretary-General Zahi Hawass said that the project includes providing the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut with close circuit cameras to monitor visitors inside the temple for security purposes. He explained that visitors will only be allowed in through one entrance, which will be an electronic gate for checking visitors' personal belongings. Hawass added that lighting round the temple will be upgraded to allow visitors entry at night, especially in the summer".
And to put it into context, here's Tony Cagle's comment on the subject from his excellent Archaeoblog:
The date(s) have been put at between 10-5k BP, which would work for Neolithic, and there is pottery and grinding stones. . . .it seems to be fairly extensive at least seasonal occupations. It seems similar to habitations found by Wendorf et al. around some of the now-dessicated playa lakes in the western deserts of Egypt and elsewhere". See Tony's posting, above, for more information.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
I was looking at the above article in The JHU Gazette, about a course being taught at
"San Francisco Mayor Newsom Gavin attends Monday an Egyptian cultural night organized by the Egyptian consulate in the city to make the formal inauguration of the Egyptian antiquities exhibition "Hatshepsut from queen to pharaoh". The event will be also attended by Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrat minority at the House of Representatives and a large ' number of businessmen, diplomats, and artists in California. Egypt's consul general in San Francisco ambassador Abdel Rahman Salah said the number of Americans who visited the exhibition in the first week exceeded 150,000".
Monday, October 24, 2005
An article by Zahi Hawass about himself. It is reproduced here in full, because it will not be on the site by tomorrow:
And for French readers: "La tombe d'Horemheb est enfin traduite en Français: Je vous rappelle qu'elle s'accompagne d'une visite en réalité virtuelle dont vous ne trouverez aucun équivalent sur le web. Avec les tombes d'Akhénaton, de Toutankhamon, de Ay, d'Horemheb et de Ramses I, c'est maintenant l'intégralité des tombes royales de la période amarnienne et du début de l'ère Ramesside qui sont décrites sur OsirisNet".
This post concerns just one item from the exhibition From Myth to Life: Images of Women from the Classical World, shown as a photograph on the above web page. However, it is a remarkably beautiful item that I have never seen shown elsewhere and I thought others would like to see it: “The exhibition's show-stopper is a carved shell from Phoenicia, miraculously intact, that was a boudoir treasure, something precious for a dressing table. Its tip has been fashioned as the head of Horus, an Egyptian god popular with Phoenicians who took the form of a protective hawk, a winged home-security system so to speak”
Sunday, October 23, 2005
For those of you interested in areas outside Egypt, but which form a significant part of Egyptian history, this BBC article about the archaeology of Gaza may be of some interest: "For more than 3,500 years Gaza's history has been shaped by its location. It sits on the route linking North Africa with the greener lands of the Levant to the north. This made Gaza strategically important first to the Egyptian Pharaohs, and then to many others who sought to wield power in the region".
"The Department of Pre-Dynastic Monuments, an affiliate of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, will produce a documentary on life of ancient Egyptians who lived in the pre-dynastic era. According to Culture Minister Farouk Hosni, the documentary sheds light on ancient Egyptian's daily life. 'The film is aimed to be a historical reference for specialists in that era,' said Hosni. The film is inspired by the concept of the Pharaonic Village, according to Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Antiquities Zahi Hawass. 'The film will shed light on different means of living of the early man, his hunting tools, how he cultivated the land, and funerary items. The documentary is expected to correct some wrong concepts and beliefs that have spread among historians about that era,' added Hawass. Various copies of the film will be available at archaeological sites, said Khaled Saad, the director of the Department of Pre-Dynastic Monuments".
Saturday, October 22, 2005
The exhibition Mummies: Ancient Egypt and the Afterlife is travelling to Australia shortly: "A large collection of rare Egyptian artefacts has arrived at the South Australian Museum. It includes a 2,700-year-old mummy known as "Keku" and around 250 other Egyptian objects, mostly from a Dutch antiquities collection. Australian Museum conservator Heather Bleechmore says the touring exhibition looks at ancient Egyptian rituals like the embalming of dead bodies 'And how the Egyptian embalmers as well as all the other workers were involved in that process, because it was an amazing part of Egyptian life,' she said. The museum is confident the collection will attract curious visitors. The museum's head of public programs, Mark Judd, says the it paid nearly $300,000 to host the exhibition in Adelaide. The exhibition opens next month, and is in Adelaide until February".
Mummy robs bank:
"A bank robber dressed as an Egyptian mummy staged a successful raid on a bank in Vienna. The bandage-clad robber walked into a bank in the Austrian capital and stood in line waiting to be served. He then passed the cashier a piece of paper saying he had a hand grenade hidden in his bandages - and demanded all the money. He then quietly walked out with a bag filled with cash before police could arrive".
"The Shadow of Aten isn't due until the last quarter of 2007. That's at least two years away. Yet here we are, with screenshots and information. Ridiculous, isn't it?It's being developed for Xbox 360 and PC by new Spanish sorts Silicon Garage Arts, who seem quite keen to make the game a bit intellectual. It's set in Egypt of the 1930s, and based around the god Aten, the first attempt at monotheism (worshiping just one god, for the benefit of the hard of thinking) by the pharaoh Akhenaten. Various materials will be provided with the game, giving background information on related matters, all endorsed and sponsored by the History Channel and the Louvre.The game itself, we're assured, will 'have non-stop action, suspense, mystery and provide a high degree of entertainment whilst also providing an indepth knowledge of ancient Egypt.' More specifically, free-form combat will feature, as will platforming, puzzles, vehicles and mini-games".
Friday, October 21, 2005
"A prominent Egyptian archaeologist has refuted the widely held belief that the sun illuminates the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel only on 22 February and 22 October, the birthday and the date of the coronation of Pharaoh Ramses II. On those two days every year the sun's rays shine on seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhty and Amun-Re, and a statue of Ramses II. The statues sit in the company of the Theban god of darkness, Ptah, which is shrouded in shadow all year round. 'The sun lights up the statues on the two days in the year that mark the beginning of 'summer' and 'winter' according to pharaonic agricultural calendar,' archaeologist Mohamed Hamid told the Middle East News Agency. Abu Simbel will witness a rare phenomenon when the rays of the sun penetrate the darkness for more than 60 metres inside the temple to illuminate the seated three statues except for that of Ptah that remains in the dark all year round, he added".
"With the UNESCO campaign for safeguarding the Nubia monuments, initiated some 45 years ago, Egypt marked the launch of one of the first large- scale cultural heritage salvation initiatives in the history of mankind . . . . The modern threat to the survival of the unique temples demonstrated that the conservation of the world's common heritage concerned all countries". See the full story, above.
Many thanks to my Official Nitpicker Chris Townsend for pointing out that this article, which I posted yesterday, is actually 3 weeks old. For some reason, I've only just picked up on its existance. Hopefully it will be new to one or two readers as well.
In a recent poll to find a new "7 wonders of the world", readers of a UK travel magazine relegated the pyramids to 8th place: "Readers of Wanderlust , Britain's leading magazine for real travellers, have updated the millennia-old list for the 21 st century. Overall, 3,569 travellers' votes were counted in the largest survey of its kind ever. The results reveal what today's travellers view to be the most extraordinary sights on the planet. The clear voters' favourite is the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu, Peru, which received 52% more votes than its nearest rival, the vast temple complex of Angkor , Cambodia". See the above press release for the rest of the results.
Another short article about the opening of the M.H. De Young Museum, and the Hatshepsut exhibition which opened this month, with a couple of photos.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
For a round up of exhibitions, symposiums and lectures, new digitized texts and other news, see last Sunday's publication of EEF News.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
This item predicts a surge in ticket sales before the closure of the Tutankhamun exhibit before it moves to Fort Lauderdale.
The second item looks at ticket sales for the upcoming Fort Lauderdale visit:
"The museum began selling tickets to members and groups of 10 or more in December and already has sold more than 115,000 admissions to the exhibition, which opens Dec. 15 and runs through April 23, 2006. Another 150,000 tickets were reserved on-line and purchased before the box office opened, said Lynn Mandeville, director of community affairs".
See both the above URL for more on these stories.
"Starting in 2005, the Oriental Institute is committed to digitizing all of its publications and making them available online, without charge. The minimum for each volume, old and new, current and forthcoming, will be a Portable Document Format (PDF) version following current resolution standards. New publications will appear online at or near the same time they appear in print. Older publications will be processed as time and funding permits".
The above is a short review on the Archaeology magazine website of the British Museum's interactive "Ancient Civilizations" website: "Clicking on one of these links brings the user to a world map with a moving timeline that depicts the different cultures emerging on the map and then fading away, evocatively illustrating the civilizations that have existed, and then died out, over thousands of years. Here the museum's collection comes into play as objects are presented, described, and placed within their cultural context through imaginative interfaces". See the above review for more.
Archaeology magazine have also published the contents listing for their November/December issue at www.archaeology.org.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
"Egypt is preparing to use the latest technology to solve a 4,500-year-old riddle. A robot is to be sent up two narrow shafts in the Great Pyramid in Giza to discover whether a secret burial chamber contains the real tomb of the pharoah Cheops, also known as Khufu. The chief Egyptian archeologist, Zahi Hawass, is to inspect the robot designed by Singapore scientists later this week". See the full article for more.
Monday, October 17, 2005
An article about the financing of the Tutankhamun exhibition: "New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, which hosted the Treasures of Tutankhamen in 1978 and helped organize the original tour, declined to show Tut this time, citing a 1987 policy of not charging for individual exhibitions. The Met's suggested admission is $15. Ticket prices for Tutankhamun were set by the host museums and Arts & Exhibitions International, which co-produced the exhibition with National Geographic and also produced Diana. The show is financed by AEG, formerly the Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the Staples Center in Los Angeles and promotes rock concerts. Ticket prices factor in a $5 million guarantee per museum for the Egyptian government, which owns the artifacts and stands to receive as much as $10 million per venue if the show meets certain attendance goals. Each of the museums hosting the exhibition agreed to the terms, says Arts & Exhibitions International founder and President John Norman. The money will be spent to build new museums in Cairo and to restore Egypt's archaeological treasures. But some question the value of paying four times the normal price of admission to see an exhibition while jostling for space with hundreds, perhaps a thousand other people".
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
"The game is set in 1930s Egypt, a time of great excitement surrounding the new discoveries there, and stars the Indiana Jones-esque Allan Scott. Scott will be visiting Cairo, Luxor, the valley of the Kings, the Fayum oasis and other exotic locales on a journey into Egypt's past inspired by true history". See the above URL for more.
"Egyptian motifs are found throughout our culture, he notes, in everything from tattoos (the ankh and the eye of Horus are particularly popular) to the pyramid on the back side of the $1 bill and that towering obelisk, the Washington Monument, far taller than any ancient Egypt ever had." A rather entertaining listing of things Egyptian-influenced in the US.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
"Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) is taking legal steps to retrieve some antiquities to be sold at auctions in the world, the Egyptian Gazette daily reported Tuesday. SCA Secretary General Zahi Hawas said 13 websites were advertising Egyptian antiquities for sale at auction this month, while the total for July was 22 websites. SCA's Archaeological Department has collected all brochures of these auction halls and forwarded them to Public Funds Prosecution, said Hawas". See the article for more.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
"The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) is taking legal steps to retrieve some antiquities, which, according to the Internet, are to be sold at auction halls. SCA Secretary-General Zahi Hawass stated that 13 Web sites were advertising Egyptian antiquities for sale at auction this month, while the total for July was 22 Web sites. The SCA's Archaeological Department has collected all the brochures of these auctions halls and forwarded them to Public Funds Prosecution, said Hawass, adding that an SCA committee has carefully compared the antiquities in the brochures with photos of Egypt's missing antiquities.He added that some of the missing items belonged to an Egyptian trader, while others had gone missing from the museum at Cairo University's Faculty of Archaeology and the storehouses of the university's Faculty of Arts, as well as from an archaeological area at Marina, on Egypt's North Coast. The committee has identified the items up for auction as antiquities that have gone missing from Egypt".
This is the entire item on the Egyptian Gazette website.
"Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni okayed plan to renovate silver artifacts and antiques on display at the Egyptian Museum. Dr. Zahi Hawwas, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the renovation is part of a master plan by the Ministry of Culture to maintain the metal artifacts through a 75,000 euro grant from the European Union. Some 1,400 ancient pieces, including sarcophaguses, jewellery, crowns, belts and statues will be renovated".
This is the complete news bulletin on the SIS website.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Second part of Zahi Hawass's piece on the Egyptian Gazette website entitled How I found my true love archaeology (Part 2) reproduced here in full because it will be replcaced tomorrow: "In1976, I became an inspector of the Pyramids of Giza. I was working at Abu Simbel, the Nubian site of the temples of Ramses II, when I read that thieves had broken into the storage house at Giza and had taken dozens of artifacts. Dr Gamal Mokhtar, head of the Department of Antiquities, knew of my administrative abilities and believed I could make sure this would never happen again. One month later, we caught the thieves and all the artifacts were returned. They are still in jail today.In 1977, Bahariya Oasis was put under the same jurisdiction as the Giza monuments and I went to visit the site. It is funny to think back that I was standing on one of the most exciting archaeological sites of the millennium and was not even aware of it. I realised this was virgin site but I never thought that I would excavate there. I was concerned with the protection and conservation of this site with only six guards and no Antiquities Inspector. No one from Cairo was willing to live in this remote site. So, in 1980, I returned to Bahariya to see about renting an office but I was granted no funds to support it. I recommended a young man from Bahariya, Ashry Shakr, a first-year student in archaeology to the Antiquities Department to open an office for us. I then accepted a Fulbright Scholarship to obtain my doctorate in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania and travelled to the United States.In 1987, I returned to Egypt. The Antiquities Department had appointed Ashry Shakr as Antiquities Inspector of Bahariya. I was promoted to Director General of Giza, Saqqara, and Bahariya Oasis. I began work immediately and plunged into the thick of things, dealing with many problems".
A feature talking about what it is like to be in Egypt during Ramadan. This article was talking about 2004, but apart from the precise dates, it is equally applicable to this year. Al Ahram has a page devoted to Ramadan for those who want to know more about it:
Sunday, October 09, 2005
"Egypt, Sudan to promote cooperation in antiquity field. The start of a giant Egyptian-Sudanese project in the field of antiquities was announced by Regine Schuiz, Chairperson of the International Committee of Egyptology at the International Council of Museums (ICOM). At a news conference recently held on the sidelines of a conference of museums at Alexandria Library HQ, Schuiz told reporters the project would be held under the umbrella of ICOM and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She said that Cooperation will involve the establishment of a museum for Nubian antiquities in Sudan's Wadi Halfa near the borders with Egypt". See the above page for more.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
"The International Council of Museums (ICOM), the international non-profit organisation for museums and museum professionals, has held its AGM in Alexandria, and it went off without any of the glitches which had been expected to dog the meeting . . . . In his speech, delivered by Sabri Abdel-Aziz, head of the Ancient Egyptian section at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), SCA Secretary-General Zahi Hawass revealed the council's new philosophy to convert Egyptian museums from large showcases for genuine artefacts to huge cultural and educational institutes". A lengthy and detailed overview of the AGM, and an important insight into ways in which Egyptian heritage is being stored and displayed. See the full article.
"One part of Egypt that perhaps to this day gets scant attention -- the vast desert stretches of the Sinai -- was in the news in the summer of 1937 following the theft of buried antiquities and a subsequent court trial which rendered a surprising verdict. Professor Yunan Labib Rizk follows the case of the stolen goods". See the above URL for the story.
"He liked to work in his underpants and ate only from tins, but Flinders Petrie changed the face of archaeology". Joyce Tyldesley writing about Sir William Flinders Petrie, who transformed archaeological investigations in Egypt. Some of Petrie's Egyptian collection can be found at London's Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which has a full online database of the collection's artefacts.
Miniseries producer Hallmark Entertainment is going back in time to offer a new take on the discovery of King Tut‘s tomb in a project starring Malcolm McDowell and Casper Van Dien. The company recently wrapped shooting in India on "The Curse of King Tut‘s Tomb," a four-hour miniseries billed as a fact-based fantasy adventure. It‘s set mostly in the 1920s but includes flashbacks to ancient Egypt. Van Dien plays an archaeologist in the 1920s, while McDowell portrays Van Dien‘s nemesis, the head of an organization named Hellfire Club. Leonor Varela ("Blade II") portrays an archaeologist with whom Van Dien initially spars but who ultimately becomes a love interest, while relative newcomer Francisco Bosch ("Alexander") plays Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen. "It‘s a combination of being a fantastical adventure (and) a very touching, heartfelt romantic story," director Russell Mulcahy said, adding that the miniseries is "quite heavy on the effects side." It‘s unclear what network the miniseries is headed for; Hallmark Entertainment declined comment on potential network homes.
A game suggested on the above prnewswire webpage for kids at Hallowe'en: " Mummy Wrap: In this game kids are granted the power to mummify. Divide kids into teams, and hand each group a roll of toilet paper. Give the teams a few minutes to decide who, in each group, will be the mummy. Then shout "Mummify! Mummify! Mummify!" and watch while teams race to wrap up their mummy first, using every bit of paper. The first team to finish wins!" I've seen grown adults play this and fall about laughing.
Friday, October 07, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005
An article looking at the problems plaguing Farouk Hosni, including lost treasures, the closure of the Graeco-Roman museum in Alexandria, and his recent disagreement with Zahi Hawass:
In French: http://www.osirisnet.net/tombes/pharaons/ay/ay.htm
In English: http://www.osirisnet.net/tombes/pharaons/ay/e_ay.htm
In French http://www.osirisnet.net/3d-tours/kv23/kv23-tour.htm
In English : http://www.osirisnet.net/3d-tours/kv23/e_kv23-tour.htm
2) The tomb of Djehutyhotep at El Bersheh
In French :
and in English :
It has recently been announced that AIGYPTOS, a free online database of Egyptological literature, formerly only available in German (top URL), is now also available in English (second URL). AIGYPTOS offers the following features:
- Comprehensive processing of the publications in the field of Egyptology since the publication year 1978 (the database contains the literature stock of the Munich Egyptological Institute and that of the Special Collection Egyptology (Sondersammelgebiet Aegyptologie) of the University Library Heidelberg). At present the database comprises
some 40.000 records
- Comprehensive subject indexing of all materials by means of a standardized and detailed keyword system (now also available in English)
- Monographs and as single articles from journals, periodicals or congress papers
- High degree of topicality through continuous input of new publications
- Easy and quick availability of the literature through a hyperlink to the literature delivery service of the University Library Heidelberg
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
An artilce about savig the Temple of Hibis in Kharga Oasis: "Cintec manufactures structural reinforcement anchors [Newport, Wales, U.K.] from an ordinary looking office in the city centre - not the most glamorous of jobs, one might imagine. But for the past decade the Cintec team have been doing their bit for archaeology in ancient Egypt, stabilising mosques many hundreds of years old, after damage from the earthquakes of the early 1990s. And today they're in the middle of their most exciting venture yet: restoring the Temple of Hibis in the Kharga Oasis".
The Egyptian press, quoting museum officials, had reported that a statue of Khafre (2576-2551 BC), the fourth dynasty king and builder of the second pyramid at Giza, had been found damaged in the basement". At the same time, Zahi Hawass is apparently denying both that there is any damage, or that there is any evidence to suggest that the statue represents Khafre. See the full article on the Yahoo News website for more.