Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Electronic Egyptology Forum Online Library - Updated
There are five articles in the EEF Library, and a new one has been added by William McMurray entitled "Towards an Absolute Chronology for Ancient Egypt". McMurray invites comments via the EEF forum.

1 comment:

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I have no specialist training in archeology. I am a retired teacher/lecturer, am 62, married and living in Tasmania. I find aspects of archeology useful to me as a writer/poet. The following prose-poem was written after an examination of 19th and early 20th century Egyptian archeology. I made a comparison and contrast with my beliefs and values, in my case, Baha'i. I leave this with you and trust you find my little piece of prose-poetry of interest and, if not of interest, at least an example of the poetic use of archeology's Egyptian content.-Ron Price, Tasmania

The first comprehensive study of Egypt, a 24 volume work, was begun(1809) three years after Shaykh Ahmad arrived in Iran and completed in the first years of the Bab's life (1819-1822). The first comprehensive and reliable work on Egyptian antiquities in English was a three volume work published in 1837. In 1858 a more orderly method of study and increased interest in the preservation of ancient monuments began. In the 1890s Egyptology became progressively more professional and more meticulous. In 1922 the first "media event," the discovery of the tomb of Tutankamun, captured the attention of the world and inspired subsequent generations of scholars. In 1922, too, Shoghi Effendi is appointed Guardian, takes up his duties and local and national assemblies are elected for the first time. -Ron Price with thanks to "Several Egyptology Internet Sites," Pioneering Over Four Epochs, 24 October 2006.

They'd been studying its flora,
fauna and history--mapping,
recording and excavating sites.
They were taking them out
more and more professionally
with their meticulous techniques
of archeology and analysis from
the 1850s onward and---1899--
it was a very special year:

Tuthmsis III, Amenhotep II,
Ramesses III, New Kingdom
Pharoahs--Valley of the Kings.
To speak the name of the dead
is to make them live again…such
was an ancient Egyptian belief…

They were also transferring His
remains, making Him live again
in the hearts and minds of millions,
constructing a mausoleum to receive
them, a befitting, a permanent resting-
place for this precious Trust, this wooden
casket, this marble sarcophagus, opening
the first Bahá’í Convention in Chicago
and starting to build another holy place,
the first in the Americas, the first
to inaugurate a wonderful, thrilling
motion and the Kingdom of God.

Ron Price
October 24th 2006