Sunday, January 21, 2007

Weekly Websites

Continuing the Sunday listing of sites which I, or others, have visited during the previous week and have enjoyed or found of particular use. If anyone has any favourite sites please send them over.

Boats of Egypt before the Old Kingdom
Steve Vinson's 1987 M.A. Dissertation. Takes a while to load, and there over 300 pages: "The origin and development of planked boats in Pre- and Early Dynastic Egypt is explored through an examination of representational art, the Preynastic environment, the development of tools and woodworking and direct archaeological evidence for boats including boat burials and surviving fragments. The use and range of early boats are examined through the archaeological evidence for trade within and beyond the Nile Valley".

Tell el-Dab'a (German) (English)
The website for the Tell el-Dab'a site. The site has now been positively identified as Avaris, capital of the Hyksos in the Second Intermediate period. It is quite a small site but there are some very fine diagrams and photographs, as well as a good history and a bibliography.

Photographing the Mestekawi Cave's rock art
Slideshow of photographs from the Mestekawi Cave's rock paintings in the Gilf Kebir.

Ancient Egyptian Language (AEL)
"The AEL discussion list came into existence on February 6th 1997 and provides a dedicated forum for the discussion of the ancient Egyptian language(s) and texts. Topics that have already come up include: learning/teaching egyptian, useful text books, hieratic, coptic, grammar, phonology, meanings of words. At any one time there are several threads, usually one of which is a discussion of a particular text, i.e. translating it and discussing its grammar, meaning, etc."
As well as the forum there are online resources including texts, learning resources and a bibliography.

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