Sunday, May 27, 2007

Weekly Websites

Description de l'Egypte
Indulging my weakness for nifty uses of the web for presenting archaeolgoical information, this is a lovely presentation of the 11 plate volumes and 9 text volumes that make up Description. The pages of the volumes have all been digitized and can be viewed interactively on the above page. Choose plate volumes or text volumes, choose a volume within the selected category, and then pick a page to view - you can then view all the pages in that volume by using the horizontal scroll bar that lies beneath the virtual book.

Archaeology and historical problems of the Second Intermediate Period
"In the Spring of 1999 at the ARCE meetings in Chicago, Dr. Jacke Phillips read an announcement that Manfred Bietak had initiated an international project to resolve problems of chronology in the early Second Millennium B. C., in the Nile Valley, the Near East, and the Aegean. Making my dissertation available in electronic form is my contribution to this effort. The purpose is to make a large body of material available to scholars who may not have ready access to the wide range of evidence that pertains to this age of broad contacts."

One to keep an eye on: "The project's aim is to create dynamic digital geological map data for the world!The target scale is 1:1 million. But the project will be pragmatic and accept a range of scales and the best available data.The geological map data will be made available as a distributed web service, using the latest web feature mapping approach.Geological Surveys will dynamically 'serve' the data for their territories to a web portal. The plan is to make it available through Google Earth and other dynamic map browsers.
The initiative is truly multi-lateral and multi-national."

The Eloquent Peasant - An Egyptologist’s blog about everything ancient Egyptian
Margaret Maitland, a D.Phil. candidate in Egyptology at the University of Oxford, writes about her blog as follows: "‘The Eloquent Peasant’ generally refers to an ancient Egyptian story, but in this case, it’s an Egyptology blog in which I intend to write about random topics ranging from reactions to conference talks, book and article reviews, various thoughts about things like current news, my visits to Egypt, Egypt in pop culture, and maybe even a hieroglyphic riddle or two… I’ll also address the daunting everyday struggle of combatting ignorance about Egypt. No, the pyramids weren’t built by little green men and I intend to tell you why!"
The blog is only updated on an occasional basis, but there are some good posts in the archive, and the site is well worth keeping an eye on. There's a remarkable photograph, at the time of writing, of an aeriel view of Qurna, complete with bulldozed buildings.

Various Western Desert links on the Technische Universitat Berlin website

UG 4: SW-Egypt - Gilf Kebir - Sample sites and selected species distribution (plants)
Fabulous satellite photograph of the area, with major archaeological wadis clearly marked, accompanied by a floristic list of the Eastern Gilf Kebir.

Landscape ecology of the western desert of Egypt.- Journal of Arid Environments 17: 271-277
"Die Sahara im Osten Nordafrikas, genannt 'Libysche Wüste' oder 'Western Desert of Egypt', ist eines der trockensten Gebiete der Erde.
Es wird geprägt von Gebirgs- bzw. Steinwüsten (Hammada), Kieswüsten (Serir) und Sandwüsten (Erg), die den kleinsten Teil bedecken (für die gesamte Sahara etwa 20%). Ihr fast regenloser Kern liegt im südwestlichen Bereich der "Western Desert" Ägyptens. Dieser zentrale Teil der Sahara ist wegen seiner extrem schweren Zugänglichkeit erst relativ spät ins Blickfeld der wissenschaftlichen Forschung geraten. Die dort vorherrschenden Landschaftsformen dienten der NASA zur Vorbereitung ihrer Marsmissionen. "

Desert Types of the Western Desert of Egypt
Some terrific photos of different Western Desert desert forms.