Monday, May 20, 2013

Egyptology News for 15th - 20th May 2013

The Temple of Karnak


Egyptian-Nubian soldier skeleton discovered by Dr.Irene Forstner-Müller at late Roman site Hisn Al-Bab. Luxor Times 

Hallan los restos de un soldado de origen nubio fallecido hace 1.400 años. With photo. EFE Ikuna 


Research in Dakhleh Oasis suggests that Roman period babies were conceived in the heat of July, August. Live Science

Cornell Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) identify unique Ptolemaic funerary text. Cornell Chronicle 

Just in case you missed it, here's another account of the theory of why pyramid construction was abandoned. Huff Post

Video re the Oxford Uni project to involve the public in translating the Oxyrhynchus papyri. Guardian  Via @SJRoyce

Scientific Insurgents Say 'Journal Impact Factors' Distort Science. Science Daily 

Egyptian heritage body calls for authorities to halt unauthorized renovation at Sayyeda Zeinab Mosque. Ahram Online 

Archaeologists and Cairenes call on antiquities ministry to save Qaitbay’s water basin from encroachment. AhramOnline 

In French: A livestock market is set to encroach upon the Matariya archaeological site. Ahram Hebdo 
Egyptian antiquities with "convincing provenances" were withdrawn from sale at Christie's. Looting Matters 

Video: Cairo's Abu el-Ela Bridge, featured in film and music videos, may be rebuilt. Aljazeera . Via @PatriciaSpencer

Although times changed, many of the ancient Egyptian funeral customs have lingered on. Al Ahram Weekly 


Forthcoming book: Diachronic Trends in Ancient Egyptian History. Eds. Miroslav Bárta + Hella Küllmer, Charles University in Prague.


The International Congress of Egyptologists in Alexandria has been postponed for a year until September 2014: 

Museums and exhibitions

In Spanish. The artificial dome that houses the relocated Nubian Abu Simbel temples will be converted into a museum. 

How the British Museum protects more than seven million objects (including a touchable Rosetta Stone copy). BBC 

Interview with Dr. Yazzez from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo about the current state of the museum: …
Houston Museum of Natural Science has welcomed a giant coffin to its new Egyptian displays. 
AE antiquities featured at Western Australian Museum, part of ongoing collaboration with British Museum. Australian 

Houston Museum NS Unveils Egyptian Sarcophagus, Hall of Egypt. With slideshow of green-faced sarcophagus. news92fm 
Museums at Night Report: Gavin Turk, pyramid power and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Culture24 

Free online

Free online: Analysis of wooden finds from burial shafts of A38 (from ABUSIR XXII, Abusir, Egypt). J.Beneš. Academia 

Article free online: "The History and Research of the Naqada Region Collection" by G. J.Tassie + J.van Wetering. UCL 

Journals and Magazines 

Pyramids : special issue of Pharaon Magazine, cahier supplémentaire #2, digital volume. in french. 

Travel and Tourism

Why cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, tourism can help poverty & unemployment 

Job Opportunities

Job: British Museum Dept of Anc. Egypt & Sudan seeks Project Curator to support exhib re science of mummies. Details 


Sad news: Kew botanist and Africa / Egypt specialist Nigel Hepper, author of “Pharaoh’s Flowers,” has passed away.


A railway journey to the Giza pyramids in 1910 - wonderful footage from the Huntley Film Archives: …

Superb slideshow of the discovery of an Egyptian statue found in a hidden chamber of the tomb of Meketre. Met Museum 

British Virgin Islands have officially issued a new and unique coin featuring the Great Pyramids of Giza. Coin Update 

Think you're an expert on all things Egyptian? Houston Museum Ancient Egypt quiz. 

Cairo's 19th Century transformation in 7 points. Cairobserver 

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