Monday, September 21, 2015

Ancient Egypt this week: Star Charts, Calendars, High Fashion, Tut & Nefertiti

Ancient Egyptian Star Charts [Slide Show]

Planetarium software, among other things, shows how ancient Egyptians planned to navigate the sky after death

Ancient Egyptians expected to be very busy in the afterlife. Thousands of years ago they painted big beautiful eyes on the outside of their coffins so that they could see what was going on in the world. Some of the nobility around the upper Egyptian city of Asyut even had detailed tables of star movements drawn on the inside of their coffins. The depictions look like timetables or spreadsheets of when various stars first appear (or disappear) over the horizon at different times of the year—only a lot more beautiful.

If you want to go straight to the star charts, click here.

Ancient Egyptian calendars shaped by faith

Over than 5000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians came up with their own calendar and months and it holds a lot of similarities to the way we perceive a typical year these days. The Ancient Egyptian calendar was originally based on twelve lunar months, grouped into three seasons of four months each to coincide with the rise and fall of the waters of the Nile.

Backstage Interview with the Blonds on Burial Practices and Show Girls

Their ancient Egypt-heavy spring collection was loaded with the kind of showiness for a woman who has come into her own with an assist from some sparkle. Think Cleopatra, gold lame, and cobras, and you’re in the right lane.

Tutankhamun's mask to undergo restoration in October

Visitors to the Egyptian Museum in Central Cairo do not have long to admire the renowned golden mask of boy king Tutankhamun, which will leave its display cabinet in October to undergo intensive restoration work after being accidentally damaged by museum officials in August 2014.

Field trip to search for Nefertiti's tomb to start 

Archaeologist Nicholas Reeves is to arrive to Luxor, 28 September, in the hope of confirming his theory on the location of Nefertiti's final resting place in Tutankhamun's tomb.