Monday, December 28, 2015

Ancient Egypt this week: Isis Does Christmas & S'more Tuterfiti

The Women Who Worship Isis for Christmas

This Christmas, as we spend time with the people, gifts, and food that we love, we should spare a thought for the thing that made it all possible: Isis.

Not that ISIS.

Facebook users solve mystery of 'ancient' relic unearthed in Jerusalem

Israel’s Antiquities Authority spent six months trying to identify the object. Within hours, Facebook users had named it as a New Age ‘energy harmoniser.The beamer is named after Isis, the Egyptian goddess of medicine, magic and nature. It can be purchased from German firm Weber Bio from €67 (£50/$74) for a pendant, to over €1,000 for the largest version, which, the seller claims, “may harmonise even extremely strong geopathic and electromagnetic radiation fields”.’ Weber Isis Beamer

The Gold Mask of Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten  
If you want to read the paper published by Nicholas Reeves about the mask of Tutankhamen/Nefertiti it is available here.

King Tut's golden mask back on display

The mask was being restored after the beard of the priceless antiquity was reportedly broken by cleaners and hastily glued back on with epoxy.
Did The Iconic Funerary Gold Mask Of King Tutankhamun Belong To His Stepmother Queen Nefertiti? – Before being published in a scientific journal in December, British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, from Arizona University, sent Al-Ahram Weekly an advance copy of his article on the original name inscribed on Tutankhamun’s mask.

Reeves determined to prove his theory

After three days of radar investigation to test his theory locating Queen Nefertiti’s crypt inside Tutankhamun’s tomb, Nicholas Reeves was standing next to Tutankhamun’s mummy. He wandered over, exhausted but happy.

Did the radar investigation meet your expectations?
The initial analysis of the data was extremely encouraging.

Archaeological wonders of King Tut’s tomb recreated for exhibit

Premier Exhibitions, the company behind “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition,” recently revealed its newest exhibit “The Discovery of King Tut,” which allows visitors to travel back in time and experience the unearthing of the boy king’s tomb. Filled with replicas and recreations of the tomb itself, this interactive exhibit is guaranteed fun.

Gene Kritsky, The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt: 'Egypt with a sting in the tale' - book review

'The Egyptians believed that when Re, sun god and creator of the world, wept, his tears turned into bees upon hitting the ground'

If beekeeping in ancient Egypt strikes you as an off-puttingly obscure subject for a book, you need to be apprised of two facts. First, the Ancient Egyptians were, as far as we know, the first people to practice organised apiculture, the earliest records dating back to the third century BC.

Second, Gene Kritsky, the American entomologist who is an authority on the subject, has a cultural approach that makes this short book engaging and accessible even to non-melittologists (melittology being the study of honey bees – but, of course, you knew that already).

King Tut's Tomb

King Tut's Tomb by michalea-moore

The Real Mythology Behind 'Gods of Egypt'

In case you're wondering, not everything about the Gods of Egypt movie is false, even if this reviewer really believes the contendings of Horus and Set were over the throne of England. (Could that be an auto-correct error?)