Monday, January 18, 2016

Myth-shattering crocodile mummies in color

Met exhibit shatters 19th-century myths about ancient Egypt

For centuries, ancient Egypt seemed a marvel of unchanging continuity to professional and amateur scholars alike, a society defined by tradition and cultural stasis. As late as 1975, an architecture critic wrote of its tombs and temples what was generally believed of the culture as a whole: “In the architecture of the Nile, although the hand never fails, the stimulus of intellectual curiosity, the tension that springs from avid enquiry, is often absent.

Egyptian Museum finally gets its day in social media spotlight

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world, it has always been recognized as one of Egypt’s must-visits.

However, with fewer tourists visiting Cairo in recent years, the museum’s prominence became overlooked in comparison with other tourist attractions in Egypt and around the world.

How the MediaLab restored color on The Temple of Dendur

One of the goals of the MediaLab is to explore the use of design and emerging technologies to improve the museum experience. Projection mapping, also known as spatial augmented reality, is a technology that can turn physical objects and buildings into a surface for projected light. This technique creates an enhanced experience for the audience by combining digital information with real objects. While the MediaLab was exploring how projection mapping could be used in the Museum, an opportunity arose to collaborate with the Department of Egyptian Art.

Exhibition for recovered artifacts
A temporary exhibition for recently recuperated artifacts that have been stolen and illegally smuggled out of Egypt is set to open on Thursday at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.


In our second interview with Dr. Kara Cooney, we begin with some whiskey and a quick update on the search for Nefertiti. Follow that with more whiskey, a discussion of Akhenaten, the psychology (or psychopathy) of ancient rulers, hidden knowledge, and round it out with a discussion of incest, harems and the role of royal women in Egypt. Enjoy!

Conservation of a crocodile mummy 

Take an in-depth look at the conservation processes involved in getting a crocodile mummy ready for display for the first time in 75 years! You can see this enormous mummy in a free display in Room 3 until 21 February 21,