Monday, January 11, 2016

Where's my obelisk and other mysteries?

#BlastFromThePast: 10 vintage photos of Ancient Egyptian obelisks

An obelisk is a monumental column carved from a single block of stone, and in the case of Ancient Egyptians, they were created to explain how the gods came into being and how pharaohs came into power.

There are currently a number of obelisks dating back to different times in Ancient Egyptian history that we know of today, many of which are located around the world, including in France, Turkey, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

Kiya - The Most Mysterious Woman of Amarna

The only thing we really know for certain about Kiya is her name, written in the forms kiya, kiw, kia, kaia, and that she was a wife of Akhenaten titled The Great Beloved Wife.  Much information about Kiya was lost over time and nowadays information about her is mixed with the biographies of Nefertiti and other women of Amarna, leading to an air of mystery about who Kiya really was.

Treasure trove reveals how the ancient Egyptians really lived

A treasure trove of artefacts is to give an insight into the day-to-day life of ordinary ancient Egyptians.

Items such as jewellery, perfume bottles and funeral masks are going on display at a new London exhibition at Two Temple Place to reveal a side of the ancient civilisation rarely portrayed in popular culture.

Artwork Orange Mashes Up Egypt and Marge Simpson

What might a future civilization think of artifacts from 20th-century America? That is the question at the center of Orange Dust, a series of pseudo-artifacts created by artist Troy Gua. The title of the exhibition—now in the final month of its three-month run at BONFIRE Gallery—alludes to both the sands of Egypt and the coating of Nacho Cheese Doritos, fitting for a collection that mashes American symbolism with ancient Egyptian aesthetics for a smart, satiric look at contemporary values, including how we evaluate our own art and history through a skewed lens.

Ancient Egyptian Beer Vessels Unearthed in Tel Aviv, Israel

Archaeologists conducting a salvage excavation in downtown Tel Aviv, Israel, have discovered ancient Egyptian beer vessels, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) recently announced.

In related news, see Pharaoh Ale: Brewing a Replica of an Ancient Egyptian Beer

Queen Khentakawess III's tomb found in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen, Egyptian officials say. The tomb was found in Abu-Sir, south-west of Cairo, and is thought to belong to the wife or mother of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago. Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said that her name, Khentakawess, had been found inscribed on a wall in the necropolis.


Dr. Nicholas Reeves, an Egyptologist and one of the foremost experts on the Valley of the Kings, recently made worldwide headlines due to his search for hidden chambers within the tomb of Tutankhamun and his arguments that these long forgotten rooms may contain the burial of Queen Nefertiti.

To discuss his theories, Dr. Reeves will be visiting The Discovery of King Tut exhibition in New York for an exclusive gallery talk at 1pm, on Monday, January 18th, 2016 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

I wish I could be there for this one!