Monday, February 1, 2016

Ancient Egypt in the movies, schools and your living room

Tom Cruise is going to be heading for ancient Egypt in The Mummy reboot

Tom Cruise has been confirmed to star in the upcoming reboot of The Mummy.

And not only that, the film has now been given an official release date – June 9, 2017.

Gods of Egypt Rolls In IMAX® 3D Theatres February 26

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced that the film Gods of Egypt, which rolls out worldwide on February 26, will be released limited domestically in IMAX® 3D theatres, as well as select international territories.

In case you haven't seen Inonibird's hilarious Stick Gods pre-review, here it is:

Real History at the Downton Abbey Set Goes Back to Ancient Egypt

What’s the biggest conception about Downton Abbey location Highclere Castle among viewers of the show? According to the current Countess of Carnarvon, many viewers don’t understand how much real history there is in the house.

“We have been open since 1988, when the queues were at first as long as in this Downton time, because my father-in-law and Robert the butler had discovered various Egyptian treasures hidden away,” she noted in an email to LIFE Books.

For information about the Egyptian Exhibition at Highclere Caste, click here.

P is for pyramids

Students from Surrey Christian Elementary have spent the last few months learning about ancient Egypt as part of the Grade 7 curriculum geared towards understanding ancient civilizations.
During the initial classroom discussions, a couple of the students expressed interest in publishing a book and wondered if it could be incorporated in their classroom study. That’s where the idea for the Ancient Egypt Alphabet Book was born.

Earliest case of scurvy found in an ancient Egyptian child.

Signs of the disease have been spotted in the bones of a baby who died 6,000 years ago Archaeologists claim to have found the earliest known case of scurvy. Bones of one-year-old who lived 3800-3600BC showed signs of the disease. The child's death occurred at a time when agriculture was growing in the area
It suggests despite growing food resources, diets for peasants were poor.

People named Isis share tales of ignorance

The television was on in the background, broadcasting Sarah Palin endorsing presidential candidate Donald Trump as the leader needed to "kick ISIS' " butt.

Isis Carswell Jackson turned around instinctively, before the 39-year-old Chicagoland native could process that the threat, of course, wasn't directed at her.

"I looked up, 'cause it's your name," she said.

Jail time for breaking King Tut's beard

Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famed golden burial mask of King Tut, which was corrected late last year, have been referred to trial for "gross negligence."

Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt looks beyond the Pharaohs and shines a light on ordinary citizens

The guilded young man gazing out with huge eyes from the Egyptian mummy mask has all the trappings of a youthful pharaoh, with strong facial features beneath a headdress that sweeps behind large ears, his eyes outlined in black as deep as the black of his pupils, while brightly painted deities and mourners observe their rituals.

You can read another review of this exhibit here.

Secrets of the Pyramids: Is Another Egyptian Revival on the Horizon?

Coffins, mummies, pyramids and ancient tombs – words that seem more at home in a film script have been recently seen flooding headlines. Archeologists and Egyptologists seem on the brink of a major discovery that would rock both the academic world and popular culture. With stories about cosmic particles and secret chambers in the Great Pyramids to the burial site of one particularly famous ancient Egyptian, Queen Nefertiti, eyes are looking to Egypt for the next big revelation about this fascinating, though mysterious, ancient culture.

In the art and antiques world, these revelations are particularly exciting. If history has taught us anything, it is that the great enigma of ancient Egypt fascinates Western culture, and that new discoveries will reverberate not only through academia, but pop culture, fashion and design as well.

View Annie the mummy in Franklin Institute's 'Lost Egypt' exhibit

Franklin Institute opened the new exhibit "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science" on Saturday, Jan. 30. The interactive display brings a human element to a culture thousands of years old by giving Annie the mummy a spotlight. The Egyptian mummy, on loan from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, becomes a real person for viewers and not just a relic of 200 B.C.

Life in Ancient Egypt: what was it like?
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Egypt’s pharaohs have left an impressive legacy of stone architecture, monumental inscriptions and religious art, allowing us to reconstruct their achievements with a fair degree of certainty. But what was daily life like for the ordinary Egyptian? Here, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley shares 10 lesser-known fact.