Monday, February 22, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Fit for a Queen (or Pharaoh)


Pyramid Age love story comes to life in Egyptian tomb's vivid color

he was a priestess named Meretites, and he was a singer named Kahai, who performed at the pharaoh's palace. They lived about 4,400 years ago in an age when pyramids were being built in Egypt, and their love is reflected in a highly unusual scene in their tomb — an image that has now been published in all its surviving color.


A University of Winnipeg researcher has discovered artifacts that likely belonged to one of the first female Egyptian pharaohs in a 450-piece collection at the university.

Luther Sousa found hieroglyphs that represented Queen Hatshepsut's throne name — Maatkare — on a hoe that's about a 30 centimetres long and a wooden rocker about 15 cm long.

Here's another article

Orchestrating 'Aida'

I'd like to see Aida at the Pyramids, but even lesser productions take a lot of work.



‘Aida’ might be the most recognizable opera in the world. For many people, the work, composed by Giuseppe Verdi in 1871, is their introduction to the world of opera. It revolves around a love triangle in ancient Egypt — a timelessly relatable tale of love, sacrifice and jealousy. But it’s more than just an enduring love story — it’s a logistical miracle.

The Lost Mummy of King Kamose

At the time of the discovery of King Kamose's mummy in the family necropolis at Dra Abu el-Naga in 1857 the body was not recognized as the king because of the inferior coffin and the lack of a cartouche surrounding the kings name. The impression was further hampered by the presence of the coffin buried or rather dumped within a hole in a pile of rubbish.

Egypt celebrates golden jubilee of Abu Simbel temple salvage operation

On Monday 22 February, tourists and top officials from the Aswan governorate, the antiquities and tourism ministries, as well as Egyptian and foreign journalists, photographers and TV presenters, will flock to Abu Simbel temple that overlooks Lake Nasser.

Before sunrise they will admire the equinox when a stream of light gradually sneaks through the temple's sanctuary and illuminates the faces of King Ramses II and the gods Re and Amuns’ statues. However, the statue of the god of darkness Ptah will remain in the shade because of its connection to the underworld.


Did a collection of 157 ancient Egyptian artefacts disappear from Saqqara archaeological gallery? If so, who is responsible?

A report sent to Egypt's prosecutor general accusing the minister of antiquities and the director of Saqqara archaeological galleries of responsibility for the disappearance of 157 ancient Egyptian artefacts from Saqqara archaeological storage facilities has caught today's headline.

The World’s Oldest Dress

A 5,000-year-old Egyptian garment provides a glimpse into the fashions of yester-yester-yesteryear.

There’s vintage, and then there’s vintage.

New tests show that a linen dress found in an Egyptian tomb dates back more than 5,000 years, making it the oldest woven garment yet found. Beautifully stitched and pleated, it signals the complexity and wealth of the ancient society that produced it.

Last week I shared an article on the reconstruction of Queen Hetephreses throne by Harvard researchers. Now there is a video.