Monday, February 15, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Mummy Time

Who’s coming to a mummy ‘re-rolling’?
Posted on 04/02/2016 by The Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank
Mummy unwrapping ‘spectacles’ were a popular pastime in the nineteenth century with mummies brought back from Egypt as souvenirs by travellers providing the majority of the candidates. These events were as much a spectacle, a Victorian socialite pastime, but as time wore on, the studies became increasingly linked to the people behind the mummies and the science behind the embalming process.

A throne fit for an Egyptian queen — recreated at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE — Tunneling deep below ground, archaeologists with a joint Harvard University/Museum of Fine Arts excavation team knew they were onto something big. It was 1925, and after weeks of clearing a burial shaft at Giza, Egypt, they had an unprecedented find: the undisturbed tomb of Queen Hetepheres, an Egyptian royal who lived some 4,500 years ago.

“They get to this little unfinished room, and except for this alabaster sarcophagus it’s just a big pile of stuff,” said Peter Der Manuelian, director of the Harvard Semitic Museum. “All the wood is gone, flooded, eaten by insects, gold is collapsed, hieroglyphs have fallen, furniture has come down, ceramics are broken.”

Now researchers at Harvard have used advanced computer modeling software to re-create a key discovery from that tomb, which they say is the most luxurious known piece of royal furniture from Egypt’s Old Kingdom: Hetepheres’s throne. It goes on public display at the Harvard Semitic Museum in Cambridge on

Egypt to protect Abydos Temple from groundwater

The Antiquities Ministry of Egypt is aiming to protect the Abydos Temple from collapse due to rising groundwater.
In coordination with the American Research Center in Egypt, the ministry will attempt to save the temple, which is located in Sohag, Upper Egypt.

Describing Egypt

Magnificent virtual tours from  with a nod and a wink to the old Description de l'Égypte  describe Egypt one location at a time.  This time it's done through Egyptian Eyes, sharing the magnificence of ancient Egypt heritage with through the latest available technology, we chose 360º VR immersive experience to bring it right to your screen.

But we don't want to only show you pretty pictures, we want to tell you the stories from these locations, stories of their owners and their life and death, follow the progression of art, culture and architecture across Egypt's long, rich and diverse history.

There's a great set of advisors and collaborators: Dr. Thierry Benderitter of, the good poeple of The Theban Mapping Project , Hani D. Elmasri of Disney imagineering and Prof. Dr. Abdel Ghaffar Shedid Founder and head of the Art History Department, Faculty of Fine Arts.

How ancient Egypt shaped our idea of beauty

Pop culture is steeped in images of smoky-eyed pharaohs and their queens. Were the ancient Egyptians insufferably vain – or are we simply projecting our own values onto them? Alastair Sooke investigates.

Queen Meresankh guides you around the preparation of her tomb (Video)

Tomb of Queen Meresankh III (3D tour)
Tomb of Queen Meresankh III (3D tour)
Posted by Egyptology Temple on Thursday, February 4, 2016