Monday, March 7, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: The new archaeologists play like Egyptians

Armchair archaeologists reveal details of life in ancient Egypt

Online volunteers uncover shopping lists, hangover cures and a match-fixing agreement among Oxyrhynchus papyri fragments.

People around the world are helping to transcribe more than a half-million ancient documents from the comfort of their sitting rooms, thanks to a major crowd-sourcing project that is revolutionising our understanding of life in Greco-Roman Egypt and how scholars sift through vast quantities of archaeological material. The Ancient Lives project, a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Egypt Exploration Society, the Citizen Science Alliance and others, asks its 250,000-strong group of online volunteers to review digital scans of papyri fragments from Oxyrhynchus in Upper Egypt.

3D virtual reality headsets used to 'dive down burial shafts' of Egypt's ancient Giza pyramids

Students and archaeologists at Harvard are using the latest technology to stroll around the Giza pyramids – without actually being there. Researchers at the Ivy League college have used photographs, maps and aerial surveys of the site from material collected from museums around the world to recreate what inside Egypt's Great Pyramids looked like 4,000 years ago.

Play like an Egyptian

Egyptian 'Seven Sacred Oils' relief recovered from Switzerland

The ancient Egyptian relief had been stolen and smuggled out of Egypt in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution. Egypt’s embassy in Bern, Switzerland received the ancient Egyptian Seven Sacred Oils relief within the framework of a bilateral agreement between Switzerland and Egypt prohibiting illegally importing and exporting antiquities, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty announced.

King Tut fans flock to Putnam

For more than half his life, 5-year-old Sequoyah Roesner has been transfixed by all things Egyptian.

On Sunday, along with hundreds of other people in the Putnam Museum, Davenport, Sequoyah marveled at a replica of the sarcophagus of the king whose very name recalls the mystery and glory of ancient Egypt.