Monday, April 25, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Breakfast with Cleopatra

This week's post is rather long to make up for my two-week absence. I was in Iceland, and the internet connection was rather spotty. If you're interested, I'll be posting Iceland pictures later this week. Now, back to our regularly scheduled new from Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egyptian statue sold by Northampton museum to leave the country

The ancient Egyptian statue that was the jewel in the crown of Northampton Museum’s collection, before being sold off by the council, is to leave the UK after campaigners failed to raise the funds to prevent its departure.

Say goodbye to the Ancient Egyptian statue of Sekhemka

After a year of controversy, April 2016 saw the temporary export ban lifted on the 4500-year-old ancient Egyptian statue, "Sekhemka", sold in 2014 for £15.76m sterling to an anonymous Qatari Millionaire in an auction at the Britain’s Museum of Northampton.

The Alternative Lifestyle and Loves of Pinudjem II

Pinudjem II was one of the most famous rulers of southern Egypt during the Third Intermediate Period. He gave the world an important pharaoh and also a scandalous love story.

He was a High Priest of Amun from 990 BC – 969 BC and married to two women – Isetemkheb D and Neskhons. The first one was his sister, the second his niece and the daughter of his brother Smendes II, who didn’t rule for very long and was succeeded by Pinudjem.

Want To Eat Breakfast With Cleopatra?

Kellogg's wants to take its customers to ancient Egypt to eat breakfast beside Cleopatra, thanks to its developed virtual reality experience.

Tombs of ancient gods discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists discover shrine to ‘afterlife’ at Gebel el Silsila.

AIRO – A large necropolis – some 3,500 years old – has been discovered at Gebel el Silsila, a site known since antiquity for its sandstone quarries, in Egypt by a team of Swedish and British archaeologists.

The burial ground dates back to the 18th Dynasty (1500 BCE – 1292 BCE). Its sheer dimensions demonstrate the importance of the quarrying site, from which rock used in building the ancient Egyptian monuments had been extracted for thousands of years.

Something new to Tut about?

VALLEY OF THE KINGS, Egypt – Egypt on Friday invited archaeologists from all over the world to examine new, more extensive scanning conducted on King Tutankhamun’s tomb to discover whether chambers have been hidden for millennia behind two walls in the boy king’s burial place and determine what could be inside.

The open invitation, issued by Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani at a news conference just outside the tomb in the Valley of the Kings, holds a double purpose. First, it would bring broader scientific review to the new exploration of the tomb, which was prompted by a theory advanced by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves.

New project to showcase Egypt's ancient military history

Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany gave the go-ahead for a major project to retell the country's military history from the ancient Egyptian era to the present day through the opening of several historical sites to tourists as well as the setting up of new museum displays.

A new discovery sheds light on ancient Egypt’s most successful female pharaoh

Hatshepsut was no ordinary Egyptian ruler.

After her husband died, Hatshepsut didn't just keep the "throne" warm for her stepson to come of age. She became a pharaoh in her own right, and in doing so, became one of ancient Egypt's first female rulers. While there were likely two or three female pharaohs during the "dynastic" period, Hatshepsut is considered to be the most successful; she ruled for at least 15 years and was a prolific builder.

 Erased name of queen Hatshepsut (Photo German Archaeological Institute) Erased name of Hatshepsut (German Archaeological Institute)
After her death, her stepson assumed full kingship and most mentions of Hatshepsut's name and likeness were destroyed, erased and replaced. Over the past several decades, researchers have uncovered and described more and more evidence of her reign as a female ruler during the 1400s


Nocturnal, solitary and fiercely territorial the adult Egyptian pigmy shrew—one of the smallest mammals on earth—weighs just 7 grams. French zoologist Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire first described this tiny-eyed, pointy snouted insect eater in 1826 from 2,000-year-old mummified specimens excavated inside an ancient temple in Thebes, Egypt. He named it Crocidura religiosa, or the sacred shrew.


Understanding Hathor, the ancient Egyptian goddess of music, is understanding how one of human kinds most fascinating civilization’s thought of music’s relationship to life. Understanding Hathor can help us judge what aspects of life we associate music with.