Monday, April 4, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Party like Pharoah; play like an Egyptian; talk about Tut tomb

Party like Pharaoh

Cleveland Museum of Art celebrated their newest attraction "Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt,"  'MIX: Pharaoh' that includes Egyptian themed cuisine, music, dancing and tours of the exhibit.

Play like an Egyptian

Releasing a new video, Clarus Victoria today unveiled that Egypt Civilization is currently collecting votes via Steam Greenlight here. In this turn-based strategy based on the history of Ancient Egypt, players will act as the Grand Vizier, right-hand man of the almighty Pharaoh, ruler of Egypt to guide the Egyptians through all the hardships to prosperity and power. The game covers almost 4000 years of Egyptian history, starting from the dawn in 5000 BC till the decay in 1070 BC.
During the game players will control all three capitals of Ancient Egypt. Hierakonpolis - predynastic period. Memphis - Old Kingdom. Thebes - Middle and New Kingdom. All cities are accurately rebuilt according to historical and archeological documents.
Egypt Civilization is scheduled to be released in Q3 2016 for Windows and Mac OS X.


3,400-Year-Old Necropolis Hints at Ancient Egyptian Life

The ruins of a long-lost necropolis have been uncovered at a quarry that supplied the building blocks for many of ancient Egypt’s grandest buildings. The remains date back about 3,400 years and include hundreds of artifacts and dozens of tombs that may be the resting places of many ancient Egyptian nobles.

W.Va. Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Aids Archaeologists in Egypt

When he's not digging into court records while weighing how he'll ruling on a landmark case, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Brent Benjamin likes to spend time unearthing millenia-old treasures in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

Brouhaha over block engraving on Egypt's Elephantine Island

A block engraved with the Star of David has been removed from the Osiris Nesmeti Temple on Elephantine Island in Aswan/

The Times of Israel, in reporting on this, said "The island of Elephantine was also once home to a Jewish community in antiquity, complete with a Jewish temple where sacrifices were offered, approximately 2,600 years ago."

Stolen ancient Egyptian statue on its way back from Belgium

The Egyptian embassy in Brussels, Belgium received an Egyptian Middle Kingdom statue as a preliminary step in bringing back to Egypt, said Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty.

Isis and Osiris opera tells a story of incest, lust, murder and intrigue 

Four years or so after that chance meeting, Togni and Singer’s Isis and Osiris will be making its world premiere Friday in a semi-staged production, directed by Guillermo Silva-Marin, as part of his Voicebox: Opera in Concert series, with a cast featuring Lucia Cesaroni, Michael Barrett, Julie Nesrallah and Michael Nyby in the four lead roles, all conducted by Robert Cooper.


Sharon Singer has always been fascinated by ancient Egypt. That’s part of the reason she wrote Isis and Osiris, God of Egypt, an opera about the timeless Egyptian myth and love story.

Singer, who’s a Toronto-based writer, poet, spoken word artist and now librettist, has worked for a number of years to put Isis and Osiris on stage and in the hands of a talented group of singers. Now, her two-hour-long opera will finally have its world premiere on April 1 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts.

Doubts, more study, what's going on in Tut's Tomb?

Exclusive Pictures From Inside the Scan of King Tut's Tomb

A team of specialists performed a second round of radar scans inside the tomb of King Tutankhamun, as archaeologists continued investigating the theory that hidden chambers may lie behind the limestone walls.

Speaking at a press conference outside the tomb Friday morning, Khaled El-Enany, Egypt's newly-appointed Minister of Antiquities, said bluntly, "We cannot talk about results now." He expects that at least a week will be needed to analyze the data, which has been sent to experts in both Egypt and the United States.

More radar scanning done for hidden chambers at Egypt's King Tut tomb

LUXOR, Egypt, March 31 (Xinhua) -- A radar scanning of the tomb of Egypt's ancient King Tutankhamun in Luxor was conducted Thursday, with another vertical scanning to be carried out by the end of April to determine if the tomb has more hidden chambers, according to Egyptian antiquities authority.

"We take scientific steps to get more facts ... this is the third scanning operation already," Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said during the scanning process in Luxor city's Valley of the Kings tourist district.
Tutankhamun re-exploration project needs further study

During an inspection tour of Karnak Temple, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany told Ahram Online that he would attend the radar survey today evening on Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, because the Ministry of Antiquities has started a scientific investigation to test the theory launched last August by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves who claimed that the burial place of Queen Nefertiti is hidden inside the tomb of her son-in-law, the boy king Tutankhamun.

Experts Doubt Claims of 'Hidden Chambers' in King Tut's Tomb

Radar experts are casting doubt on claims that King Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden, undiscovered chambers — and they're calling for more data to be released.

At a March 17 newsconference, officials at Egypt's antiquities ministry released radar data that they said showed the presence of hidden cavities inside the tomb of King Tut. The scans, carried out by Japanese radar technologist Hirokatsu Watanabe, "suggest the presence of two empty spaces or cavities beyond the decorated North and West walls of the burial chamber," they said in a statement. The scans also suggest the "presence of metallic and organic substances," and show what could be door lintels that indicate the presence of doorways, they said.
Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, Director of the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, said the cavities may contain the burial of Tutankhamun's stepmom, Queen Nefertiti. [See Photos of King Tut's Burial and Radar Scans]

However, Live Science contacted radar experts not affiliated with the project, and they said they doubt the validity of these claims. Some of these experts noted that the geology of the Valley of the Kings, which contains many natural voids, makes it difficult for radar to distinguish arAchaeological features from natural ones.

Nefertiti or Nofertiti? So which is it? (More on Tut's tomb)

In this article I take a skeptical look at the media show that currently surrounds the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt. I was hesitant to don my skeptical hat. It’s not my preferred attire. It is very good at lending its wearer a voice of authority. As such it is a disguise often usurped by naysayers and reactionaries to stifle unwanted progress or change. But it is also a hat that can be worn when urging caution and for redirecting a discussion towards more appropriate paths. Appropriate paths in Egyptology and archaeology always follow the scientific method; Hypothesis, followed by testing for facts, followed by logical analysis.