Monday, May 16, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: More tattooes and mummies

Egyptian tattooing video

A four-minute documentary on Egyptian tattooing on a mummy from Deir el Medina by Anne Austin. Video and photos made by Jean-Fran├žois Dars and Anne Papillault (Dars Papillault). This is a nice video to go along with the Intricate animal and flower tattoos found on Egyptian mummy article.

Youngest-ever mummified foetus from Ancient Egypt discovered in tiny coffin

The youngest ever example of a mummified human foetus from Ancient Egypt has been found in a discovery that shows “just how precious the unborn child was” to people at the time, experts have said.

The pregnancy lasted for 16 to 18 weeks, according to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge where staff used a special kind of CT scan to determine the age of the unborn child.

A collection of artefacts arrives to the Egyptian civilization museum

A collection of 13 stone engravings arrived to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in Fustat, Giza on Wednesday evening from Al Shisha hill in Aswan.

Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany announced that the engravings have been very well preserved and would be subject to restoration and archaeological documentation leading up to the museum’s official opening.

It paid to be a royal servant in Ancient Egypt!

It may not have been an easy job but the royal butlers of ancient Egypt's powerful pharaohs certainly earned an impressive burial and were laid to rest in style.
Four tombs belonging to the royal butlers of Queen Hatshepsut and King Ramses II have opened to the public.

  • Here is the official announcement from the Minstry of Antiquities. Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany is to open today (Friday, May 13th) evening four tombs that belong to the Royal Butlers of Queen Hatshepsut from the 18th Dynasty and King Ramses II from the 19th Dynasty. The opening comes after the completion of their restoration works.

Shamans, Masks and Bes, Again!

I've been reading some interesting stuff recently. It all started as I was thinking about the Bes objects in the Egypt Centre. Many of them seem to show Bes’s head but not the rest of him. For example, we have Bes head amulets, a Bes head bell, Bes head pottery vessels. Our cippus has Bes's head only.

Behind the scenes of a myth-busting exhibition on ancient Egypt's animal mummies at Kelvingrove

DR Campbell Price can recount many a happy childhood afternoon spent at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

He would skip through the doors with his grandparents and make a beeline for the same exhibit time and again: an Egyptian mummy. “I remember the smell of antiquity, going to the Egyptian section and seeing the mummy on display,” he says. “I thought: ‘Wow, this is what I want to do with my life ...’”

Spool forward to the present day and Price, 31, is the curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum – a passion he credits as being ignited by those visits as a youngster.

WATCH: Secrets of animal mummies revealed at Kelvingrove

Picture of the week

This stunning photo of the Temple of Hatshepsut is making the rounds of the internet this week.

How did Ancient Egypt influence 1920's Flappers? 

All will be revealed in this short video.

Major events, such as Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon, have had a significant impact on popular culture, inspiring Star Wars, David Bowie's song Space Oddity and even Michael Jacksons signature Moon Walk dance.

Movie Makers, artists and fashion designers fell in love with Ancient Egypt as Howard Carter opened Tutankhamun Tomb's for the first time in over three-thousand years. Even the discovery of Tut's sequinned clothing triggered a fashion trend in glitzy sequins that is still felt today.