Monday, May 9, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week : Tattoos, Tombs, Tut, & Videos

Nostalgia: Bushey Artist Gets Egypt Bug

In the early 1920s, Myrtle Broome, an educated, middle class woman, was living quietly in Bushey. She spent her days painting and practicing other arts and crafts.

Within a few years, however, the steady nature of her day-to-day life was dramatically enlivened by a series of visits to Egypt.

Myrtle was born in London, the daughter of a music publisher.

She first studied at an art school in Bushey before an enduring interest in Ancient Egypt led her to study Egyptology at University College London.

Intricate animal and flower tattoos found on Egyptian mummy

Scholars excited by depiction of actual objects on the body of a 3,000-year-old woman.

A mummy from ancient Egypt was heavily tattooed with sacred symbols, which may have served to advertise and enhance the religious powers of the woman who received them more than 3,000 years ago.

Top 10 things you might find in a Pharoah's tomb – in pictures

From sarcophagi filled with mummified bodies to vintage wine to mysterious board games, this fascinating gallerys sets out what you might come across should you discover a tomb from ancient Egypt by the  author and illustrator of Discover: The Ancient Egyptians!

Illustrated by graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg and researched by her sister, Imogen Greenberg, this series of books are presented as comic strips which offer a fresh and accessible entry point to core educational topics for children 8+.

No more surveys on Tutankhamun's tomb until project discussed 8 May

Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany did not stop radar surveys on King Tutankhamun’s tomb upon the request of former minister Mamdouh Eldamaty or Egyptologist Nicolas Reeves.

Rather, he has postponed any survey until a scientific discussion takes place among scholars during the second round of the international seminar on Tutankhamun scheduled 8 May.

The second conference kicks off in Cairo. The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is hosting the second International Tutankhamen Conference on Friday to discuss views on the best latest results of the recent radar scan survey carried out on the young Pharaoh’s tomb.  During the three-day conference, Lectures on Tutankhamen’s funerary furniture, costumes and jewellery will be delivered by a number of archaeologists from all over the world.

In The Footsteps Of Egyptologist Howard Carter With recent news confirming there’s more to Tutankhamun’s tomb than previously thought, we visit Howard Carter’s house to see where he worked on one of modern history’s biggest discoveries.

Outcomes of the Second International Tutankhamun Conference

‘It is essential to perform more scans using other devices atthe Tutankhamun Tomb (KV62) at the Valley of the Kings- Luxor using more technical and scientific methods and radar devices’ is one of a number of recommendations reached at the end of the Second International Tutankhamun Conference that was held today (May 8th 2016) at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Archeologists Clash in Egypt Over King Tut Tomb Theory

Archeologists clashed at a conference in Egypt on Sunday over a theory that secret burial chambers could be hidden behind the walls of King Tutankhamun's tomb.

Speaking at the conference, former antiquities minister and famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass rejected the theory that undiscovered chambers lie behind the tomb and likely contain the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, one of pharaonic Egypt's most famous figures. The theory has prompted new exploration and it has been extensively scanned by radar.

Cosmic particles reveal what the inside of ancient Egypt's pyramids look like

The mystery surrounding the pyramids of Egypt may one day be revealed thanks to a groundbreaking new technology, which shows what the inside of a pyramid looks like for the first time. The group of scientists and archaeologists behind the Scans Pyramids project have revealed their first findings since they began last year to internally map the Bent Pyramid, a 345ft monument located 25 miles south of Cairo in the town of Dashur.

Ramose's Book of the Dead - (1290-1275) B.C. 19th Dynasty New Kingdom

The Book of the Dead of Ramose. Egyptian Books of the Dead were provided as part of a person's burial to ensure their safety in the afterlife. The collection of spells, were often written on papyrus, a paper like material made from a plant of the same name. The owner of this papyrus is called Ramose, the supervisor of royal archives. The illustrations are particularly vivid, some covered in gold.

The faces of ancient Egypt