Monday, July 18, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Hedgehogs?

Hedgehogs and ancient Egypt

When I think of animals in ancient Egypt, hedgehogs aren't the first ones that come to mind. Apparently, I need to rethink this assumptions. Some articles on this prickly part of Egyptian history.

Picture of the Day: Hedgehog

Luck or Misfortune? Hedgehogs in Folklore and Tradition - In ancient Egyptian society, the hedgehog had a favorable reputation. The ancient Egyptians were familiar with two species of hedgehogs, namely Paraechinus aethiopicus , or the desert hedgehog, and Hemiechinus auritus , or the long-eared hedgehog. This is deduced from the way the Egyptians represented hedgehogs in the form of amulets.

Hedgehogs: The Little Prickly Guys - It started off well enough. The ancient Egyptians venerated the hedgehog as a symbol of rebirth.

Hedgehogs and porcupines - The hedgehog was admired for its survival in the semi-desert areas outside the green floodplains and was a symbol for rebirth after death because of its hibernation.

Reconstructing the 'primitive machine' that guarded the Great Pyramid

Here's how you keep tomb raiders out.

Egyptologists have digitally recreated the 'primitive machine' ancient Egyptians used to thwart would-be tomb raiders from stealing artefacts from the Great Pyramid.

While the security system has been studied since the early 19th century, this is the first time researchers have used computer models to demonstrate how it actually worked.

 InfographicHow Ancient Egypt Shaped the Modern World

In a way, we are all a little bit Egyptian.

When we think of ancient Egypt, for most of us, such things as the pyramids of Giza and the great temple of Karnak come to mind. But you might be amazed to find out that the ancient Egyptian legacy extends far beyond these iconic sites, touching almost all aspects of the society we live in today.

Oldest Egyptian writing on papyrus displayed for first time

CAIRO (AFP).- The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is showcasing for the first time the earliest writing from ancient Egypt found on papyrus, detailing work on the Great Pyramid of Giza, antiquities officials said Thursday.

The papyri were discovered near Wadi el-Jarf port, 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the Gulf of Suez town of Zafarana, the antiquities ministry said.

The find by a French-Egyptian team unearths papers telling of the daily lives of port workers who transported huge limestone blocks to Cairo during King Khufu's rule to build the Great Pyramid, intended to be his burial structure.

The New York Times story has a few more details.

Pharaoh Island to be listed as World Heritage Site in September

Egypt will submit a special application to the World Heritage Committee (WHC) to list Pharaoh Island in the town of Taba in South Sinai, as a World Heritage Site next September, Yasmin El-Shazly, General Supervisor of the International Organizations Department at the Ministry of Antiquities, stated.

The Pharaoh Island includes of a fortress built by the Ayyubid Prince Salaheddin to protect the Islamic Empire from the Crusades.

Old Kingdom tombs at Giza Plateau in good condition

Giza Plateau Director Ashraf Mohi asserted to Ahram Online that the tomb of the fifth dynasty official Rawer is in good condition and dismissed claims that its ceiling had collapsed.
Mohi said that most of the tomb’s walls and ceilings are not authentic, as the structure was in a partial state of preservation when first discovered in 1929 by Egyptian Egyptologist Selim Hassa

The Most Famous Ancient Egyptian Site You Have Never Heard Of

by Nigel Fletcher-Jones
As dusk settles over modern Luxor, and from the very top of the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, it is possible — as it was in antiquity — to make out the outline of the great temple of Karnak across the Nile.

Look down from that vantage point, on a line towards the modern visitors’ centre, and you will also see a rather unprepossessing low square of wall—unlabeled and ignored by the passing tourists and local people alike.

Peering inside this enclosure—known as Bab el-Gasus (‘the gate of the priests’) — is not very enlightening, yet this is the entrance to the last resting place of 153 priests and priestesses who served the god Amun in that temple across the river during the 21st Dynasty (around 1070–945 BC).

Pharonic Review

Pharaonic, developed by Milkstone Studios, is one such game. Set in Ancient Egypt, Pharaonic is a sidescrolling action RPG with precise combat, tough enemies and a wonderful Egyptian setting.