Monday, August 8, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Alexandria, Abu Simbel, Saqqara, Abydos, Israel and more


From Alexandria to Abu Simbel
Egypt in early photographs 1849–1875

This exhibition of the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection showcases around sixty vintage prints that offer insights into the era of early photographs, 1849-1875.

Sacred Animal Necropolis North of Saqqara

Virtual Reconstruction for the Digital Heritage Masters Degree (Alicante University) dissertation, 2015-2016. Created using published archaeological data.

The site was dedicated to the funerary cult of the sacred animals, and consisted of various sanctuaries and three catacombs: the Mother of Apis, Baboon, and Falcon Catacombs.

It was in use since the 7th Century BC, until the 1st Century BC (Late and Ptolemaic periods).

Discovered by W.B. Emery in 1955 and excavated since 1964, until 1976.


Egyptian museum wins cultural preservation grant

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir awarded the grant of the United States Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).
The AFCP grant was awarded to the Egyptian Museum -- whose application was submitted in December 2015 by the museum's then-secretary general Khaled El-Enany -- following a worldwide competition, Sabah Abdel Razek, first secretary of the Egyptian Museum, told Ahram Online.

Does This Rock Explain Why Egyptians Are Biblical Villains?

For nearly a century, historians have argued about whether or not the events in Exodus actually took place, A new find in Israel may hold the key to a new explanation.

When it comes to the prototypical villains of ancient literature, the Egyptians are right up there. Nobody, it seemed, really liked the ancient superpower. Ancient Greek romance novels routinely portray them as cunning and duplicitous. The Romans found Cleopatra to be equal parts captivating and conniving and, in the Bible, the Israelites were enslaved by the Pharaohs for centuries.

A new discovery at Tel Hazor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest Biblical-era archaeological sites in Israel, may change how we think about the Egyptians.

Two Egyptian archaeological periodicals to be launched soon

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities Scientific Publications Department is to issue two new peer-reviewed journals.
The first is “Archaeology in Egypt” and is concerned with publishing archaeological fieldwork from expeditions working in Egypt across all periods.

The second, “Conservation in Egypt,” is concerned with conservation and restoration works carried out in Egypt.

Professing Faith: Egyptian god Thoth is linked with writing on papyrus

Like a vision from the immortal gods, it came to me. The answer is, of course, papyrus, an old friend of mine from my Egyptology studies. As I write this, I can see a big blue pot with a cluster of tall slender spines rising from the muck, each with a pompon-shaped flower at the end. And, most curiously, the stems are triangular in shape.

There are people, my family for instance, who see it as a noxious swamp grass. But I find it very elegant. It was grown in Egypt and Nubia since time immemorial, and the early histories of the human race have been written on its sides. In a basket made of its fibers, the infant Moses was saved from death at the hands of Pharaoh, and Mary and Joseph probably rested by clusters of it on their flight into Egypt.

Texts in Translation #16: Senebtifi’s Beaker from Abydos

A guest post by Dr Nicky Nielsen, newly-appointed Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester. Senebtifi’s vessel is one of several objects which are used in the teaching of the University of Manchester Online Egyptology Certificate and Diploma courses.

March of the Hathors