Monday, August 1, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: A brief history of sedentary fragments

Mummified Egyptian Was Just As Sedentary And Carb-Hungry As Modern Men

The 2,200-year-old mummy of an Egyptian man who spent a lot of time sitting and eating carbs went on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday and will be open to the public beginning Wednesday.

Fragments of Akhenaten

In the middle of June, there was an announcement from Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities about a box found in the basement of Cairo's Egyptian Museum. The contents included some 500 small gold sheets which may have come from the 1907 excavation of Valley of the Kings tomb KV55. In that controversial excavation, a royal coffin was found, unlike anything before that time. The coffin had been defaced with the owners names cut out. The box to be studied may hold these missing names inscribed on the gold sheets. The inscription which runs down the center of the coffins lid contained epithets which are unique to the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Video Friday
 In case you didn't see it, I started a new feature last week. I receive links to a lot of videos, which I sometimes include in these posts. A lot of cool videos don't make it just for space reasons. So, I decided to devote every other Friday to a post that has the videos that enchanted me during the week. I'll try for a theme (like last week's Mummies), but I'm making no promises.

Ancient Egypt: A Brief History
Egyptian civilization has flourished continuously since prehistoric times. While the civilization's rulers, writing, natural climate, religion and borders have changed many times over the millennia, Egypt still exists as a modern-day country

A map of Egypt's archaeological sites to be launched

The Geographic Information System (GIS) at the Ministry of Antiquities has created an archaeological map locating all the archaeological sites and museums over Egypt.

The map is in both Arabic and English and will be provided to all archaeological sites and museums.

Articles from the Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds

The following articles are from the British Museums Lost Cities exhibit.

The British Museum staged a major exhibition on two lost Egyptian cities and their recent rediscovery by archaeologists beneath the Mediterranean seabed. The BP exhibition is the Museum’s first large-scale exhibition of underwater discoveries. It shows how the exploration of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus – submerged at the mouth of the River Nile for over a thousand years – is transforming our understanding of the relationship between ancient Egypt and the Greek world and the great importance of these ancient cities.
  • Ancient Egyptian festivals - Ancient Egypt’s Inundation season (called Akhet in the ancient Egyptian language) took place over a four-month period from mid-July to mid-November. It related to the annual flooding of the Nile that was essential for a good harvest, and was hugely significant in Egyptian religious practice.
  • Motherhood in ancient Egypt - Motherhood was extremely important in ancient Egypt. Children were the main reason for setting up a household.
  • Gold jewellery in ancient Egypt - Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile.
  • Tax and trade on the Nile Delta - People, goods and ideas began to flow between Egypt and Greece from around 650 BC. After a time of relative isolation, Egypt once more opened itself up to the Mediterranean world.
  • Hapy – the Egyptian god of the Nile - This colossal 5.4-metre statue of Hapy was discovered underwater in what was the thriving and cosmopolitan seaport of Thonis-Heracleion.

In preparation for the renovation of the Ptolemaic galleries of Egyptian art, riggers and technicians deinstalled one of the most-viewed objects at The Met, the Book of the Dead of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep, and its companion, Papyrus inscribed with six "Osiris Liturgies". The two scrolls are housed in eight framed sections, measuring around 100 feet in total length, in gallery 133. For the staff of the Department of Egyptian Art and myself, an associate paper conservator, this step represented the start of the second phase of the refurbishment of the scrolls' display.

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