Monday, August 29, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Museums, Books, and Artifacts

Ancient Egyptian works to be published together in English for first time

Ancient Egyptian texts written on rock faces and papyri are being brought together for the general reader for the first time after a Cambridge academic translated the hieroglyphic writings into modern English.

For additional reading about this book, see Ancient Egyptians’ 4,000-year-old strategy for dealing with an “argumentative superior”

First Issue - The Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture

This journal is the first scientific journal devoted to the study Ancient Egyptian architecture and all related matters.  You can read the articles online or download a PDF.

Newly restored Malawi Museum in Egypt's Minya to reopen in weeks

In August 2013 the museum was looted and damaged following unrest sparked by the ousting of president Mohamed Morsi.

Curators of Malawi Museum in the Upper Egyptian City of Minya are busy putting the final touches to the museum's exhibitions for a reopening expected to happen in the coming weeks.

Ancient Egyptian tool found in Derbyshire wardrobe

The 4,500-year-old wooden maul, or mallet, used by Egyptian craftsmen, had been stored in the wardrobe in Derbyshire to protect it from sunlight.

It was originally discovered during World War Two in a cave near Cairo by a relative of the owner.

For more about this discovery, see Egyptian artefact found in Derbyshire wardrobe could fetch up to £4,000 at auction.

The Petrie Museum

Just in case there's anyone out there who DOESN'T know about the enhanced version of Characters and Collections at the Petrie Museum available online, here's an action replay, click the link in the title.

High-res images that you can play with - fantastic close-up of details of the Tarkhan dress and other objects. What's not to love!

Sand, sun and ancient temples star in early travel photographer's record of Africa and the Middle East

The first lot at’s August sale is a collection of calotypes taken by Maxime du Camp that were used in one of the first books of travel photography ever published.

Du Camp took his journey to ‘the Orient’ with a young Gustav Flaubert. The rich young men each recorded accounts of their trip in their diaries and includes stories of bandit attacks, experimental drug use and encounters with exotic belly dancers – though their accounts often differ on multiple points.

For some larger photos from the Daily Mail, click here.

The story behind Central Park’s 3,466-year-old, 238-ton Egyptian obelisk

Sunday night’s episode of “Secrets of America’s Favorite Places: Central Park” examines the origins of the park’s most distinctive and unusual attraction: The Egyptian obelisk that sits behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Affectionately called Cleopatra’s Needle, and commissioned by Thutmose III, it was originally erected in the ancient city of Heliopolis in 1450 B.C. before finding its way to Caesareum, a temple in Alexandria.

Pre-Registration Opens for Next Egykoi! Gag Otome Game About Egyptian Gods

The Egykoi! ~Egypt Kami to Koishi yo~ (Egy-love! Egyptian Gods and Love) gag otome game by Goodia, Inc was first released in January and starred Egyptian god Medjed, Horus, and Anubis. It was latest in Japan's strange interest in the obscure deity, and Goodia has decided to combine its cult status with the recent male idol trend sweeping anime and multimedia projects in its next game, Egykoi! ~Egypt Kami to Koishi yo~ [Idol Edition].
Ancient Egyptian mummified head 'brought to life' (video)

The 2,000 year-old mummified head of an ancient Egyptian woman has been restored using modern day technology.

Led by the University of Melbourne, a team of experts has reconstructed the relic with the help of CT scanning, a 3D-printed skull, forensic science and art.

Negash Footwear Takes Divine Inspiration From Ancient Egypt

Footwear brand Negash wants you to walk like an Egyptian.

The label presented its new collection of shoes that feature design treatments inspired by ancient times — gold embellishments, hieroglyphics and more Egyptian iconography, including models named after pharaohs and gods.