Monday, October 3, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Fit for a king




IT'S A PHARAOH'S MASK, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT

This is the golden mummy mask of the 21st Dynasty King Amenemopet.

The mummy mask of King Amenemopet reveals an Egypt that was fast running out of gold.

The diary of Minnie C. Burton

The woman behind the man behind the camera: re-discovering the tomb of Tutankhamu

The diary presented here belonged to Minnie C. Burton, wife of the British archaeologist and photographer Harry Burton, who worked with Howard Carter during the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun. It is one of only a few surviving items from the couple’s personal belongings and papers, as the extract reproduced above helps explain.

The Griffith Institute acquired it at auction on 14th July 2015 thanks to two generous grants from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Heritage Lottery Fund.n

A cruise fit for a king

Was Khufu’s second solar boat intended for a Nile cruise rather than to transport the pharaoh through all eternity, asks Nevine El-Aref.

The newly revealed wooden beam with pieces of metal on it that has been taken from the pit of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu’s second solar boat on the Giza Plateau has raised controversy over the original use of the boat.

Egyptian Museum's 'piece of the month' contest looks to military history for October

To mark the anniversary of the 6 October victory in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, the Egyptian Museum has selected nine artefacts from its collection that highlight the Egyptian army in ancient times to be put to the vote on Facebook for its “October piece of the month.”

New discovery in Matariya points to a King Ramses II temple

The Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission at Matariya archaeological site discovered new evidence that may lead to a temple of King Ramses II.
Dr Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, stated that this evidence was found about 450 metres to the west of the obelisk of King Senusret I in Matariya. It was discovered when the mission stumbled upon a number of blocks from the temple courtyards and fragments of the temple statuary.

Grave of Victorian author who was buried alongside her female partner is given listed status in new campaign to recognise gay history 

Adventurer Amelia Edwards was a prominent women's rights campaigner
She wrote eight novels while travelling with her partner Ellen Braysher
The adventurous pair threw Victorian convention aside and went abroad
Four other landmarks have been upgraded to record their LGBTQ histories.

'Revealer of Secrets': Zahi Hawass's new TV show on archaeology to launch in October

Beginning October 20, Egyptian audiences will be treated to a new programme on Egyptian archaeology hosted by former minister of antiquities Zahi Hawass, titled "Kashef Al-Asrar" (Revealer of Secrets). In collaboration with renowned Egyptologists, the programme will launch on Egyptian satellite channel Al-Ghad.