Monday, October 24, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Inside the Great Pyramid

Chambers Hidden in Great Pyramid? Scientists Cast Doubt

A group of scientists has just claimed to have discovered two unknown voids or cavities within the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest pyramid ever constructed in Egypt.

Such cavities can be signs of hidden burials or rooms and as such, media outlets across the world immediately ran headlines touting this "discovery." One outlet even went so far as to proclaim that "secret rooms" had been found in the Great Pyramid.

For more on this story, see The Surprise Inside Secret Chambers.  Archaeologists got the news media in a frenzy this week over the discovery of a possible secret chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza. But what exactly did they find?

Meet the cast of ITV's Tutankhamun

Max Irons and Sam Neill lead the cast of ITV’s drama unearthing the story of the Egyptian King’s tomb. Discover the characters and actors set appearing in the historical drama.

ITV’s new four-part drama Tutankhamun, about Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt’s long lost pharaohs, comes with a fair few familiar faces attached.
Max Irons (Jeremy Irons' son) plays Carter, while Sam Neill (Peaky Blinders, Jurassic Park) plays the eccentric Lord Carnarvon, the man who funds Carter’s expeditions into the desert.

Orionid Meteor Shower and the Season of the Dead: this week on the Storyteller's Night Sky

The meteor shower season continues this week with the peak of the Orionid overnight Friday to Saturday, and since Autumn is also the season for celebrating the dead, here’s an ancient myth to keep you entertained while you’re out wishing on the falling stars.

Book review: 'Pharaoh: A Novel of Ancient Egypt' by Wilbur Smith

Stephen King describes Wilbur Smith as the "best historical novelist" in a blurb on the cover of Smith's sixth and latest novel in the Egyptian series.

Unfortunately, King apparently is not describing "Pharaoh: A Novel of Ancient Egypt."

Giza 3D: Harvard's Journey to Ancient Egypt

Harvard University brings the Giza Plateau to life. Watch to learn more about their Giza 3D project, the Harvard Semitics Museum, and virtual reality technology of the future.