Monday, October 17, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week:Pyramids and Wooly Mammoths


Photo: © Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Archive number PMAN2418

But who is responsible for the "Alabaster Sphinx" of Memphis?

The July 22, 1912 edition of the San Francisco Call newspaper excitedly reported on the discovery of the Memphis Alabaster Sphinx: "The monster measures some 14 feet in height and 26 feet in length."

At that stage, no-one knew who the sphinx represented. Today, over 100 years later, the "monster" is still missing a name.

Tutankhamun: The story of the men who solved one of Egypt's biggest mysteries

One was a flamboyant aristocrat with a passion for fast cars, erotic photography, gambling and racehorses. The other was a dour and prickly archaeologist who it was said had “a chip on his shoulder” and could pick a fight in an empty room.

The Fifth Earl of Carnarvon George Herbert and Howard Carter were the most unlikely of associates yet the two men, who on the face of it had so little in common, collaborated successfully to make the most famous archaeological find of all time.

The Louvre Crowdfunds a Relic’s Restoration

The Louvre is once again giving the power to the people, launching a new crowdfunding campaign this week to raise the €500,000 ($555,000) it needs to restore and reconstruct an “exceptional” 50-ton ancient Egyptian mausoleum in its collection.

Tuthmosis II shrine in Karnak temple ready to open after restoration

The Centre Franco-Egyptien d'Etude des Temples de Karnak (CFEETK) (French- Egyptian Centre for Karnak Temples Studies) has finally completed the restoration work on the barque shrine of King Tuthmosis III, which was reconstructed in 2010 at the Open Air Museum of Karnak Temple.


Once upon a time, Egypt was a world leader in the film industry. Fast forward to present days, and movies about Egypt are now being made in Morocco, leaving Egypt without much-needed jobs, American dollars, and tourists.

The world is absolutely fascinated with Ancient Egypt, and capitalising on this passion are the international TV and film industries. The almost constant adaptation of Egyptian mythology in film and TV should create a source of revenue for Egypt, but embarrassingly doesn’t. Instead of shooting on location in Egypt, studios opt to film a lot of their films in Morocco and a few other countries. With news that yet another TV series surrounding Tutankhamen is set to premiere on ITV next week,which was once again not filmed in Egypt, we decided to look into why projects set in Egypt are filmed outside of it time and time again.

The Wonders of the Ancient World: The Great Pyramid of Giza

The wonders of the world are given their status as a wonder of the world for many reasons. One of which is because of their historical, cultural and social value to their respective cities and countries. Each wonder, classic or modem, is unique in it’s own way, whether it be because of it’s unique architecture, it’s purpose or it’s significance in both past and present history. Every single one of these buildings, monuments or locations has it’s own individual story to tell. They are situated all across the globe and represent the marvellous things humanity and nature can produce. Tourism is a key word when it comes to the wonders of the world, because as you may have imagined millions of people visit these destinations every year, to see the sights bestowed with the great title. This means that, while the historical value of each is significant, the remaining wonders all benefit the economy of their countries, meaning their illustrious past is importing the present. Today we are going to take a look at one of the classic wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Pyramids of Egypt reveal new secrets after extensive scanning mission

Dr Khaled El-Enany, Egypt's minister of antiquities, met with the archaeological committee working on the ScanPyramids project on 13 October. They reviewed the latest findings from the mission, which began in 2015. Its aim is to study the great pyramid of Khufu and the pyramid of Khafre on the Giza plateau, as well as two pyramids on the site of Dahshur known as Bent and Red.

Say What? Wooly Mammoths Coexisted with building the Great Pyramid

I found this fact a bit hard to believe, but the dates confirm it.