Friday, December 9, 2016

Ancient Egypt this Week Part II

Articles about Ancient Egypt flooded the internet this week, thus a second edition this week instead of endlessly scrolling through articles on Monday.

Osiris, the People's God: Religious Developments in the Middle Kingdom

With the collapse of the Old Kingdom, the Memphite kings and their patron god Re were no longer credible protectors of the land and its people. New divine cults were promoted, but the god Osiris attracted the most widespread support not only because he was associated with the divine rituals and rites performed at the king’s accession and coronation, but because he could also offer immortality to ordinary people.

#MYMASTABA at the Louvre


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If your name is drawn by lot, you’ll win a trip to Egypt and take part in the upcoming excavation campaign of mastaba of Akhethotep alongside the Louvre’s teams on the prestigious Egyptian site of Saqqara.

What explains our fascination with ancient Egypt?

Egypt has exerted a peculiar charm since ancient times. The Greeks and Romans deferred to it as a far older civilation, whose monuments and writings seemed both baffling and magical. Egyptian culture appeared to have emerged fully formed and to have disasppeared almost as suddenly, but its 3,000 year cast a long shadow over later centuries and is felt even today.

Using medical imaging techniques for noninvasive probing of Egyptian artefacts

A Department of Engineering researcher used medical imaging techniques to discover the secrets behind Egyptian artefacts in the Fitzwilliam Museum's new 'Death on the Nile' exhibition.

3D Renderings of a Lost Egyptian City

After 3,500 years of isolation, scientists have recreated the lost city of Amarna with incredible 3D models. Pharaoh Akhenaten, the husband of Nefertiti, built Amarna with unique and inventive architectural techniques.

Excerpt from "Amarna" movie (Aton-Num exhibition) from Archéovision - Archéotransfert on Vimeo.


The unique physical properties of beeswax; water-resistance, malleability and a low melting point, made it useful to the ancient Egyptians in a number of ways.

Beeswax was used to preserve the curls and plaits in wigs and could be used as a face cream.[1] In medicine it was used as an adhesive for bandages and to bind active ingredients into pills.[2] Boats were waterproofed with beeswax and complex metal shapes were created using the ‘lost wax’[3] casting technique.[4]

Ancient Egyptian Secrets Play Out in Historical Thriller

"The Sphinx and the Secret Atlantis Hall of Records" begins when an American Egyptologist comes across an astonishing find in Giza. He is little prepared for the huge consequences that arise from his discovery. As political and religious forces gather against him, he asks a former student to assist him in his work.

Ramesses II, victor of Kadesh: a kindred spirit of Trump?

Much like the president-elect, Ramesses II knew that bombast can sometimes outweigh truth. His tale of triumph at the Battle of Kadesh is a perfect example.

In 1274BCE, near the Levantine town of Kadesh, a miracle occurred: Ramesses II of Egypt, isolated from his forces due to faulty intelligence, single-handedly destroyed a Hittite army. Out of the 2,500 chariots attacking him, not one survived. The pharaoh subsequently threw countless enemies into the river Orontes, only sparing the Hittite king after he begged for mercy. It was a mighty victory – and a mighty mix of fact and fiction.

November issue of MOA Newsletter

The Ministry of Antiquities has just released the November issue of its newsletter.  PDF versions can be accessed via the following links:

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