Friday, February 3, 2017

Ancient Egypt for the last two weeks - Part 1

So here are some of the stories I'm catching up on after my sojourn in Egypt. I think this blog post could have easily been called, Burial, Bones, and Crocodiles.

Royal scribe tomb discovered in Luxor
The discovered tomb is Ramesside tomb belong to a person called "Khonsu" who held the title of "Royal Scribe".

The T-shaped tomb located in El Khokha area on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, to the east of the front court of TT47 (Tomb of Userhat) while the Japanese mission of Waseda University directed by Dr. Jiro Kondo.

The Secret Beneath the Square of Egypt's The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the most established of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one remains to a great extent in the place.

Egypt retrieves 2 artifacts from London

Egypt's embassy in London received on Tuesday two artifacts that had been put for sale at a London auction house.

The director general of the Retrieved Antiquities Department of the Antiquities Ministry, Shaaban Abdel Gawad, said on Wednesday that the two artifacts were stolen from archaeological sites during the security void that followed the January 25 Revolution six years ago.

Ushabti figurine to be recovered from London

The Egyptian embassy in London received a wooden Ushabti figurine that was stolen in 2013 from an Aswan storehouse and illegally smuggled out of the country.
The figurine is to be returned to Egypt soon.

Why scan a crocodile?

The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden unveiled its new Egyptian galleries in late 2016. Lara Weiss, curator of the Egyptian collection, talks to Apollo about the redisplay of the collection ‑ and making some surprising new discoveries.

Seeking eternity: 5,000 years of ancient Egyptian burial

While the ancient Egyptians’ hope for eternal life remained constant, their burial practices were ever-changing. Dr Margaret Maitland, senior curator at National Museums Scotland, charts the remarkable changes in Egyptian tombs and the extraordinary objects that filled them.

Evidence of ancient Egyptian belief in life after death emerged as early as c4500 BC. Over the following millennia, the Egyptians’ preparations for eternal life changed significantly, with different styles of tombs, evolving mummification practices, and a wide variety of funerary objects.

Before the bling of Tutankhamun
A History of Ancient Egypt: From the Great Pyramid to the Fall of the Middle Kingdom - John Romer
If you read the first volume of John Romer’s A History of Egypt, which traces events along the Nile from prehistory to the pyramid age, you will understand why he thinks Egyptology is not a science.

Bones Offer Clues to Health of Ancient Egypt’s Children

WARSAW, POLAND—Science & Scholarship in Poland reports that a team of scientists from the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Warsaw examined the bones of 29 children whose remains were recovered from shallow graves in the sand at the Saqqara necropolis. Most of them were three to five years of age, and had probably been weaned from breast milk.

Secrets of ancient Egypt REVEALED: New tombs unearthed with bones of babies and CROCODILES

An archeological expedition unearthed the lost treasures at Gebel el Silsila, roughly 430 miles south of Cairo, following a dig in a ancient sandstone quarry.

Located on the banks of the river Nile, the tombs are thought to date back 3,600 years to the reign of Pharaohs Thutmose III and Amenhotep II, with the former considered to be one of greatest leaders in Egypt’s ancient history.

Ancient Egyptian “pot burials” are not what they seem

Around 3,500 BCE, the ancient Egyptians began to practice a ritual that has long perplexed archaeologists. They buried their dead in recycled ceramic food jars similar to Greek amphorae.

For decades, scholars believed that only the poor used these large storage containers, and they did so out of necessity. But in a recent article for the journal Antiquity, Ronika Power and Yann Tristant debunk that idea. They offer a new perspective on pot burial.

Researchers Solve Mysteries of 3,500-Year-Old Egyptian Necropolis

The mysteries presented by the discovery of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian necropolis, including the identity of those buried within, may have been finally solved according to a new archaeology report.

According to a recent article in Haaretz, new finds at the Gebel el Silsila necropolis in the form of lavish grave goods show that the individuals buried within were not slaves or menial workers as was first thought. In fact, grave offerings such as crocodiles and cats indicate these individuals, who were likely miners that helped quarry sandstone for construction during the early Eighteenth Dynasty, might have worked hard but were held in high regard.

Ancient Egypt agriculture and the Nile from Storyboard That

Other than the Nile, Egypt is surrounded by tons of sand. The Nile River was a geographic feature that had a huge role on Ancient Egypt.