Monday, March 20, 2017

Ancient Egypt this Week: The statue, the Titanic, and the photographs

Egypt’s Oldest Papyri Detail Great Pyramid Construction

The oldest-known examples of Egyptian writing, which describe the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza in ancient hieroglyphics, have been placed on public display as part of a new exhibition at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.

Bolton Museum has released new designs as part of its multi-million pound transformation to house its Egyptian treasures

NEW images have been released showing how visitors will enjoy a virtual journey through Ancient Egypt to discover the hidden treasures of Bolton Museum.

Fresh designs, created from feedback from the public, show how people will be transported to the ancient land through modern technology — as well as a striking installation of Egyptian artefacts suspended form the ceiling.

Festival of Drunkenness: A Unique Ancient Egypt Tradition

Once upon a time, Egyptians lived together with their gods, but sadly, the people fell out with Ra, their greatest ruler, who then instructed his goddess Hathor to destroy all mankind.

Hathor transformed herself into a lion and started killing human beings, who had escaped to the desert, and drank their blood.

"In Egypt: Travellers and Photographers 1850-1900" opens at Huis Marseille
Francis Frith (1822-1898), The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, 1856-1859. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, RP-FF80272.

AMSTERDAM.- This spring, Huis Marseille will host a major exhibition about 19th century photography in Egypt. Join us for a trip along the Nile in the footsteps of the many travellers and photographers who rediscovered the country in the 19th century. The exhibition consists entirely of objects from Dutch collections and offers a diverse portrayal of both the country and photography. From the lively streets and monumental mosques of Cairo to the impressive monuments in faroff Nubia, long before they were ‘evacuated’ by UNESCO during the building of the Aswan dam (1958-1970). From the serene early photos taken by Maxime Du Camp during his trip through the Orient with Gustave Flaubert, to the spontaneous, unembellished amateur photos that Jan Herman Insinger took during his travels in ‘the land of the Nile cataracts’, in what is now the far south of Egypt and northern Sudan.

The Search for Senenmut

The supposed success with finding King Hatshepsut has brought to light many new questions about the location of the mummy of her foremost courtier Senenmut. The thought that he may be among the unidentified royal mummies is intriguing. Though the finding of Hatshepsut was made by the presence of a tooth there is still a lot of faith being placed in DNA perhaps not with mummified tissue but with bone or teeth.

Pharaonic relics submerged with Titanic must be recovered: Egyptologist

Egyptologist Bassam al-Shammaa has called for pharaonic antiquities that sank with the Titanic to be recovered.

At a symposium entitled “Egypt: the Future of the Past”, held during events of the Damanhour second book fair, Shammaa explained that a woman called Margaret Touban, who survived the sinking, possessed a small Egyptian statue as well as a container of pharaonic statues that sank with the ship.


Don't even pretend you don't know what statue. This has been one hot and fast-changing story. I've gathered a gazillion links so  you can see how we went from Ramses to Psamtik.
(Photo: Nevine Al-Aref)

Newly discovered Matariya colossus is probably of King Psammetich 

Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said on Thursday that the royal colossus discovered last week in Matariya district, Cairo is probably a statue of 26 dynasty king Psammetich I not King Ramses II as believed earlier.

Hieroglyphic signs and initial studies carried out on fragments of the colossus suggest that it belongs to king Psammetich I(664-610 BC)-26 Dynasty, El-Enany said.

The discovered colossus belongs to Psamtik I (with two videos)
After many speculations of the owner of the colossus, The discovered colossus belongs to Psamtik I of 26th Dynasty.

It was thought it would belong to Ramses II as it was unearthed from the site of the temple of Ramses II in Mataria.

Newly discovered Matariya statue is not Ramsis II, identity to be announced

Initial studies on the colossus lifted from a muddy pit in Matariya and transferred to the Egyptian Museum today reveal that it is not of King Ramses II as originally thought, the Ministry of Antiquities told Ahram Online.

New discovery reveals grandeur of Oun temple in ancient Heliopolis
The newly discovered statue suggested to be for King Ramses II. Photo by Magdi Abdel Sayed

A quartzite colossus possibly of Ramses II and limestone bust of Seti II were discovered at the ancient Heliopolis archaeological site in Cairo

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany witnessed on Thursday the lifting of two newly discovered 19th dynasty royal statues from a pit at the Souq Al-Khamis district in the Al-Matariya area of greater Cairo.

The statues were found in parts in the vicinity of the King Ramses II temple in the temple precinct of ancient Heliopolis, also known as “Oun,” by a German-Egyptian archaeological mission.

The following graphic of the broken statue provides some facts. from the Papyrus Museum Facebook page.  And just a few more links if you haven't had enough yet.

Several of the articles have videos showing the exacavation of the site. Before anyone gets their panties in a wad about the use of a backhoe loader (as some have), you might want to read Zahi Hawass fires back at criticism of colossus' salvation.

Photo of the week

A lovely photo from the  Facebook page of the t3.way Projects, showing XX during the building of the Cairo Museum.

Here is the same piece today.

And a closer view.