Monday, May 1, 2017

Ancient Egypt this week: The World Museum & other exhibitions




A TOUR OF THE PHENOMENAL ANCIENT EGYPT EXHIBITION AT WORLD MUSEUM
Haty coffin images ©Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool

THINK YOU KNOW YOUR SCOUSE MUMMIES….WELL THINK AGAIN! LIVERPOOL’S WORLD MUSEUM IS ABOUT TO OPEN THE DOORS TO ITS NEW ANCIENT EGYPT: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME ON FRIDAY (28TH APRIL) REVEALING ONE OF THE UK’S MOST SIGNIFICANT COLLECTIONS OF ANCIENT EGYPTIAN AND NUBIAN ANTIQUITIES.

We took our cameras inside to bring you this sneak peak of the breath-taking new gallery which includes the jewel of the exhibition, The Mummy Room, featuring 9 mummies, 4 of which have not been seen since the Museum Blitz in 1941.

First look: World Museum’s vast new ancient Egypt gallery  and World Museum, Liverpool offers more info and photographs.

Finally, enjoy this video from The World Museum's Facebook page.



Ancient Egyptians in Japan

It seems that ancient Egyptian artefacts are hogging the attention of the Japanese city of Shizuoka this Easter, taking away attention from traditional bunnies and coloured eggs.

Pictures of the Great Pyramids at Giza, the Pharaoh Khufu’s solar boat, a golden mask of Amenemopet, a limestone pyramidion of Ry and Maya, a black basalt statue of Khafre and jewellery embellished with precious stones have been decorating the walls of the city’s train station, shops, hotels and streets instead of the usual Easter decorations.

Protecting Pharaoh’s Treasures – My Life in Egyptology

This book by the noted Egyptologist Dr. Wafaa El-Saddik, Protecting Pharaoh’s Treasures, published by The American University in Cairo Press, is about her life in Egyptology, pursuing one’s dream, overcoming corruption, sexism, and so much more. Here is the fascinating story of one who became the first woman Director General of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. It is remarkable for any woman to head a major world class museum, but even more so in a Muslim country. The book also provides answers to some of the questions about the Arab Spring of 2011 and its lingering effects on Egypt’s economy through its major tourist attractions, the pyramids and the Egyptian Museum.

Top 10 Dazzling New Discoveries From Ancient Egypt
Photo credit: abc.net.au

Too often, it might appear as if Egypt’s dunes no longer deliver Giza-grade delights. While it would be extremely difficult to top the famous pyramids, incredible discoveries are still being made. New ruins reveal vast, rich tombs and even when the plague came to Thebes. Even modern places such as Cairo’s museum and slums deliver unexpected historic gems.

Inside a Dominican Archaeologist’s Drama-Filled Quest to Find Cleopatra’s Tomb
 Courtesy of drkathleenmartinez.com

Of all of ancient Egypt’s kings and queens, none has captured the world’s imagination like Cleopatra. At one time the most powerful woman in the world, Cleopatra was the last active pharaoh of ancient Egypt, ruling after Alexander the Great’s death. While her dramatic story has been famously rendered in art for millennia (her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, her suicide by snake bite), today barely any traces of her existence survive. For centuries, archaeologists have been unsuccessfully searching for Cleopatra’s tomb, but the final resting place of Egypt’s last queen was believed to have vanished from history. Now, that may change thanks to Kathleen Martinez, a criminal lawyer from the Dominican Republic turned unorthodox archaeologist.

Egyptian ministry staff face trial over theft from Giza Pyramids
Kufu Pyramid (Reuters)

Egypt's administrative prosecution body has referred 12 former antiquities ministry employees to trial for allegedly allowing members of a German archaeological expedition to steal samples from the Giza Pyramids in 2013.

According to a statement from the prosecution body, the 12 men, who worked in the pyramids department, will be tried in a disciplinary court.

Newly discovered ancient carnivore may have hunted our ancestors

A new species of a now-extinct carnivorous mammal from Egypt has been identified by scientists.

The animal, known as Masrasector nananubis, was once near the top of the African food chain and lived in the same swampy ecosystem that was home to our earliest monkey-like relatives.

Ancient Egyptian martial art enters modern world, opens to women

Both fate and her fondness for tahteeb, a stick-fighting type of martial arts, played a role in the life of Rania Medhat, the first Egyptian woman ever certified as an instructor in this art, which dates back to the days of the pharaohs.

For more photos and a video, see Egypt's first female tahteeb instructor smashes gender barriers in ancient game.