Monday, August 7, 2017

Ancient Egypt August 7

Egypt takes stock of neglected antiquities
photo by REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO — On July 2, Gharib Sunbul, head of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities' central administration for maintenance and restoration, announced that a massive inventory of 5,000 artifacts would soon be completed at Alexandria's seaside warehouses. He said that a team of specialists are studying, documenting and carefully repackaging the items as well as planning for any needed restoration.

The plan is part of the campaign announced by the ministry June 23 to document and protect the artifacts found in its archeological warehouses and to protect Egypt’s archaeological treasures against theft.

Atun Museum in Minya nears completion after six years' delay in construction work

Once completed, the museum will tell the story of Minya through history, including the rule of Pharaoh Akhenatun and his beloved wife Queen Nefertiti.

Engineers, archaeologists and builders are putting the finishing touches to the first hall, which will serve as a model for other diplay areas in the museum. In the next two weeks, the hall will be inspected by a project consultant to ensure it is up to standard.

Oriental Institute's Parnerships in Discovery video

This video highlights the OI’s mission of discovery, preservation, and the dissemination of knowledge through the lens of the OI's three projects in Egypt and global partnerships.

Five killed while illegally digging for antiquities in Egypt’s Sohag

Digging for artifacts without official authorization is illegal in Egypt. However, every year artifacts are illegally unearthed and smuggled abroad, often fetching high prices with dealers and collectors.

The deaths occurred in two separate incidents involving excavations beneath houses.

Archaeologists Announce Discovery Of A 3,700 Year-Old Pyramid In Egypt

Egyptian archaeologists have announced the discovery of a pyramid thought to be around 3,700 years old, dating back to ancient Egypt‘s 13th Dynasty.

The remains of the pyramid were discovered just north of King Sneferu’s famous bent pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis, located 40 kilometers (24 miles) south of Cairo, announced the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Mahmoud Afifi, in a statement on Monday.

Find a lecture on Egyptology near you

This note from the Association for Students of Egyptology Facebook page: Marissa Lopez started a calendar with all worldwide Egyptology lectures on it…. This is of course an incredible effort; if there are any events you would like to see added, let them know!

Fit for a King: Tut's Camping Bed Was an Ancient Marvel

King Tutankhamun, the pharaoh who ruled Egypt more than 3,300 years ago, slept on the forerunner of our modern camping bed, according to a study presented at the latest international conference on the boy king in Cairo.

British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the unique three-fold bed — made of lightweight hardwood — when he entered King Tut's treasure-packed tomb in 1922.

Tomb Robbing in Ancient Egypt

The tombs of the great kings and nobles of Egypt were built to safeguard the corpse and possessions of the deceased for eternity and yet, while many have endured for thousands of years, their contents often disappeared relatively quickly. Tomb robbing in ancient Egypt was recognized as a serious problem as early as the Early Dynastic Period (c. 3150 - c. 2613 BCE) in the construction of the pyramid complex of Djoser (c. 2670 BCE). The burial chamber was purposefully located, and the chambers and hallways of the tomb filled with debris, to prevent theft, but even so, the tomb was broken into and looted; even the king’s mummy was taken.

How Ancient Rome Viewed The Deaths Of Antony And Cleopatra

Beginning on July 31st of the year 30 BCE, the final battles were fought between Octavian and Mark Antony near the city of Alexandria in Egypt. The Battle of Alexandria would end with Antony's final defeat. In order to avoid being taken captive, Mark Antony and later Cleopatra would take their own lives.

Pictures of the week

Wrapped and labelled for safe passage to the afterlife: The mummy of Prince Amenemhat, who was likely the son of the 18th Dynasty King Amenhotep I (ca 1500 BC). Amenemhat’s small coffin was discovered in February 1919 in a tomb hidden amongst the cliffs south of Deir el-Bahri.
On his chest rests an openwork pectoral, carved from a thin piece of wood, depicting Amenhotep I smiting the enemies of Egypt. Amenemhat now rests in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Photo: Ambrose Lansing [Courtesy: Nile Magazine]
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Tourists in the Valley of the Kings 1898
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