Monday, October 16, 2017

Ancient Egypt October 16

Archaeologists discovers long-lost chamber
Ministry of Antiquities

Archaeologists may have discovered the first evidence of a long-lost satellite pyramid for Ancient Egypt's Queen Ankhnespepy II. A Swiss-French mission uncovered a 4,000-year-old granite pyramidion – the uppermost part of a pyramid – while excavating near the Saqqara necropolis, a vast ancient burial ground about 20 miles south of Cairo.


The creators of Assassin's Creed: Origins - set in ancient Egypt - are creating a Google translate-like system for hieroglyphics. . .Now, they’re teaming up with Egyptologists once more, along with tech giant Google, and putting to use their Artificial Intelligence capabilities to create a system that automatically deciphers hieroglyphics, translating them to modern languages.

Valley of the Kings

The "Gateway to the Afterlife" provides a window to the past. The ancient Egyptians built massive public monuments to their pharaohs. But they also spent time and treasure creating hidden underground mausoleums.

The most famed collection of such elaborate tombs—the Valley of the Kings—lies on the Nile's west bank near Luxor.

Ancient mummies take HK by storm

The mummies are here - but not for much longer.

The hugely popular exhibition Eternal Life - Exploring Ancient Egypt resulted from the mummies being brought over from the British Museum in London to help mark the 20th anniversary of the handover.

Since setting up shop at the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui East the six ancient Egyptian mummies have attracted more than 760,000 visitors or an average of more than 8,000 a day. The exhibition will run for another 10 days.

The lower part of 26th Dynasty king Psamtik I colossus uncovered in Cairo's Matariya

The Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission uncovered most of the remaining parts of the recently discovered colossus of 26th Dynasty King Psamtik I (664-610 BC) while excavating at the temple of Heliopolis in the Souk Al-Khamis area of Matariya district in east Cairo.

El Soboo' in the time of the Ancient Egyptians
Mother and Daughter [Photo: fragmented from El Osrah Ayam El Faraana Book by Zahi Hawas

El Soboo' or The First Week celebration of the child's birth is a common tradition in Egyptian Society.

The tradition was inherited from Ancient Egyptians, as celebrating new-borns first originated in their society. The reason behind choosing the seventh day has to do with their beliefs that the child begins to cultivate the sense of hearing on the seventh day after his/her birth.

Marriage in Ancient Egypt (video)

Why didn’t the ancient Egyptians have a marriage ceremony? What was family life like in ancient Egypt? Find out in this video.