Monday, December 11, 2017

Ancient Egypt December 11

A portrait head of Ptolemy VIII

Literary sources describe Ptolemy VIII of Egypt as a terrible man who enjoyed a lavish lifestyle,’ says Max G. Bernheimer, International Head of Antiquities at Christie’s. Grotesquely overweight, he was given the nickname Physkon, which roughly translates as ‘pot-bellied’, or ‘fatty’, explains the specialist.

The studio behind Firewatch heads to Egypt for its new game

Tonight at the awards ceremony/marketing bonanza known as The Game Awards, Campo Santo, the studio behind the acclaimed first-person adventure Firewatch, unveiled its next project. Titled In The Valley Of Gods, it’ll put players in the shoes of a filmmaker who heads to an ancient Egyptian valley with their partner in search of fame and fortune during the 1920s, which happens to coincide with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb and the widespread fascination with Egyptian culture that followed.

Mummies discovered in Elephantine tombs date to Late Period of ancient Egypt

Scans and 3D X-rays on two mummies which were discovered during excavations at the Elephantine tombs, west of Aswan, revealed the mummies date back to the Late Period of ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egyptian cuisine
Photo Courtesy: Andreas Praefcke

Even today, Ancient Egyptians captivate the minds of people around the globe because of their extraordinary contributions to civilization. Egypt Today presents the top facts about Ancient Egyptian cuisine.

Ancient Egypt in pictures

As an elementary school teacher for more than 25 years, George Neeb has given a lot of lessons about ancient Egypt.

There's something about the land of pharaohs that captures the imagination.

But, while he delivered the Grade 4 curriculum covering early societies, Neeb was struck by the lack of historical fiction picture books on the subject. So, he decided to create one of his own.

He's hoping Pharoah's Arrow, which he wrote and illustrated, will become a teaching tool for others.

Stunning 3,000-year-old Egyptian gate . . .

moved from Cairo to the pyramids of Giza to be displayed alongside Tutankhamun's tomb

The gate is made from pink granite and was made in the rule of Amenemhat I
It will undergo restoration and be put on display in the Grand Egyptian Museum
The gate will join thousands of artefacts due to be displayed at the museum
The museum is now scheduled to open partially in 2018

The Temple of Sethos at Abydos Mummication Museum Lecture

It was great to be back at the Mummification Museum for a lecture. There is another on Thursday at 7pm Dr Francisco Martin-Valentine talking about Amen-hotep, Huy Tomb AT 28. And another on Sunday at 5pm subject to be announced.

Tonight’s lecture was live streamed on Facebook by Moamen Saad if you check his Facebook page you will find it.

The Purpose of Art in Ancient Egypt. Part I and Part II.

The image in Ancient Egypt had a power in itself.
Why? Because in addition to evoking a reality, they made it arise. In Ancient Egypt everything that was depicted was also happening.

Sphinx head from "Ten Commandments" movie set found buried in California sand

1923 film "The Ten Commandments"  WARNER BROS. 

In 1956, Charlton Heston made Hollywood history by playing Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments." DeMille's first take on the biblical tale happened 33 years earlier when he released a silent version of the story of the Hebrew exodus from Egypt.

Statues of ancient Egyptian lioness deity Sekhmet uncovered in Luxor

A collection of 27 fragmented statues of the lioness goddess Sekhmet has been uncovered during excavation work at the King Amenhotep III funerary temple at the Kom El-Hettan area on Luxor’s west bank.

Cat lover? US museum explores the power of felines in Ancient Egypt

Thousands of years ago, cats successfully managed to wrap us around their little paws. Nowhere is this clearer than in Ancient Egyptian art and culture, from paintings of felines to mummified cats buried with their masters’ remains.


The black inks that ancient Egyptians used for writing on papyrus texts were made, in part, of metal. A collaboration of international researchers revealed for the first time that despite having their origins vary across time and space, ancient Egyptian papyri contained ink that shared a literal common element: copper.

Treasures From King Tut’s Tomb Are Going on a Blockbuster World Tour
Photo by Harry Burton, courtesy of INTERFOTO/Alamy Stock Photo

King Tut is hitting the road. As the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun approaches, artifacts from the legendary site are heading on a 10-city international tour. The boy king’s final resting place, undisturbed and completely intact, was discovered by English archaeologist Howard Carter on November 4, 1922, its golden treasures igniting the imaginations of people around the world.

Unlocking the 'Lost City of the Pyramids,' and other Giza mysteries

The pyramids of Giza are loathe to give up their secrets. Over 4,000 years since they were constructed in Egypt's Old Kingdom, archaeologists are still uncovering fresh mysteries from this ancient and beguiling site.

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