Monday, July 9, 2018

Ancient Egypt July 9 2018

Archaeologist Howard Carter: How Persistence Led Him To King Tut's Tomb

Even Indiana Jones would probably have given up.

Howard Carter and his team dug through hundreds of boulders in Egypt's Valley of the Kings for about five arduous years, looking for the lost tomb of Tutankhamun. His research told him the tomb was there. But no one — not even he — could find it thousands of years after the child king's death. Carter's once enthusiastic financial backer was losing patience.

The Gold of the Pharaohs: Massive Egyptian exhibition in Monaco 

The Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition” kicked off in Monaco on Friday, showcasing 149 ancient masterpieces from the Egyptian Museum. The huge, unique event is hosted by The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, between July 7 and September 9, under the auspices of Prince Albert II and the Egyptian government.

After a century in the limelight, ancient Egyptian sphinx going back into hiding

After this weekend, it will be years before visitors to the Penn Museum in Philadelphia will be able to see its ancient sphinx.

The Lower Egyptian gallery of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania is about to undergo extensive renovations, expected to last several years.

Egypt puts relics recovered from smugglers in Italy on display
REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The relics date to different eras, suggesting that the smugglers were well organized, according to museum curator Ahmed Samir.

“They researched Egypt from north to south to extract these artifacts. Thank God they were returned to their country,” he said.

Discovering King Tutankhamun's tomb: Harry Burton's photographs
Tape is used to mask the paintbrush holding the head upright C.RIGGS/METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

A new exhibition reappraises the work of Harry Burton, who photographed the decade-long Tutankhamun excavation. The collection is a striking record of a groundbreaking moment in our study of the past.

It was one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century.

But what was it like to first point a lens into the 3,000-year-old tomb of King Tutankhamun?

Two 4,500 Year-old Homes Found Near Giza Pyramids
Credit: Copyright 2016 by Ancient Egypt Research Associates

Archaeologists have discovered two ancient homes near the Giza pyramids in Egypt. The structures may have housed officials responsible for overseeing the production of food for a paramilitary force more than 4,500 years ago.

Mystery of Alexandria's largest coffin 

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered what’s thought to be the largest granite sarcophagus ever found in Alexandria, measuring nearly nine feet long.

The massive stone casket was buried more than 16 feet beneath the surface alongside a huge alabaster head – likely belonging to the man who owned the tomb.

Experts say the ancient coffin has remained untouched since its burial thousands of years ago during the Ptolemaic period.

1st Chinese archaeological mission in Egypt to commence in Sept
Archaeologists work on mummies found in the New Kingdom tomb in Luxor, Egypt, on Sep. 9, 2017. (AP photo)

Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany said in a recent interview with Xinhua that the first-ever Chinese archaeological mission in Egypt will start working this September.

"The Chinese mission has completed all the procedures to work in Egypt ... their work will start in September in Upper Egypt's city of Luxor," al-Anany told Xinhua.

He added that the mission has chosen Luxor as it is rich in many uncovered ancient Egyptian antiquities.

The Latest Discoveries in Egyptology (May-June 2018)

Every few months, the Nile Scribes bring you summaries of the latest news and discoveries in Egyptology, both from the field and the lab. We’ll introduce you to the newest archaeological finds or recently undusted manuscripts being rediscovered in museum collections, plus other new theories stirring in the Egyptological Zeitgeist. In this edition, Graeco-Roman buildings were discovered in the Nile Delta and Siwa Oasis, new texts were revealed by the Sinai Palimpsest Project using multi-spectral imaging, and a beautiful set of Twenty-Sixth Dynasty canopic jars were excavated at the South Asasif in Luxor.

Horus – One Of The Most Important Ancient Egyptian Gods And Symbol Of Rulership and Justice

Horus was worshipped in different forms throughout Egypt from the predynastic period before Egypt was united under one ruler until Roman times. The pharaohs of Egypt took a Horus name to symbolize that they were the living embodiment of this god.

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