Monday, August 20, 2018

Ancient Egypt August 20 2018

EATAD announces ‘Seven Wonders of Ancient Egypt’
Abydos. Photo © Michalea Moore

The Egyptian Association for Tourism and Archaeological Development (EATAD) has compiled its official “Seven Wonders of Ancient Egypt”, with the Giza pyramids at the top of the list.

Multilingualism along the Nile
Photo courtesy of and © Luigi Prada

When we think of the language of ancient Egypt, the first thing that springs to mind is hieroglyphs carved on temple and tomb walls, the expression of a monolithic and unchangeable culture. Yet this could not be further from the truth. The civilization of ancient Egypt was much more dynamic and open to innovation than we normally give it credit for, and so was its linguistic complexity..

Prehistoric Mummy Reveals Ancient Egyptian Embalming ‘Recipe’ was around for Millennia
Pic credit: Dr Stephen Buckley, University of York

The ancient Egyptians developed sophisticated embalming treatments far earlier and across a wider geographical area than had been previously known, forensic tests on a well-known prehistoric mummy have revealed.

2 Ancient Pieces Discovered during Groundwater Lifting Works in Aswan

The Egyptian Commission affiliated with the Ministry of Antiquities succeeded in discovering two ancient pieces made of mud-sand that date back to the Ptolemaic era.

The discovery was made while the commission was undergoing their current works of removing groundwater from under the Temple of Kom Ombo in the city of Aswan, south of Egypt.

World's oldest cheese found in Egyptian tomb

Aging usually improves the flavor of cheese, but that's not why some very old cheese discovered in an Egyptian tomb is drawing attention. Instead, it's thought to be the most ancient solid cheese ever found, according to a study published in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry.

Unpublished Egyptian texts reveal new insights into ancient medicine
Instructions for a 3,500-year-old pregnancy test. Credit: Carlsberg Papyrus Collection / University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen in Denmark is home to a unique collection of Ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts.

A large part of the collection has not yet been translated, leaving researchers in the dark about what they might contain.

"A large part of the texts are still unpublished. Texts about medicine, botany, astronomy, astrology, and other sciences practiced in Ancient Egypt," says Egyptologist Kim Ryholt, Head of the Carlsberg Papyrus Collection at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Nefertiti, Cleopatra, and Hatshepsut Commanded Empires and Flipped Gender Roles While Pushing Against the Patriarchy

Cleopatra shattered the glass ceiling of power in ancient Egypt. Boudica, the fearsome first-century Celtic Iceni queen, “leaned in” by leading a bloody uprising against the occupying Roman army.

But did either of these women, or a handful of other formidable females whose exploits were recorded by history, ever actually rule the world? That topic took center-stage before an overflow audience at a Zócalo/Getty panel discussion that roamed from pharaonic Egypt to the court of Queen Elizabeth I to the White House.

The Battle Of The Delta (1175 BCE)

The Battle of the Delta was a sea battle between Egypt and the Sea Peoples, circa 1175 BCE when the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses III repulsed a major sea invasion.

The conflict occurred somewhere at the shores of the eastern Nile Delta and partly on the bord

This major conflict is recorded on the temple walls of the mortuary temple of Pharaoh Ramesses III at Medinet Habu.
Report: Sohag Museum a mirror reflecting Egypt’s history

The Sohag National Museum which overlooks the Nile in the Upper Egyptian town of Sohag was finally inaugurated by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Monday.

In 1989, the foundational stones of this museum were first placed. In 1991, the designs and architectural drawing began and the first contractor received the project in 1993. The project was set to be completed in 1995 but this didn’t happen because the museum launch was halted several times due to technical and interior design issues as well as the lack of financial resources.

For a glimpse inside the museum, check out the Egyptian Museum's Facebook page.
Also of interest, The museum of Sohag in numbers.

From the ND Prairie to Egypt
ND native Mark Lehner discovers more mysteries of the Giza Plateau
Submitted Photo Mark Lehner, center, discusses the 2018 excavations at the Kromer Dump site with Mohsen Kamel, left, field director, and archaeologist Aude Gr—zer Ohara, who points to artifacts they discovered. 

World-renowned Egyptologist Mark Lehner’s journey to the Giza Plateau started in North Dakota.

Lehner said his journey to Egypt began more than 40 years ago when in September 1971 he dropped out of college (He’s Dr. Mark Lehner now.) and didn’t know what to do next. He decided he would hitchhike across the country. So he packed a few things and set out from Minot on U.S. Highway 83.

Papyrus of Aaner, priest of the goddess Mut, Third Intermediate Period (1076 – 722 a.C.)

Check out this amazing animation on the Museo Egizio, Torino Facebook page.

Pictures of the Week

Vintage travel posters from The American University in Cairo Press (AUC Press) Facebook page. Oh, how I'd like to have some of these beauties.

The Lucy Gura Archive of the Egypt Exploration Society

The Lucy Gura Archive of the Egypt Exploration Society contains thousands of glass-plate negatives documenting the very earliest years of British archaeology in Egypt. From Petrie’s earliest work in the cemeteries of Abydos through to the excavations of the sacred Buchis bull catacombs in the Bucheum at Armant (ancient Hermonthis), they preserve some of the most significant sites from Egypt’s Pharaonic past.

In 2008 all of the glass-plate negative collections were cleaned and digitised and in 2012–13, many of these slides were subsequently rehoused in archive-standard boxes. However, some 5000 were never rehoused and are at risk of irreparable damage during the forthcoming premises relocation. In order to preserve the negatives for future generations of researchers, they must be rehoused before the move.

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