Monday, August 6, 2018

Ancient Egypt August 6 2018

Grand Egyptian Museum receives head of King Senusert I
King Senusret head - Ministry of Antiquites Offical Facebook Page

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received on Friday the red granite head of the statue of King Senusret I from an antiquities' storehouse in Cairo Citadel in order to be displayed with the opening of the museum in 2019.

In a statement, GEM general supervisor Tareq Tawfiq said the head is carved from red granite and has the common artistic features found in pieces attributed to the Middle Kingdom.

Incredible Electromagnetic Discovery In Great Pyramid Of Giza's Hidden Chambers
Dog enjoying the electronimagnetic energy of the Great Pyramid. © Michalea Moore 2017

The Great Pyramid of Giza is steeped in history and mythology, and as such fascinates researchers from various fields who all want to unravel its many secrets.

Now, an international team of physicists has found that, under the right conditions, the Great Pyramid can concentrate electromagnetic energy in its internal chambers and under its base.

Two Ancient Egyptian tombs uncovered in Minya

The Egyptian-Australian Archaeological Mission of the University of Macquarie, Australia have rediscovered the tombs of two statesmen from the Middle Kingdom of Egypt at the Beni Hassan antiquities area in Minya, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa al-Waziry announced.

Ancient Egypt: A Tale of Human Sacrifice?
Subsidiary chambers of the tomb of King Den. Photos by the authors
From our modern perspective, the idea of human sacrifice in ancient Egypt is so exotic as to be desirable. But what evidence would really indicate the practice in ancient Egypt? Is it to be found in the pathology of buried individuals, the architecture, the iconographical record, or in oral and written tradition? Are other interpretations equally if not more valid? Our discussion focuses on the early sites of Adaima, Hierakonpolis, Abydos, and Maadi.

Adaima lies about 550km south of Cairo and was primarily excavated between 1989 and 2005. Its two cemeteries contain almost 900 Predynastic graves studied by osteoarchaeologists and anthropobiologists. Some skeletons showed clear cut marks on the upper vertebrae and it seems that skulls were removed after decomposition. But does this constitute human sacrifice?

How Ancient Egypt Shaped Our Idea of Beauty
These cosmetic pots contained kohl, which the ancient Egyptians applied like eye-liner, perhaps to screen out the sun (Credit: Two Temple Place/Ipswich Museum)

Walking around Beyond Beauty, the new exhibition organised by charitable foundation the Bulldog Trust in the neo-Gothic mansion of Two Temple Place in central London, you would be forgiven for thinking that the ancient Egyptians were insufferably vain.

Jean-Claude Golvin Online
Jean-Claude Golvin is a French architect, archaeologist and former researcher at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research - Bordeaux III Michel de Montaigne University). He is the world’s first specialist in the visual reconstruction of great sites from the Antiquity.

He has produced over 1000 drawings of ancient and medieval cities and monuments, most of which are deposited at the Departmental Museum of Ancient Arles – the most active museum in France regarding this period in history, second only to the Louvre.

Here is the direct link to the Egypt page.

Where's the Tomb of King Tut's Wife? Valley of the Kings Dig Leaves Mystery

Before ancient Egyptians constructed a tomb they would dig holes that contained buried artifacts. The tomb would then be built nearby. Recently, in the Valley of the Kings (where King Tut was buried), archaeologists unearthed a set of these "foundation deposits," but to their puzzlement, no tomb has been found.

Women Archaeologists Database!
Image: Margaret Murray and Hilda Petrie

"Breaking Ground may as well have been titled 'Against All Odds,' as the women archaeologists whose lives and careers we remember here faced innumerable challenges and difficulties but prevailed to contribute significantly to the expansion of our knowledge of the ancient world."

Explore this database of the intrepid women of archaeology by Brown University.

Picture of the week: Abu Simbel 1930

Abu Simbel Temples in 1930 before the transfer of The Abu Simbel temples. Known as the "Temple of Ramesses, beloved by Amun" it was one of six rock temples. The smaller temple is dedicated to the goddess Hathor.

It was relocated in its entirety in 1968, because it would have been submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser after the building of the Aswan high dam on the Nile River.

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