Monday, January 21, 2019

Ancient Egypt January 21 2019

The Crafty Historian Bringing Ancient Socks to Life
These socks, made in Egypt in the fourth or fifth century arenow in the Victoria and Albert Museumr. DAVID JACKSON/CC-BY-SA 2.0

SOCKS AND SANDALS. The combo might elicit cruel jabs from footwear snobs today, but people been rocking it since ancient times. In the eighth century B.C., for instance, the Greek poet Hesiod instructed contemporaries to wear piloi, something soft and matted, under their sandals. Sometime around the year 300, a kid was running around near the ancient city of Antinoupolis, in Egypt, with his or her foot stuffed into a striped sock split into two, kind of like mittens for the feet—the big toe in one part, and the four other little piggies in the other. That socked foot was likely strapped into a sandal.

The Treasure Vault of Ancient Egypt

Many of you know or have at least heard of the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London or the American Museum of Natural History in New York. I wonder though how many people have heard about the museum which has the largest collection of the artifacts of ancient Egyptian civilisation. I am talking about the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, popularly known as the Egyptian Museum.

NKU Scientists, Students Using New Technology To Find Out More About How Child Mummy Died

Scientists and students at Northern Kentucky University will get an up-close look at our ancient past and hopefully clear up some mysteries.

On Thursday, NKU's Health Innovation Center will use its newest technology to scan the mummy of a child from ancient Egypt that belongs to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Scientists hope the new images can give them clues about how the child died.

Damage to Ancient Carving of Egyptian Couple Was Meant to Hurt Them in the Afterlife
The faces and hieroglyphs on this 3,500-year-old carving were destroyed by someone in ancient times. Credit: ©GM - Tell Edfu Project 2018

An intentionally damaged limestone carving found within a 3,500-year-old shrine at Tell Edfu, in southern Egypt, shows what appears to be an ancient couple who someone tried to vanquish in the afterlife.

The carving depicts a man and woman standing beside each other, with hieroglyphic inscriptions giving their names and occupations. "The faces of the couple were [damaged]," and hieroglyphic writing on the carving had been "scratched out," Nadine Moeller, the director of the Tell Edfu Project, told Live Science. "Erasing a private person's name in ancient Egypt is usually a sign of someone wanting to erase the memory of this person and therefore obliterate their existence in the afterlife," explained Moeller, who is also a professor at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.

Tut Comics

Ancient lands. Endless mystery. One kid just trying to survive Ancient Egypt. Follow to catch a new comic every single day!

Conservation at the Abydos Middle Cemetery
 Abydos Temple Credit: ©Michalea Moore

Happy New Year! My January has gotten off to a good start, because I spent most of December working at the beautiful site of Abydos, Egypt. Abydos is an ancient Egyptian royal cemetery site, and the Kelsey has a field research project there, directed by museum curator Janet Richards. We have a number of special conservation projects at Abydos, and the one I’m most closely involved with focuses on preservation of painted wood artifacts at the site.

Upper Egypt's Dendera Temple to be converted into open-air museum

In collaboration with a French archaeological mission, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities is developing the area around the Dendera Temple complex near Luxor into an open-air museum.

Roman tombs discovered in Egypt's Dakhla Oasis

Two Roman tombs have been uncovered during excavation work at Beer El-Shaghala site in Mut village in Dakhla Oasis.

The walls of the two uncompleted tombs are painted in bright colours with religious scenes.

Philip Glass's Akhnaten 

Akhnaten is a mesmerising work whose text draws on ancient hymns, prayers and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. The opera’s unique mood will transport you to the ancient world through music that combines Glass’s characteristic minimalist voice with stylised movement and choreographed juggling to visualise the rhythms of his score.

Note: This site contains a production video and gallery.

Tomb of Antony and Cleopatra to be Uncovered Soon
Courtesy of Wikipedia: Taporsiris Magna- Egypt; taken by Ehab Samy

“The long-lost tomb of Antony and Cleopatra will be eventually uncovered. The burial site has been finally estimated to be in the region of Taposiris Magna, 30 kilometersaway from Alexandria,” Egyptian archaeologist ZahiHawass said in a statement during Palermo Conference.

Hieroglyphic inscriptions discovered in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian archaeologists discovered a hieroglyphic inscription illustrating the signature of King Ramses III, one of the kings of Pharaonic Egypt.

Al-Arabiya channel broadcasted the discovery of the inscriptions in Tayma in Northern Saudi Arabia,one of the largest archaeological sites in the kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula.

Today in History: Pyramid Restorers Ditch Modern Tech For Ancient Restoration Methods

The Djoser Pyramid, Egypt's oldest pyramid, has been undergoing restoration for years. Image: So Hing-Keung/ Corbis, retrieved from Smithsonian Magazine.

On this day in 1984, an international panel overseeing the restoration of the Great Pyramids in Egypt overcomes years of frustration when it abandons modern construction techniques in favour of the method employed by the ancient Egyptians.

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