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Egyptological Headers - 6 months in!

2014-10-29T19:06:43.882+00:00


To celebrate 6 months of the Prehistoric, Predynastic and Early Dynastic Facebook page.


I realized yesterday that we have been up and running for just over six months (we started up on 22nd April 2014). A huge thank you to everyone who has posted, commented and otherwise participated. You're all doing a terrific job of exchanging information and expanding our group's knowledge about prehistoric, Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt. When we started it I had no idea if it would work, but it certainly has. Well done to all of you.  Just for fun, I have put together all the headers to date.  You'll need to click on the image to see the bigger version.


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Autumn 2014 update from Amarna (received by email)

2014-10-22T16:58:45.621+01:00

The latest from Barry Kemp and Anna Stevens: Amarna, Autumn 2014 We are happy to report that the expedition has resumed its work at Amarna, at the start of what is planned to be a particularly busy and varied schedule which we hope will run almost continuously into June of next year. Last week, an excavating team (independently funded) led by Dr Anna Hodgkinson arrived to open the expedition house and magazines and to begin a month-long investigation of a particular location within the housing area, not far to the south of the house of Ranefer and the area of small houses which were excavated in 2004 and 2005. The location lies within ground excavated in 1922 by the Egypt Exploration Fund (as it was then named), specifically part of a series of workrooms numbered M50.14. They reported finding a 'glaze kiln' but gave very few details. Dr Hodgkinson, who has a particular interest in the glass and glazing industry of the New Kingdom, has located the site again and is opening it for a close investigation. At the same time, and based in the Cairo office, two projects are under way. One is the continued scanning of the expedition archive so that multiple copies can be kept of almost all of its records. The other is the composing of a major report on the South Tombs Cemetery excavations, which ran between 2006 and 2013. In mid-November, the group undertaking this will move to Amarna and so be able to access the material from the cemetery in store at the site magazines. This includes the human remains themselves, together with small finds, pottery, textile and other kinds of wrapping material. At the end of December, a group of conservators, led by Julie Dawson and Lucy Skinner, will run a workshop which will concentrate on the remaining decorated coffin pieces from the cemetery. Several of the pieces were, at the time of excavation, packaged in conservation materials which left the surfaces invisible. The slow work of exposing and consolidating the surfaces should eventually reveal the details of decoration. The coffin group as a whole makes a most important contribution to understanding how the people of Amarna reacted to the changed ideas of the times when faced with the need to bury their dead. Towards the end of the coffins workshop, a further team will assemble to resume cleaning and repairs at the Great Aten Temple, following which the plan is to start an investigation of the cemeteries of the Amarna period which we know lie in the northern part of Amarna. The investigation will be carried out in conjunction with the University of Southern Illinois (of which Dr Gretchen Dabbs will be the principal representative, working alongside Dr Anna Stevens). In this connection it is good to be able to report that the work will be supported by a major grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities of the USA. During September of this year, the work of hair experts Jolanda Bos and Lonneke Beukenholdt on the hairstyles of the people buried in the South Tombs Cemetery attracted media attention, see, for example: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/111606/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-discovery-Hair-extensions-are-as-old-as-ancien.aspxTheir report, in Dutch, is published in the Archeologie Magazin (http://archeologieonline.nl/), 25 April-26 October 2014, pp. 12-15. The preparation of the next issue of Horizon is well advanced, and will include detail on the Great Aten Temple work of the spring season. As always, we owe a great debt of gratitude to our supporters. Our channels of giving remain open through the year: https://www.justgiving.com/northcemetery OR https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/greatatentempleOR http://www.theamarnaresearchfoundation.org/membership.htmlOR by cheque made out to the Amarna Trust and sent to Dr Kate Spence, Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ Barry Kemp/Anna Stevens 22 October 2014 Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



The latest Amarna update from Barry Kemp and Anna Stevens - 16th June 2014

2014-06-24T23:12:25.144+01:00

The latest newsletter from Barry Kemp and Anna Stevens about the latest progress at Amarna:The expedition returned to Amarna on May 21st, for a period of study, due to end on Monday, June 16th. Five anthropologists, led by Jerry Rose and Gretchen Dabbs, have reviewed the entire collection of human bones from the South Tombs Cemetery, where excavation began in 2006 after a surface collection of bones in 2005. This has been done to ensure consistency of recording and identification of skeletal characteristics and, using the excavation records, to look for further opportunities to reassemble skeletons dispersed by ancient robbery. In addition to this general review the final group of 86 individuals which had not been fully examined were analysed and the results incorporated into the database of individuals. The final count of individuals is now 432.Now that the complete database is established, the next step is the writing of the narrative report, combining the anthropology with the excavation records and developing broader themes of interpretation. Jerry Rose and Anna Stevens are set to carry out this work of synthesis in the autumn, dividing their time between the Cairo office and the Amarna expedition house, with the participation of several other members of the expedition. Other specialists have also worked at the house during this time. Jolanda Bos, assisted by Lonneke Beukenholdt, returned to continue research on the human hair from the South Tombs Cemetery. An important step is to allow the anthropologists to take full sets of skull measurements without damaging full heads of hair still in place. The hair had to be lifted from the skulls and placed temporarily on artificial skulls. Some of the most fragile pieces were worked on by the conservators. Especially well preserved heads of hair were lifted using Cyclododecane. The material is applied to the hair when warm in a liquid state, it then hardens like a wax, facilitating the lifting of the hair. The Cyclododecane will completely sublime over time. After lifting, some of the coiffures were given extra supports in order to strengthen the structure after the Cyclododecane had vanished. Detailed records were made of the rich variety of hairdressing details, which often involved the braiding or tying in of hair extensions. A team of three conservators (Julie Dawson, Lucy Skinner and Nicole Peters) spent ten days reviewing the condition of the wooden coffin material recovered from the South Tombs Cemetery since 2008. An important part of the review has been to calculate the work that remains to be done and what supplies are needed, ahead of a major winter conservation season at the expedition house. Building on their previous work on some of these very deteriorated coffins, they also performed further experiments to establish the most suitable adhesives and consolidants for strengthening and preserving the varnished and painted wood. The expedition keeps in store a large collection of potsherds from excavations going back to the first seasons at the Workmen's Village. Pamela Rose, during a short visit, was able to record a further batch of pottery from the South Tombs Cemetery. Of particular interest is the divergence of the types from those commonly in use in the city. Cemetery vessels tend to be relatively small, and in some cases are copies of larger forms that are found in the town site. Valentina Gasperini, present for much of the season, recorded all of the material we have in store from the North Palace excavations.The re-examination of the Great Aten Temple has yielded a large quantity of fragments of limestone and sandstone, from wall blocks, columns and other architectural elements. This study period has provided an opportunity for Barry Kemp and Miriam Bertram to start to make a record of it. Amongst the pieces are many from large columns of limestone which had had the decorated faces broken off in rough slices, presumably so that the remaining stone could be made into drums for new (and sl[...]



Amarna, Spring Season 2014, second report from Barry Kemp

2014-04-11T19:10:46.365+01:00

We are now nearing the end of the 2014 spring season. The fieldwork has been concentrated at the Great Aten Temple. Several excavating teams, under the supervision of Miriam Bertram, Delphine Driaux, Anna Hodgkinson and Sue Kelly, assisted by Juan Friedrich and Julia Vilaró, have been deployed across the front area. Three Ministry of Antiquities inspectors (Joseph Elya Mikhail, Randa Mohammed Abd el-Rahim and Abdullah Ali Abd el-Rahman Maaruf) have joined us for training. Inspector Ahmed Mustafa Abd el-Aziz is responsible for the fieldwork, and Hammada Abd el-Azim Abd el-Hafiz for the magazines.The re-examination of the temple, that includes the removal of Pendlebury spoil heaps, is spread across several areas, the pattern of work to some extent dictated by the trenches and spoil heaps of the 1932 excavation. The attached map indicates the location of each area compared to the plan of the 1932 excavation.Area A. A large spoil heap that had buried the southerly of the two mud-brick outer pylons has now been removed, exposing the remains of the pylon. At some time in the past, what looks like a long puddling pit has been made in the middle, in which bricks have been turned into a mud mix, perhaps for the making of newer bricks at a more convenient size. A good stratigraphic section has come to light that adds to the understanding of the history of building.Area B. Last year and the year before most of Pendlebury’s trench along the axis of the temple was re-excavated. Amongst the features exposed and recorded were two sets of gypsum-lined basins, each set arranged around a central rectangular island. The final part of this axial trench has now been cleaned, revealing a third set of basins that had been filled in during the Amarna Period, had been cut by a later foundation trench and were only partially seen in 1932. The excavation here has also been extended a short way to the east, into the sand fill beneath a gypsum concrete layer that formed the basis for a stone ‘causeway’ that ran between two sets of huge columns on sturdy concrete foundations (Area F). The sand fill, in turn, buried more of the mud floor of the first temple.Area C. The area immediately to the east of the Small Palace built from limestone blocks had been barely examined by the Pendlebury expedition. Last year, a new set of basins was found to the north of one that had been found before. The next strip of ground to the north has now revealed a further set. As this work has proceeded, the top of the wide area of mud brickwork that has the appearance of a wall around the northern gypsum concrete platform has been cleaned and planned. This extends into:Area D. A spread of brickwork runs further to the north, at an angle to the temple axis. It was exposed and planned by the Pendlebury expedition, who were uncertain as to what purpose it served or even it if were contemporary with the temple. The northern part of this area contains many graves, small enough to be of children, cut into the brickwork and ancient floors. They belong probably to an extension to the village cemetery of recent centuries that lies close by. Fortunately, they descend below the archaeological layers so that it is possible to study the latter without disturbing them. One explanation for this brickwork is that it is the remains of temporary walls, served by a ramp, that helped the builders erect the large columns in front of the stone pylon.The Great Aten Temple is famous for the large number of its offering-tables. In addition to those made of limestone blocks that were situated close to the temple axis, a field of 920 made from mud bricks spread across the open ground to the south. Pendlebury thought that a similar field had lain on the north side and claimed to have found ‘enough… to show that the same system obtained’, but provided no details. An aerial photograph of the temple taken not long afterwards shows no sign of them, in contrast to the many signs of the offering-tables to the so[...]



Amarna, Autumn News for 2013 by Barry Kemp and Anna Stevens

2013-11-15T00:22:38.739+00:00

"The continuing uncertainty about security in Middle Egypt has meant a modification to the autumn plans for working at Amarna. At the end of September, the police advised that they wished us to postpone opening the expedition house.The plan for the second stage of the project to enter the information recorded on the object records cards from the current excavations (that extend back to 1979) into a database was, nevertheless, carried through, but based instead in the Amarna Project office in Cairo instead of at Amarna. A team of volunteers (Melanie Pitkin, Reinert Skumsnes, Conni Lord, Megan Paqua, Rebecca Bradshaw) spent much of October doing this and, by the end, had completed the work. The database now contains over 36,000 entries, which will now be copy-edited in preparation for launching the database online as an open access research tool for scholars interested in the material culture of New Kingdom Egypt.The digitization of the huge number of object records is part of a scheme that is gathering momentum to convert the bulk of the expedition's records into digital files and to tie this to a scheme of ordering the most important information about the site into an Amarna Digital Atlas. The first element has, of course, a security aspect. Any archive that is composed of paper and film is vulnerable. Digitization enables multiple copies to be made. It is a large project but one that has been made feasible by a generous donation, specifically for this purpose, by Peter Borromeo.The second element, the Amarna Digital Atlas, was conceived some years ago and is described on the project's web site:http://www.amarnaproject.com/pages/recent_projects/survey/digital_atlas.shtmlMuch work was done at the time in creating outline digital versions of key maps and plans. The project has now been given fresh impetus as a result of collaboration with the Egyptian section of the Berlin Museum, as announced in the project's newsletter, Horizon, issue no. 11 (Summer 2012), page 10.The other piece of work planned for the autumn was to continue the recording of fragments of statues and carved blocks recovered from the re-clearance of the Great Aten Temple and stored in the site magazine. This has now been postponed until early 2014. The time has been spent instead on the preparation (with the assistance of Miriam Bertram) of a longer report on the temple intended for the project's web site and on further preparation of the North Palace report.More recently, the police have relaxed their cautious policy on the use of the expedition house. A two-day visit to the house has proved possible, enabling a meeting with some of the local inspectors to discuss plans for next year. February should see a resumption at the Great Aten Temple. In addition to taking forward the cleaning and planning of the foundations, it is important to begin the consolidation of the mud-brick pylon, the base of which is now exposed to the elements. For this, new mud bricks, made to the original large size using a compression technique, will need to be produced. The best time for buying the main ingredient, enriched soil from the fields, is now when many of the fields lie empty ahead of the sowing of new crops, due to begin very soon. Four trailer loads have now been ordered for delivery to the temple site to await the opening of a new brick-making yard in the new year.Thanks to the generosity of many people, including those who attended lectures given in Orange County, California and those who make donations through the Amarna Research Foundation, we have gathered some of the money we need for next year. But we still need more before our target is reached. Please, if you can, donate to the project via the Amarna Trust section of the BigGive site:https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/17049Many of you will receive copies of the Amarna Trust's free newsletter, Horizon. Issue number 13 was mailed early in September. It is also available as a pdf on both our[...]



Definitely closing this time!

2013-09-12T14:20:01.681+01:00


After a couple of attempts to keep Egyptology News going, this is just a quick note to point out the self-evident fact that I no longer have the time to keep either the blog or the associated Twitter account up to date.  For those on Twitter I recommend @Bennu, run by Vincent Brown.

The final straw was when Google Reader closed and Feedly lost all my newly imported feeds.  Life's just too short, sometimes.

I've disabled comments so that I can leave the old posts up as an archive without having to worry about monitoring the blog but you can still email me on the address shown in the right hand column.

Thanks to everyone.
Best
Andie



News from 1st June to 21st June

2013-06-21T23:43:38.974+01:00

Much embarrassment. Has three weeks really passed since my last post?  I knew that it had been a while but I had no idea that it was that long.  Apparently time also passes when you're up to your ears in chaos! Here's the usual, albeit belated roundup, with an emphasis in the media on the terrible looting of Egyptian sites.  It needs highlighting, so that's a good thing, but it is a ghastly outcome of the so-called revolution that it is happening at all.   Other stories, with much better news, are inevitably overshadowed but should not be forgotten.This is, inevitably, a rather long post.  Sorry!The recently excavated Avenue of the Sphinxes,Luxor (photograph taken in early 2011) Fieldwork A new discovery has been made at the Hyksos fortress at Tell el Yahodiya in the Nile Delta. With photos. Luxor Times http://bit.ly/14mzhOK Remains of a town inhabited from around 2000BC until the Graeco-Roman era discovered in Qalioubiya area. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/13YLOaL Town of admin staff and workers who built Giza pyramids suffered multiple flash floods in Old Kingdom. New Scientist http://bit.ly/18Xk8Zy 4 minute YouTube video, in Spanish, re recent work at Qubbet el Hawa (Aswan), including opening of a sealed chamber. http://bit.ly/17iwwE3 Arqueólogos españoles hallan un doble sarcófago de 4.000 años en Egipto http://qwapo.es/16D8NKT Acceden a una cámara intacta de más de 4.000 años en la necrópolis faraónica Qubbet el Hawa, Aswan. Europa Press http://bit.ly/14fOVeT Update on work being carried out in Karakhamun’s burial chamber. South Asasif Project http://bit.ly/1bERhpT Update from recent excavations at Abydos. Penn Museum Artifact Lab http://bit.ly/11X4yEG Archaeos excavating in the Sudan have uncovered a necropolis where hundreds of small pyramids once stood. Archaeology http://bit.ly/117JS1c Human bone study at Amarna and other topics. I have copied the latest email update from the Amarna team to my blog at http://bit.ly/13MSp8p Gebel el Silsila Survey Project season finale - lots of info and some great pics http://bit.ly/198HZ8P A section of a New Kingdom stele listing offerings made to gods was discovered at Matariya in Cairo. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/OXjl0m ResearchPolish scientists will examine how climate changed in Egypt thousands of years ago. Nauka W Polske http://bit.ly/14aEPvt Pyramids of Giza built by trade unions of hired workers? Pravda http://bit.ly/10VfGCO Unpublished 18th century manuscript on hieroglyphs, believed lost, now presented by the Griffith Institute: http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/bracci-special/ A previously unknown album of drawings by Amelia Edwards recently identified in the GI Archive. Griffith Institute http://bit.ly/1bMEbXR Elephant and giraffe hair? No problem! Includes 18th Dynasty elephant-hair basket. Penn Artifact Lab http://bit.ly/17fGFRY More re conservation work by Massachusetts General Hospital on mummy Padihershef. Washington Post http://wapo.st/18VX7ni The Edinburgh Casing Stone – A piece of Giza at the National Museum of Scotland. Arkysite http://bit.ly/17ldAU5 Scientists investigate a 3,000-yr-old mummy discovered in Scotland after more than 7 decades in storage. Channel4 http://bit.ly/15Gegzu Boston hospital cleaning 2,500-year-old mummy of Padihershef. PhysOrg http://bit.ly/14laVXz The mysteries of the Egyptian hairstyles by Collection Correspondent Monika Zgoda. UCL Collections blog http://bit.ly/12qDvJ2 Heritage Management and Looting Why does Shura Council’s culture, tourism + media committee want to modify present antiquities law? Al Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/149TXch More re the armed gang that attacked 5 Aswan tombs, robbed their contents + dug several holes nearby. Al Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/11QKgwI Activists in Cairo and Alex call for protests aimed at saving local historical site from destruction. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/11O1Jqt More[...]



Update from Amarna: Human bone study at Amarna and other topics

2013-06-08T10:40:34.104+01:00

The latest email news update from Barry Kemp and Anna Stevens:2013 physical anthropology study periodFollowing a break of two weeks at the end of the spring excavation season (for the cemetery part see the Amarna Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/amarnaproject?ref=mf), the house and expedition opened again, on May 18th, for the start of the 2013 physical anthropology study period, that is due to end on June 13th. Led by Prof Jerry Rose, assisted by Dr Gretchen Dabbs, the 15-person group travelled by chartered bus to Amarna and quickly got to work. Facing them this time is twice as many bones as in the past. Since the 2012 study period, two full field seasons of excavation at the South Tombs Cemetery have taken place. The result is whole or partial skeletons of 141 individuals, who take the full total of individuals since excavation began in 2006 to 401.The bones are stored, by individual, in large plastic crates and skull boxes, labelled as to circumstances of finding (date, location, etc). They still retain, however, a coating of sand that needs to be carefully brushed off over fine-mesh sieves. In order to hasten this, four of the regular cemetery workmen (led by Walid Mohammed Omar) are doing this necessary job.  As the individuals emerge from their 'dry-cleaning' episode, they are laid out in full anatomical order on the tables in the workrooms. They are then recorded according to a full bioanthropological protocol. Beyond this, several specific research projects are under way, some of them assisted by the expedition's on-site x-ray facility.A few photographs can be seen at: https://www.facebook.com/amarnaproject/photos_streamIn some cases, the hair remains on the skulls, sometimes as a full head of hair. Often, however, ancient robbery has separated skull and hair, and the latter is found loose in the sand. When taken together, the eight seasons of excavation have provided a large collection. For a second time, the team was joined by Jolanda Bos from The Netherlands. Jolanda is an archaeologist and heritage consultant who has studied hair plaiting and beadwork amongst African societies. She began this time by improving the means of storing skulls with hair that will keep them stable, creating for each a paper bonnet that still allows the anthropologists access to the jaw and front of the skull for cranial measurements and dental research.Her Amarna findings are exciting. "The amount of complete hairstyles dating to such a limited and specific period is unique, especially in combination with the preservation conditions and the ethnic complexity of the group." A wide variety of types of hair, ranging from very curly black hair, to middle brown straight hair were present amongst the skulls, showing the ethnic diversity of the Amarna sample. No wigs were found, the preference being for hair extensions for which abundant evidence is present. The extensions were either braided or tied into the hair of the individual. It became clear that on almost all skulls which were analyzed, fat was used to model the hairstyles. On all skulls very fine pieces of textile were found covering the hair. Whether or not this was only done for burial or whether it was the general practice in daily life as well remains unclear. The textile found on the top of the head retained traces where fat cones had been placed, but textile was also present on the back and side of the head. The remains of possible fat cones were discovered on most of the skulls examined.At least three cases were identified of sidelocks on the skulls of children, the ages being four and a half, eight and a half and nine and a half. On the back and the side of some of the skulls, botanical remains were found. They seem to have been bound with string to the back of the head of the individual; sometimes they were found in relation with a strip of textile. Possibly these are th[...]



Egyptology News from 23rd May to 1st June 2013

2013-06-01T12:18:53.582+01:00

Tomb of Pennut, Lake NasserThere's been some really interesting news in the last couple of weeks from different research projects, including the use of meteorite materials to create ornamental items 5000 years ago, and a rather tragic case of child abuse in Roman-Christian Dakhleh Oasis. Sadly, there has been even more news on the subject of threats to heritage in Egypt. It reads as something of a litany of disaster when assembled in one place. Hopefully the new minister, about whom there is a piece on Al Ahram Weekly, will begin to tackle it, although with a shortage of funds it is difficult to see what steps he will be able to take. Fortunately, there is some good news as well, about the protection of certain sites and the removal of graffiti.Fieldwork  Update on the reconstruction of the false door in the tomb of Karakhamun, South Asasif, Luxor. South Asasif Project http://bit.ly/11K1l14  Amarna period discovery, Luxor: Arqueólogos hallan los primeros relieves del gobernador perseguido por Ajenaton. IEAE http://bit.ly/19oxTPD  Excavating at Amarna South Tombs Cemetery: pondering the ethics of working with human remains. Powerhouse Museum http://bit.ly/1aeHczo Research Canadian researcher uncovers first evidence of child abuse in ancient Egypt at Roman Dakhleh Oasis. The Star http://bit.ly/140R6Vi More re 2-3-yr-old child in Romano-Christian cemy in Dakhleh Oasis whose remains suggest physical abuse. Live Science http://bit.ly/12Lp11e Report on how iron was obtained from meteorites in AE millennia before the earliest evidence of iron smelting. Nature http://bit.ly/17uRDTs More re new research showing that AE iron bead found inside a 5000-yr-old tomb was crafted from meteorite. Discovery http://bit.ly/18zj9ic The first ever complete leatherwork of an AE chariot will reveal the technology used to produce it. Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/199Llqs Some Notes on Health Problems in Ancient Egypt and Nubia: part 3. By Joyce Filer on her blog: http://bit.ly/10ExKVc Heritage Management and Looting Two weeks ago Ahmed Eissa became minister of state for antiquities and now faces an uphill battle. Al Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/17yNj5D AE artefacts deteriorate in Cairo’s central museum due to poor conditions, lack of resources. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/1aebHoX Shenhur Temple, Qena, needs restoration after stone robbing, lime burning + groundwater and now used to dump rubbish http://bit.ly/1145NBG Egypt's lost antiquities: After the uprising of 2010, much was stolen or neglected. Philly http://bit.ly/13eCXl7 Historic gate in Islamic Cairo was demolished, Sunday, raising questions about saving Egypt's heritage. Aswat Masriya http://bit.ly/141fvGS. If you have Facebook access here are some photos of the demolished Islamic Cairo gateway. So sad. Aswat Masriya http://on.fb.me/12MKwyL Chinese Tourist Vandalizes Egyptian Temple, Pisses Off China. With photo. Gadling http://aol.it/14TsEoh Adolescente chino desfigura una escultura egipcia milenaria y desata la ira de Internet. CNN http://bit.ly/13YSPqP Egypt's antiquities face bigger problems than Chinese graffiti. CS Monitor http://bit.ly/11v9ztL Video: Graffiti clean-up at Luxor. Reuters http://reut.rs/13fQb0T . Via @JaneAksharBeautiful Islamic antiquities looted or neglected over the last 2 years following the 2011 uprising. Huffington Post http://huff.to/189w4XJ Local community's campaign to protect Dashur pyramids has resulted in police and army protection. Past Preservers http://bit.ly/11tCfmTDemolerán el cementerio ilegal construido cerca de las pirámides de Dahshur. Ushebtis http://bit.ly/13W2ku0 In Spanish. Inauguration of plan to improve security and visitor experience at the Giza pyramids. El Confidencial http://bit.ly/12TSo1A  Protecting temp[...]



Invitation to provide feedback on UCL Museums and Public Engagement

2013-05-24T13:36:26.670+01:00

UCL Museums and Public Engagement (including the Grant Museum, Petrie Museum and Art Museum) are inviting your input to help them improve the ways in which they promote their museums and public engagement activities and communicate with their existing and potential audiences and visitors. Please note that you do not have to have visited any of the museums to take part. On completion of the survey you will be entered into a prize draw with £50 worth of vouchers of the winner's choice as the prize. The deadline is 4 June.Complete the survey:http://bit.ly/132y26y Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



Internship in Oxford at the Online Egyptological Bibliography (1 month)

2013-05-24T11:24:48.027+01:00

For those people who have had trouble finding the information about the internship on the Griffith Institute Facebook page, I have copied and pasted the information here.  I have no more details than those copied here, so please ask any questions via the contact details below.

The Mellon Foundation grant award for the Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB) includes provision for an annual internship of one month to be held in Oxford.

Accordingly, we are seeking a person with an interest in bibliography & the development of databases in Egyptology to join the team for this period, during which they will gain experience of building an online bibliographic resource while contributing to the enhancement of the OEB database.

They will be able to devote some time to their own research, using the unrivalled facilities of the Sackler Library as well as other resources in Oxford.

We envisage that this person will be a graduate student of Egyptology (or a closely related subject) who will be willing to live & work in Oxford for a period of one month between July & September 2013. The precise period to be spent in Oxford need not coincide with a calendar month. Knowledge of Egyptological publications is essential, as is a concern for accuracy & consistency. The person must have a reading knowledge of French & German.

The intern will be reimbursed reasonable travel costs within the UK & will be helped with finding & paying for accommodation in Oxford, up to a total of £1000.
 
Those who are interested should write to R. Gareth Roberts (gareth.roberts [at] orinst.ox.ac.uk) with a letter, CV & the name of a referee (preferably their current graduate supervisor). We should like to receive expressions of interest as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 14 June, 2013.



Egyptology News from 20th to 23rd May 2013

2013-05-23T13:11:08.845+01:00

Fragment of fallen ceiling in the open air storageof the lovely Temple of Tod complex, south of LuxorFieldwork Penn curator Joe Wegner continues excavations at mortuary complex of Pharaoh Senwosret III, Abydos.Penn Artifactlab http://bit.ly/11a1cnf ResearchHand in Hand with Politics: The Challenges of Egyptian Studies in Serbia by B. Anđelković. Friends of ASOR Newsletter. http://asorblog.org/?p=4490 Heritage Management and LootingEgypt’s poor management of ancient monuments draws threat from UNESCO. Daily News Egypt http://bit.ly/19WhtLS Minister for Antiquities says that UNESCO is not threatening to remove 6 sites from World Heritage List. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/11Vvw6J  Archaeologists denounce “disgraceful” plundering of the city of Antinopolis, built by Emperor Hadrian. The Art Newspaper http://bit.ly/164Sxpk and Past Horizons http://bit.ly/18g5wBSBooks Ancient Egyptian Literature Theory and Practice. Edited by Roland Enmarch and Verena M. Lepper. OUP http://bit.ly/184k21N Extended edition of Anubis, Bibliography on Mummies, Mummification and; Related Subjects. C.de Vartavan and I.Waanders http://bit.ly/10S3K4F From Old Cairo to the New World: Coptic Studies Presented to Gawdat Gabra. Colloquia Antiqua 9. Peeters http://bit.ly/184krkP   ConferencesThe British Museum continued its support of Sudanese archaeology with an international conference. Sudan Vision Daily http://bit.ly/ZdItHt Czech Inst. of Egyptology announces international conference: Profane landscapes, sacred spaces. miroslav.barta [at] ff.cuni.cz Museums and exhibitionsAlexandria plans for a new maritime museum at site of Qaitbay citadel. Archaeology News Network http://bit.ly/13NhuSj  Call for general public volunteers (14-65 yrs old) for the new Petrie Museum website to appraise work done so far: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology http://bit.ly/16b4PfU Free online/ open accessAncient Egyptian Architecture Online provides vetted, standardized architectural drawings of a selection of buildings http://dai.aegaron.ucla.edu  MUDIRA: Joint project to digitize and provide access to the collections of images held at two Munich institutions. http://bit.ly/168xGBq    Short article: "Archaeology after the Arab Spring" by Jesse Casana. Friends of ASOR Newsletter http://asorblog.org/?p=4417 Short article in Spanish about the Turin papyrus that shows a Ramesside map of the Eastern Desert goldmines. Ushebtis http://bit.ly/Zabio1   Journals, Magazines and NewslettersDamqatum, the CEHAO newsletter, 2012, nº 8, in English: UCA http://bit.ly/10VjbJj Job OpportunitiesJob: British Museum: Curator, Department of Ancient Egypt & Sudan, with responsibilities for research and outreach. http://bit.ly/10iJ7hX Miscellaneous Northampton faces legal challenge over Sekhemka statue sale from Marquis of Northampton. Museums Journal http://bit.ly/10U7Vgf  The Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA) archives now officially registered with the Library of Congress. AERA http://bit.ly/13LfZkl   Zahi Hawass, long-reigning king of AE antiquities was forced into exile but is now plotting a return. Smithsonian Mag http://bit.ly/16a12PH For fun. This really made me laugh (and a good moral in the tale too). How NOT to hand in your PhD. The Thesis Whisperer http://bit.ly/192trWM  Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



Egyptology News for 15th - 20th May 2013

2013-05-20T21:41:45.081+01:00

The Temple of KarnakFieldwork Egyptian-Nubian soldier skeleton discovered by Dr.Irene Forstner-Müller at late Roman site Hisn Al-Bab. Luxor Times http://bit.ly/15MvbEE Hallan los restos de un soldado de origen nubio fallecido hace 1.400 años. With photo. EFE Ikuna http://bit.ly/10ZkpBW Research Research in Dakhleh Oasis suggests that Roman period babies were conceived in the heat of July, August. Live Science http://bit.ly/10IHp9u Cornell Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) identify unique Ptolemaic funerary text. Cornell Chronicle http://bit.ly/10z12Up  Just in case you missed it, here's another account of the theory of why pyramid construction was abandoned. Huff Post http://huff.to/10oaEkNVideo re the Oxford Uni project to involve the public in translating the Oxyrhynchus papyri. Guardian http://bit.ly/19FZZ6r  Via @SJRoyceScientific Insurgents Say 'Journal Impact Factors' Distort Science. Science Daily http://bit.ly/10VptgD Heritage Management and LootingEgyptian heritage body calls for authorities to halt unauthorized renovation at Sayyeda Zeinab Mosque. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/115zBDH Archaeologists and Cairenes call on antiquities ministry to save Qaitbay’s water basin from encroachment. AhramOnline http://bit.ly/16Cexad In French: A livestock market is set to encroach upon the Matariya archaeological site. Ahram Hebdo http://bit.ly/10tcktr Egyptian antiquities with "convincing provenances" were withdrawn from sale at Christie's. Looting Matters http://bit.ly/148JGOR Video: Cairo's Abu el-Ela Bridge, featured in film and music videos, may be rebuilt. Aljazeera http://aje.me/10CrIDV . Via @PatriciaSpencer Although times changed, many of the ancient Egyptian funeral customs have lingered on. Al Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/11IfvRu   Books Forthcoming book: Diachronic Trends in Ancient Egyptian History. Eds. Miroslav Bárta + Hella Küllmer, Charles University in Prague.ConferencesThe International Congress of Egyptologists in Alexandria has been postponed for a year until September 2014: http://www.iae-egyptology.org/ Museums and exhibitions In Spanish. The artificial dome that houses the relocated Nubian Abu Simbel temples will be converted into a museum. http://bit.ly/10IIbmZ How the British Museum protects more than seven million objects (including a touchable Rosetta Stone copy). BBC http://bbc.in/19Jcga6 Interview with Dr. Yazzez from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo about the current state of the museum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O-Zjgd9N2lg …  Houston Museum of Natural Science has welcomed a giant coffin to its new Egyptian displays. kuhf.fm http://bit.ly/184oLOD   AE antiquities featured at Western Australian Museum, part of ongoing collaboration with British Museum. Australian http://bit.ly/YUZzaG  Houston Museum NS Unveils Egyptian Sarcophagus, Hall of Egypt. With slideshow of green-faced sarcophagus. news92fmhttp://bit.ly/10tbjBC   Museums at Night Report: Gavin Turk, pyramid power and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Culture24 http://bit.ly/15SZmtY Free online Free online: Analysis of wooden finds from burial shafts of A38 (from ABUSIR XXII, Abusir, Egypt). J.Beneš. Academia http://bit.ly/110ZUuJ  Article free online: "The History and Research of the Naqada Region Collection" by G. J.Tassie + J.van Wetering. UCL http://bit.ly/YN7ruR   Journals and Magazines  Pyramids : special issue of Pharaon Magazine, cahier supplémentaire #2, digital volume. in french. http://goo.gl/RbZ2J Travel and TourismWhy cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, tourism can help poverty & unemplo[...]



Egyptology News 12th-14th May 2013

2013-05-15T18:23:50.459+01:00

Copied from @egyptologynewsBeautifully preserved Faiyum Neolithic basketBritish Museum Registration number: 1927,0312.10BM/Big number: EA58696Fieldwork Halfway into the Spring season at Gebel el Silsila, with some lovely photographs from the project team. http://bit.ly/10pL8HY Más hallazgos, Oxirrinco: un posible nilómetro, cripta con pinturas coptas, una esfinge y peces sagrados. Vanguardia http://bit.ly/125x8We Research Useful overview of the new theory re why pyramids are collapsing. Structural Engineering Mag http://bit.ly/YG1WQH More Coptic Manuscripts (Sahidic fragments) from Monastery of Apa Shenoute (White Monastery) at Gallica. Alin Suciu http://bit.ly/138sjdX Un uovo di struzzo mette in discussione la datazione delle piramidi di Giza? (dating of pyramids) Sotterannai do Roma http://bit.ly/19hNGwX  Karnak Project. Dépouillement exhaustif des documents et inscriptions de Karnak collationnées sur l’original. CFEETK http://bit.ly/10tu7wy     Heritage Management Local cemetery expansion in Akhmim threatens site of Ramesses II, forcing authorities to place items in storage. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/12nokwH As Egypt's tourism industry languishes, antiquities under threat. Gadling http://aol.it/10I9jak  National Geographic releases documentary behind CINTEC's Pyramid of Djoser project. World Architecture News http://bit.ly/13ejG1F Conferences The Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference will take place 20-21 May on the topic of 'Forming Material Egypt' UCL http://bit.ly/18AUOqF 5th International Fayum-Conference, 29 May – 1 June 2013, Leipzig. http://nadine-quenouille.de/fayum/   Overview of aspects of “Dialogue of Civilizations” conference that looked at 5 ancient cultures. National Geographic http://bit.ly/13PinZ9 Museums and exhibitionsGrand Egyptian Museum pushing forward with the allocation of a 4-year O&M consultancy contract Yahoo http://yhoo.it/10VAzfQ  In Spanish. Traveling exhibition, El Museo de Abu Simbel, with a copy of the RII temple. http://bit.ly/12rdN3p  and http://bit.ly/10KCN7B   Travel and TourismEgypt tourism still struggling despite upswing: Industry insiders. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/13bLNhL Some common sense comments and advice about visitor safety in Egypt. Via @maraegypt. Mara House Luxor http://marahouseluxor.com/is-it-safe-to-go-to-egypt/ …Travel: Tourists chanting/meditating to what they believe is enlightenment through mystical experience. Egypt Today http://bit.ly/11l71Ku Online resourcesAncient Egyptian Architecture Online provides vetted and standardized architectural drawings of various sites. AWOL http://bit.ly/18F425f MiscellaneousA Dec 2012 article, but it makes still-relevant points about Egypt's ongoing environmental issues. Egypt Today http://bit.ly/ZYW7fX Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



Egyptology news for the 9th-11th May 2013

2013-05-11T17:35:03.409+01:00

Copied from Twitter @egyptologynewsThe Two-Dogs Palette from the Main Deposit,Hierakonpolis. c.3300-3100BC1896-1908 E.3924Ashmolean MuseumFieldwork The week one dig diary for the South Asasif Conservation Project is up on their blog, with photos, at http://southasasif.wordpress.com/ The South Asasif Project has just opened its 8th season in the South Asasif tombs and now has a new website and blog. http://southasasif.com/ Via @JaneAkshar.Heritage Management and lootingNew minister of state for antiquities Ahmed Eissa, unveils strategy for protecting landmarks and heritage. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/18wGDmi Serious problems are facing some of Egypt's famous sites, while others may be storms in teacups. Al Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/YIlkwo  Más saqueos en las pirámides de Dashur (more looting at the pyramids of Dashur). Ushebtis http://bit.ly/13lQCbV  Main suspect bailed in Britain’s Egyptian antiquities investigation. Will return for questioning later. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/15T8led Espionage and historical research. Egypt's researchers face suspicion and misguided obsession with security. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/14460bI  Research A New Theory About Why Egypt Stopped Building Pyramids: Is it possible they were too perfect? The Atlantic http://bit.ly/12lwbJX Analysis of linen mummy bandage (EC951) displayed in the Egypt Centre’s House of Death. Egypt Centre Swansea http://bit.ly/10uDtcq Novelist Sean Thomas on his Egypt-inspired idea that monotheism might be a form of real cerebral virus. Telegraph http://bit.ly/15sRkHW Good use of ThingLink to create a nice interactive map of Djoser's Saqqara complex. Ancient Egypt Site http://bit.ly/17Nv09h A 19th century French poet (Rimbaud) in Harwa’s Cenotaph. EES Publishing Blog http://bit.ly/ZHSrM0Books New book: Vocabulaire d'architecture égyptienne par F.Monnier. 900 terms, with photos, illustrations. Éditions Safran http://bit.ly/13TBX6w Article about Richard Wilkinson and his book about QueenTausert. University of Arizona http://bit.ly/149orf7 ConferencesCall for papers: Amphorae VII Conference. Postgraduate and honours students in. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, post-Roman antiquity http://bit.ly/13MwM9b Museums and exhibitionsShould human remains be displayed in museums? 'Absolutely no' or 'Definitely yes. Tweet your thought at us ... https://vine.co/v/b0WxPOjZjdj Via ‏@PetrieMuseEgypt  Exhibition: Secrets of the Afterlife: Magic, Mummies and Immortality in Ancient Egypt (Australia). thewest http://yhoo.it/18YLZUV Exhibition: La última moda en entierros: ataúdes de faraones. ABC http://bit.ly/10yJFEW Exhibition: Making the Invisible Visible. Conservation and Islamic Art. April 2–August 4, 2013. Met Museum of Art http://bit.ly/10CnOwu Article celebrating an open-mic night for museum professionals: The Guardian http://bit.ly/15TosbD NOT free. World's 50 best museums. Chinese armies, Viking ships, Egyptian jewels and Elvis’s gold Cadillac. The Times http://thetim.es/14b84il Job OpeningsJob: Head ceramics supervisor at AERA http://www.aeraweb.org . Email Dr Claire Malleson, Director of Archaeo Science AERA. mally @liv.ac.ukJob: Professur auf Zeit für Ägyptische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte. Ludwig-Maximilians http://bit.ly/YyBPci  + http://bit.ly/12l4ZuR Egyptomania Downtown Philadelphia's Wanamaker Building and Masonic Temple. Penn Museum Artifact Lab http://bit.ly/RUJaNa Free online  Short article: Life and Death in Roman Egypt - Artemidoros and his family. Faces and Voices http://bit.ly/17P2DaL Peter Lacovara of Michael C. Carlos Museum describ[...]



Egyptology News 6th - 8th May 2013

2013-05-08T09:32:36.228+01:00

Copied from Twitter @egyptologynewsWadi es-Sebua, Lake Nasser, NubiaFieldwork A new temple and palace of Meroitic Queen Amanitore found in Wad Banaga area, Sudan. Sudan Vision http://bit.ly/Zx1VcY Yet more re the submerged 1200 year old city of Thonis-Heracleion. The Telegraph http://bit.ly/14x8rrq   Silsila from a topographer’s perspective. Gebel el Silsila Survey http://bit.ly/17L6ghX A Tell Abou-Saify (Sinai) une mission archéologique a mis au jour une zone commerciale antique. Al Ahram Hebdo http://bit.ly/10FKndyResearchSalima Ikram is working with an international team to reconstruct a replica of a chariot using AE technology. AUC http://bit.ly/XyaQyeHeritage Management and lootingWho's who: Egypt's new ministers, including the new Minister for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/18SLhbQ Art & Antiquities Squad arrest a UK-based businessman on suspicion of looting Egyptian antiquities. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/16aqtQl    UN agencies announce campaign to better inform tourists about funding of illicit goods. UN News Centre http://bit.ly/16Mx7fCConservationOfficials look for advice on how to prevent further decay of 3000 year old Lucknow museum mummy. Times of India http://bit.ly/13h429a  Museums and exhibitionsDigital archives: making museum collections available to everyone. http://bit.ly/16H22tK   "Echoes of Egypt" takes a holistic view of AE's impact on the art, architecture etc of more recent cultures. theday http://bit.ly/10iGr3y   Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre featuring drawing in Ancient Egypt, from 19th April to 22nd July 2013. AMA http://bit.ly/16OsDFk   Travel and tourismComprehensive report on the current state of travel in Egypt with emphasis on safety. Travel Reportage http://bit.ly/10af8Ny  Books A new book Hidden Luxor (For Kids) | by Jane Akshar http://nblo.gs/L1hmaEgyptomania Pyramids of E. Lothian and Edinburgh: looking at Egyptianized pyramids in Scotland. Lothian Life http://bit.ly/18pqWNL  Free online Interview, in Spanish, with Myriam Seco. Ushebtis http://bit.ly/10FLIBeBBC 1974: Magnus Magnusson talks to Sir Mortimer Wheeler about Sir Flinders Petrie. http://bbc.in/YaPrdB    The twists and turns of the early days of the Napoleonic expedition to Egypt at the end of the 18thC. Al Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/12fpNDP   Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



Egyptology News 30th April - 5th May 2013

2013-05-05T16:26:09.053+01:00

Copied from Twitter @egyptologynews.Wadi es-Sebua. NubiaFieldwork Via @NealSpencer_BM Draft publications of 4th Cataract (Nubia) salvage archaeology, site 3-0 (64-page PDF). SARS http://bit.ly/15hVGSd      Gebel el Silsila Survey Project: A week report from the “linguistic department” http://bit.ly/11L85rk Sai Island – the last three field seasons. Medieval Sai Project http://bit.ly/1176Ac7  ResearchHow Kerma survived catastrophic drought that wiped out other dynasties. Heritage Daily http://bit.ly/10SPO09  PhysOrg http://bit.ly/11RwQm2 Interview with Betsy Bryan re her research into ritual public drunkenness and sex in ancient Egypt. LA Times http://lat.ms/10POdZ0 In Old Cairo, home to many religious treasures, a medieval Christian icon has recently come to light. Al Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/10bTFE0 Heritage Management  Residents protest looting, construction at ancient necropolis. Ahram online http://bit.ly/11TPYkF Les fondations de la citadelle Qaïtbay sur la corniche d’Alexandrie sont menacées par l’érosion. Ahram Hebdo http://bit.ly/11BzdJg   More re rally against encroachment and looting at the Dashur necropolis. ABC News http://abcn.ws/10rFrsH      More re Dashur protest, in Spanish, with a particularly good photograph showing some of the problems. Ushebtis http://bit.ly/102HpRn     Journals and MagazinesPharaon Magazine #13 is available ! lots of articles : pyramids, news tombs at Saqqarah / Guizeh, egyptian medecine http://www.pharaon-magazine.com ConferencesProgramme for the 1 Day Colloquium: Recent Archaeological Fieldwork in Sudan 13th May, at the British Museum. SARS http://bit.ly/169rgRE Annual colloquium: Nubia in the New Kingdom: Lived experience, Pharaonic control and local traditions. British Museum http://bit.ly/128thIk  And this is a link to the programme http://www.britishmuseum.org/pdf/AES_Colloquium_2013.pdf …    Museums and exhibitionsFirst look at plans to show Egyptology Collection hidden for over 40 years in Southport (NW England). BayTVLiverpool http://bit.ly/18nXJ2Q Southport (NW England) in bid to fund new Egyptology gallery to house Goodison Collection. Egyptology North http://bit.ly/YaZhfw For download: 'Public perceptions of the purposes of museums in society'. http://www.irishmuseums.org/news-item/469  via @gem_heritage  Travel and tourismPromoting tourism: Face à la crise, la stratégie du ministère se tourne vers les marchés émergents. Ahram Hebdo http://bit.ly/15Z5aRD Free online Article: La astronomía en Egipto. Ushebtis http://bit.ly/13fHB3a   TelevisionFirst episode of "Archaeology: A Secret History" with Dr Richard Miles on BBC4 is available for 3 weeks online for UK residents only (sorry) at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0109jnw …Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



Egyptology News 25th - 30th April 2013

2013-04-30T19:01:47.537+01:00

Copied from @egyptologynews. Sorry that this is a bit late - I've been away from home.Palm trees at Abu SimbelFieldwork Gebel el Silsila Survey Project. The first 2 weeks of the new season. http://gebelelsilsilaepigraphicsurveyproject.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/first-two-weeks.html …In Spanish. Czech team find valuable sculptures of Amun and Mut in Sudan, 2000 years old. With photos. Radio Praga http://bit.ly/11LhcK6A submerged 1200 year old Egyptian city beneath the Mediterranean is starting to reveal its story. The Telegraph http://bit.ly/14x8rrq Heracleion Photos: Lost Egyptian city revealed after 1200 years under the sea.Huffington Post http://huff.to/13H41t   Discovery of 200 AD industrial artisan complex that produced tableware, bronzes, housed workers, in Sinai. ANSAmed http://bit.ly/17XHUQcResearchVia @eloquentpeasant. Baking and bakeries at Old Kingdom Giza - feeding the pyramid workers. AERAweb http://bit.ly/m5iNBMScans of Perth’s “cat mummy” have revealed what appears to be a 90-year-old scam. thewest http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/16903404/great-perth-mummy-swindle/ …3D map raises Heracleion from the deep: Scientists recreate trading town submerged for 1200 years. Daily Mail http://bit.ly/18eif6b Joyce Filer's "Notes on Health Problems in Ancient Egypt and Nubia: part 2" on her blog http://bit.ly/12XxMHX Heritage Management and LootingOn Monday archaeols held a protest in Dahshur re illegal encroachment of local cemetery on heritage. Daily News Egypt http://bit.ly/ZxVtFV  Archaeologists fear for pyramid sites as illegal cemetery building gathers pace in wake of Arab spring. The Guardian http://bit.ly/10JO5Ks More Egyptian archaeology harmed. Abu Sir Al Malaq on the border between Fayoum and Bani Sawif. Egyptian Chronicles http://bit.ly/15PVKYOUnauthorised amateur archaeologists cause cracks in six buildings in Alexandria; one suspect arrested. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/17r8HpV An article looking at the rumoured deterioration of the Bent Pyramid and plans for restoration. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/183PxYkAfter two years of neglect, the world famous Giza Plateau is spruced up and cleared of garbage. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/ZeSgYqQatar offers $135 million for restoration of historic sites in Sudan. Sudan Tribune http://bit.ly/1696elFFight to preserve Egypt’s ancient Jewish sites. The Art Newspaper http://bit.ly/15LIYdRWho Rules the Street in Cairo? The Residents Who Build It. Insights into Cairo Illegal building projects. NY Times http://nyti.ms/Y6KGl8Books The Old Kingdom Town at Buhen - an appeal for funding. EES http://ees.ac.uk/news/news/216.html …New book: Céramique et occupation égyptienne en Canaan au 13e siècle av. J.C. By Katia Charbit Nataf. BAR http://bit.ly/16aVH9BConferencesThe Coptic Orthodox Church in action. Sixth International Symposium of Christianity and Monasticism. Al Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/186wudh Museums and exhibitionsMummy hnty-k to go on display at McManus Museum in Dundee, Scotland. http://bit.ly/11TnsiX  What is museum learning? Museums + Heritage http://bit.ly/10da7xQ  Via @gem_heritageBritish Museum director to advise on Burrell Collection (Scotland) revamp. BBC http://bbc.in/ZRySk6Exhibition: Nesperennub is still on his travels and is now opening in Singapore. ST http://bit.ly/11J4BavBritish Museum's £135m extension is on time and on budget, say curators. http://bit.ly/16e7X9i . Via @Amesemi  An Egyptian legend in Prague. Facsimiles of all the treasures of King Tutankhamun's tomb are on display. http://bit.ly/Y4sxEz Smuggling Cairo airpor[...]



Egyptology News 22nd - 24th April 2013

2013-04-24T20:44:37.384+01:00

Copied from @egyptologynews  Abu SimbelFieldwork A New discovery in North Sinai including imported amphorae from Rhodes Island. Luxor Times http://bit.ly/ZkWhxZ The South Tombs Cemetery excavations at Amarna, 2013: the final season! The latest from Barry Kemp + Anna Stevens http://bit.ly/17fo3gU  Barbara O'Neill's interview with Dr Maria Nilsson (Gebel Silsila Epigraphic Survey Project) is now on Egyptological: http://bit.ly/15GEepB Interview in Spanish with Alejandro Jiménez, Director of investigations into tombs at Qubbet el-Hawa, Aswan. Ushebtis http://bit.ly/10zN1sz  ResearchOld Kingdom leather fragments found in Cairo Museum reveal how ancient Egyptians built their chariots. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/ZIJCkH [For those interested in this topic there was a really good article in Nature by Jo Marchant (November 2011) about New Kingdom leather pieces and what they revealed about chariots, again from pieces found in the Cairo Museum. Summary at http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-egyptian-chariot-trappings-rediscovered-1.9388] Giza Secret Revealed: How 10,000 Pyramid Builders Got Fed. Live Science http://bit.ly/11ARDtS Greek, Greek / Demotic and Demotic Mummy Labels: A Survey Version 1.0 March 2013. K.A. Worp. What's New in Papyrology http://bit.ly/12IgJcW  ConferencesSummary of Egyptian origins portion of “Dialogue of Civilizations” conference held in Guatemala. National Geographic http://bit.ly/17Ri8QBMuseums and exhibitionsFree PDF press kit about the Egypt and Sudan galleries at the Ashmolean Museum website with lots of info and photos. http://bit.ly/XQMI8U  Archaeology: Greek-Roman museum to reopen in Alexandria. ANSAmed http://bit.ly/Zm7UFD  New website address for the Friends of the Petrie Museum: http://www.friendsofpetrie.org.uk  La momia del Museu Darder vuelve a Banyoles 10 años después. Exposición itinerante 'Proyecto Monthemhat' Vanguardia http://bit.ly/15oGuS7  Egyptomania More re the recently re-opened 1920s Egypt-influenced Louxor cinema in Paris: "Luxor-on Seine." The Economist. http://econ.st/ZgLOnf  Review of Cathie Bryan's @PetrieMuseEgypt tour of Egyptianized + Masonic tombs at Kensal Green Cemetery. Petrie Mus. http://bit.ly/ZIkb5Z  New websites and appsNew archaeology apps may make you an armchair Indiana Jones. Fox News http://fxn.ws/Zlqo9p  Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



The South Tombs Cemetery excavations at Amarna, 2013: the final season!

2013-04-23T10:19:40.580+01:00

The latest email news update from Anna Stevens and Barry KempFrom the South Tombs Cemetery photo album on the Amarna Project's Facebook page(see link below)The final season of excavations at the South Tombs Cemetery is now underway at Amarna, and with just a couple of weeks left on site we are working hard to try to reach our project target of 400 skeletons. 21 to go!We are continuing work at the Upper Site, under the direction of Dr Mary Shepperson, where the odd trend for multiple burials noted in previous seasons continues. Do these graves simply represent family tombs, or was this part of the cemetery in use at a time when the population was exposed to a particularly harsh outbreak of disease that killed many and resulted in Œ"mass graves"? The physical anthropology team, who will recommence their study of the human remains in May, will no doubt be interested to examine these new burials with these issues in mind.We've also opened a new part of the site, around half way along the wadi in which the cemetery lies, which is densely packed with very regularly spaced graves, most occupied by single skeletons. Yet, as always, the site offers something unexpected: the burial of an adult not in the extended position as is standard, but in the contracted (fetal) position. This is only the second burial of this kind in eight seasons of excavations, and we are wondering if this individual was perhaps a foreigner living at Amarna.Back at the dig house, the conservation team led by Julie Dawson is recommencing their crucial project to consolidate the pieces of decorated wooden coffin recovered from the cemetery over recent years, which are so important for the study of funerary religion in Akhenaten¹s reign.And the excavations continue to produce other finds that convey something of the character of the people of Amarna, including two pairs of bronze tweezers in the grave of an adult female, and an entire necklace formed of blue faience fish-shaped pendants and hundreds of little ring beads. These pieces can be viewed in the online photo album at the link below, which is updated regularly and includes images of the excavations:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.559090944111844.1073741825.178713395482936&type=3And yesterday we were joined by the BBC, who are working on a new program entitled "Treasures of Ancient Egypt", so some footage of the cemetery excavations might also make it to the television screen soon!The excavations this year are funded by a British Academy Small Research Grant, and by the Amarna Trust, and the conservation of the coffins is paid for by grants from the Thriplow and Aurelius Trusts.For anyone interested in learning more about the cemetery excavations, you might also like to read our recently published research article in the journal Antiquity (subscription required):http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/087/ant0870064.htmThanks again for your interest in and support of our work.19 April 2013Anna Stevens/Barry KempEgyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



Egyptology News 19th-22nd April 2013

2013-04-22T13:20:39.052+01:00

Copied from @egyptologynews.  Today's photo of the fresco from the Ashmolean Museum, which shows two Amarna princesses, is posted to accompany Campbell Price's news that a small fragment of the wall from which the princess scene is just a part, has been found in Manchester Museum's stores.  It's not a great photo (click on it to see a larger version or go to the Ashmolean Museum website to see a much better photo http://bit.ly/XQMgYj) but when looking at the original fresco you can make out that the princesses are sitting at the foot of a much larger figure.  See the link to Campbell Price's post below, which included a photograph of the fragment.Museums and exhibitionsA piece of famous Amarna Princess painting (Ashmolean Mus) found by Manchester Museum curator in their stores http://bit.ly/17Mb2gb  More re "Echoes of Egypt": Abiding influence of ancient Egypt on world’s cultures explored at the Yale Peabody Museum.http://bit.ly/Z88GpL  Review of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, southwest England. Seshat's Journal http://bit.ly/11YDV5k Fieldwork Nevine el-Aref does her usual good work summarizing what's known about Khufu's 4th Dynasty Red Sea port. Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/17HRNBF Photographs (no new details) to accompany the story on Khufu's Red Sea port. Daily Mail http://bit.ly/14sWjYCResearch Early descriptions of the so-called Cathedral of Sai. Medieval Sai Project http://bit.ly/11Wd8Xe  This story keeps resurfacing. From Egyptian Blue to Infrared. Archaeology magazine http://bit.ly/14Hr5Nw Books Via Égypte-actualités ‏@mchartier New book: Pierre Tallet. 12 Reines d’Egypte qui ont changé l’Histoire. Mai 2013. Editions Pygmalion Groupe Flammarion http://bit.ly/15tGbG1  Heritage Management Obituary: Carmen Weinstein, driving force behind the restoration of monuments of Egyptian Jewish history. NY Times http://nyti.ms/101viKr Cairo's Mosque of Ibn Tulun has lost much of its splendour with wastewater and garbage lining its walls. Ahram Online http://bit.ly/15wlysk Free online Via @ISAWLibrary Open Access: Armenian Egyptology Centre Newsletter. Download issues 1 to 24 in PDF format from http://yerevan.academia.edu/AshkhenZakharyan/Papers … A number of PDFs on the subject of Egyptian rock art by Fred Hardtke are available for download on Academia. edu: http://mq.academia.edu/FredHardtke TravelRespite in the desert. Bahareya Oasis is more than what first meets the eye. Ahram Weekly http://bit.ly/WYv6K9 Alexandria, Egypt's 'Pearl of the Mediterranean.' Huffington Post http://huff.to/ZyL4ZW Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]






Egyptology News 17th-18th April 2013

2013-04-19T13:01:08.411+01:00

Copied from Twitter @egyptologynews. Have a good weekend everyone!Amun in the form of a Ram, Kawa, Nubia.c.680BC.  1931.553. Ashmolean MuseumFieldwork The British Museum website has new pages re the BM and Sudan Archaeological Research Society excavations at Kawa http://bit.ly/ZAGZYd Free online RT historyancient Free online: Revisiting the harem conspiracy and death of Ramesses III. British Medical Journal http://ow.ly/k9FwH Edition 8 of Egyptological's Magazine is now up at http://www.egyptological.com . The contents list is on the home page. Sorry it took so long :-) Books Audio: Peter Lacovara talking about his book "Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile" (AUC 2012). 3 mins. Emory http://bit.ly/YwZuq9Book review: T. M. Hickey, Wine, Wealth, and the State in Late Antique Egypt. University of Michigan Press 2012. BMCR http://bit.ly/15owQzd ConferencesAmerican Research Centre in Egypt Annual Conference 2013, 19th-21st April. Em Hotep bit.ly/11k7Y67 Museums and exhibitionsCurating Ancient Egypt at the Manchester Museum. Ancient Egypt in Vancouver http://bit.ly/175da1f   Exhibition. El Louvre organiza la primera muestra mundial sobre el dibujo en el antiguo Egipto 19/04-22/07. Ushebtis http://bit.ly/12n0xNW  Via Gwyn Ashworth-Pratt. Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photos of the Middle East at the Queen's Gallery. Culture24 http://bit.ly/ZaANyT ‘Echoes of Egypt’ reveals ancient culture’s impact across the millennia. Yale News http://bit.ly/15iunpX Heritage Management Egypt's Jewish community to refuse Israeli financial help for renovation of Egypt's ancient Jewish synagogues. Ahram http://bit.ly/110wetFResearchMore re scan of Amunet. "Egyptian Mummy from OHS Collection Undergoes CT Scan." Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/ZtrCxY Egyptomania Egyptianized 1920s cinema reopens in Paris (with pics) IHT http://nyti.ms/XRizZe . Also a great video (in Spanish) at http://on-msn.com/ZBw3Th  Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



Egyptology News 15th and 16th April

2013-04-16T11:46:27.628+01:00

Copied from Twitter @egyptologynews.   I've tried a new layout to make navigating the stream of links more manageable.  Painted ceiling, Coptic Monastery of St Simeon, Aswan (7th Century AD)FieldworkGebel el Silsila Survey Project: Start of a new season: http://gebelelsilsilaepigraphicsurveyproject.blogspot.com/2013/04/start-of-new-season.html … Ian Shaw's email re the postponement of the 2013 season of the Gurob Harem Palace Project posted on Egyptology News blog at http://bit.ly/111Pto6 Vast Kushite royal palace (5000 sq m) found on Nile betwn 3rd & 4th cataracts in Sonijat, Tergis, Sudan. Archaiologia http://bit.ly/YAL3oB Looting and the black marketYoung Egyptians start “Stop the heritage drain” campaign to prevent loss of Egypt's heritage. Daily News Egypt http://bit.ly/17yTxQn Egyptian authorities seized 5 AE coffins, 63 statues and c.5000 coins in Beni Suef governorate. Xinhuanet via MENA http://bit.ly/130XY6M  MuseumsHixenbaugh Ancient Art Presents Recently Acquired Royal Ushabti of the Viceroy of Kush, Hori. With photo. SFGate http://bit.ly/Zxo1e1  Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, Mohamed Ibrahim, inaugurated Assiut's first national museum. allafrica .com http://bit.ly/10VevDG HMNS Ancient Egypt Hall has partnered with multiple museums to create "permanently changing" display. culturemap http://bit.ly/ZUqOOq Will a museum studies degree help you get a job in a museum? UCL Museums and Collections http://bit.ly/14s8zJ0  ResearchMummy of an AE woman, believed to be at least 2,500 years old, has been scanned in Ohio. Columbus Dispatch http://bit.ly/128uGk2  More re Nature article: Mummy genetics study may enable widespread genome mapping of Ancient Egyptians. Huff Post http://huff.to/17BTlzIWhat links the evolution of language to the collection of baboon figurines at the Petrie Museum of Egyptology? UCL http://bit.ly/XOFjZP  The digital Gurob Ship-Cart Model, an open access digital supplement to Shelley Wachsmann's book. vizin .org http://bit.ly/15dwCuE  Biblical Blame Shift - Is the Egyptologist Jan Assmann Fueling Anti-Semitism? Chronicle of Higher Education http://bit.ly/15ab3e5 Essay on Margaret Benson, first woman to gain right to excavate in Egypt, in 1895: http://www.williamhpeck.org/margaret_benson  TourismEgypt lifts ban on Luxor ballooning, although company that owned crashed balloon still grounded. IOL News http://bit.ly/ZukQVt  Strike in front of the Karnak temple in Luxor has ended after officers heard the strikers' demands. Daily News Egypt http://bit.ly/159NphX  Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]



Update from the Gurob Harem Palace Project 2013

2013-04-22T21:48:01.736+01:00

With thanks to Ian Shaw for emailing this to GHPP members this afternoon:Dear GHPP membersUsually by now we would have been halfway through the season and you would have been receiving our daily blogs from the Gurob Harem Palace Project.  Unfortunately this year we have been forced to postpone our work in Egypt until September. This is because of a dispute between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Egyptian army as to whether our site is ‘military’ or ‘antiquities’ land. Although we were as usual given permission by the Ministry of Antiquities to undertake all aspects of our fieldwork at Gurob, we are unable to enter the site until the issue with the army is resolved.In order to find out the current situation and, equally importantly, to reassure the Ministry of Antiquities of our continued commitment to the cultural heritage at Gurob, I’m currently in Egypt and have been able to speak to Dr Mohammed Ismail, the MSA Director with responsibility for foreign missions in Egypt, as well as to Ahmed Abd el-Aal, the chief inspector of the Faiyum region, within whose jurisdiction Gurob is located. Both have expressed optimism that the problem with the army can be sorted out in time for us to continue our work in September. I have also been able to informally visit the site, which appears to be largely still in good shape, and being looked after as well as possible by the local guards. We will keep you informed over the summer as to progress on the preparations for a September season, and we will of course be able to continue work on our databases and on the analysis and interpretation of the evidence we’ve obtained from the site so far. Our annual GHPP Conference will also wait until after the September season. As always, our grateful thanks for your continued support of the Gurob Harem Palace ProjectRegardsIanIan ShawDirector, Gurob Harem Palace ProjectThe Gurob Harem Palace Project is at http://www.gurob.org.uk/about.php.The GHPP Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/GurobHaremPalaceProject?fref=ts In case you haven't seen it, the report of the last season was published in the 2012 volume of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.  Egyptology News Blog, Andie Byrnes[...]