Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Poles End Thirteenth Season

The Polish archaeological expedition has finished its thirteenth year at Saqqara. The story is excellent with a number of great in situ pictures.

http://en.naukawpolsce.pl/palio/html.run?_Instance=cms_naukapl.pap.pl&_PageID=1&s=szablon.depesza&dz=archeology&dep=68354&data=&lang=EN&_CheckSum=-1587959506

Russian's Find Mummies in the Fayum

Some interesting Ptolemaic mummies have been found in good condition in Egypt's Al Fayum district.

http://en.rian.ru/culture/20071127/89857536.html

Friday, November 23, 2007

Ancient Rock Art in Danger

Some really amazing ancient images are being destroyed. This story has a good comparison photo which shows the damage created in just 50 years.

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=23204

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Big Hair was Big in 3600 bc

A weave found in Egypt, I thought the picture was of roadkill. Lets hope it was a good hair day since it seems to have survived 5600 years.

http://ngm.typepad.com/pop_omnivore/2007/10/mummy-with-a-we.html

Monday, November 19, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ancient Egypt's Overlooked Canals

Here we have a part of the ancient network of roads(canals) now filled in. The land would have been covered by hundreds of such canals from north to south, east and west.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/magazine/20071112_Clues_to_a_weighty_mystery_in_Egypt.html

Dr Hawass wants Lord Canarvon Collection

Should it seem that everything Egyptian should be returned back to Egypt. This call is absurd and perhaps Dr Hawass should pick his targets more careful lest he demean his influence and good work in retrieving back to Egypt objects of importance.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/specials/tutankhamun/article2859486.ece

Again with King Tut

Well with his move in his tomb to his eventual removal to the Cairo museum probably a stop over at the mummification museum in Luxor. Here is still another story.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/weekinreview/11wilford.html?_r=2&ref=science&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Tale of Two Mummies

More often than not the tale on how a mummy came to be where it is as interesting as the mummy itself.

Here are a pair of well travelled Egyptians that ended up little more than a mile from each other in Indiana in the good old USA.

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071111/LIVING03/711110306

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Tut leaves Tomb on May 1 2008

A short from Dr. Hawass announcing restoration to King Tutankhamun's tomb.

http://guardians.net/hawass/Press%20Releases/limited_number_of_daily_visitors_to_Tuts_Tomb.htm

Digging into Africa's Past

Unfortunately Egypt receives the bulk load of tourists even though Africa has some of the oldest cultures in the world.

On the other hand the ten million tourists Egypt sees each year would only mess up these less than travelled roads,

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/870/heritage.htm

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Interviews on Tavelling Tut Exhibit

Though these two interviews are actually from last december this show has generated a lot of bad feelings though this author did not have a chance to see it. The complaints have varied from choice of objects to tickets being too expensive and galleries being way over packed.

A short interview with Egypt's Supreme council of antiquities, Secretary general Dr. Zahi Hawass.

http://www.archaeology.org/online/interviews/tut.html

Valley of the Kings: Zahi Hawass

This is not new just an essential short by Egypt's primo Egyptologist.

http://www.guardians.net/hawass/articles/King_Tut_CATscan.htm

I cannot Imagine

Why Dr. Zahi Hawass would want to get into this mess is beyond me. I suppose we may want to remember that the ancestors probably of all of us came from Africa and were overly hairy hunched over little beings who probably lacked considerable charm.

OK well some things never change!

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iB6u3XEMp9IrJfl-kH6FHNgZCg_A

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Quicky Tour of Cairo's Old Museum

A somewhat short venture around the museum. I however might dart straight to the mummy galleries.

http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/travel/article2813738.ece

CT scans for Toronto's Mummies

Toronto's mummy Djedmaatasankh led the way more than thirty years ago

http://www.thestar.com/News/article/273888

Dignity of Display

It saddened me to see the boy king leave his sarcophagus all the effort by his ancient people to provide the king with his eternity is now broken and completely dismantled.

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/where-is-the-dignity-in-the-display-of-this-corpse-1212892.html

CT Scan for Houstons Little Girl

Make sure to watch the video beside this story to see the mummy.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=local&id=5744347

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Dr. Hawass on Tutankhamun's Move

I almost did not bother with this one except that Dr. Hawass is the big guy on the subject , so here it is with no photographs.

The article is a bit of a linguistic nightmare.

http://guardians.net/hawass/Press%20Releases/king_tut_moved.htm

Monday, November 5, 2007

A New Set of Tut Photo's

Yet more on this transition from sarcophagus to antechamber, just one more step till he leaves his tomb permanently for the opening of the grand Egyptian museum.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/king_tut_s_mummy;_ylt=AsitLO5Vcj_HSRRn.4c0Z09FeQoB

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Hundreds of Pictures

Emerging from the hidings of Highclere castle are hundreds of unpublished photos of Egypt during the early 20th century.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/visual_arts/article2797237.ece

Friday, November 2, 2007

Interview with Dr. Zahi Hawass

Interesting interview on in particular objects stolen from Egypt as well as Dr. Hawass's request for the "loan" of 5 objects for museum openings.

http://www.artsjournal.com/culturegrrl/2007/11/rosetta_stone_why_british_muse.html

Polish Archaeology Celebrated

Two stories from Al Ahram celebrating seventy years of Polish archaeology in Egypt.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/869/he01.htm

Well Dug

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/869/he02.htm

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Times online Featuring Ancient Egypt

Created to celebrate the arrival of King Tut in London.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/system/topicRoot/Egypt_special/

ROM Mummy gets CT Scan

One of the Royal Ontario museum's 8 mummies has had a successful scan. This 3000 year old mummy is not on display but kept in a cupboard at the museum.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2007/10/31/4618864-sun.html