Friday, October 31, 2008

A Wonderful Collection

Though this article is on a show of art in general from the collection of the Metropolitan museum of art I put it here because it talks about the Norbert Schimmel collection of Amarna period talatats.

Schimmel acquired dozens of these wonderful sculpted blocks and donated to the Met a couple of dozen. Unfortunately the underground storage area in Egypt where the talatats were stored had been broken into many years ago with hundreds of such panels stolen.

Dr. Hawass has not yet to my knowledge asked for them back but will he?

The above picture are of talatats from the Gem paaten at Karnak and not the talatats in concern.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More Diseased Mummies

This article is on the evolution of malaria starting with two Egyptian mummies and a pair of skeletons.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The British Museum in the Sudan

Here is another article on the salvage taking place in the Sudan before the area becomes flooded by a new damn.

Conserving Mummy

A very short article with a nice picture of the mummy's Ptolemaic mask.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Anubis Arrives in New York

Yeah it is a bit of an advertisement announcing the arrival of King Tut's show to America. I do love that statue.

Mummies on Display

More mummies just in time for Halloween and a neat picture of one of them.

A Looker

Seattle's only Egyptian mummy is a 2000 year old beauty! This article comes with some impressive pictures.

A Return of the King

Amenhotep III stolen eye has arrived back in Egypt after a 36 year long journey abroad. The eye was chipped off a statue of the Pharaoh during a fire at the Luxor temple.

British Museum in the Sudan

Here we have a short video on the rescue project taking place in the Sudan before the Nile covers them in water and eventually silt.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Abu Simbel

Here is a lovely picture and story on the temple of Rameses II at Abu Simbel.

Mummy Malaria

Two ancient Egyptian mummies have revealed malaria present in their remains.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ptolemy's Universe

A story on a second century astrologist living in Alexandria.

Cats in Ancient Egypt

This interesting article has very nice pictures.

Dr. Hawass's Mission

Here is another article on the effectiveness of the good doctor and his mission. Why the article has a picture of the bust of prince Ank haf in the Boston museum I do not know as the bust was given to Boston legally.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Tombs of the Kings of the First Dynasty

Here is an article on the burial of the kings of Egypt's first dynasty the article mentions the sacrifices of those kings courtiers to serve them in the afterlife.

The article mentions that Flinders Petrie believed that some of the courtiers had moved during burial. Here is his report you can view the pictures and decide for yourself and if strangled they would not have moved. Poison sounds right!

The Canopy Stones

Two stone found in the area of Canopy have similar texts as the Rossetta stone.

Improving Karnak

An article on restorations carried out at Karnak.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Colorful Words Covering as Truth

The ever ambitious Dr. Zahi Hawass is a colorful man who's enthusiasm for his job as the Secretary general for Egypt's Supreme council of antiquities gives the good doctor full liberties as to Egypt's monuments and how they are to be interpreted during his reign. I say reign as the doctor has a habit of acting more like Egypt's dictator Hosni Mubarek than the man of science he is supposed to be.

A few years ago I watched as Dr. Hawass did a TV show in which he had a stone sarcophagus opened and in front of the cameras began riffling the contents for something to show the camera it was very unscientific and hardly professional.

Last year in 2007 Dr. Hawass made another TV show "Secrets of Egypt's lost Queen" in which a number of obvious errors in judgement and material occurred.

It was a minor error that Dr. Hawass as well as the staff at the Cairo museum were unable to recognize that one of the mummies in the show was not who they were claiming she was while a graphic displaying two female mummies with a box inscribed for Hatshepsut laying between them in the tomb DB320 was a little more devious as a mistake (there is no record recording the position of these objects in the tomb).

In this show which should have been called "Secrets of Egypt's lost King" as was Hatshepsut's most important title the female Pharaoh was identified by Dr Hawass by a broken tooth and a number of publications followed all extolling the new discovery.

More than a year later Dr. Hawass's discovery of the mummy of Hatshepsut has not had his results independently verified. Dr. Hawass should not make claims that he cannot or does not want to back up. Egyptian antiquities protocol is probably being used not to verify as Egypt's mummies are to be examined now by Egyptians only.

In the fall 2008 issue of KMT a letter to the editor points out that the so called tooth evidence is more than likely wrong. The tooth displayed has two roots when being a upper molar it should have three?

If he did find the mummy of Egypt's greatest female King than he should be more than proud to prove it otherwise he is wasting his new labs time and misleading the Egyptological community.

Dr. Hawass's most recent "no free lunch" campaign has the doctor telling everyone who will listen that Egypt received no money for its 1976 tour of King Tutankhamen's treasures. This is not true as Egypt made millions of dollars off the revenues of the show.

The Secretary general is a sincere scholar who colors his words and sees what supports his view of things and hopefully in the future will stop saying things which are untrue and have his discoveries properly verified even if he feels his discoveries are above common scholars and scientists to doubt.

Dr. Hawass Will Say Anything

This article deals with the King Tut exhibition coming to San Francisco and the quote from Dr. Zahi Hawass who claims Egypt received nothing for its 1976 show. The article claims Egypt actually received millions.

Damaged Abydos

An article on Abydos and its restoration by reclaiming the site from habitation. It always amazes me how a site so sacred stopped being and by the time the ancients stopped worship at the site it must have been completely polluted.

England in the Sudan

Excavations in the Sudan have brought more marvelous treasure from the Kushite kingdom that ruled Egypt between 720-660bce.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Son of Akenaten

This is an interesting article from the good doctor however his conclusion is not backed up by his find.

Dr. Hawass's Dig

In the valley of kings Dr. Hawass is excavating two promising sites. Good luck to him and his team hopefully he will find something interesting and not another garbage filled room like Kv63.

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Part Two:

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hatshepsut in Toronto

This is an article based on lectures at the Royal Ontario museum unfortunately when mentioning the people who have excavated at Deir el Bahari the author forgot to mention Charles Currelly. Mr. Currelly was one of the most important people whom without the Royal Ontario museum might not have an Egyptian collection.

Charles Currelly collected thousands of Egyptian objects for the Royal Ontario museum amongst other things Mr. Curlley's assistance to Edouard Naville's excavation of the temple of Mentuhotep II brought to Toronto wooden models from that kings tomb.

Dr. Hawass's Foetus's

Here is the good doctor on those two Foetus's found in Tutankhamun's tomb.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Digital Karnak

Sounds like a terrific resource I can only hope it is.

Egypt's Oasis

Here we have an article by the ever bubbly Dr. Salima Ikram who's enthusiasm is contagious.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Ushwabti Go Home

Another case of an object stolen being returned to Egypt. This would not happen so often if the antiquities laws were loosened to allow some antiquities to be released and sold abroad. Each fashionable burial would have contained 401 of these ushwabti's.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rameses Head

Here's a good picture of that big old ugly head of Rameses II found at Tel Basta.

Dr. Hawass: Dig Days

Dr. Hawass has a tough job when it comes to Pharaonic Egypt every wacko comes out of the closet. This is not to say that I agree with Egypt's current antiquity laws.