Archive – Aug 2011

Egyptology news – Archive news from August 2011

August / September Issue of Ancient Egypt Magazine Out Now
The August / September issue of Ancient Egypt Magazine is now available. This months magazine includes an investigation into the evidence of horticulture in the ancient Nile Valley, a feature on the Temple of Dendera and the ongoing excavations at Tell Edfu, as well as the latest report from Professor Barry Kemp on the activities at Amarna. Find out how to subscribe on the Ancient Egypt Magazine website.

What’s Next for the Loan of Egypt’s Antiquities
This feature in the New York Observer explores how the lending of Ancient Egyptian artefacts to external institutions and exhibitions may be processed in the future. Quoting the article, “The impending departure of Dr. Hawass, the face of modern Egyptian archaeology, indicates a shift in the way Egypt will handle its artifacts. Not much is known about Mohamed Abdel Fattah, the man appointed his successor just this week, and the question remains as to how Dr. Hawass’s successor will navigate the tricky role of being both a goodwill ambassador and a staunch nationalist faced with colleagues who own works that, spiritually, still belong to his country.”

Hatshepsut May Have Been Killed by Her Own Medicine
After two years of research it is now clear that a plain flacon found amongst the possessions of Pharaoh Hatshepstut did not hold a perfume; instead, it was a kind of skin care lotion or even medication for a monarch suffering from eczema. Did this mysterious cream contribute to her death? Find out more on this story on the Past Horizons website.

Ancient Egyptians wouldn’t be seen Dead Without Hair Gel
It seems that our Ancient Egyptian ancestors wouldn’t be seen dead without hair gel. Style in the afterlife was just as important as it was during life on Earth – and coiffure was key. To this end, men and women alike would have their tresses styled with a fat-based “gel” when they were embalmed. The evidence of their vanity has been found in a community cemetery dating back 3,000 years. Review the full article revealing our ancestors vanity on the New Scientist website.

Latest Updates and Article on the Ashmolean Museum Egyptian Galleries
Latest article about the progress of The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK with regards to the proposed renovations of the Egyptian Galleries due to open later this year. This months insight looks at ‘Coffins and Curses’ looking at life after death in Ancient Egypt. Download the full article as a PDF document [2MB].

How the Old Kingdom may have Demised Through Drought
An interesting article about recent research into theories about the demise of the Old Kingdom and how drought could have played a central part in the end of the Great Pyramid building age.Researchers from the University of St Andrews have confirmed that a severe period of drought around 4,200 years ago may have contributed to the demise of the civilisation. Read the full article on the website.

Hidden Treasures of Egypt to be Displayed at Manchester Museum after £772,000 Lottery Grant
Manchester Museum, which has a 14,000-item Egyptology collection, has been awarded a huge lottery grant to showcase its world-famous artefacts. The £772,000 Heritage Lottery Fund cash means work can now begin on a £1.6m project to build a digital inter-active display, using the latest conservation techniques. Hidden treasures which will now go on display include mummified animals, including cats, falcons, and even a crocodile. Read more on this story on the Manchester Evening News website.

Ancient Port Discovered on the Red Sea
Archaeologists working in Egypt have discovered a harbour on the Red Sea that was used for international trade. The excavation at Mersa Gawasis has revealed traces of an ancient harbor. It’s long been known that the Egyptians traded down the coast of Africa, but the location of their embarkation was unknown. Scholars have traditionally been doubtful of the Egyptians’ ability to make long sea voyages. Further excavation at Mersa Gawasis may change this view and open up new possibilities for Egyptian influence on other ancient cultures. Read more on this story on the Gadling website.

Half of European Men Share King Tutankhamum’s DNA
A claim by geneticists in Switzerland said that up to 70 percent of British men and half of all Western European men are related to the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The company reconstructed a DNA profile of King Tutankhamun by watching the Discovery Channel, claiming the results suggest more than half of Western European men are related to the boy king. But researchers who worked to decode Tut’s genome in the first place say the claim is ‘unscientific’. Read more on this theory on the Live Science website.

King Tutankhamun Artefacts Returned to Egypt
King Tut artifact from The METPreparations are in full swing at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to display the newly arrived collection of Tutankhamun’s tomb, offered to Egypt by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. The collection includes 19 objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb, which were formerly in the private collections of archaeologist, Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb and Lord Caernarvon, who sponsored the early 20th century excavation. Read the full story on the Ahram Online website.

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