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Ancient Amarna Letters Now Available to View Online
High-resolution images of the famed Amarna letters, the ancient 14th-century B.C.E. diplomatic correspondence between the New Kingdom pharaohs of Egypt and the kings of various Canannnite city-states, among others, have been placed online by Berlin’s Vorderasiatisches Museum, which houses more than 200 of the total of over 300 tablets that define the ancient corpus. Visit the ‘Popular Archaeology‘ website for more information.
Mummy Has Oldest Case of Prostate Cancer in Ancient Egypt
Some 2250 years ago in Egypt, a man known today only as M1 struggled with a long, painful, progressive illness. A dull pain throbbed in his lower back, then spread to other parts of his body, making most movements a misery. When M1 finally succumbed to the mysterious ailment between the ages of 51 and 60, his family paid for him to be mummified so that he could be reborn and relish the pleasures of the afterworld. Read the full scientific report on the New Scientist website.
British Man Undergoes Mummification to Try and Solve 3,000 Year Old Mystery
It is a mystery that has baffled scientists for centuries: how were the ancient Egyptians able to preserve some of their greatest pharaohs perfectly for millennia? Now, 3,000 years later, a British scientist believes he has cracked the code to one of the last great secrets of the pharaohs and has overseen the successful mummification of a British donor’s body to prove it. Televised on Channel 4 you can view the programme online for yourselves.
Egyptian Mummy Portraits go on Display at Ashmolean Museum
Three beautifully restored mummy portraits of well-off young people who were, 2,000 years ago, probably members of a mysterious group called “the 6475” are to go on display at the new home for one of the most important Egyptian collections in the world at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Visit The Guardian website for more information.
Latest Issue of KMT Journal Now Available
The latest issue of the KMT Journal is now out. It includes features on mummies in Swiss museums, info about Senemut’s tomb that is not a tomb, and a great photo of Setne Khaemwaset, along with tales of his legend in later stories. Subscribe to the KMT Journal on their website.
Abu Simbel Temple Inner Sanctuary illumination October 2011
Twice each year the inner sanctuary of the Temple of Abu Simbel is illuminated by the morning sunrise. It is believed that the illumination announced the beginning of the harvest season for the ancient Egyptians, rather than celebrating the birthday of it’s builder Ramesses II. On the 22nd October 2011, more than 1,200 spectators gathered in the early morning to experience this amazing sight. Read more in the Egypt Travel News blog.
Tell Edfu Mission begins it 2011 excavation season
A great new blog from The Tell Edfu Mission, directed by Dr. Nadine Moeller, about the start of its 2011 excavation season. Tell Edfu is located roughly halfway between Luxor and Aswan, Egypt. As the former capital of the 2nd Upper Egyptian nome, it has over 3000 years of history standing. Visit the Tell Edfu Mission blog to stay up-to-date on what’s happening.
Egyptian Mummy Portraits go on display at The Ashmolean Museum
Three beautifully restored mummy portraits of well-off young people who were, 2,000 years ago, probably members of a mysterious group called “the 6475” are to go on display at the new home for one of the most important Egyptian collections in the world at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK. Read more about the restoration project on The Guardian website.
Online catalogue of Petrie excavation artefacts is being developed
An extensive online catalogue of artefacts unearthed by Flinders Petrie during excavations he carried in Egypt during the last century, including those at Amarna, are to be made available by The British Museum. Read the article on the Ahram Online website.
New contemporary Coptic icon exhibition to open
‘The Eternal Eye’ is a new contemporary Coptic icon exhibition that opens on October 21st 2011. The exhibition will be hosted by St. John’s Church – Maadi, the international Episcopal Church in southern Cairo founded in 1931. The aim of the exhibition is to create a better understanding of Egypt’s Christian community. Find out more about what’s on display on the ARCE website.
Did Tutankhamun really have a foot deformity?
So were the walking sticks just a fashion statement? The New Scientist claims Tutunkhamun didn’t have a foot deformity as controversially announced last year. In new research Robert Connolly has found an image that appears to settle the controversy over whether the boy king Tutankhamun had a club foot. Read the New Scientist article.
Subterranean water level project resumes in Luxor
An American-Egyptian mission responsible for lowering ground water at archaeological sites in Luxor resumed its work this month. The project aims to decrease the subterranean water level that has affected the foundation stones of five temples in Luxor. Read the full story on the Ahram Online website.
Ain Shams reveals new tomb discovery
Exciting news as a 26th Dynasty tomb has been discovered whilst workers were digging residential house foundations in Ain Shams. Workers stumbled upon what is believed to be a stony wall engraved with hieroglyphic text. An archaeological committee from the Supreme Council of Antiquities embarked on an inspection tour and found that the wall is a part of a 26th Dynasty tomb. Read more on the Ahram Online website.
Art of Ancient Egypt and Nubia now available online
More than 10,000 items in the Walters Art Museum, in Baltimore, US, can now be viewed and downloaded online for free, without copyright restrictions. There are 18 pages for ancient Egypt well worth browsing, including a cosmetic vessel in the shape of a hedgehog, a base with two prostrate figures, a toy dog and a jubilee vessel of Pepi I. View and search the Walters Art Museum online archive.
Carter’s Quest for Tut – New exhibition opens
A new exhibition has just started at the Arts Alliance of Georgia, in the US entitled “Carter’s Quest for Tut” and runs until November 18th 2011. The exhibition is constructed to look like a smaller version of Tutankhamun’s tomb and includes about 50 artefacts, including amulets, a wooden sarcophagus of an animal and a falcon mummy. Find out more on the exhibition on the Arts Alliance of Georgia website.
Egyptian Book of the Dead goes on display on the Brooklyn Museum
Following a three-year-long conservation project, the final section of the rare, thirty-five-centuries-old Egyptian Book of the Dead of the Goldworker of Amun, Sobekmose will go on long-term view from September 28th 2011. One of the most important funerary texts of the New Kingdom, in part because it is an early version of the Book of the Dead and casts light on the development of all later manuscripts, the papyrus is about twenty-five feet long. In an unusual feature, it is inscribed on both sides. Find out more on the Art Daily website.
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