Archive | December 2012

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Irrational and fabulous, or misinterpretation? A study of the fear associated with the epagomenal days in ancient Egypt

This brand new post, a piece of the author’s own research, is particularly fitting for the last day of 2012.  The epagomenal days in the Egyptian civil calendar were five days added to the standard three hundred and sixty day year, introduced in order to align the calendar with the Sothic cycle. The earliest mention of […]

NEWS: Oldest known depiction of pharaoh found

“The oldest known representation of a pharaoh has been found carved on rocks at a desert site in southern Egypt, according to new research into long forgotten engravings. Found on vertical rocks at Nag el-Hamdulab, four miles north of the Aswan Dam, the images depict a pharaoh riding boats with attendant prisoners and animals in […]

NEWS: Cairo’s landmark Egyptian Museum to receive facelift

NEWS: Cairo’s landmark Egyptian Museum to receive facelift

“Following a brief inspection of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square on Sunday, Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim gave the go-ahead for a long-awaited initiative aimed at developing the famous museum. Egyptian Museum Director Salwa Abdel-Rahman said the development project would be completed in three phases. The first phase will involve […]

FUN: The bird head is just plain creepy.

FUN: The bird head is just plain creepy.

NEWS: Ancient Egyptians sold themselves into temple slavery

“2,200 years ago in the ancient Egyptian city Tebtunis, Egyptians voluntarily entered into slave contracts with the local temple for all eternity. And they even paid a monthly fee for the ‘privilege’. Egyptologist Kim Ryholt from the University of Copenhagen is the first researcher who has studied this puzzling phenomenon. “I am your servant from […]

NEWS: Egyptian king had throat slashed, study finds

NEWS: Egyptian king had throat slashed, study finds

“A pa­py­rus doc­u­ment at the Egyp­tian Mu­se­um in Tu­rin, Italy de­scribes a crime that shook ancient Egypt. One of the Pha­raoh’s wives, Tiy, de­cid­ed to kill her hus­band, the god-like King Ramesses III, so her son Pen­ta­were could seize the throne. The plot was ex­posed, the doc­u­ment re­lates, and the con­spira­tors tried and pun­ished. But just what […]

NEWS: Tool used by ancient Egyptians to remove BRAINS discovered in the skull of a 2,400 year old mummy- after it was LEFT INSIDE by bumbling embalmer

NEWS: Tool used by ancient Egyptians to remove BRAINS discovered in the skull of a 2,400 year old mummy- after it was LEFT INSIDE by bumbling embalmer

“A brain-removal tool used by ancient Egyptian embalmers was found wedged in the skull of a female mummy after embalmers left it there thousands of years ago. The three-inch object was located in the body of a 40-year-old woman dating back 2,400 years, initially causing bafflement among researchers over what it was. After carrying out […]