Archive | Dec 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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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
“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 […]
Originally posted on British Museum blog:
Michaela Binder, Durham University After spending four months in the British Museum analysing skeletons from the ancient Egyptian town of Amara West this summer, our picture of health and living conditions there is becoming a little clearer. I have now analysed 130 complete or almost complete individuals. My analyses…
“Polish archaeologists have discovered the entrance to a previously unknown tomb during excavation work in Egypt. The discovery was made at the historic necropolis of Saqqara, which had functioned as a burial ground for the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis. Archaeologists had been carrying out excavations at the tomb of a dignitary named Ichi, who […]
“Damage to mummy of King Amenhotep II was probably caused by leakage of nitrogen from humidity controlled showcase, antiquities minister says” – via Ahram Online. Read more here.