Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Andrea and I have just published the latest edition of Egyptological. This edition celebrates our first anniversary and fittingly is the biggest, and of course best, yet.

I won't spend too long her describing the edition because I wrote a long editorial which does that. For readers here, though, I would particularly suggest reading Pleasant Living in Amarna by Jac Strijbos.  It's quite nice to have something on Amarna which isn't Akhenaten and Nefertiti.

We have published 18 new articles and albums so plenty for you to enjoy.  As usual, free of charge and without adverts.  Our approach is that Egyptological is by the community for the community.  And we are always looking for articles and albums of photographs.  If you would like to participate, you can find details on the site.


Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, August 13, 2012

That's what Discovery News is saying.  Apparently a researcher into Google Earth anomalies belieces she has located two unknown pyramid complexes in Upper Egypt.  I have looked at the photos (see the link) and am somewhat sceptical in respect of the first site, but then buried pyramids are not always obvious.  The second near Dimai looks more promising to me.

What worries me is that the process feels sort of like those people who can see man-made features on Mars (Cyndonia for instance) in satellite images.  I would be interested in a fractal analysis of the two supposed pyramid areas - that technique is promising when it comes to differentiating between man-made and natural mounds.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, August 13, 2012

There is a podcast here of an interview with Associate Professor Colin Hope of Monash University talking about things like Akhenaten and Tutankhamun.  I cannot say I am impressed by the interviewer (Steve Austin I think) but it is something which can be played in the background while one works away on the computer.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, August 11, 2012

There are lots of this story on the Web as you might suspect.  None seem detailed - this is as good as any because it has a photo.  It is believed to be a militray desecration of captives to remove their power. 

The article also says the abuse was performed by the Hyksos and not the Egyptians.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, August 10, 2012

This article from Huffington Post is three weeks' old now but I have only just come across it.  It is an article about Zahi Hawass.  Open about his failings, it concludes that the tourist dollars he attracted to Egypt may offset the deep resentments many hold towards him.

Of more interest is the section on the 2011 break-in at the Egyptian Museum with two standout quotes:

“We found pieces in the street and had to carry them back inside,” says Saad. “Some Egyptians helped us collect them.”
And
There was talk, later substantiated by the Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organization, that the perpetrators had been security guards and police officers.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, August 03, 2012

The Old Kingdom tomb of Queen Meresankh IIIhas been re-opened in Giza along with a number of other tombs according to the Washington Post which also has a very nice photograph.  It's not a tomb with which I am familiar at all but it looks absolutely stunning.



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