When Lionel Messi traveled to Egypt last month as part of a humanitarian mission, he probably did not expect to run afoul of a world-famous archaeology expert. Oops. Spanish daily outlet El Mundo is reporting that Zahi Hawass, an Egyptologist who previously served as the African country’s Minister of Antiquities, called Messi a “moron” in a TV interview following a guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza.
March 7, 2017
January 9, 2017
Probably a good time to go there, lots of hotel rooms and everything should be cheap.
June 16, 2016
I’m pretty sure that my ideal Life Everlasting would somehow involve Kate. . . . . .
May 16, 2016
The tiny body of a miscarried baby, dating back more than 2,000 years, has been discovered hidden in a tiny Egyptian sarcophagus, no bigger than a shoe-box.
The care with which the foetus was mummified and interred in the miniature coffin – with its arms crossed protectively over its chest – betrays the devastation felt by its parents, who took great pains to ensure its journey to the afterlife.
Egyptologists at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge made the discovery after scanning the coffin using modern imaging techniques for the upcoming exhibition Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of ancient Egypt.
I kinda bleeped over this earlier, but I decided it’s interesting. They didn’t say who it may have belonged to though, but one would suspect a royal, due to the crossed arms and the care of the body.
March 9, 2016
Plus I was, ummmmm, looking my name up in Google Scholar and found some things I’d been cited in:
March 7, 2016
Really, if someone were to gain access to the various magazines and storerooms around Egypt, they could make a career out of it. They’re kind of like the Area 51 warehouse at the end of Raiders.
January 18, 2016
The ancient Egyptians believed this mummy was incarnation of the crocodile god Sobek. Nearly 4 metres long, it is coated with resin and has over 25 mummified crocodile hatchlings attached to its back. This display uses state-of-the-art CT scans to reveal this creature’s hidden secrets. Other objects show how Sobek was represented both as a crocodile and as a man with a crocodile’s head.
It’s a neat little interactive CT scan that you can get closeups of. A bit limited but still pretty neat-o. And remember, when they say “sacred” they don’t necessarily mean “treated with kindness”. If you were a “sacred” animal in Egypt, most often it meant being raised in the hundreds if not thousands (if not millions) just to be summarily killed and used as a sacrificial offering.
January 4, 2016
Did Egypt’s Old Kingdom Die—or Simply Fade Away?“The majority view today is that the Old Kingdom did not come to an end all of a sudden,” says Thomas Schneider, professor of Egyptology at the University of British Columbia. Instead, he and others say that climate stress affected different parts of Egypt in different ways—and not always for the worst. “We need to move away from this idea of collapse,” he says.
Much of the 20th-century view of the period between the Old Kingdom’s demise and the start of the Middle Kingdom—what Egyptologists call the First Intermediate Period—is based on a text called the “Admonitions of Ipuwer” that tells the story of a society in turmoil. “Everywhere barley has perished and men are stripped of clothes, spice, and oil,” reads one passage. “Everyone says: ‘There is none.’ The storehouse is empty and its keeper is stretched on the ground.”
Seems like most of these “collapses” (cf. Maya) are falling by the wayside. I vaguely recall writing something about this at some point, but I can’t find it anywhere. Not sure where the idea of collapses came about, but I suspect it may have to do with the way archaeologists structured their observations: phases and periods and the like. If you cut your time into little boxes then *something* has to explain what appear to be rapid changes “between the lines” as it were.
December 23, 2015
December 11, 2015
“There is, in fact, an empty space behind the wall based on radar, which is very accurate, there is no doubt,” Watanabe told Al-Ahram Weekly. He said that obviously this void space was an entrance to a very deep “something”. At this point, Watanabe could not determine the size of the hollow space behind the wall; the data had to be analysed in order to better understand it and to come up with the correct results.
Eldamaty described the results of the radar scans as “good and positive”. He told the Weekly that “although we do now believe 90 per cent that the west and north wall conceal something behind it, probably a burial chamber, more work is needed to yield accurate results. “The scans will be sent to Japan for further analysis, which will take around one month to complete.”
A bit more cautious assessment from Al-Ahram. They mention the possibility that it could just be a natural void in the rock that was plastered over to make a nice flat wall. The whole Valley is all jointed up with faults and such and it’s also fairly friable rock so it’s possible that a portion could have caved in during construction. But we’ll see I guess.