September 14, 2017

Using old data I

Filed under: Cemeteries, Egypt — acagle @ 7:19 pm

I was going to post a link to one of my favorite papers, one by RC Dunnell called Aspects of the Spatial Structure of the Mayo Site (15-JO-14), Johnson County, Kentucky but I’ve not been able to track down a PDF copy (I was sure I had one somewhere). Not sure why I lit upon that topic but I’ve wanted to link to it for a while now. It’s a really neat study using previously collected artifacts and it really makes a lot out of a little. I’ll try to get to it sometime (I’m searching my various backup drives now).

It was actually sort of the inspiration for this paper that I did (submitted it to a journal, rejected, and now part of our monograph: Human Burials at Kom el-Hisn. What I tried to do in that is integrate some of our burials — which are few, because they were incidental to the other work — with those from work done back in the late 1940s and 1950s. Someone else (referenced therein) had already tried to go through their burial data but it was limited as well, due to poor record keeping and pretty much everything else from that earlier work.

Can’t say I came up with any earth-shattering insights. . . .it ended up being far more descriptive than analytic, unfortunately — but I managed to tease out a few relevant observations. I still think, for example, that a bunch of burials are later Old Kingdom rather than FIP or MK. (I notice that document doesn’t have any figures either).

Actually I have quite a few more papers that I might upload (or find links to).

March 7, 2017


Filed under: Egypt — acagle @ 7:49 pm

Egypt’s Most Famous Archaeologist Reportedly Called Lionel Messi a “Moron” After Pyramids Trip

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.

January 9, 2017

Go now, good price

Filed under: Egypt — acagle @ 3:19 pm


Probably a good time to go there, lots of hotel rooms and everything should be cheap.

June 16, 2016

You’ll thank me.

Filed under: Egypt, Humor — acagle @ 11:27 am

By the Gods

Desert Fox

I’m pretty sure that my ideal Life Everlasting would somehow involve Kate. . . . . .

May 16, 2016

Tiny, tiny mummy

Filed under: Egypt, Mummies — acagle @ 7:22 pm

Mummified body of miscarried baby found in tiny Egyptian coffin

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

A few online pubs

Filed under: Alcohol, Egypt, Online publications — acagle @ 5:02 pm

The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe

Plus I was, ummmmm, looking my name up in Google Scholar and found some things I’d been cited in:


Villages and the Old Kingdom

Kom Firin I: The Ramesside Temple and the Site Survey

March 7, 2016

The next great archaeological frontier: Egypt’s storerooms:

Filed under: Egypt — acagle @ 8:07 pm

18th and 19th centuries Egyptian archaeological documents accidently found

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

Sacred? Kill it.

Filed under: Egypt, Mummies — acagle @ 8:23 pm

Scanning Sobek
mummy of the crocodile god

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

No collapse?

Filed under: Egypt — acagle @ 8:06 pm

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

Tut’s beard update

Filed under: Egypt — acagle @ 9:12 am

Also some pictures

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