This weeks’ EEF news as promised:
“Curse of King Tut haunts mourning woman”
The SCA will repatriate from South Africa a scarab believed stolen from the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
“Mubarak congratulates the eminent French Egyptologist”
“President Hosni Mubarak sent a congratulation cable to the 92 years old French archaeologist Christiane Desroches Noblecourt on the occasion of her obtaining the highest French decoration for her distinguished contributions in Egyptology.”
“Livonia firm’s X-ray system will help unravel ancient Egypt’s mysteries”
“Mikron Digital Imaging Inc. has developed a portable system for digitally X-raying artifacts and some researchers believe the technology will become an indispensable tool at museums and archaeological digs.”
A press report about an upcoming ‘loft sale’ in Taunton, Cornwall, of a 13th c. collection which includes “part of a carved wood coffin panel, a bird figure, a New Kingdom parchment fragment, a spearhead in bronze, and a figure of Teti.”
“A Rich Handover”: a cache of stolen antiquities in Cairo was recoverd.
” The collection includes a number of anthropoid sarcophagi, painted mummy masks, Ancient Egyptian ushabti figurines (wooden statuettes), limestone reliefs, necklaces, amulets, and scarabs, as well as a group of Graeco-Roman statues, Islamic vessels, clay chandeliers and coloured textiles.”
Online dissertation: Andrzej Cwiek, Relief Decoration in the Royal Funerary Complexes of the Old Kingdom. Studies in the Development, Scene Content and Iconography, Institute of Archaeology, Faculty of History, Warsaw University, Warsaw, 2003. xxxv, 357 pp., 98 figs. on 60 unnumbered pp. – pdf-file: 16.4 MB
“It is the ancient Egyptian kingship that is the true subject of this work. Decoration of the royal funerary monuments, alongside with the architecture, statuary programme, texts and cult arrangements, expressed an idea
fundamental for the Egyptians: that of a man existing in between the two realms, the one of humanity and the one of gods.”
Online version of: Jan Assmann, Preservation and Presentation of Self in Ancient Egyptian Portraiture, in: Peter Der Manuelian (ed.), Studies in Honor of William Kelly Simpson, vol. 1, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1996,
pp. 55-81 – pdf-file: 5.1 MB
Online version of Chapter 1: Introduction, pp. 1-28 of Barbara Johnstone, Discourse Analysis, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford / Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2001. Pb., ISBN: 0631208763, price: USD 40.95, GBP 19.99
info about the book:
“The discourse to be analyzed here [in this chapter] consists of what might be called popular Egyptology, in the form of advertising for and informational material about a museum exhibit called ‘Splendors of Ancient
Egypt.’” – pdf-file: 218 KB Can Cyprus claim world’s oldest perfumery?
gypt’s Queen Cleopatra showed how to woo members of the opposite sex with it, the French may have perfected it, but it is the Cypriots who can now lay claim to the world’s oldest perfumery.
Nestled among the overgrown weeds on a Cypriot hillside offering stunning views of the Mediterranean, is a pit containing circular imprints which held perfume jars which Italian archaeologists believe is the oldest source of the multi-billion industry of today.
“This is 4,000 years old. Without a doubt, it is the oldest production site for perfume in the world,” said Italian archaeologist Maria Rosaria Belgiorno, team leader of a mission excavating the Pyrgos-Mavroraki site 55 miles southwest of Cyprus’s capital Nicosia.
Artist’s conception of what an ancient Cypriot perfume spokesmodel may have looked like:
Archaeology Rapid Response Team update Island storms uncover medieval bones
SEVERE storms which hit Orkney last month have exposed human skeletons at a historic burial site.
Now a team of archaeologists are racing against time to excavate and study the site before the sea destroys it altogether.
The January storms revealed the remains on the foreshore below St Thomas’s Kirk and the broch at Hall of Rendall, near Tingwall. The Orkney Archaeological Trust informed Historic Scotland of the damage, and a decision was taken to move forward an excavation planned for this summer.