Thursday, December 1, 2022

ARCE Virtual Public Workshop: December 5 2022

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DECEMBER 2022 Workshop


*Public Access Workshop*

December 5, 2022

2:00 PM ET/ 9:00 PM EET

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"Planning for the Academic and Non-Academic Job Markets"

with Dr. David Anderson, Dr. Julia Troche, Dr. Smiti Nathan, and Chance Coughenour

In this workshop, Dr. David Anderson will share his extensive background in the field of Cultural Resource Management. The webinar is aimed at undergraduate students,  M.A. and early-stage Ph.D. students in Egyptology, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, and related fields, but would also be useful to early career scholars and those considering a new career pathway. We will provide practical advice on how to represent your sometimes niche academic skills to prepare and be competitive for a career in the non-academic, academic-adjacent, and at non-R1 (research intensive) educational markets. After the panelists answer some prepared questions, there will be plenty of time for a Q&A, so please bring your questions. 

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Mummies with golden tongues discovered in Quesna - Egypt Independent

Mummies with golden tongues discovered in Quesna

The Egyptian archaeological mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, working in the Quesna archaeological cemetery in Monufiya Governorate uncovered an extension of the archaeological Quesna cemetery.

This includes ancient tombs dating back to different periods of ancient time.

It turned out that they contain a number of mummies with golden tongues, Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced.

The mission also discovered a number of golden flakes in the form of human tongues in the mouth of some of the discovered mummies.

The condition of these mummies are not in a very good state but skeletons with gold linen are still in tact.

Remains of wooden coffins in human form and a number of copper nails used in those coffins were also discovered.

The cemetery is characterized by a unique architectural style. 

There are many main vaults of entry and exit points : north and south and mud bricks for the burial well.

There are three burial chambers also that coincide with the rest of the design.

He added that the excavations inside the cemetery revealed that they were used during three different time periods.

As the archaeological finds suggest the burial customs at each level of burial were found different from each other, and had different burial directions, which probably were to re-use the cemetery in the Late Period of Ancient Egypt, the Ptolemaic period, and two phases in the Roman period.

The mission also discovered a number of golden flakes in the form of scarab, lotus flower and a number of funeral amulets, stone scarabs and pottery utensils that were used in the mummification process, Qutb Fawzy, Head of the Central Department of Lower Egypt, said.

The results of the archaeological mission's work resulted in the discovery of a number of tombs and architectural units.

Some of these are human-shaped stone coffins and a huge granite sarcophagus of one of the most important priests in the city of Atrib (Banha), capital of the tenth nome of Lower Egypt, Mustafa Rizk, head of the archaeological mission and director general of the Monufiya Antiquities District, stated.

The Quesna Quarries Cemetery is a very import archaeological site in the Delta, as it is located in the Kfour al-Raml area of ​​Quesna in Monufiya Governorate.

The historical and archaeological value of the  cemetery is due to the diversity of burial methods that were used in it.

Also, there is a presence of a rare cemetery for the burial of sacred birds, and a number of architectural units that form a group of tombs built of mud bricks from the late era and the Greek and Roman eras.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

The Bookseller - Rights - Egyptologist Wilkinson’s ‘essential’ account of the Ptolemies goes to Bloomsbury

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Unlocking ancient Egyptian secrets

Unlocking ancient Egyptian secrets

THE first thing to greet visitors to Hieroglyphs: Unlocking Ancient Egypt is reminiscent of a highly engaging Jawi lesson. Large cubes are at the ready to be flipped for a quick comparison between the sounds of ancient Egypt, Greek, English and Arabic. Hieroglyphs are not just about pictures, they turned out to be an alphabet too.

This year is the 200th anniversary of breaking the code of the Rosetta Stone. Most of the British Museum's latest exhibition is about this achievement. It might sound as dry as the Egyptian desert, but the curators have managed to generate some excitement with two scholars racing for the finish line.

 Learning cubes for visitors who want to brush up their              skills in four languages.
Learning cubes for visitors who want to brush up their skills in four languages.

If the thought of a Frenchman versus an Englishman battling it out for linguistic supremacy doesn't get the blood coursing through one's veins, there is an impressive array of background material to enliven their competitive spirit.

The stone's present location is the outcome of what some visitors might find more thrilling — endless military conflict between the two top colonisers of the 19th century and their relationship with the North Africans at the time.

 The Rosetta Stone — more important than impressive to              look at.
The Rosetta Stone — more important than impressive to look at.

Modern Egypt has now stepped into the controversy. With cultural-restitution wars raging all around, the Egyptian archaeologist-in-chief, Zahi Hawass, recently relaunched a campaign to bring the stone home.

As Britain's flagship cultural attraction is the Rosetta Stone, it seems strange not to see this prize in its usual place of public display. The crowds are still there, gawping at empty space, while the stone is now the centrepieces of a (paid-for) exhibition.


 A drawing of the canopic jar does a good job of              depicting hieroglyphs, but in 1720 there was no              translation.
A drawing of the canopic jar does a good job of depicting hieroglyphs, but in 1720 there was no translation.

The display has improved. Unlike the British Museum's permanent gallery of ancient-Egyptian wares, the exhibition space is filled with drama, superior lighting and even the sound of Coptic chanting.

This community was the link between the languages of hieroglyphs and a more comprehensible alphabet, they have not been forgotten. Nor were they overlooked in centuries past. Rome was well furnished with pharaonic souvenirs on a grand scale long before Mussolini went to Ethiopia to grab some monumental art.

 Canopic jars preserved body parts of the deceased, as              in this one for the stomach from around 2,500 years ago.
Canopic jars preserved body parts of the deceased, as in this one for the stomach from around 2,500 years ago.

One of the exhibits is an Egyptian obelisk. It's only a fragment, and the imagery is a bit fuzzy, but it's given some real context by the enlarged print next to it. On this it is recorded how Pope Pius VI had the 2,600-year-old red-granite monument moved in 1748 to the Piazza di Montecitorio from where Emperor Augustus had placed it after a long journey from Heliopolis. The obelisk is in the same square today — minus the piece that is being lent by the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

More than a century later, a member of the infamous Borgia family took an interest in the Copts, whose culture had been overtaken by Arab Muslims around the year 640. His curiosity was aroused, as with later linguists, by the continuity of the Coptic language from what was spoken in more-ancient Egypt. It is a succession that is central to the exhibition.

Exploration of those links between antiquity and the growth of Coptic culture is, however, a lower priority than the determination of Jean-Francois Champollion and Thomas Young to break the code and release all that information stored in the form of hieroglyphs.

Earlier scholarship is on display too, mostly the work of Arab historians and linguists, although their descendants in the 19th century accepted that the Western interlopers had made a huge amount of progress, not just with the ancient languages, but also with Arabic.


 Arab scholars had made some progress with hieroglyphs              before the Rosetta Stone was discovered.
Arab scholars had made some progress with hieroglyphs before the Rosetta Stone was discovered.

Along the way, we get to see the old favourites of Egyptology. As hieroglyphs appear on almost everything, there is no shortage of sarcophagi and canopic jars. These are accompanied by a profusion of "shabti" mini-mummy figures that used to have a place in learned homes around the world. The famous Book of the Dead also puts in an appearance. It turns out to be neither a book nor even a fixed text, but in its different manifestations, it is at least about the dead.

Throughout the exhibition, there's an emphasis on prayers for the dead. Much of it will make the ancient Egyptians seem more "normal" about death than some of the mythology about them suggests.

 The ancient Greeks, like the Egyptians, revered cats.
The ancient Greeks, like the Egyptians, revered cats.

Visitors looking for cat mummies will be disappointed. This is too serious a show for that, although you can still see a good selection upstairs for no entry charge. There are also some statues, probably dedicated to the cat goddess Bastet. The accompanying label reveals that cat in ancient Egyptian is "mioew".

With the Rosetta Stone decrypted, there was so much valuable information suddenly available. Two hundred years on, there's a still a lot of mystery and some assumptions that don't seem entirely credible.

One such item in the exhibition is the caption accompanying a tiny mineral figure of Isis with Horus on her lap stating that the imagery was "later adapted by Christians for the Virgin and child".

In this case, no quantity of deciphered hieroglyphs is going to get to the truth of the claim. Around the world, there are countless mother-and-child images created by societies that never knew anything about the pantheon of ancient Egypt, nor how to read hieroglyphs.

Hieroglyphs: Unlocking Ancient Egypt at the British Museum ends on Feb 19, 2023.

Follow Lucien de Guise at Instagram @crossxcultural.

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Dramatic Mirrored Orb Sits in Front of the Giza Pyramids

Pyramids Are a Dramatic Backdrop for a Mirrored Orb Inspired by Ancient Egypt

SpY Art Installation in Front of the Pyramids in Egypt

The Giza pyramids are the dramatic backdrop for a new installation by anonymous Spanish artist SpY. Inspired by Egyptian symbolism and mathematics, the piece is part of the exhibition Forever is Now II. Organized by Culturvator/Art D'Égypte, the exhibition asks artists around the world to take inspiration from Egypt's rich cultural history. In SpY's case, he looked at the logical and spiritual world of Ancient Egypt to put together his piece, ORB.

The sphere is created from a cluster of circular chrome mirrors, allowing bystanders to soak in the surrounding environment that is reflected back at them. The form is based on the number pi, which is concealed within the geometry of the pyramids. SpY, understanding the importance of geometry and mathematics in Ancient Egypt, carefully looked at the measurements of the pyramids. What he discovered is that when one divides the perimeter of a pyramid by twice its height, the result is very close to pi.

"The sphere is an invisible part of the resulting geometry since a sphere with a radius as high as the pyramid would have a circumference very close in length to the pyramid's perimeter," the artist writes in a statement.

The use of mirrors is tied to the spiritual beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians. "The Egyptians believed that life in the beyond was a reflection of life on earth and it was thought that mirrors had magical properties. They also linked mirrors to the sunlight that contributes to resurrection, the regeneration of the corpse," the artist shares. "The construction of our sculpture shows these intentions. Like those mirrors, the sun, light, the surroundings, visitors will be reflected, creating a living link with the regeneration of life."

Forever is Now II, organized in collaboration with UNESCO and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, brings together the artwork of twelve international artists and will run until November 29, 2022.

ORB is a new installation by Spanish artist SpY that is set against Egypt's Giza pyramids.

SpY Art Installation in Front of the Pyramids in EgyptSpY Art Installation in Front of the Pyramids in EgyptArt Installation in Front of the Pyramids in Giza

The sculpture is inspired by Egyptian symbolism and mathematics.

Art Installation in Front of the Pyramids in GizaRainbow Over SpY Installation in EgyptGirl Taking Photo in Reflection of SpY's ORB in Egypt

At night, the mirrored sphere glows from within, adding another layer of mystery.

SpY Art Installation at Night in Front of the Pyramids              in GizaLighting Behind SpY - ORB for Forever is Now 2

The piece is part of the Forever is Now II exhibition, which runs until November 29, 2022.

SpY - ORB for Forever is Now 2

SpY: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by SpY.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she's not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Reminder: ARCE-NC Egyptology Lecture Dec. 11 - "A Gateway into the Desert: History, Exploration, and Cyclical Rediscovery of Wadi Tumilat"

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a lecture by
Dr. Aleksandra Ksiezak, University of Toronto, CSU San Bernardino:

A Gateway into the Desert: History, Exploration, and Cyclical Rediscovery of Wadi Tumilat

Sunday, December 11, 2022, 3 PM Pacific Standard Time
Room 126 Social Sciences Building (formerly Barrows Hall)
UC Berkeley

No Zoom meeting is scheduled for this lecture.

Image courtesy of Dr. Aleksandra Ksiezak

About the Lecture:

Once a distributary of the Nile, Wadi Tumilat is a dry river valley in the Eastern Nile Delta. In antiquity, the wadi was a major communication artery for trade between Egypt and her neighbours to the east, and its importance was recognized by many great strategic minds of their day. Across Wadi Tumilat are numerous archaeological sites, dating from the 3rd millennium BCE to the Late Roman Period. Accompanying them was a navigable canal—an impressive waterway that not only provided the arid valley with water but allowed transportation of goods and people in and out of Egypt. While the ancient canal and its surrounding ruins were a source of fascination for ancient geographers, and historians, and were recorded in their writings, it took centuries for these antiquities to re-emerge in the letters, reports, and memoirs of early European travellers to Egypt.

This lecture aims to summarize the history of the discovery of Wadi Tumilat and our understanding of its place in Egyptian archaeology.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Aleksandra Ksiezak is a field archaeologist, Egyptologist, and ceramicist specializing in macro-and microscopic analyses of Egyptian and Nubian pottery. She obtained her Ph.D. in Egyptology at the University of Toronto (Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations) where she focused on the analysis of the ceramic material from the Second Intermediate Period Hyksos settlement at Tell el-Maskhuta excavated by the Wadi Tumilat Project (WTP) during the late 1970s/early 80s. She is currently involved in research on the identification and study of the Middle Bronze Age trade routes involving Wadi Tumilat through the identification of imported objects and their local imitations identified at Tell el-Maskhuta and the neighbouring sites. Both her past and present research deal with the broader question of migration and mobility in Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Levant during the Bronze Age. She currently holds the position of W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence at California State University, San Bernardino.

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