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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Renovation of Egypt's Menkaure Pyramid draws criticism - Turkiye Newspaper

Renovation of Egypt's Menkaure Pyramid draws criticism

2024-01-29 13:26:10 | Last Update : 2024-01-29 16:40:42

Plans to restore Giza's Menkaure Pyramid spark controversy, as experts question the project's adherence to international conservation standards

Renovation of Egypt's Menkaure Pyramid draws criticism

Egypt's plan to restore the Pyramid of Menkaure, which is one of the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza, has stirred controversy.

The project, led by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and a Japanese team, aims to restore the pyramid to its original state. Its head, Mostafa Waziri, describes it as Egypt's monumental gift to the world.

The restoration focuses on the pyramid's granite casing, with only seven of the original 16 blocks currently intact. This initiative has faced scrutiny from experts and the public. Egyptologist Salima Ikram expressed her concerns on social media, noting, "Ideas about restoration and conservation change a great deal."

Ibrahem Badr, an expert in archaeological restoration, stressed the importance of following international conventions for restoration and wrote, "Someone needs to read the international conventions for restoration and dealing with Egyptian antiquities."

The project is set to last three years and involves detailed processes like drawing, photogrammetry and laser scanning. A video showcasing the renovation provoked criticism online. Egyptologist Monica Hanna labeled the effort "absurd," highlighting that "All international principles on renovations prohibit such interventions." Public reactions have been mixed, with some resorting to sarcasm while others showing outright opposition.

Egypt's heritage management has been a matter of discussion for several years. Recent controversies, including the destruction in Cairo's historic areas and contentious renovations like those at Alexandria's Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi mosque, are closely followed by archeologists all over the world.


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Thursday, January 25, 2024

POSTDOCS: Research Associate in Egyptology/Assyriology (Brown) – The International Association for Assyriology

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Egyptology and Assyriology
Department of Egyptology and Assyriology
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Open Date: Jan 19, 2024
Review Begins: Feb 26, 2024


The Department of Egyptology and Assyriology at Brown University seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate and invites applications from early career scholars who are historians working in any of the areas covered by the department: Egyptology, Assyriology, and History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity. The appointment will be for one year beginning on July 1, 2024, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year (July 1, 2025–June 30, 2026). Postdoctoral Research Associates are expected to pursue their own research and publications and are required to teach one course each semester, typically one at the undergraduate level and one graduate seminar. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Postdoctoral Research Associates are also expected to participate in the academic life of the department, for example, by coordinating its colloquium series, engaging intellectually with the department's students and faculty, and actively participating in departmental events.

Candidates should have received their doctorate from an institution other than Brown University within the last five years and must have the PhD (or equivalent) in hand by June 30, 2024.

All candidates should submit a (1) curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), (2) the names and contact information for three references, (3) a document containing short descriptions of 3 proposed courses (300 word maximum for each), and (4) a letter of application that details their research and teaching interests, explains how their work complements the research agendas and teaching of the department's faculty, and articulates the place of diversity and inclusion in their teaching and/or research. For full consideration candidates must submit all materials via Interfolio <> by February 26, 2024, after which time applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

For further information:
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Egyptology and Assyriology
Brown University
Box 1899 / 2 Prospect Street
Providence, RI  02912-1899

Application Process
This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search: <>. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The Getty Villa: Sculpted Portraits from Ancient Egypt

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Statue of Nakhthorheb (detail), Egypt,  Dynasty 26, about 590 BCE. Quartzite. British Museum, London, EA1646. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved

This exhibition features sculpture from a time of intense artistic revival and renewal in ancient Egypt: the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty (664-526 BCE), also known as the Saite Dynasty after its capital city of Sais in the Nile Delta. Egyptian artists of this period made striking portrait statues of officials associated with the court and priesthood, sculpted reliefs, figurines, and sarcophagi (stone coffins). Depictions of individuals made for temples allowed subjects to eternally worship the gods and receive blessings, while others were placed in tombs, functioning as vessels that could temporarily house the deceased's spirit. Explore these exceptional artworks at the Getty Villa.

The works in this exhibition are on special loan from the British Museum, London.

This exhibition is presented in English and Spanish. Esta exhibición se presenta en inglés y en español.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Northern California ARCE Upcoming Egyptology Lectures

 American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE)

Northern California Chapter

Upcoming Lectures

The following are among the lectures to be presented by ARCE's Northern California Chapter and by the UC Berkeley Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Unless otherwise indicated, lectures will be at 3 pm Sunday at venues to be determined.

Maryan Ragheb, UCLA
Body Ornaments and Communities of Practice in the Egyptian Predynastic

Feb. 11, 2024
Room 20, Social Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
This in-person lecture will not be recorded.

Dr. Julia Troche, Missouri State University, Springfield
Imhotep: The Man, the Myth, the Monster

March 17, 2024
This in-person lecture will be recorded for later publication on YouTube.

Dr. Tom Hardwick, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/Houston Museum of Natural Science
Uses, Re-uses, and Abuses of Egyptian Statuary.

Saturday, April 13, 2024
(2 pm Pacific Time, live at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco)
Cosponsored by the Ancient Art Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Dr. Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol
The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt
April 28, 2024

Dr. Peter der Manuelian, Harvard University
How Egyptologist George Reisner Went Walking among Pharaohs
May 5, 2024 (2 pm Pacific Time, live at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco)
Cosponsored by the Ancient Art Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Emily Smith-Sangster, Princeton University
In the Shadow of Egypt's Last Pyramid: Uncovering the Ahmose Cemetery and Its Historical Implications

Sept. 15, 2024


Parking is available in UC lots all day on weekends, for a fee. Ticket dispensing machines accept debit or credit cards. Parking is available in lots around the Social Sciences Building, and in lots along Bancroft. A map of the campus is available online at

For more information, please visit,,,, or To join the chapter or renew your membership, please go to and select "Berkeley, CA" as your chapter when you sign up.

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

Northern Cal. Egyptology Lecture: Body Ornaments and Communities of Practice in the Egyptian Predynastic

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California chapter, and the UC Berkeley Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures invite you to attend a lecture by Maryan Ragheb, UCLA:

Body Ornaments and Communities of Practice in the Egyptian Predynastic
Sunday, February 11, 2024, 3 PM Pacific Time
Room 20, Social Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
This lecture will not be recorded.

About the Lecture:

Our bodies and body images are manufactured through one's treatment of their body surface: Through clothing, jewelry, hairstyles, makeup, or tattooing, we create and recreate certain images that can be readable to others. These body accessories and modifications are not only to reflect identities, but also to be utilized as tools by the wearers to enact their social roles, which are prescribed and promoted by society. Body ornamentation is thus important for affirming social cohesion and shared ideologies of identities both in life and death. In Predynastic Egypt, body ornamentation of the deceased was practiced to varying degrees. This talk discusses the shared community practices in the making and use of Predynastic body ornaments to adorn the deceased's body. Through a microscopic study of beaded ornaments, their manufacturing processes, and wear marks, I can reconstruct the technical and social processes that were invested in their making, and by extension, the making of the deceased's image at the time of the funeral.

About the Speaker:

Maryan Ragheb is a PhD candidate in Archaeology at UCLA, with a special focus on ancient Egyptian archaeology. Her dissertation research is concerned with identity expression pre and post state formation in ancient Egypt, through the study of body ornamentation. Her research interests include identity expressions of different minority groups and the cultural entanglement between different ethnicities within Egypt. In addition to archaeological work in Egypt and Ethiopia, she is interested in community outreach and preservation of cultural heritage initiatives. As such, she is currently involved in the Waystation initiative and the voluntary return of cultural objects to China, while building a skillset in cultural heritage laws in the USA, and in provenance research.

About ARCE-NC:

For more information, please visit,, http://www.arce-nc.org, and To join the chapter or renew your membership, please go to and select "Berkeley, CA" as your chapter when you sign up.

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