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This is the first newsletter of 2009 and there is a bit of bad news - YouTube has taken the John Romer videos down. It seems that someone, who holds the rights, has complained. It’s a pity because they are unavailable on Video or DVD so no one will be able to see these brilliant documentaries again. I hope they will not be lost and forgotten. I’ll keep you informed if the situation changes.
Nevertheless, I’ve updated the site with new videos such as The Real Cleopatra, Alexander the Great’s lost tomb, the Screaming Mummy and the Real Scorpion King.
There is some pyramid news which includes the discovery of a 4000-year-old pyramid, the rediscovery of King Djedefra’s pyramid and some pyramid building videos.
You can win a Seti I Desktop background in the Competition, play some Egyptian Games and the free downloads include audio books, Ebooks and old fashioned movies.
I’ve finished part two of the Edfu Pronaos Reconstruction and there is news about James Burke’s Knowledge Web - a project which I’m having great fun working on.
The Discovering Egypt Website has just received a five star rating from Schoolzone UK which conducts research for publishers, charities, NGOs and government organisations. So overall, 2009 has kicked off with hopeful prospects.
I’m not wishing people a Happy New Year rather; with all the doom and gloom of the recession I wish you a Lucky New Year.
In ancient Egypt the dead walked with the living. They could leave their homes in paradise and drop in to see how their descendents were doing.
Statues were not made as ornaments but rather as places where the dead person’s ghost could take up residence and see through its stone eyes. The living were under constant surveillance, not from some ‘Big Brother’ regime but from their dead relatives. This is why you sometimes see a statue with its eyes gouged out.
However, the dead were dependent on the living for their food and tomb stones often had inscriptions asking people for prayers. Here is a translation of such a plea from the tomb of Harkhuf. By the wording of the prayer he wants spoken it looks like he had to maintain a party afterlifestyle.
“Oh you living people, who are upon the earth, who shall pass by this tomb going downstream or going upstream, say: "A thousand loaves of bread and a thousand jars of beer for the owner of this tomb;" I will do good for your sake in the Underworld. I am an excellent, well equipped spirit, a ritual priest, whose mouth knows powerful spells.
However, if you might be about to burgle his tomb he had a curse for you instead. “As for any man, who shall enter my tomb, I will seize him like a wild fowl and he shall be judged by the great god.”
Harkhuf was a governor of Upper Egypt during the Old Kingdom He travelled extensively in to Nubia and is famous for his correspondence with the six year old Pepi II.
James Burke’s Knowledge Web
I’ve recently been working with James Burke on a new project. For the those of you who were not around in the 1970s he was the guy who created the ground braking science documentary TV series for the BBC called ‘Connections’. The series traced the connecting paths of scientific invention and discovery throughout history.
During the 1960s he was the BBC’s science anchor and chief reporter on the Apollo missions including the first moon landings in 1969.
“The modern world was shaped because of the way people and things in the past were connected and the Knowledge Web will provide an opportunity for users of all kinds and ages to learn about how this interactivity works.”
It is still a work in progress but the aim is to eventually create an interactive space on the web where students and teachers can explore information in a highly interconnected way. We are in the process of building a web application which allows for an infinite number of paths of exploration among people, places, things, and events.
Check out the first two episodes of the original Connections series and also have a look at 'Mystery Tours' which shows you, for example, how Mozart is connected to the invention of the Helicopter.
For all you teachers out there this website is a must bookmark and a useful resource link for your school websites.
The Real Cleopatra - Religious rituals carried Cleopatra's message, "I am a deity, Caesar is a deity, and our child is the product of a divine union."
The location of Alexander the Great’s tomb has eluded archaeologists for nearly 2,000 years but new theories may help reveal its location.
The Mystery of the Screaming Mummy - This mummy died with a pained facial expression. Could he be Prince Pentewere who was suspected of plotting the murder of his father, Pharaoh Ramses III?
The Real Scorpion King Is there more behind the mythical and violent leader known simply as the Scorpion King?
Building the Great Pyramid A reconstructed life story of Nacht, one of workers who was part of building king Kufu's great pyramid at Giza.
Into the Great Pyramid The workers who built the Great Pyramid of Giza
Ancient Egyptian News
4,300-Year-Old Pyramid Found in Egypt - believed to be the tomb of Queen Sesheshet, the mother of Pharaoh Teti, the founder ancient Egypt's 6th dynasty. More>>
Ancient Egypt Gallery at the World Museum - Liverpool
Visitors can 'unwrap' a mummy using computer interactive media.
There are sections devoted to death, curses, spells and a tomb reconstruction based on a 4,000-year-old burial place.
There is also a papyri display which records the trials of people accused of tomb robbing, a 4,000-year-old harp and plenty of mummies
Child mummy Roman period (about AD 100 - 150)
Mummy of Nesmin Dynasty 30 (about 380-343 BC)
Cat mummy Roman Period (about 30 BC - AD 395)
Shoulder harp Dynasty 11-12 (about 2055-1870 BC)
To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures From the Brooklyn Museum -explores ancient Egyptian beliefs about death and the afterlife. from Feb. 13 to June 7 More>>
Egypt Unveiled - exhibition on view at Firestone Dec. 21, 2008, through May 10, 2009 · More>>
Finnish researchers in the Valley of the Kings More>>
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