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A weekly round up of the latest Ancient Egypt news that made the headlines, brought to you by Ted Loukes and GnT Tours. Visit these websites for more on books by Ted Loukes or news of our latest tour to Egypt. https://tedloukes.com https://gnttours.co.za Contact us at ted@gnttours.co.za
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The mysteries of ancient Egypt have fascinated people for centuries. From the mathematics of the pyramids to the symbols of Ancient Egyptian life, there is much that we still do not understand about this ancient civilization. We explore some of the esoteric and out of this world theories surrounding the mysteries of ancient Egypt. The pyramids of Egypt are perhaps the most iconic symbols of this ancient civilization and are still a marvel of engineering. Many people believe that there must h ...
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In Part 1 of a two-part episode, Kara and multiple Emmy-nominated Executive Producer and novelist Neil Laird talk about their experiences making television documentaries about the ancient world, how things get done behind the scenes, and what the future may hold for documentary programs. Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen Out of Egypt Digging for the Tr…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines over the second week in April. Human Remains Research Project in Australia Ancient Egyptian Caregivers Does Nut Symbolise the Milky Way? Crafts and Industries Exhibition in Tahrir These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Herita…
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This week Kara and Amber discuss color (also known as polychromy) in ancient Mediterranean art and how it is studied and understood today. What role did color play in ancient art? How does polychromy affect the way modern audiences view ancient art? What are the origins of the aesthetic preference for plain white marble sculpture in Western art? Th…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines in the first days of April. Disease in Ancient Egypt Ticketing Machines for Giza Plateau Blame Ancient Egypt for Taxes These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https://egyptianstreets.com/tag/cairo/ http://www.egy…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines in the last week in March. March Museum Highlights Irrigation Documentary Planned Ahmed Issa Inspects GEM "Antiquities Clichés " These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https://egyptianstreets.com/tag/cairo/ http…
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In this episode Kara and Amber talk about the veneration of ancestor kings in the late 20th-21st Dynasties. During this period the coffins of ancestor kings were manipulated, buried, and reburied in caches like that of Theban Tomb 320 (also known as Deir el Bahri 320). Who was reburying and caching these royal ancestors together and why? Using the …
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CW// self harm and suicide In this episode Kara and Amber discuss the death of Cleopatra VII and whether or not we should trust the ancient Roman accounts regarding the circumstances of her death. Did she really commit suicide, as Roman historians tell us? Or were the accounts of her death by suicide part of a cunning Roman propaganda campaign? Rea…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines in the third week in March. Hieroglyphs Step by Step Dr Ramadan Hussein Exhibition in Tahrir Old Kingdom Mastaba in Dashur These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https://egyptianstreets.com/tag/cairo/ http://www…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines in the second week in March. Amenhotep III Workshops in Luxor New Secretary General at SCA Archaeological Awareness at Luxor Museum Ancient Egypt Ravaged by Disease These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https:/…
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EPISODE 81 | This episode is a recording of a live zoom Q&A with our listeners. Thank you to everyone who attended and submitted questions! Show notes * Byblos * Baal and Seth * Prof. Dani Candelora – Her research focuses on interactions between Egypt and West Asia. * Prof. Marian Feldman, Diplomacy by Design * Amarna Letter 23 – A Goddess Travels …
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EPISODE 80 | In this episode, Jordan and Kara interview Malayna Evans, author of Neferura, about the inspiration behind the story, her writing process, and how her knowledge of Egyptology factored into the choices she made as she was writing the book. About the author Malayna Evans was raised in Utah and spent her childhood climbing mountains and r…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines in the days leading up to Ramadan. Rameses II Statue Found in Minya Carter Watercolour on Tour Ramesses and the Gold of the Pharaohs in Germany Ramadan Opening Hours These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https:…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines over the beginning of March. Papyri and Wasabi Christie's Auction 26th Dynasty Sarcophagus Uncovered Tomb of Nefertari Closes These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https://egyptianstreets.com/tag/cairo/ http://…
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EPISODE 78 | In this episode Kara and Jordan talk with archaeobotanist and Assistant Professor of Archaeology Claire Malleson (American University in Beirut) about agriculture in ancient Egypt. What can archaeologists learn about the way ancient Egyptians lived from botanical remains? What are the traditional narratives about agriculture in ancient…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines over the fourth week of February. El-Anani Candidate for UNESCO Chief Jan Assman The Egyptian Leap Year Solar Alignment at Abu Simbel These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https://egyptianstreets.com/tag/cairo/…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines over the third week of February. When Were Hieroglyphs Invented? Menkaure Project Rejected Neferhotep Tomb in Luxor Now Open These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https://egyptianstreets.com/tag/cairo/ http://w…
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EPISODE 77 | Professor Maggie Geoga joins Kara and Jordan to discuss ancient Egyptian wisdom literature (also known as instruction texts), specifically “The Teaching of Amenemhat,” a Middle Egyptian poem from ca. 1550 to 500 B.C.E. in which the murdered King Amenemhat I advises his son from beyond the grave. They discuss the challenges of studying …
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines over the second week of February. GEM and Giza Plateau New Walkway Developing the Area Between Sphinx Intl and Saqqara GEM To Be Ready By End of February 787 Artefacts For Shanghai Exhibition Colossus of Amenhotep III Project Starts at Karnak These news stories are taken from various public internet…
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EPISODE 76 | In this episode Kara and Jordan are joined by Drs. Danielle Candelora and Nadia Ben-Marzouk, who discuss their experience co-editing Ancient Egyptian Society: Challenging Assumptions, Exploring Approaches, what inspired the book, and how they wanted it to differ from other studies of ancient Egyptian society. Get the book here: Ancient…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines over the opening days of February. Karnak's Hypostyle Hall Rheumatoid Arthritis Found in Mummy Menkaure - the Plan Menkaure - the Committee The GEM These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https://egyptianstreets.…
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EPISODE 75 | CW// war, violence, explicit language In this month’s Q&A episode Kara and Jordan answer questions about Kara’s upcoming book Recycling for Death: Coffin Reuse in Ancient Egypt and the Theban Royal Caches, their favorite fictional books related to ancient Egypt and Egyptology, female identity and rebirth in ancient Egyptian religion, a…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines over the fourth week of January 2024. Predynastic Egypt Rebuilding Menkaure These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Portal/9/Heritage.aspx https://egyptianstreets.com/tag/cairo/ http://www.egyptindependent.com/ http://www.egypttoday.co…
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EPISODE 74 | In this episode we are crossing the podcast streams of the past and the present, by bringing you a vintage episode of Eric’s Guide to Ancient Egypt in which Eric Wells discusses the ancient Egyptian tale of the shipwrecked sailor. Eric, who earned his PhD in Egyptology from UCLA, produced his podcast from 2015-2016 and has kindly grant…
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The stories that made the Ancient Egypt headlines over the third week of January 2024. Return of Nefertiti Thwarted by Allies Solar Power at Museums and Archaeological Sites Rameses Exhibition Going to Germany 95% of Karnak's Hypostyle Hall Restored These news stories are taken from various public internet sources including: http://english.ahram.or…
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EPISODE 73 | Is Kara’s book The Good Kings “colonialist”? Should a non-Egyptian write a critical history of ancient Egyptian pharaohs? Kara and Amber discuss the possible reasoning behind this perspective, and Kara talks about how her book came together and why she set out to write a book calling into question the typical positivist historical narr…
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EPISODE 72 | In this episode Kara and Jordan answer this month’s listener questions. Listener Notes: Time & Calendars: * MET- Telling Time in Ancient Egypt * Nile Scribes- Celebrating the Seasons * SAOC 26. The Calendars of Ancient Egypt. Richard A. Parker * Tomb aligned with Winter Solstice Wills & Funerals * NJ van Blerk, The basic tenets of inte…
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EPISODE 71 | With the growing number of labor disputes and strikes around the world, Kara and Jordan delve into how labor was organized and issues were settled in ancient Egypt. This is part two of a two-part episode. Listen to Part I here. Also read Jordan’s companion post to this episode, Fashion and Hidden Labor in the Ancient World. Sources: * …
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EPISODE 70 | With the growing number of labor disputes and strikes around the world, Kara and Jordan delve into how labor was organized and issues settled in ancient Egypt. Part one of two. Sources: * Papyrus Stories- The First Recorded Strike in History * Turin Strike Papyrus * Edgerton, William F. “The Strikes in Ramses III’s Twenty-Ninth Year.” …
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EPISODE 69 | Here’s an uncomfortable fact: Having a woman’s body allows one to be much more easily controlled and commodified in patriarchal systems. We are watching this play out in real time in a post-Roe America, but what role did the female body play in the ancient world, and more specifically: How did ancient Egyptians negotiate female power i…
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EPISODE 68 | This month’s Q&A episode features questions on ancient festivals, food, human sacrifice, and marriage and incest in ancient Egypt. Episode Notes * Food * The Pharaoh’s Kitchen, by Madga Mehdawy * Ikram, Salima. 1995. Choice Cuts : Meat Production in Ancient Egypt. Leuven: Peeters. * Ancient Egyptian Festivals * Coppens, F. 2009. Temple…
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EPISODE 67 | In this episode Kara and Jordan talk with PhD candidate Kylie Thomsen about her research contextualizing statuary reuse using new technologies like photogrammetry and RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging). About Kylie Thomsen Kylie is an Egyptology PhD candidate in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the Univers…
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EPISODE 66 | This month’s listener questions covered a variety of topics from ancient Egyptian clothing and furniture to the portrayal of mummies in popular culture. Episode Notes Egyptian linen Pleated dresses from the Museo Egizio of Turin: study of the technical data of fabrics in Moor, A. de (Antoine) et al. (eds.) (2015) ‘Textiles, tools and t…
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EPISODE 65 | Historians are products of their time, place, and life experiences, and yet in many ways they approach their work with the idea that it can be (at least to some degree) separated from all of those things. In this episode Kara and Amber discuss whether or not history can—or should—be apolitical and how historical narratives inevitably r…
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EPISODE 64 | Kara and Jordan discuss iconoclasm in the ancient and medieval worlds with Lexie Henning, the host of the Ancient Office Hours podcast. Below is information about Lexie and some visuals! We include Aya Sofia, also called Hagia Sophia, a 6th century CE multi-domed church turned mosque turned museum turned back to mosque. We also discuss…
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CW// Human remains The red-shroud mummy of a young man named Herakleides—don’t ask us how he died so young; we don’t know—presents some tantalizing insights into certain religious practices of the first century CE in Egypt. On view at the Getty Villa in Malibu, the mummy of Herakleides is unprovenanced, but archaeological evidence suggests it proba…
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The wonders of ancient civilizations have always captured the imagination of historians and archaeologists. Among the most intriguing civilizations is Ancient Egypt, with its awe-inspiring pyramids, majestic temples, and fascinating mythologies. While much has been uncovered about this enigmatic culture, there are still hidden mysteries waiting to …
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Ancient Egypt, with its enigmatic pyramids, majestic pharaohs, and mysterious rituals, has captivated the world for centuries. Beyond its grandeur and splendor, Egypt holds a rich tapestry of history and mythology that continues to intrigue and inspire. In this blog post, we embark on a journey through time to unravel the secrets of ancient Egypt. …
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Egypt's narrative legacy goes far beyond its creation of the material world and the exploits of its gods. They consist of the canons of their art, architecture, language, and ritual - the foundation of a culture that sustained itself for thousands of years. This is probably the most significant element of the Egyptian legacy because it seems to hav…
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EPISODE 59 | In this episode Kara and Amber discuss Patron questions covering topics ranging from Cleopatra to balancing historical accuracy in entertainment and more. ---- If you want knowledgable hot takes on headlines about archaeology, Egyptology, and antiquity in general delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our Substack Ancient/Now. You can a…
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EPISODE 60 | In Part II of our discussion on Cleopatra VII and reception, ownership, and race we welcome guests Dr. Mai Musie and Professor Rebecca Futo Kennedy. Dr. Musie and Professor Kennedy both study aspects of identity formation, race, and ethnicity in the ancient world and bring their expert perspectives to this discussion of Cleopatra VII, …
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Ancient Egypt, known for its rich cultural and mythological heritage, worshipped a vast pantheon of gods and goddesses. Among their deities, there were two fascinating groups that stood out for their mysterious and otherworldly nature: the Ogdoad and the Shining Ones. These divine beings played significant roles in the Egyptian cosmology and were r…
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In the vast realm of ancient mythology, Egyptian creation myths stand as some of the most captivating and enigmatic narratives ever conceived. Steeped in symbolism, magic, and divine beings, these myths offer a glimpse into the ancient Egyptian worldview and their understanding of the origins of the universe. In this power blog, we embark on a scho…
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EPISODE 58 | Kara and Jordan meet with Dr. Serena Love to discuss her ongoing work with Seamus Blackley on the collection of ancient yeast and reconstruction of ancient bread making techniques. How does one collect ancient yeast without contamination? What can be learned through experimental archaeology? And most importantly, what did ancient bread…
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Egypt, with its rich historical legacy, holds an allure for explorers and scholars alike. Steeped in ancient wonders, the land of the pharaohs hides numerous enigmas and unsolved mysteries. In this essay, we will delve into the top five greatest mysteries of Egypt, spanning iconic structures, revered pharaohs, sacred temples, astonishing discoverie…
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Archaeological Discovery https://youtu.be/cxPJQmnd3Eg in Ancient Egypt, Lost Advanced Knowledge of How THEY DID IT Released Abydos is an ancient city located in Upper Egypt, about 11 kilometers west of the Nile River. It was one of the most important religious centers in ancient Egypt and played a significant role in the country's political and rel…
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EPISODE 57 | In this episode, special guests Dr. Katherine Blouin and Dr. Heba Abd el Gawad join Kara and Jordan for a conversation about Netflix’s docu-drama Queen Cleopatra and the ways in which modern issues of reception, ownership, and race have played into how Cleopatra is seen today. Dr. Abd el Gawad brings her nuanced perspective as a schola…
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