Friday, November 19, 2004

This may be the only entry today as the entire staff of ArchaeoBlog is engaged in several ongoing research projects and meetings. Who makes meeting dates on Fridays?

It's time! Once again our weekly visit with news from the EEF!

Well, this is interesting Press report about what medieval Arabic scholars thought about Cleopatra; interview with Dr Okasha El Daly.

Online electronic version of: Janet H. Johnson, The Demotic Verbal System, The Oriental Institute, Chicago, 2nd corrected edition, 2004 (Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, no. 38). xii, 228 pp. "This study of the Demotic verbal system is based largely on four ancient texts, two Ptolemaic period (Khaemwast I and Onchsheshonqy) and two of the
Roman period (Mythus vom Sonnenauge and Demotic Magical Papyrus)." - pdf-file: 1.4 MB

New online article on the Antiquity of Man website: "The nature of Ancient Egyptian urbanism" by Mike Brass (unpublished Masters degree essay, 2004, in pdf-format)

Online version of: Jean François Champollion, De l'obélisque égyptien de l'île de Philae, in: Revue encyclopédique, vol. 13, pp. 512-521 (1822) - Important early work of Champollion discussing the relationship between the Greek and hieroglyphic inscriptions of the obelisk of Philae, now in Dorset, UK.
"L'obélisque de Philae a-t-il été érigé par un roi de race égyptienne, ou bien appartient-il au tem[p]s de rois Ptolémées ou Lagides, comme
l'inscription grecque du socle?"

Online version of: Veronica Sundstedt, Alan Chalmers, Philippe Martinez, High Fidelity Reconstruction of the Ancient Egyptian Temple of Kalabsha, in: Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Computer graphics, virtual reality, visualisation and interaction in Africa (AFRIGRAPH '04), Stellenbosch, South Africa, November 3-5, 2004, pp. 107-113, ACM SIGGRAPH, November 2004
"... Computer graphics in collaboration with Egyptologists makes it possible to recreate the temple on a computer, place it back to its original location and orientation, and illuminate it, as it may have appeared some 2000 years ago. ... This paper describes the practical methodology that should be undertaken in order to create a high fidelity reconstruction and realistic lighting simulation of an ancient Egyptian temple." -7 pp., pdf-file: 740KB

Nicoleta Marinescu, Zooming in on Egypt, in: College of Charleston Magazine, Fall 2004 issue
"What do photography, space science and geology have to do with understanding ancient Egyptian tombs? A pilot project combines these disciplines for the first time at the College of Charleston [South Carolina, USA]. The On-Line Geographical Information System for the Theban Necropolis (OLGIS-TN), an exciting new interdisciplinary initiative, is the brainchild of professors Peter Piccione (history), Kem Fronabarger (geology) and Norm
Levine (geology)..." - 4 pp., pdf-file: 300 KB
-- also without photographs:
-- press report [was already in last EEFFNEWS]:

A new image database application, called "InscriptiFact," is designed to allow users access via the Internet to high-resolution images of ancient inscriptions from the Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds with particular focus on Northwest Semitic inscriptions. However,
it also contains Aramaic papyri from Egypt and Egyptian scarabs.
Anyone who agrees to use the images solely for study and classroom purposes can get a (free) password and access instructions. InscriptiFact works under both Windows and Macintosh (OS 10.2.6 and above).