Friday, December 10, 2004

Call for comments!

We received this email from a colleague and would like any and all ArchaeoBlog readers to send comments.

Do you have a favorite archaeology website?

As part of a two-year project to redesign the Burke Museum website,
we are creating a series of web "exhibits" on different themes. We
are now starting to work on an archaeology web exhibit about the West
Point archaeological site in Seattle, and we need ideas for new ways
of presenting archaeological data and themes on the web. Not only
would we would like present the data and interpretations from the
archaeological research done there, but we also want to give some
insight into (and generate discussion about) the research process,
the politics of CRM, the roles of tribes and other issues.

If there is a site out there that you really like, could you send me
the link and tell me what you like about it?

Now, we realize most of you will automatically think of ArchaeoBlog as your favorite archaeology web site, but please, try to constrain your enthusiasm and try to think of a museum or site-oriented web site that you find particularly informative and attractive.

Update: Here, as promised, the EEF news of the week:

Press report: "The King and I ".
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Steve Martin and the New York Times' Op/Ed section reveal an interesting and somewhat amusing perspective on an often overlooked aspect of Tutmania.

Treachery! Murder!
Press report: "An Ancient Bronze Bust With a Tragic Story of Jealous Treachery":
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A fine bronze Roman bust of Ptolemy of Mauretania, grandson of Anthony and Cleopatra, and the last known decendant of the Ptolemaic dynasty, is being auctioned in New York.

Press report: "Interviews: Zahi Hawass, Egyptologist":
About the Tutankhamun exhibition.

A huge statue of Meritamun, daughter of Ramses II, will be put up in the new open air museum of Tell Basta:

Joel D. Irish, PhD, "A 5,500-Year-Old Artificial Human Tooth from Egypt: A Historical Note", The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, September/October 2004, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp. 645-647; in PDF (74kB):
"Archaeological excavations at a Neolithic cemetery near Gebel Ramlah, Egypt, yielded, among other finds, a life-size shell carving of a human tooth. ... The present report details the tooth's appearance and provides several interpretations concerning its function, including the possibility that it was intended to be a dental implant."

John Baines, "Egyptian Letters of the New Kingdom as Evidence for Religious Practice", in: Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (JANER) vol 1.1 (Dec 2001), pp. 1 -31, is now available for free online; in PDF (257 kB):

R.L. Miller, "Tetanus after cranial trauma in ancient Egypt", in: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 63, p. 758 (December 1997). Brief note, in HTML.
Diagnostic features of tetanus (lockjaw) noted in the Edwin Smith papyrus.

[Next two items submitted by Michael Tilgner]

Lynn Meskell, The Egyptian Ways of Death, in: Meredith S. Chesson (ed.), Social Memory, Identity, and Death: Anthropological Perspectives on Mortuary Rituals, Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, no. 10, 2001, pp. 27-40 - part of a pdf-file of 144 pp. (6.4 MB)
"The evidence at hand is both archaeological and textual; these two types exist for comparable time periods, and can be examined together in a recursive manner. This chapter seeks to explore those data sets for non-elite groups in the New Kingdom (c. 1550-1100 B.C.), focusing on the pervasive cultural attitudes to death and the afterlife, the body in death, the relationship between sexual and mortuary spheres, rituals of mourning,
and various practices designed to perpetuate the deceased's memory."

Online version of: Alejandra R. Cersósimo, Amenemhat III. La vida íntima de un faraón, in: Transoxiana 3 - November 2001