Monday, December 20, 2004

Down comes the budget axe Aztalan cuts worry archaeologists

Wisconsin's best-known archaeological site may become a political football as lawmakers dicker over the next state budget.

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing cutting $45,500 of funding to Aztalan State Park. The move is one of many cuts the department suggested in its budget request to Gov. Jim Doyle.

The DNR Board approved the cut last week. Some critics said it would open the park to looting and vandalism. A local lawmaker suggested the DNR is playing budget politics.

Neat site.

As promised, last week's EEF news:

"More than Tut t-shirts. Egypt wants to make more money off its cultural heritage":

The government has decided to adopt a new approach to dealing with cultural heritage that it hopes will generate the revenue necessary to carry out this important work. That is the crux of the Culture Ministry-affiliated holding company currently being formed based on a ministerial decree issued by former Prime Minister Atef Ebeid in July 2004.

The company is designed to generate revenue for the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) to enable it to better invest in archaeological excavation and restoration, promoting archaeological and cultural awareness among the public, diversifying archaeology-related professional services, and producing high-quality commercial products.

Some press reports on recently aired TV shows:
-- "Mummy Autopsy":
-- "The Sphinx Unmasked"/"Secrets of the Sphinx":
"Vassil Dobrev believes the Sphinx was created by Djedefre."
-- "The Valley of the Golden Mummies":
Interviews Dr Hawass, See also (photo):

"Egypt unveils 2,500-year-old tomb. Discovery made in 'Valley of the Golden Mummies':
About the newly found mummies plus the discovered tomb of the brother of the governor of Bahariya (500 BC). With photographs.
Other (more or less the same) press reports on this: (AP/Yahoo)(with slide show)
With some different photos:

"Three ancient pieces seized in Menia"

Editorial: "King Tut, Part 2"
"The Met has decided not to show Tut, Part 2, because it refuses to charge extra for special exhibitions. That honors a commitment and a cultural function that are vital to protect."
[use as id and password: "eefeef"]

Press report: "Time-travelling with Tut" [current egyptomania]
About the current Egyptomania, and the Australian Museum's exhibition 'Life beyond the Tomb'.

[Next three items submitted by Michael Tilgner. Note: We're posting the whole thing w/o dynamic linking, just for those interested in such things -- eds.]

* The Obelisk Inscriptions of Queen Hatshepsut in the temple of Karnak
-- Unusual photographic view of the obelisk
-- Drawings: LD III, 22-24
LD II, 22 (293 KB) - standing obelisk (N, W):
LD II, 23 (281 KB) - standing obelisk (S, E):
LD II, 24 (281 KB) - fallen obelisk (24 a-c), base inscription (24 d):
-- Photograph of the base inscription - Western side (70 KB)
-- Hieroglyphic text: Urk. IV, 357-373
-- English translation (shaft inscriptions and base inscription of the
standing obelisk, base inscription of the fallen obelisk) in: James Henry
Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, vol. II, Chicago, 1906, sections 304-321
-- English translation (shaft inscriptions and base inscription of the
standing obelisk): Lichtheim II, 25-29
-- Hieroglyphic text of the standing obelisk
-- Hieroglyphic text, photograph, transliteration and English translation of
the inscriptions of the standing obelisk
-- same website with Spanish translation
-- French translation of the base inscription (partial)
-- Description, including a German translation of the shaft inscriptions of
the standing obelisk [based on: Elke Blumenthal, Ingeborg Müller, Walter F.
Reineke, Adelheid Burkhardt (eds.), Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Übersetzung
zu den Heften 5-16, Berlin, 1984, pp. 29-30]:
-- German translation of the base inscription: TUAT II, 545-548
-- William Stevenson Smith, Two Fragments from Hatshepsut's Karnak Obelisk,
in: Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts [in Boston], vol. XL, pp. 45-49
(1942) - pdf-file: 2 MB

* Dedication of the Obelisks by Hatshepsut (block 302 of the Red Chapel)
-- Hieroglyphic text: Urk. IV, 374-375
-- English translation in: James Henry Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt,
vol. II, Chicago, 1906, section 305
-- Photograph and English translation
-- Photograph and German translation

* Graffito of Senenmut in Sehel concerning his work on Hatshepsut's obelisks
[lost pair]
-- Drawing and English translation [based on: Dariusz Niedziólka, Some
Remarks on the Graffito of Senenmut at Aswan, Proceedings of the First
Central European Conference of Young Egyptologists. Egypt 1999: Perspectives
of Research, Warsaw 7-9 June 1999, Warsaw, 1999, pp. 85-104]
-- Drawing and German translation

Online version of: Norman de Garis Davies, Two Ramesside Tombs at Thebes, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1927. XIX, 86 pp., XLII pls.

F. Wendorf and R. Schild, "Nabta Playa and Its Role in Northeastern African Prehistory", in: Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 1998, pp. 97-123; PDF file (1.79 MB): (Note: Wasn't working when we tried it)

* [For the younger subscribers & teachers:]
Sydney Grammar School has an Academic Extension program
with onlist (in PDF):
-- "Reading Hieroglyphs", by F. A. Amati & M. M. Bishop
-- Russell Buzby, "Imperialism in Early New Kingdom Egypt", Kaleidoscope Eyes, October 2002, pp.1 -18; in PDF, 79 kB:

Brian Noell, "Race in Late-Antique Egypt: Moses the Black and Authentic Historical Voice", in: Eras, edition 6, November 2004. In HTML.
The early sixth-century tale of Moses of Scetis, a black man in Roman Egypt, "can be employed to explore the literary construction of the African in the late-antique world."

Dr Franz Renggli, "The Sunrise as the Birth of a Baby: The Prenatal Key to Egyptian Mythology", in: Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 16(3), Spring 2002, pp. 1-18; in PDF, 540 kB:
The author, a psychoanalyst, presents the ideas of the Dutch historian of religion B. H. Stricker about The Book of the Earth/Aker, which Stricker calls The Embryonic Treatise, as he thinks this netherworld book contains a divine embryology. [Should that sound rather esoteric - well, it is IMHO, but I must confess Stricker's work is not my cup of tea.]

[Submitted by Troy Sagrillo (]
Ingrid Hjelm, Thomas L. Thompson, "The Victory Song of Merneptah, Israel and the People of Palestine", in: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 3 - 18; in PDF, 144 kB:
"This study examines aspects of the hymn's rhetoric and literary metaphors, and discusses, among other things, the themes of Merneptah's transcendent greatness and his mythic roles (...)" and "discusses the nature of the association that can be established between the Merneptah stele and the later history of the region of Palestine and biblical Israel."
[The authors belong to the Biblical Studies field, Ultra-Minimalist corner.]

Online review of a childrens' book (fiction) with Egyptological angle: Emily Sands, "Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris"

[Submitted by Thierry Benderitter (]
I have the pleasure to announce to you that the new version of the Osirisnet website is now operational.
Apart from a thorough overall update, the pages now are all available in English (thanks to Jon Hirst), and numerous pages on tombs are available in Spanish (thanks to Francisco Lopez)
and German (thanks to Brigitte Goede).
Future projects (in preparation):
the tombs of Ay, Tutankhamon, Tuthmosis IV, Benia, Nakht, Ramose, Montuemhat, Senmut, the governors of Beni Hassan, the tombs of Amarna, and a dozen others among which are
those totally unknown of the public at Meir. The temple of Tephibi, the temple of Ptah in Karnak, the chapels of the XXVIth Dynasty in Karnak, the temple of Merenptah and
the associated museum, etc.
I like to take this opportunity to make a request to the EEF members: if you have original photos of the monuments and the tombs, photos of which you think that they could
be reproduced on the site, they will be very welcome!

End of EEF news