Friday, December 03, 2004

Following news courtest of the EEF

CSI: Alexandria

"Cleopatra and the asp" (a Sunday Times Magazine feature of 4 pages):,,2099-1362193,00.html
Pat Brown, an investigative criminal profiler, looks at the suicide of Cleopatra, and suggests there are problems with the 'suicide note', the 'lethal weapon' (a snake), and what more, leaving the possibility of murder wide open.

"A Spanish team working at Ihnasia (Heracleopolis) uncovered a [FIP] cemetery that includes several tombs belonging to statesmen":

This week's "Dig Days" column of Dr Hawass in Al-Ahram Weekly is titled "Champollion's Desk":
When he was at the ICE, Dr Hawass visited the house of Champollion.

Al-Ahram has a lenghty article about the Story of Sinuhe, with Prof. Miroslav Barta (who will publish an English edition of his book about this story):

Tut Update Official web site of the exhibition

More on the Biblical angle to the son-of-Ramesses special this Sunday Two (one here, the other already blogged) press reports about Kent Weeks's discovery of a skull in KV 5: -- "Egyptian tomb may hold biblical clue"

[Next two items submitted by Michael Tilgner]

The Autobiography of Amenemhet called Ameni in his tomb (Beni Hassan 2) -- Drawing in LD II, 122 (340 KB)
-- Hieroglyphic text in: Urk. VII, 14-16
-- English translation in: James Henry Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, vol. I, Chicago, 1906, sections 515-253

* [In light of the World AIDS Day this week: ]
AIDS in AE? - Discussion about the term aAa "semen, poison"
-- Richard J. Ablin, AIDS: Déjà Vu in Ancient Egypt?, in: Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 2, no.3, p. 242 (1996)
-- also in a pdf-file (43 KB)
-- Daniel G. Colley, Ancient Egypt and Today: Enough Scourges to Go Around, in: Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 362-363 (1996)
-- Robert J. Littman and David M. Morens, AIDS and aAa in Egypt?, in: Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 2, no. 4, p. 363 (1996)
-- the last two letters also in a pdf-file (197 KB)

Online version of: Henry Abbott, Catalogue of a collection of Egyptian antiquities, the property of Henry Abbott, M.D., now exhibiting at the Stuyvesant Institute, Printed for the Proprietor, New York, 1853. 68 pp., ills., pls.

A.A. Shokeir and M.I. Hussein, "The urology of Pharaonic Egypt", BJU International (November 1999), 84.7, pp. 775-761.
There is a HTML version available, but better pick the PDF version (right-click and Save to Desktop) which has several illustrations (incl. hieroglyphs) and is still only 144kB.

Karen Polinger Foster, "Gardens of Eden: Exotic Flora and Fauna in the Ancient Near East", Yale F&ES Bulletin, pp. 320-329. In PDF, 104 KB.
With a large section on exotica in ancient Egypt. Unfortunately, the pictures were not included in the digitized article.

Heidi Hoffman, MD, William E. Torres, MD and Randy D. Ernst, MD "Paleoradiology: Advanced CT in the Evaluation of Nine Egyptian Mummies", Radiographics, 2002. In Html (but also available as PDF):

Ivana Rudolfova, Veronica Sundstedt, "High Fidelity Rendering of the Interior of an Egyptian Temple". In PDF (212kB)
"The aim is to find the most physically accurate way to reconstruct the lighting of the interior of an Egyptian temple or any other interior sceneries." This is of the same team
that reconstructed the exterior of the Kalabsha Temple (see EEF NEWS (329)).

[Next three items submitted by Michael Tilgner]

Online version of: J. Revez, T. Tidafi, G. De Paoli, C. Parisel, "Assessing
the historical value of investigating ancient monuments by means of an intelligent digital model: The case of the temple of Karnak in Egypt", The Fifth International Conference on Computer Graphics and Artificial Intelligence (3IA'2002), 14 - 15 of May 2002. Limoges, France.
"This article deals with the way epigraphic surveys are currently carried out by Egyptologists investigating pharaonic temples, on the one hand, and the theoretical as well as practical knowledge that can be gained by making greater use of CG-aided tools, on the other." - 9 pp., pdf-file: 2.1 MB

Online version of: Jules Vleugels, Remco Veltkamp, "Efficient Image Retrieval through Vantage Objects", in: D. P. Huijsmans, A. W. M. Smeulders (eds.), Visual Information and Information Systems - Proceedings of the Third International Conference VISUAL'99, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 1999, 1999, pp. 575-584
"We describe a new indexing structure for general image retrieval that relies solely on a distance function giving the similarity between two images. ... We demonstrate the viability of our approach through experimental results obtained with a database of about 48,000 hieroglyphic polylines." - pdf-file: 300 KB

Online version of: Anne Godlewska, "Map, text and image. The mentality of enlightened conquerors: a new look at the Description de l'Egypte", in: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 5-28 (1995)
"This paper takes a new look at the Description de l'Egypte in the light of the theses of Said, Mitchell and Bruno Latour on intellectual conquest. It argues that in addition to being the product of an historically remarkable scientific exploration, the Description was a sophisticated and purposive interpretation of Egypt which reflects as much about the participants' conception of themselves as about Egypt. ... A comprehensive look at map,
image and text reveal a construction of Egypt designed to replace Egypt itself. The Description creates the Egypt that could be claimed and taken home and mathematically and rigorously interpreted in the silence of French libraries, laboratories and museums without the difficult complications associated with colonialism, subject peoples and the bizarreries of other cultures." - pdf-file: 4.8 MB

Must see! Archaeological Geology in Ancient Egypt Website of Professor James Harrell, with a subsection called "Ancient Egyptian Quarries":
The site provides information on ancient Egyptian stone quarries: locations, ages, rock types, and color images of stones.
[Eds. We probably blogged this before but it's worth a revisit. Lots of good information.]

[Submitted by Sarah Parcak (]
The website for the Tell el-Amarna project (Barry Kemp, Field Director) has been revised and updated. Please visit us at:
Recent updates include:
- Overviews of current research projects undertaken by expedition members, including survey, excavation and post-excavation analysis.
- A downloadable database (Excel spreadsheet) of the small finds excavated by the EES in the early 20th century. The database contains over seven and a half thousand objects and draws upon both published excavation reports and unpublished records in the EES Amarna Archive.
- A statement of the Project's conservation policy.
- A guide to a recently laid-out visitors' trail in the Central City.

End of EEF news.

That's a lot right there. We'll get to other news later on.