Thursday, July 20, 2006

And now. . . .the news from the EEF Lots of good stuff in this week's installment. Check especially the online papers.

Press report: "Modern technology uncovers the glory of ancient Egypt"
Report on a lecture by Kathleen Stewart Howe entitled, "Egypt
Recovered: Early Photographic Surveys and the Development of Egyptology."

Press report: "Mummies on the move"
The Hancock Museum in Newcastle closed in April for a
major renovation, to be "converted into a Great North
Museum ... [which] will bring together four existing museums
under one roof.... It is due to open in 2009."
--Another press report on this:

Online version of: Amanda-Alice Maravelia, The Stellar Horizon of Khufu:
Archaeoastronomy, Egyptology … and Some Imaginary Scenaria, in: Susanne
Bickel, Antonio Loprieno (eds), Basel Egyptology Prize 1: Junior Research
in Egyptian History, Archaeology, and Philology, Schwabe & Co Verlag, Basel,
2003, pp. 55-74
"In the present article we present a brief introduction relative to the
interactions and feedback of Archaeology and Astronomy ... Such a fictitious
theory with many weak points and erroneous assumptions is the theory
proposed by Dr Kate Spence, in order to explain the precise orientation of
the Great Pyramids. This is examined critically in our article. We give
twelve arguments against this theory (simul­taneous transit) in the form of
questions, in order to prove that it was neither reasonable nor applicable."

Online version of: Francesco Raffaele, Stone Vessels in Early Dynastic
Egypt, in: Cahiers Caribéens d’Egyptologie, no. 7-8 (2005)
"As early as the Badarian and Naqada I cultures of Middle and Upper Egypt
(and the one of Merimde in Lower Egypt), stone vessels started to be
deposited in certain tombs, constituting one of the most valuable elements
of the funerary equipment. ..."

Andrew Monson, An Early Ptolemaic Land Survey in Demotic: P. Cair. II
31073 (Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics) - 81 pp., pdf-file
(7 MB)
"This paper provides a preliminary edition of an early Ptolemaic land survey
from the southern Fayyum and related accounts. Although photographs and a
brief description were included in the Cairo catalogue of Demotic papyri in
1908, it has never been edited or fully discussed. The text furnishes
valuable data about land tenure, agriculture, and taxation, especially on
royal land. This version is meant to provide a basis for further discussion
until the edition is complete."

Online version of: "Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian
Antiquities" (JSSEA), vol. 30 (2003) - pdf-files
"As part of an effort to streamline and speed up the publication process of
the JSSEA, we have decided to publish to the web all of the articles for the
following issues of the journal. This is an experiment by the editor and we
wish to see how this aids in the dissemination of the information in the
articles ... The files will normally appear here only until the hard copy
version of the journal appears."
-- Arthur C. Aufderheide, Larry L. Cartmell, Michael Zlonis, Patrick Horne,
Chemical Dietary Reconstruction of Greco-Roman Mummies at Egypt's Dakhleh
Oasis, pp. 1-10
-- Sanaa Abd El Azim El-Adly, Die Eingeweidekrüge oder Krüge des
Lebenskeimens!, pp. 11-14
-- Corey J. Chimko, Foreign Pharaohs: Self-Legitizimation and Indigenous
Reaction in Art and Literature, pp. 15-57
-- Heather Lee McCarthy, The Function of "Emblematic" Scenes of the King's
Domination of Foreign Enemies and Narrative Battle Scenes in Ramesses II's
Nubian Temples, pp. 59-90
-- Peter A. Piccione, The Women of Thutmose III in the Stelae of the
Egyptian Museum, pp. 91-102
-- Alicia D. de Rodrigo, Black Ware in Tell er Rub'a (Mendes), pp. 103-111
-- C. Spieser, Réflexions sur quelques scènes d'offrande du nom du roi, pp.
-- Johanna H. Stuckey, The Great Goddesses of the Levant, pp. 127-157
-- Sally Swain, Pottery from the Predynastic Settlement at Halfia Gibli
(Diospolis Parva), pp. 159-182
-- Book Reviews, pp. 183-186

Online review of
W. Scheidel, Measuring Sex, Age and Death in the Roman empire:
Explorations in Ancient Demography.
[The book includes an article on reported ages in Roman Egypt.]

End of EEF News