Friday, August 11, 2006

And now. . . .the news from the EEF

Press report: "Egypt Museum opens second mummy room"
"The Egyptian Museum opened a second mummy chamber
yesterday where the mummies of 11 figures from the 20th
dynasty were put on display (..) first discovered in 1881 in
a cache in Deir al-Bahari on Luxor's west bank and in 1898
in the second cache of King Amenhotep II's tomb in the Valley
of the Kings. (...) " The mummies of Ramses III, high priest of
Amum Pinumdjem II, and Ramses IV are mentioned.
-- Another press report:
"A new hall for Pharaonic mummies at the Egyptian museum"
-- And a video report of the BBC [submitted by Albert Prince
"New mummies go on display in Cairo"
[look under 'Video and Audio News'; pick 'more Video/Audio
news', and Search for "mummies".]

'Expedition', the magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum
of Archaelogy and Anthropology, Volume 48, Number 2 (Summer 2006)
has appeared and is a special issue on Egyptology!
With articles by Josef Wegner, Kei Yamamoto, Jennifer Houser Wegner,
Dawn McCormack, Vanessa Smith, Nicholas S. Picardo, and Stine Rossel.
Two of the articles are available online:
-- Josef Wegner, "The Archaeology of South Abydos--Egypt's
Late Middle Kingdom in Microcosm"
-- Jennifer Houser Wegner, "David Randall-MacIver--
Explorer of Abydos and Curator of the Egyptian Section"

The recent issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine
and Hygiene has the following article:
Fabrizio Bruschi et al., "Cysticercosis in an Egyptian mummy of
the late Ptolemaic period", Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 74(4), 2006,
pp. 598-599
Only the abstract is available for free online:
"We describe here an ancient case of cysticercosis that was
discovered in an Egyptian mummy of a young woman of about
20 years of age who lived in the late Ptolemaic period."
This "pig tapeworm" infection shows that in Hellenistic Egypt,
pigs were farmed.
Press reports about this find already appeared in January,
see EEF NEWS (381) and see

Online version of: G. Zaki Said, "The management of skeletal injuries in
ancient Egypt", in: AO Dialogue, vol. 15, no. I, pp. 12-13 (2002) - pdf-file
(208 KB):
"... Mummified bodies, wall paintings and hieroglyphs have shown some of
the orthopaedic practices of that time. The reduction of fractures by
manipulation, either unaided or with the help of pads, cushions, etc, was
practised with great skill ..."

Online version of: Margaret Alice Murray, "Catalogue of the Egyptian
antiquities in the National Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh", in:
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol. 33,
pp. 465-531 (1899) - pdf-file (3.5 MB):

The American Journal of Archaeology issues of this year
(AJA 110.1 (Januari 2006) and AJA 110.2 (April 2006)) contain
several relevant book reviews (available online in PDF):
-- Review by Joyce Haynes of:
Emily Teeter (with Post-Pharaonic Seals and Seal Impressions, by
T.G. Wilfong), Scarabs, Scaraboids, Seals, and Seal Impressions
from Medinet Habu

-- Review by Salima Ikram of:
Stephen Sidebotham and Willemina Wendrich, Berenike '98. Report
of the 1998 Excavations at Berenike and the Survey of the Egyptian
Eastern Desert, Including Excavations in Wadi Kalalat

End of EEF news