Thursday, September 07, 2006

And now. . .this week's news from the EEF

Press report: "Neferititi was actually a 'fascinating' aging beauty"
"A new examination of the famous bust has revealed visible
wrinkles running down her slender neck, and puffy bags
[under her eyes], leading experts to now believe that
Nefertiti was an aging beauty. (..) Most likely, the bust was
meant to serve as a model for the official portrait. "

Press report: "Climate change rocked cradles of civilization"
"Severe climate change was the primary driver in the development
of civilisation, according to new research by the University of
East Anglia. (...) [Dr. Nick Brooks] argues that the earliest
civilisations developed largely as a [unplanned] by-product of
adaptation to [catastrophic] climate change."
[In other words: from the lost paradise of the Sahara to
the harsh tyrany of the Nile Valley.]
-- Cp. the website of Nick Brooks, with several climate projects:

Press report: "Priority on site management"
"A look at a number of projects either completed, in progress,
or planned for the coming years. "

Hatem Hamdy Odah, Geomagnetism and Archaeology: Principles and
Applications. State of the Art, National Research Institute of Astronomy &
Geophysics, Helwan - Cairo - Egypt, 2005 - 75 pp., pdf-file: 4.3 MB
"... The discovery of important archaeological sites using geophysical
methods saves a lot of time, budget and effort, it also enables the
exploration of large archaeological sites in a short time, and only the
important findings could be then excavated. The geophysical study of the
archaeological materials can help to understand the behaviour of the earth's
magnetic field through the last 10000 years and in establishing an
archaeomagnetic chronology. Studying the magnetic field through the
archaeological sites and archaeological materials can be represented by
archaeological prospecting using magnetic surveying, archaeomagnetism,
palaeointensity and rock magnetism."

W. Neubauer, M. Doneus, N. Studnicka , J. Riegl, Combined High
Resolution Laser Scanning and Photogrammetrical Documentation of
the Pyramids at Giza, in: Dequal S. (ed.), Proceedings of the XXth
International Symposium CIPA, Torino 2005, The International
Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information
Sciences, vol. XXXVI-5/C34/1, 2005, 470-475226-231 - pdf-file
(255 KB)
"The aim of the _Scanning of the Pyramids Project_ 2004 was to apply and
test latest state-of-the-art terrestrial laser scanners combined with a
calibrated digital camera for high accuracy, high resolution and long
distance topographic scanning in archaeology. The monuments selected for the
first campaign are the Cheops Pyramid and the Sphinx. The data form the
basis for a detailed threedimensional modelling of the monuments to show and
to test the instrumentation as a general-purpose tool for the documentation
and monitoring of standing monuments ..."

Online book review of:
Wilkinson, Richard (2005) The Complete Gods and Goddesses
of Ancient Egypt, American University in Cairo Press, Cairo.

End of EEF news