Thursday, August 09, 2007

And now. . . .the news from the EEF

Press report: "Mummy's Log: Visited Scan God in Land of the Dead"
About the CT scan of "Demetrios, a 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy
belonging to the Brooklyn Museum. (..) Dr. Boxt immediately dismissed
one hypothesis. These were not the bones of an 89-year-old man, as
some had inferred from the number inscribed, along with Demetrios'
name, on the ancient red shroud encasing his body. He was certainly
far younger when he died: in his 50s at most, the radiologist said. (..)
The museum curators and conservators were especially curious to know
whether an ibis, a bird sacred to the Egyptians, would be spotted inside
the mummy's cavity. The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles recently
found the remains of such a bird wrapped inside its own red-shroud
mummy - one of only 10 in the world - and curators were looking for
similarities. (...) No ibis was found inside Demetrios. (..) The CT scan
showed that Demetrios rested on an embalming board [wrapped into
the mummy]. Dr. Boxt also spotted a tiny mass in the mummy's abdominal
captivity measuring about 1.2 inches across. Curators and conservators
suggested that it was a scarab. (..) Also unusual was the absence of
a heart. "
Note the link to a fascinating slide show on the left of page:

Press report: "Minister of Culture: 8 mummies of birds received from
weaving company for display"
"Culture ministry received eight mummies of birds from the Al-Mahallah
Spinning and Weaving Company to be displayed at the Egyptian Museum
(..) three of ibises (..) and five mummies of falcons."

Press report: "The tale of the mummy"
"The Fabyan Villa Museum [Geneva, Illinois ] mummy is a fake that
contains one bone – from a dog. (...) The fake mummy originally
was owned by George Fabyan, a wealthy Chicago businessman
who used the villa as a summer retreat. (..) The museum now uses
the fake mummy as a tie-in to lessons about Egyptian history and
its practices of mummification. "
[For some more info on Fabyan and his collection, see:
"Turned out this is an ersatz mummy, crafted of common steel
nails, a wood frame, straw and cloth. There is a real bone
showing in part of the leg of the adult, but it is believed to
be a dog bone."]

Another press report about the Saite burial in Abusir:
One new bit: "The Czech excavation team has also discovered
pots, seals and mummification tools."
-- Another English report:

Digitized book from the Internet Archive
-- F. Ll. Griffith, Karanòg. The Meroitic Inscriptions of Shablûl and
Karanòg, Philadelphia, 1911. - VIII, 181 pp., 30 pls. - pdf-file (78 MB)
"In this volume will be found not only the edition of the inscriptions
announced on the title-page, but also an Introduction in which proofs
are given for the readings and decipherment of Meroitic writing so
far as they have proceeded to the present time, together with some
evidence of the age of the inscriptions and the nature of the Meroitic

Egyptologist Dr Kara Cooney has put some of her articles online.
Apart from links to several PalArch articles, these are:
-- "An Informal Workshop: Textual Evidence for Private Funerary
Art Production in the Ramesside Period," in: Living and Writing in
Deir el Medine, Andreas Dorn and Tobias Hoffmann, eds. (Basel 2005).
-- A Review of Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt by Lynn Meskell,
American Journal of Archaeology 107 (2003).
-- "The Edifice of Taharqa: Ritual Function and the Role of the King,"
Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 37 (2000).

Review of the "The Lost Queen" TV show, about the
presumed mummy of Hatshepsut:

Interview with Susan James about the "Nefertiti and The Lost
Dynasty" TV show, about the presumed mummy of Nefertiti:

End of EEF news