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Can art and statistics get along?

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The Red Looped Sash

New research on an enigmatic element of royal regalia.

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Every detail matters

Correlation

Guess what? You already understand it.

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Gorgeous colors & resplendent details are a gift from the past not to be wasted.

Ground-breaking research

Download the PhD dissertation, Excel spreadsheets of raw data and more!

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Hacking the Ankh

What does this ubiquitous Egyptian symbol really mean?

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Uncovering patterns hidden in plain sight

Factor analysis and art history

How does it work and what can it reveal?

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You put your botany in my Egyptology!

Ancient Egypt's lappet wig

Examination of pharaoh's most democratic headgear.

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Every piece is important to solving the puzzle!

Tacky Tourists

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Hacking the Atef crown

A brief discussion of this elaborate crown at Medinet Habu.

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Not just pretty pictures...

though we do have a lot of pretty pictures.

Directed vs. Data-driven research

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Cluster analysis & art history

It's not as scary as it looks!

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Hacking the king's sandals

In-depth discussion on the symbolism of pharaoh's footwear.

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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art announces free access to 400,000 digital images!

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    The MMA in New York announced that they are making a huge number of high-resolution digital images available for free. Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works …

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  • Vehicle of the Sun: The Royal Chariot in the New Kingdom (excerpt from Chasing Chariots, eds. Veldmeijer and Ikram) available for free download

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    It is with great pleasure that I announce the availability of my recently published article, “Vehicle of the Sun: The Royal Chariot in the New Kingdom”, for free pdf download. This 20+ page article explores the significance of the king’s chariot and developed from my …

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  • Chasing Chariots coming soon!

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    Sidestone Press has announced the forthcoming publication of Chasing Chariots: Proceedings of the First International Chariot Conference (Cairo 2012), edited by André J. Veldmeijer & Salima Ikram. Although I was unfortunately unable to attend the conference in Cairo last December, my article on the significance …

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  • Forthcoming publication on the symbolism of the royal chariot in New Kingdom Egypt

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    It is with immense pleasure that I announce the forthcoming publication of my article “Vehicle of the Sun: The Royal Chariot in the New Kingdom”.  This substantial investigation into the iconographic significance of the king’s chariot in ancient Egypt will appear in the Proceedings of …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Sash skirt

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    Temple of Seti I at Abydos NOTE:  This general term is used to record instances of skirts that include a sash tie at the front of the waist.  There are several different configurations, including examples that have long sashes that hang down the sides and …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Cloth offering

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    Temple of Seti I at Abydos NOTE: Cloth offerings were presented as part of the Daily Cultic Ritual sequence.  Texts often describe the king as ‘dressing’ the image of the deity with these textiles.  Fabrics of different colors were featured, including white, green, and red, …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Pinky gesture

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    Temple of Seti I at Abydos NOTE: This gesture, where the king extends his pinky finger, is used to apply ointment to a deity.  In his other hand, the king holds the jar of ointment.  Usually, the ointment is actually shown as being applied to …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Bound foes

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    Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu NOTE: Bound prisoners, particularly foreign foes, are a common sight in Egyptian temples.  They usually appear in the lower courses of the relief or in scenes depicting the successful result of battle.  Ethnically distinct groups–Nubian, Libyan, or Asiatic–are …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Personified emblems

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    Tomb of Ramses III (KV 11) NOTE: Personified emblems, often the ankh, djed pillar, and was scepter, appear first in the Predynastic period (such as on labels of king Narmer) and continue to be used throughout Egyptian history.  Usually, these emblems with arms follow the …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Tail

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    Tomb of Ramses VI (KV 9) NOTE: The tail worn by the king is one of the oldest elements of royal regalia.  It appears on the Narmer Palette as well as on numerous other Early Dynastic objects (such as this ivory label of Den from …

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The Art of Counting is dedicated to the memory of Margery Meilleur, who first taught me to view history through the eyes of the images we create.