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  • And the arguments over Tutankamun’s tomb continue

    At the Tutankhamun Conference this weekend at the GEM, the mysterious potential spaces behind the wall of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber was a major topic. The program this morning featured Mamdouh Eldamaty, Nicholas Reeves, Hirokatsu Watanabe, Yasser El Shayb, and Zahi Hawass, all providing their perspectives …

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  • Ben Carson and his Pyramid Schemes: Not a Grain of Truth

    It takes a lot to get me, an ancient historian, to be interested in, much less talk about, modern politics. Enter Ben Carson. Earlier this week, after the commencement speech from 1998 that records U.S. GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson stating his (completely off the wall) opinion …

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  • Best Time to be an Archaeologist!

    Sarah Parcak, space archaeologist. Technology doesn’t mean we aren’t digging in the dirt anymore—it’s just that we know better where to dig.  

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

    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

    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!

    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

    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

    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

    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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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.