It's amazing what you'll find when you count art!

Can art and statistics get along?

Check out this introductory video about the Art of Counting project. Learn how we combine art historical research and statistics to better understand our shared visual history.

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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  • The Art of Counting’s premier statistical guru weighs in on Factor Analysis

    Our amazing statistical partner, Lili Garrard, is a Senior Analyst at the University of Kansas School of Nursing.  She has been involved with the Art of Counting project for more than four years now and has performed a wide array of analyses on the data …

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  • Zahi Hawass speaks out on the legal case against him

    UPDATE:  Dr. Hawass reports on his blog that the legal case has been appealed. Dr. Hawass has posted a response on his blog to the legal case against him. He refutes the charges and states: I have every confidence that this matter will be cleared …

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  • Zahi Hawass sentenced to one year in jail

    Zahi Hawass has been sentenced to one year in jail and “must be relieved of his government duties”. At the moment, it is somewhat difficult to determine precisely what “land dispute” the article is referring to, but it is probably linked with an ongoing issue …

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  • An Egyptologist’s View: Egyptians continue protecting their ancient heritage

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    Yesterday, Newsweek published an article by Peter Der Manuelian providing an Egyptologist’s view of the state of Egypt’s antiquities.  Recently instated Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University and director of the awesome Giza Archive, Der Manuelian deftly addressed the reinstatement of Dr. …

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  • Looting in Egypt: Who is to blame? Mubarak? Hawass? The Antiquities Market?

    In fact, varying levels of blame can be spread far and wide, but at this moment, there are bigger fish to fry.  In the wake of the Egyptian revolution, reports emerge almost daily about the state of archaeological sites and antiquities.  Despite the Egyptian people …

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  • Extensive Looting Continues at Abydos, Egypt

    Kate Phizackerley’s News from the Valley of the Kings website brought this local report on the Egyptian Dreams forum of continued illegal excavations at Abydos to my attention. What was reported today is chilling:

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  • Egypt’s Monuments in Danger: Current Looting and Decades of Tacky Tourists

    Click here to go directly to the March 7th update regarding the resignation Dr. Zahi Hawass and the continued looting in Egypt. In the wake of the Jasmine Revolution in Egypt, as the infrastructure shifts and uncertainty persists, Egyptians continue to aggressively protect their heritage.  …

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  • Mubarak, Hawass, and the End of Traditional Egyptology

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    What a roller-coaster weekend!  We kicked it off on a serious high Friday with the long-awaited resignation of Mubarak–Mabruk Masr! This was followed Saturday by the sad confirmation that several major objects in the Cairo Museum were missing.  Now, there are the disturbing reports of …

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  • Unlootable Egypt: Making the Ancient Immortal and Accessible

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    Delighted by more and more confirmed news emerging of undamaged sites (for regular news updates from multiple sources, see the excellent Egyptology News, Egyptological Looting Database, and Talking Pyramids websites), many of which were guarded by heroic ordinary Egyptians and SCA officials.  Anyone who has …

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  • Something no looter can destroy: Art Project by Google

    Check out this amazing new Google application called Art Project that provides a walk-through exploration of a number of major museums (including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Uffizi in Florence, The Hermitage, and the Tate in London).  Many pieces are also …

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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.