Unexpected publication!

When I submitted a paper for a provenance workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2017, I never expected a publication to come out it. I was just excited that my first presentation at an AIA meeting was actually held in Toronto (my old graduate stomping grounds) and that for once I knew where to go for lunch without Googling restaurants! (And, unlike so many, I knew how to dress for -20 Celsius weather!)

It was a pleasant surprise when our workshop moderator let us know that our session had been chosen (along with two others) for publication on the theme of collecting and collectors in the Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture (SPAAA) series. (Contributions to that series are ‘by invitation only’ so this was very exciting.) I submitted the article version of my presentation and it was accepted by the peer review committee… and after a few months of delay the volume is now available!

Well, that was an unexpected publication… swiftly added to my CV!

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In case you were wondering…

…Tut’s tomb has no hidden chambers after all.

The third radar scan of the pharaoh’s burial site conclusively shows that no additional mysteries lurk immediately behind its walls. You can read the National Geographic article by Kristin Romey and get the details.

If you’re not sure what this is all about, go back to my Has Nefertiti’s tomb been discovered? and Infrared thermography to be applied to Tutankhamun’s tomb posts of 2015.

A Symphony of Cultures

The British Museum’s . Read about it in this post reblogged from the BM… and there is a mention of ancient Egyptian music (just in case you are wondering!).

Bach’s Mass in B Minor, chants in praise of Vishnu in south India and the magnificent vocals and drums of qawwali music breaking like waves at a shrine in Pakistan. All these sounds are in praise of a deity – and show how music, all over the world, is used to elevate us from earthly…

via Music of the world: a symphony of cultures — The British Museum Blog

Set in Egypt: Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Personally I’m not into video games, but I thought some of my readers might be interested in an Egyptologist’s review of the 10th instalment of Assassin’s Creed, which is set in ancient Egypt. This is reblogged from Nile Scribes.

When Ubisoft announced that the sequel in their Assassin’s Creed series would be based in ancient Egypt, Egyptophiles around the world heard the news with much delight, including the Nile Scribes. Assassin’s Creed: Origins was released in October 2017, and our colleague, Emily Hotton, has written a review of the game for our blog.

Check out the full review via Game Review: Assassin’s Creed, Origins (Part 1) — Nile Scribes.  Enjoy!

Art in Bloom 2018: Egypt

Let’s finish our floral journey in the Egyptian galleries. Let’s take a look at the two arrangements found there.

Inspired by the Jar, Black-topped Ware
By Susan Hooper

I looked at the arrangement for 10 seconds and left. Nothing Egyptian here.
(And you thought my Herakles critique was scathing.)

Inspired by Horus Falcon
By Carol Dowd

Delightful! Really fun floral design and well researched as well. I love how the upside down flower/plant was used to create the sculpted face of a falcon and how the leaves (petals?) look like feathers. He’s a rather chubby Horus, but he’s incredibly adorable! The designer really did some research about Horus and the association of his eyes with celestial bodies as well as Upper and Lower Egypt and the colours associated with them–this wins her extra points!  (Read the label.)  Horus is the winner this year!

Voilà! That’s it for this year’s ancient art inspired floral designs. It also seems that spring has final arrived in Raleigh. ‘Til next year!