Archive for July, 2011

Most permanent and touring exhibitions featuring ancient Egypt have features that are kid-friendly, but some really go above and beyond the call of duty.  In this article we will feature eight exhibitions and/or museum programs that go out of their way to cater to young people with an interest in ancient Egypt.  Video clips are included where available.

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If you weren’t able to make it to the premier of Khufu Reborn, the second episode of Jean-Pierre Houdin’s theory of how the Great Pyramid of Khufu was built, then you are in luck—the full presentation is now available on the web, courtesy of Dassault Systèmes!  This isn’t just a dry lecture with some slides, this is the full 3D presentation, with narration.

In addition to providing the full simulation illustrating Jean-Pierre’s theory in detail, the Khufu Reborn universe is interactive.  You can actually navigate you way around the Giza Plateau of 4,500 years ago.  But if you aren’t ready to dive into Khufu’s world just yet, this Em Hotep tour and tutorial will equip you for the journey.

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Last week we met Mumab, the modern-day ancient Egyptian mummy, and learned a little about what he is up to now.  To recap, he is now on permanent loan to the San Diego Museum of Man and is currently serving as the centerpiece of their new exhibit, Modern Day Mummy: The Art and Science of Mummification.

Since that article ran, the Museum of Man has kindly provided Em Hotep with some photos from the exhibit, so we are returning the favor with a closer look at the exhibit itself.  We will also take an in-depth look at the story behind one of the displays—Ronald Beckett’s trip to New Guinea to help a village set up a program of better mummy maintenance.

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A new online resource for Egyptologist, enthusiasts, and sundry Egyptophiles has made its world premiere—Egyptological.  This new periodical is produced by two names with whom we should all be familiar:  Andrea Byrnes of Egyptological News and Kate Phizackerley of News from the Valley of the Kings.

Andie and Kate have both made unique contributions to the field of Egyptology, shattering the notion that the Egyptological blogosphere is the domain of semi-informed speculation and the musings of “mere amateurs.”  We already owe them a debt of gratitude for setting the bar high and establishing an expectation of credibility, and I am personally very excited to see where this new endeavor will lead.

Egyptological is divided into three sections—Journal, Magazine, and Colloquy—according to content.  And as always, your comments and participation are heartily encouraged.  For those of us who cannot contain ourselves to a comment, there is a section where you can submit your own original articles, papers, reviews, and photographs.

Heads up students: this is an excellent opportunity to have your work seen and reviewed by peers, professionals, and everyday folk who share your passion.  Let’s all get behind Kate and Andie to make Egyptological a voice to be relied on/reckoned with!

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Following up to the Mumab article, Em Hotep presents sixteen different mummy exhibits either already running or opening soon, from all corners of the world.  Who knows?  Maybe the mummies are coming your way soon…

With video clips when available (some clips are from previous runs of the same exhibit, but the content should be pretty consistent).  Enjoy!

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