000 rus sphinx 000Last year during the premiere of Giza 3D, Marc Chartier of Pyramidales and I had a chance to talk with Egyptologist Rus Gant, lead technical artist for the Giza Archives Project and Giza 3D.  In transcribing presentations from last year, I came across this fascinating “lost” discussion, and after working with Rus and Marc to clarify some points, we can now present it in an interview format for your enjoyment.  From the resources used to create Giza 3D to George Reisner’s ongoing legacy, join us for a chat with Rus Gant.

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22
Mar

Giza 3D Travel Guide: The G 2100 Family Tomb Complex

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Old Kingdom, Giza 3D, The Giza Plateau, Tombs

000 - tabGiza 3D is the virtual world of the Giza Plateau reconstructed from the thousands of archaeological photographs, first hand sketches of artifacts and monuments in situ, dig diaries, aerial and satellite imagery, and all the resources the Giza Archives have to offer, “a real-time virtual reconstruction of the Giza Plateau, based on actual archeological data gathered by Harvard and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) expeditions to Egypt in the first part of the 20th century” (Forbes: “How Harvard Students Explore Ancient Egypt From Cambridge With New 3D Technology”).

Here at Em Hotep we want to provide you with a set of travel guides to the virtual tours conducted by Peter Der Manuelian, where to go and what to see when you enter the free-style navigation mode that lets you wander around, and how to make the best of the many resources Giza 3D offers.  Join us for the first Travel Guide as we explore a series of three connected Fourth and Fifth Dynasty mastabas, the G 2100 Family Tomb Complex.

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12
Mar

Em Hotep Digest vol. 02 no. 09: Pharaoh Snefru’s Pyramids

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

209 - tabIn this Em Hotep Digest we study Snefru’s three large pyramids—the Meidum Pyramid, the Bent Pyramid, and the Red Pyramid.  As always we have photography from Em Hotep regular contributors Heidi Kontkanen and Richie O’Neill as well as some lovely photography from the Creative Commons.  Come with us as we examine the stage where the pattern for the large Fourth Dynasty pyramid complexes were worked out as the transition was made from step pyramids to the first true pyramid.

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4
Mar

Em Hotep Digest vol. 02 no. 08: Magic in Ancient Egypt

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

000 - 208 tabThis week Em Hotep Digest takes a look at magic in ancient Egypt.  Magic as both a creative concept and a deity, magicians and their work, spells and sacred texts, wands, magic bricks, charms and amulets, all these are discussed in detail within, along with photography and contributions from the Em Hotep BBS folks.

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25
Feb

Em Hotep Digest vol. 02 no. 07: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

00 - 207 - tabWhat was daily life like in ancient Egypt?  That was the question we pondered with this week’s Em Hotep Digest.  How did Egyptian families get along?  What was town and home life like?   What did they eat and drink? How did they attire themselves?  What did they do for entertainment?  All these issues are considered within.

 

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18
Feb

Em Hotep Digest vol. 02 no. 06: Jean-François Champollion

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

000 tab champollionThis week’s digest is dedicated to the French Egyptologist Jean-François Champollion, who is credited with the translation of the Rosetta Stone, thereby cracking the code of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and opening the mysteries of the ancients for all Egyptologists who followed.

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000 - gm&l tabThis week the Em Hotep Digest will look at ancient Egyptian mythology.  We will be turning to three of the standards of the field:  Richard Wilkinson’s The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt; Lorna Oakes and Lucia Gahlin’s Ancient Egypt; and Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson’s Dictionary of Ancient Egypt.  As usual, there will be plenty of unique photography from the Em Hotep BBS group on Facebook, so sit back and enjoy!

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2
Feb

Em Hotep Digest vol. 02 no. 04: Barbara Adams

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

00 - barbara adams tabEgyptologist Barbara Adams was the Co-Director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition, originally recruited from the Petrie Museum for her enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge of the site and the history and work of those who have dug there.  Last week we asked the Em Hotep BBS crew to share their own encyclopedic knowledge about this diva of Egyptology and her remarkable work at this site, ancient even by Egyptological standards.

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23
Jan

Em Hotep Digest vol. 02 no. 03: Djoser’s Step Pyramid Complex

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

000 - djoser digest tabDjoser’s Step Pyramid is the first monumental work in dressed stone and the first Egyptian pyramid, and his pyramid complex brought together funerary elements, such as tombs and enclosures, that were originally separate edifices, setting the pattern for centuries to come.  Last week the Em Hotep group shared their explorations of this architectural icon, which we have gathered here for your enjoyment and education.

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16
Jan

Google and Em Hotep: Quirky Queries, Peculiar Ponderings and Odd Askings

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Vita Shemsi

zz-00One of the fun things about running a website like Em Hotep is that you get to see behind-the-scenes things, like the queries people are entering into search engines to find Em Hotep.  The vast majority are terms and questions you would expect for an Egyptology website, but some questions can seem a little off the wall, until I think back to my own early interest in ancient Egypt and the questions I used to ask.  So some friends recommended I answer them.  Some might make you chuckle, some might make you think.  But either way, it should be a fun read.  The answers will be brief, so don’t expect to get any research done with this article, just pour a cup of coffee and enjoy.

Special thanks goes to writer and artist Ben Morales-Correa, who operates both the All About Egypt and BMC PhotoArt Tutorials websites for suggesting that I take these questions seriously and answer some of them, as well as Donna Elliot who suggested that this might even be a good idea for a chapter in a book, also an idea I rather like…

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14
Jan

Em Hotep Digest vol. 02 no. 02: Egyptian Queens

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

000 - digest 0201Do you have a favorite Egyptian queen?  Or would you like to learn a little more about what queenship meant in ancient Egypt, and how it differed from other types of monarchies?  Of if you are just looking for some really nice photography, yet again the crew at Em Hotep BBS delivered the goods.

A selection of queens plus three queens who were kings, the wives of Mentuhotep II, cats and queens, Picton’s Petrie Pieces, recommended reading, and lots of interesting fun Egyptological facts – Just the thing for a cold winter night!

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6
Jan

Em Hotep Digest vol. 02 no. 01: George Andrew Reisner

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

000 - tab reisnerThis week’s Digest is dedicated to the American Petrie—George Andrew Reisner.  Inside:  Khafre’s Valley Temple, Menkaure’s complex, Hetepheres’ “tomb”, Reisner in Nubia, fantastic artifacts, tons of photography and a special supplement by Yvonne Buskens on finding online textual resources.

 

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31
Dec

Em Hotep Digest vol. 01 no. 04: Feasts and Festivities

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

000 -  feast and festivities tagWith the holiday season in full force, we thought it would be good to spend a week with the Em Hotep BBS folks looking at ancient Egyptian feasts and festivities.  Inside you will visit an Egyptian feast, with its menus and entertainment; we learn about some of the major holidays such as Opet, the Beautiful Feast of the Valley and heb sed jubilees; we look at music and dance; sacred processions;  getting drunk good and proper;  more.

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24
Dec

Em Hotep Digest vol. 01 no. 03: Hathor, Her Temples and Her Art

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

000 - hathor tagThis week Em Hotep BBS, our daily Facebook presence, took up the subject of Hathor—the beautiful, the bovine, and the beastly.  Herein we explore her temples, we examine her iconography, and we appreciate her art.  There is a museum hop, suggested links and good reads, plus the wonderful photography.

 

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17
Dec

Em Hotep Digest vol. 01 no. 02: Amarna

   Posted by: Keith Payne   

Categories: Em Hotep Digest

!001 - digest 0102-00This week’s Digest is dedicated to all things Amarna—the place, the people, and the religion.  Discussions, book recommendations, original photography and more.

 

 

 

 

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