Posts Tagged ‘Harvard University/Museum of Fine Arts Expedition’

In this edition of the Khufu’s Western Cemetery series, we will introduce a chapter of mastabas with a brief biography of one of George Reisner’s valued colleagues, Tasmanian-born Egyptologist Arthur Cruttenden Mace.  Mace migrated from work with Flinders Petrie at Abydos to join Reisner at Giza during the Hearst Expedition, and in this episode we will learn a little of his history and work.  This is but a narrowed-down introduction, largely inspired and greatly informed by Gary Beuk‘s two-part series “Arthur Cruttenden Mace – Taking His Rightful Place,” Parts One and Two, hosted at Andie Byrnes and Kate Phizackerly‘s vast online journal, Egyptological.  This is simply intended to tickle your curiosity about the prolific Egyptologist, and you are really should also read Gary Beuk’s two-part biography.  The biographical portion is followed, as always, with a selection of largely interrelated mastabas from the HUMFA Expedition.  As always, along with Beuk’s contribution, this series is reliant upon, inspirited by, and pleasurably dedicated to the Harvard University/Museum of Fine Arts Boston Giza Archives, currently in transition to Digital Giza.

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In the Khufu’s Western Cemetery series, it is time to return to George Reisner.  After losing support from the Hearst family in 1904, Reisner gained the support of Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and went on to spend many productive years on the Giza Plateau.  The quantity of work Reisner produced during the Harvard/MFA years will require several installations in this series, but before resuming with biographies for our introductions, we will first examine the basic elements of mastabas.  This is by no means exhaustive, but it is a good place to start.

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Can’t make it to Egypt this summer?  Never fear, Peter Der Manuelian and Mehdi Tayoubi are combining Fourth Dynasty architecture, Twentieth (and 21st) Century archaeology, and Generation Wow technology to take you places that would be off limits even if you were in Egypt.

From scanning the landscape to crawling down into ancient tombs, you are there, dude.

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