Wed, 18 May 2016
Thutmose I Strikes Back: Genocide, Family, and the Valley of the Kings.
Family, exploration and tomb-building dominated Thutmose's first few years. He took great care for his five children, bringing on a special tutor for the princes, Paheri. This man, grand-son of Ahmose Ibana represented the culmination of three generations of family fortunes.
Thutmose launches a new tomb in a new location, the Valley of the Kings. Although a small tomb, it is the start of a new era in our story, where royal burials begin to cluster in a single magnificent cemetery.
Finally the King launches a new campaign into Nubia. He leaves record of this at Tombos, a record that suggests his activities were less than salubrious - they may even have been genocidal.
The sarcophagus of Thutmose I from his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Made for him by Hatshepsut (source: wikipedia).
The tomb of Thutmose I in the Valley of the Kings - KV38
Paheri and prince Wadjmose, son of Thutmose I (source: wikipedia).
Family members gathered in the tomb of Paheri (source: osiris.net)
The Nubian lands; Thutmose's army came up to point (5), the area of Kurgus and the Fifth Cataract.
Anthony Spalinger, War in Ancient Egypt, 2006.
Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, 1994.
Ian Shaw (ed.), The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, 2000.
W. Vivian Davies, "The Tomb of Ahmose son-of-Ibana at Elkab: Documenting the Family and Other Observations," 2009. Read online.
- the tomb of Paheri
- the tomb of Ahmose Ibana
Mon, 9 May 2016
The Tomb of King Tut; a Temple of Hatshepsut; a Temple of Nectanebo.
Welcome to a new feature of the podcast, "News from the Field," in which we round up the latest and most exciting news from Egyptology and Archaeology.
This episode, specialists are meeting to discuss the tomb of Tut'ankhamun, and what to do about Dr. Nicholas Reeves' theory that there is a hidden tomb inside. Although everyone is excited at the prospect, they are advising caution: digging rashly into the tomb could be a catastrophe. So we have to be sure first.
Archaeologists working in Aswan have uncovered new relics of Queen Hatshepsut. They have found a barque shrine, where statues of the gods would have been housed and protected. It s an exciting discovery, offering good information on the reign of this fantastic woman.
Finally, a new temple has been discovered at Heliopolis, Cairo. Belonging to Nectanebo I (c.380 BCE), the temple reveals the King as a servant of the sun god Re. He offers himself, and his name, to the Majesty of the great god, invoking his protection thereby.
Tut'ankhamun Conference - Cairo
Nectanebo I - Heliopolis
Tue, 3 May 2016
Dance the Magic Dance!
We take a short break from the narrative, to visit some dancers and entertainers.
The tomb ofananonymousnoble-woman,Thebes.
Calvin and Hobbes, by BillWatterson.
Bull-leapers from Minoan Crete.
Bull-leapers on a Near-Easternring.
Egyptian wrestlers, Beni Hassan.
The feast of Neb-Amun, Thebes.
Neb-Amun at the hunt,fowlinginthemarshes.
Adolf Erman, Life inAncient Egypt, 1894 (1971 edition).
Barbara Mertz, Red LandBlack Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, 1966(2009 edition).
Emily Teeter, Religionand Ritual in Ancient Egypt, 2011.
William KellySimpson(editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt,2003.