Monday, 17 February 2014

Blog news/ Twitter and Facebook

Hey folks.

Due to thesis commitments I have taken the decision to suspend new blog entries for the foreseeable future to concentrate on deadlines.  I will however be continuing with both Twitter (Bev Rogers@CollectingEgypt) and Facebook (Collecting Egypt) where I will be posting updates with links...join me there to avoid missing the latest news!

Alternatively, for those that are not on either Twitter or Facebook, I have added a Twitter feed to the right hand side of the blog where you can see my recent Tweets.

Thanks for continuing to follow me!


Friday, 17 January 2014

Gaze upon the faces of Mummies at the Repath Museum

Image - McGill Publications
The Repath Museum will be inviting the public to come along and learn about their three Egyptian mummies. The museum is holding 3 sessions on the 19 January where the public can gaze at the reconstructed faces of the young man and woman and a white-haired elder woman.  Using skeletal data gathered from CT scans and radiocarbon analyses, the busts have been created by forensic artist Victoria Lywood from John Abbott College.

Click here for more details of the sessions and how to attend.

Facial reconstructions bring Redpath mummies to life


Thursday, 16 January 2014

Encountering Corpses

Image - Institute of Humanities and Social Science website

A conference to be held on Wednesday 26th March 2014 at Manchester sounds like it will be hugely interesting!

ENCOUNTERING CORPSES will be taking place at the Manchester Museum between 12 noon and 7 pm.

Here is some information from the Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research at Manchester Metropolitan University's website:


"This event will discuss a wide range of issues in contemporary society surrounding the human body after the point of death. We will specifically address how the materiality of the human corpse is treated in and through display, exhibition, sanctification, memorialisation, burial and disposal.
How do we deal with the ethics of displaying bodies in museums (as with the mummies of Manchester) and in art (as with the infamous ‘Bodyworlds’ exhibits)?
What are the public services challenges of managing the increased numbers of deaths amongst our ageing population?
Is it right to dig up and move Richard III or to view the bones and death sites of genocide victims as a form of tourism?
How do corpses function as socio-political subjects in contemporary politics and subject formation?
What are the issues raised by their display in news media and social networking?
These questions and more will be debated in a day that will also involve the active viewing of human remains within the Manchester Museum collections and then discussing this experience as a group.
Topics under consideration will include:
Burial, commemoration, ritual
• Handling the dead: mortuary and cemetery
• Public services and the corpse
• Rituals and burials
• War memorials (unknown soldier, Flanders Field, First World War dead)
• Mobile corpses (disinterment and reinternment)
Curation and tourism
• Museum display of remains
• Genocide tourism and curating
• Grave tourism
• Archaeology – Richard III, public engagement
• Facial recreation, privacy and respect
Art, aesthetics and ethics
• Ossuary
• Ethics of handling and display of remains
• Display of remains as art
• Corpses in news media, social networking"

Manchester Museum's own curator of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Dr. Campbell Price will be one of the speakers.
To find out more and book tickets, go to the Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research website 

Journey of the Swindon Mummy

Image-Swindon Advertiser


The mummy of a boy priest Hatemui from a cemetery in Luxor is on display at Swindon Museum in the UK.

Here, Barry Leighton, writing for the Swindon Advertiser, explains how the mummy likely journeyed from Egypt to a country house in Devizes in the early 19th century.

The Mummy Returns

Friday, 13 December 2013

Top 10 Archaeology Finds of 2013 features world's oldest port in Egypt

Image-Archaeology Magazine

The discovery of the world's oldest port at Wadi el-Jarf in Egypt features in Archaeology Magazine's Top 10 Discoveries of 2013

Top 10 Archaeology Finds 2013



Commercial Harbour of Egyptian 4th Dynasty Discovered

And another news item update....

Egypt King Khufu's harbour in Suez Discovered
A French-Egyptian archaeological team have discovered the oldest commercial harbour of the fourth-dynasty king, Khufu.

Round up of some articles of interest in the news

Apologies for the silence on the blog over the last few weeks.  I have been experiencing some problems with internet and email access which has caused major disruption....Here is a catch-up of some of the events that have been happening in the news with the relevant links:

Funds amassed for the restoration of a mummy found in Rueil ...An Egyptian mummy found in a residence in Hauts-de-Seine, France in 2001, and now in the Museum of the History of Rueil-Malmaison, has been the subject of funds for its restoration.
Stolen Egyptian Relic Turns Up in BelgiumAn ancient Egyptian statue stolen during the 2011 uprising has been discovered in Belguim.
Looters Lead Egyptian Authorities to Two Ptolemaic TombsTwo first-century tombs discovered in a Roman necropolis.
Touch Tours for the BlindPenn Museum extend program designed for visitors who are visually impaired.