February 3, 2009
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I’ve written on here before concerning the exceedingly black image that most of contemporary society has of Ancient Egypt. A lot of these views are based on old stereotypes from Hollywood, the press hysteria over the “Mummy’s Curse” surrounding the tomb of Tutankhamun (a.k.a. “King Tut”) and views based on the myths and folktales of an entirely different culture (I.e. Exodus).
Archaeology and study of Egyptian literature and administrative documents long ago dispelled these black myths, but the public perception lingers. This may be because that much of work done in translation and excavation is published in journals and books that are largely inaccessible and undesirable to the general public because of it’s highly academic nature, and many of the specialist publications are also not available in more general bookstores. Meanwhile increasing amounts of information come from TV, whose study of Egyptian culture is limited to Hollywood blockbusters or embarrassingly bad “edutainment” documentaries that focus on the sensational.
However, what good is research if it’s huge advances in understanding utterly pass by the general population, whom still cling the notions of the sneering Pharaoh keeping his slaves in line with the lash?
I am interested in getting some views and comments on this, so please debate!
April 27, 2008
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From the Wall Street Journal via Andie Byrnes’ Blog – Link to original article
by James Cuno
For years, archaeologists have lobbied for national and international laws, treaties, and conventions to prohibit the international movement in antiquities. For many of these years, U.S. art museums that collect antiquities have opposed these attempts. The differences between archaeologists and U.S. art museums on this matter has spilled over into the public realm by way of reports in newspapers and magazines, public and university symposia, and specialist—even sensationalist —books on the topic.
At the center of the dispute is the question of unprovenanced antiquities. In conventional terms, an unprovenanced antiquity is one with modern gaps in its chain of ownership. As it pertains to the United States, since in most cases we are an importer of this kind of material, this means there is no evidence that the antiquity was exported in compliance with the export laws of its presumed country of origin (these are always modern laws, hence the qualifi cation above, modern gaps). Archaeologists argue that unprovenanced antiquities are almost always looted from archaeological sites or from what would become archaeological sites.
A very interesting book review from the Wall Street Journal. Another one for the Amazon wish list, I think. This is a very important subject, and very high charged for everyone involved. However it is also extremely complex, and not just legally, which is what this book mainly focuses on. Hopefully I shall have the chance to write more on this soon.
April 26, 2008
I am aware that I said in the opening post for this blog that I would include some photographs of the sites mentioned, and they are still remarkably absent, along with images of the gods. Please be patient in regards to this, as many of my photographs of sites are in 35mm film format, and I have not yet had had the opportunity to scan them for use on my computer. I am hoping to have the scanning process more or less complete within the next month, so I will upload some pictures for the travelogue as soon as I am able.
Also, please feel free to comment on any points made in this blog, or if you have any queries. I welcome productive participation.
April 5, 2008
Welcome to Pavements of Silver. This is a newly created site to split articles relating to Egyptian Archaeology away from my personal site. I have had an interest in Egyptian history ever since I was young, but have so far only studied the subject informally, through my own books and attending lectures, seminars, and short courses. I am hoping this year to begin to study formally at the University of London.
This site will cover news articles relating to Egyptian archaeology and I shall also post some of my own articles and insights, along with travelogues. Alas, for all the conspiracy fans out there, this site is dedicated to mainstream Egyptology and not the (admittedly amusing) alternative theories. Egyptian history is often bizarre enough on it’s own…
In time I am hoping to (finally) get my most recent travelogue uploaded along with some informative pictures on the following sites:
- Giza Plateau
- Karnak Temple
- Luxor Temple
- Seti Temple (West Bank)
- Dier El Medina
- Medinet Habu
- El Kab (Chapel and Tombs only, it’s a long story)
- Abu Simbel
I hope that this site will keep you amused and entertained perhaps even informed, and that the gods shall be pleased with my efforts.