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Egypt’s artifacts amidst the tumult

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reading the news of Egypt and Tunisa’s uprisings with utter amazement. Who knew that this was going to happen? I love that there are some things in this world that we cannot fully predict; earthquakes, landslides, and politicalĀ uprisingsĀ from people that the rest of the world had long […]

Walk Like an Egyptian

If you watched the Colbert Report last night you saw part of Colbert’s “Award-Ready Series: Mysteries of the Ancient Unknown” Featuring Egyptian ‘treasure’ (gold, and king tut’s penis) and Scotland. Thank you Stephen, for the perfect lede for my post today.

Egypt is perhaps the best known location for Archaeology. People are absolutely fascinated by the mystery of an ancient culture so different from our own, and way older. Since the Egyptology craze began in the early 1800’s with Napoleon’s excavations, western civilization has been entranced by all things Ancient Egyptian. What started as front-page news in the 1800’s with the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and the renewed interest in the Pyramids, merged gradually with popular culture. The Art-Deco movement of the 1920’s and ’30’s was partially inspired by egyptian styles, and the opening of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 inspired a new wave of art, including the 1932 movie The Mummy starring Boris Karloff, which in turn, inspired the remake series in 1999.