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Egyptology Resources Bulletin Board

Requests for information 1999

22/11/99: T4 chariot

My name is Amy Meilleur, and I am a graduate student in Egyptology. Currently I am researching the chariot body found in the tomb of Tuthmosis IV first published by Carter and Newberry in 1908. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find any recent information about this object, or any modern images of it. All I have found have been reprints of the original photographs and/or drawings. Does anyone know if it is on display in Cairo, and, if so, what condition it is in? I would appreciate any input regarding this object. Thank you.

Amy Meilleur

9/11/99: Pigments

I am working on a bibliography of ancient Egyptian pigments. If anyone has suggestions, I would welcome them.

Many thanks,
Becky Baldwin Send email to

11/10/99: Tombs

I am currently in the formulative stages of creating a virtual Egyptian tomb for a Multimedia Technology BSc final year project. Not having visited Egypt personally (yes this is a hurdle) I would be very interested for any descriptions people may have of what it is like to be walk around a tomb.... Lighting, sounds (echo's, bats, dripping water - if there is any) etc. Any help would be gratefully appreciated and acknowledged.

Regards, Jon England

University of Greenwich

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11/10/99: Ayyubid Caliph

I am attempting to write a novel on medieval Egypt, and I need any help I can get. I've been searching for timelines for the dynasty, but there isn't much there. The crusaders' occupation is almost all I can find. If anyone can help me with information on this time period, specifically information on the Caliph, I would greatly appreciate your help.

J.R. Fehnor

11/10/99: Egyptian timeline

I am currently creating a timeline for a history or furniture and architecture class. I could use any information relating to interior design.(decorative arts, architecture, garden, and art) from 3200 BC - the 5th Century. I also could use any significant political, social, scientific, cultural, and religious events that helped define the period.

Melissa Baron

6/9/99: Priesthood of Amun

I am currently researching the origins of the priesthood of Amun and would be grateful if anybody could help me with resource material they may have stumbled across. I am specifically looking at the Middle Kingdom period. Many thanks

Lorraine Evans

12/7/99: Cleopatra Selene

I am interested in learning more about Cleopatra Selene, but find research information on her very scarce. I know she married King Juba II of Mauretania, but most of the information ends there. Did she have children? If so, who did they marry and where would one look for information on her modern descendants, if any? Thank you in advance for your assistance

Charles Hosea

2/7/99: "Treasure-Seekers"

I am a researcher working for JWM Productions. We are working on a 13 part TV miniseries with National Geographic. The miniseries is called "Treasure-Seekers, and one section will follow the careers of Howard Carter and Giovanni Belzoni. I am looking for contact phone numbers or e-mail

Archivio White Star
Arthur Weigall archive, copyrights held by Vronwy Hankey
Carnarvon archive, copyrights held by Highclere Castle
Arthur Mace archive, copyrights held by Margaret Orr

And a number/e-mail for the Reference Library of Birmingham City Thank you very much for any information. Please e-mail me at

Maren Hozempa

21/6/99: Renaissance Egyptology

I am interested in Renaissance Egyptology, of the sixteenth century or slightly earlier. Does anyone know if there were accurate measurements made and published (in Europe) of the Giza pyramids at this time? It would need to be before anything Greaves published. I know Mercator explored the Great Pyramid in 1563, but I don't know if he measured it (presumably he did).

Peter BullÊÊÊÊ

20/5/99: Akhenaten, Smenkhare and Tutankamun

My name is . I'm an Egyptology Student with particular interest in the 18th-20th dynasties. Does anyone actually KNOW what was the family relationship between Akhenaten, Smenkhare and Tutankhamun? Recent books by Dr.Tylesley and Bob Brier have Akhenaten and Tutankhamun as half brothers/father and son respectively. Smenkhare is either a half brother or son of Akhenaten and in the Tyldesley book ' Daughters of Isis' Smenkhare may even be Neferititi in the guise of a male, in co-regency with Akhenaten.Other theories have Tutankhamun as the son of Akhenaten by Kiye, a secondary wife. I would be glad of any clarification on this problem.

Barbara O'Neill

21/4/99: el Arish stela

I am interested in obtaining information about the el Arish stela translated by F.Ll. Griffith. Does anyone know where I can obtain photographs of the stela, and copies of its translations? I understand it is or was housed in a museum in Ismolia, owned by the Suez Canal company. Does that museum still exist? Does it have an e-mail address?

Jim Pamplin

21/4/99: Corn mummies

I have recently come into possession of a grain effigy mummy (circa 1350 BC). The sarcophagus is carved of cedar in the shape of Horus, 21 inches in length and 5 inches deep. The front shows eyes, beak, ears, and wig tails of Horus, 8 inches wide. The under half of the sarcophagus has slots for the pegs of the lid. The sarcophagus is fully intact, including intact wood pin fasteners. The mummy effigy is in the shape of an infant, split into two pieces at the thorax. The resinated linen and papyrus wrapping is fully intact. Wheat grains and dried mud are clearly visible in the split cross section.

I would appreciate any additional information that readers may be able to provide. Thank you for your consideration.

Harold Crespo-Ferrer Ph.D.

21/4/99: Corn mummies

I have been trying to find out some information regarding Canals , in general, and the New Oasis, in particular. Can anyone provide even a small bibliography for articles concerning the extent of the network and construction techniques involved in the building of the artifical canals in Ancient Egpyt, including the economic and agricultural importance of such projects.

Thanks in advance for the help

Phil Gollin at :-

14/4/99: Khaemwaset

I am writing a biography of Prince Khaemwaset - son of Rameses II. Does anyone know of the existence of any other books about him, in any language? There is very little about him that I can find on the net and any pointers would be greatly appreciated(eg.

Please reply to Jaq White e-mail:

13/4/99: Shaduf

I am interested in obtaining information on the specifications of the shaduf as used in ancient Egypt. What were the average dimensions? What wood were they made of? Were they ever milled or carved? How much water could they carry? What was the width and depth of the average irrigation canals that they serviced? How big were the fields? How high above the (non-flood)average water line were they placed? Although specific answers to these questions would be VERY much appreciated, any references to books/articles on ancient Egyptian agricultural practices involving the shaduf or use of simple machines would be great.

Elizabeth Cerny


4/4/99: Author needs help!

I am writing a novel (mystery/sci fi) which centers around archaeological activities in modern-day Egypt. Can anyone provide me with information regarding the specific requirements which the Egyptian places upon archaeological groups before they are permitted to excavate ancient sites?

Please e-mail responses to: Thanks!

4/4/99: Sacrificial rites

I'm carrying out research into ancient sacrificial rites (worldwide) and have just started to look at Egypt. I would appreciate any help in finding textual data regarding their sacrificial practices, as well as answers to some immediate questions.....

a) during the mummification process, what happened to the person's blood?

b) what are the origins of the unusual "flame" sign?

c) are their any direct references as to what precisely was the "Hu" "tchefau" food that the gods and Khus lived on?

d) a few of the vignettes in the book of the dead show the djed pillar, supporting the Ankh sign, which in turn supports the sun. Does this demonstrate a similarity with Aztec and Mayan beliefs that sacrifice in some way ensured the rising of the sun each day.

Many thanks

John Harper. Email:

4/4/99: Gambling

My name is John Jungk and I am looking for evidence that the ancient Egyptians gambled? Does anyhone have any information on this matter? Also, any information on other sports played by the ancient egyptians would be useful. (Time period...before 100 BCE). [Editorial note: the writer is aware of the works of W Decker]

Thank you for any help you can offer!

4/4/99: Law enforcement & slavery

I am looking for information on two subjects. In both cases, I am interested in an overview if such a thing exists. I do not read Egyptian hieroglyphs so cannot do primary research.

1) Law enforcement in ancient Egypt (any dynasty or Kingdom). Who performed the function that we have delegated to police in our society? What was the nature of the criminal law from a practice standpoint. That is, what procedures were used to accuse, apprehend, try and punish offenders?

2) Slavery in ancient Egypt. I am interested in how the ancient Egyptians saw slavery. Were the slaves viewed as animals or personal property? Were they what we would call "indentured servants" with the opportunity to buy their freedom at some point? Did the practice of slavery change over

Thank you.

Brady R. Johnson

4/4/99:3D Computer Graphic Design Visualization Film Entering Pre-Production

I am leading a team of Graduate students in Computer Arts in a short film focused on design visualizations of new work at ancient sites within Egypt. As we begin pre-production, I would like to solicit informed opinions as to what visualization/reconstruction efforts would be of real value to persons working in the field or in research. At our disposal we have the ability to perform 3D laser radar scans of actual sites, as well as comprehensive capabilities in 3D computer graphic imagery. Under my direction, similar student groups have successfully completed work for The Discovery Channel, CNN, as well as a host of museums and organizations.

Ideally, I am hoping that a collaborative relationship could be established so that a student group would create visualizations of work that is currently in progress; our goal is to use our design and visualization skills to support interesting projects that could benefit from these elements. All work created by our team would be donated to the appropriate researchers for their use. Our group would be able to perform work in Egypt as well as at our home lab in San Francisco, CA.

Contact: Kevin Cain, Director of Graduate Studies in Computer Arts, Academy of Art College, San Francisco Phone: 415.274.2205 USA E-mail:



I'm an information researcher and writer in nutrition and health and am finishing up a review for health professionals of the Protein Power diet book promoting a low-carbo/high-fat diet. The authors bolster their case by claiming that autopsies of ancient Egyptian mummies reveal a surprisingly high degree of heart disease and obesity and blame a plant centered diet rich in whole grains, fruits, and veggies (with a little meat thrown in). This runs contrary to nearly all epidemiological studies which show that populations like the Tarahumaras and rural Chinese who subsist on low-fat/high-carbo/high-fiber traditional diets are indeed as healthy as those on the traditional moderate-carbo/moderate-fat Mediterranean diet (as long as they remain physically active). Was mummification confined mainly to the upper classes who were likely to have "affluent" diets high in animal fat and low in fiber, fruit, veggies, and whole grains? Did they get less exercise than the working class? Could a high incidence

David Leonard, M.Ag.
Dover, NH, USA Tel. 603-742-0267 email:


20/2/99: Inquiry about unpublished objects from the reigns of Siptah and Ramesses X

For some months, a couple of Egyptologists (A. Dorn, E. Grothe, T. Hofmeier, H. Jenni, B. Lüscher, T. Schneider) from the University of Basel, Switzerland, have started an archaeological and epigraphic project aiming at excavating and publishing the tombs of Siptah and Ramesses X in the Valley of the Kings. In order to gather as completely as possible the documentary evidence on the reigns of these kings and their respective activities, we are inquiring about unpublished and hitherto unknown objects referring to or dating from their reigns. We will be grateful of any

Information which should be sent to:

MISR: Mission Siptah - Ramses X
c/o Ägyptologisches Seminar der Universität Basel
Schönbeinstrasse 20
CH - 4056 Basel
or by e-mail to:

20/2/99: The atmosphere of Egyptology

I am currently writing a paper on Egyptology. It deals with Egyptologists and how certain views/ opinions/ new information is dealt with in their scientific community. Naturally, this project requires a great deal of help and cooperation from Egyptologists themselves. I would sincerely appreciate any sort of information that anyone could provide me. I hope to gain an understanding of the general atmosphere of the Egyptological community. More specifically: Who are some of the leading/ notable Egyptologists currently? What types of theories are deemed "taboo" (i.e.-aliens in Egypt)? What are some of the hotly debated subjects/ topics and who supports them? How have new discoveries altered previous timelines set for ancient Egyptian

Kate McHarry (

31/1/99: Egyptology book recycling

Is there any organised re-cycling of unwanted Egyptology text books for students? At the moment specific needs include the following texts, but it would also be very useful to know if any others (expecially grammars, dictionaries and so forth) might be available anywhere.

I.Shaw and P.Nicholson, 'British Museum Dict. of Ancient Egypt' (BM 1995)

M. Lehner, 'The Complete Pyramids' (Thames and Hudson 1998)

W.J. Murnane, 'The Penguin guide to Ancient Egypt' (Penguin: Hardmonsworth,

Revised ed. 1996)

K. Greene, 'Archaeology: An Introduction' (Batsford 1996)

C. Renfrew and P.Bahn, 'Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice'

(Thames and Hudson 1991)

Douglas de Lacey. <>

31/1/99: Egyptian contemplative practices

I am researching ancient contemplative spiritual traditions, and would like to know whether Egyptian religious practices included any personal meditation or prayer (other than formal/ritual).

Thanks for your help.

Jennifer Woodhull <>

31/1/99: Egyptian Tomb Raiding

My name is Susan Ziemer, a sophomore at Central Washington University, and I need help. I am doing a paper on the ethics of Egyptian Tomb Raiding. I have found plenty of info. on the pros of excavating and removing artifacts from burial tombs, but have found NOTHING on the cons. If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate help ASAP. Thank you.


31/1/99: Insanity in ancient egypt

I'am doing a research on insanity in ancient Egypt. I would like to know if there is any information concerning insanity and how it was considered in ancient Egypt. Thanks you in advance.

Rosanna Gorini

31/1/99: Multilingual parallel texts

I am writing a study on translation, and I am trying to locate the oldest examples of multilingual parallel texts, i.e. of texts accompanied by their translation on the same medium. The obvious example is the Rosetta stone, but I assume that there are many other, and oldest examples. Can anybody help me?

Many thanks,

Jean Véronis, Professeur de Linguistique et Informatique

Directeur du Centre Informatique pour les Lettres et Sciences Humaines

Université de Provence, 29 av. Robert Schuman, 13621 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1, France


31/1/99: Religion and nomes

I am researching aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture for a book I am working on. Can anyone help me with the following questions?

1. Budge states in his translation of the Book of Gates that souls were encouraged to travel north to south to the Tuat during the period in which 'Osiris absorb[ed] the position and attributes of Khent-Amenti, perhaps the oldest god of the dead of Abydos'. When and why did this happen?

2. Where can I access a list of the nomes of Ancient Egypt and the gods associated with them?

Thank you in advance,

Leon Conrad, London, England.

31/1/99: Tutankhamun's jewelry

I am looking for detailed information on a specific piece of Tutankhamun"s jewelry. It is a falcon, aprox. 4in x 5in. inlayed with lapis, turquoise and corneilian. Made of pure gold. I am interested in how thick it is

Thanks, Scott Burnham e-mail

31/1/99: Salvage at Abu Qir

I am interested in books, articles, and general information on the salvage expeditions of the sunken French fleet at Abu Qir (in August 1798), particularly "Orient"


Kenneth Labowe

31/1/99: Gerzean Knives

I am looking for information on Gerzean Knives.  There are about 250in the world and either 4 or 6 were found in a burial site.  Picture of mummy and knives is in Bogmen and the Archaeology of People published by Harvard Univ. Press. If anyone can help let me know.  I'd like to get the info for my brother-in-law, a modern day flintknapper.

Martha Gracey

31/1/99: Exodus

I am searching for resources on The World Wide Web, regarding the Tome of The Exodus. I am particulary interested in anything that points to Moses. I will greatful for any help you can provide.

Thank You,

Terry Reed <>

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