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ThE MYSTERIOUS BENU + THE ORIGINS OF THE PHOENIX

From Nile #17, December 2018—January 2019

Who was Benu? We look at this ancient bird of resurrection through the hieroglyphic texts of the ancient Egyptians. And did Benu inspire the story of the legendary phoenix?.

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COFFIN REUSE IN ANCIENT EGYPT

From Nile #16, October—November 2018

Was tomb robbery the lawless abhorrence we have always believed, or were there more sanctioned, but veiled, practices at work? In a special ARCE (American Research Center in Egypt) Update, we look at Kara Cooney’s study into “legal” coffin reuse. (Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of it!).

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GOLDEN TREASURES OF THE PHARAOHS

From Nile #15, August—September 2018

Gold. For the Egyptians it was proof that eternity was real. Gold was the imperishable flesh of the gods, and gold was the king’s eternal likeness—his mummy mask—reaffirming his divinity in the afterlife. This article highlights some of the remarkable golden treasures from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and destined for the new Grand Egyptian Museum near Giza.

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THE FACE OF NEFERTITI?

From Nile #14, June—July 2018

The head of a mummy dubbed the “Younger Lady” was recently scanned and modelled. It’s a remarkable portrait, but is it Nefertiti? We talk to some of Egyptology’s foremost experts and look at the cases for and against the connection.

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SAVING THE TOMB OF NIAY

From Nile #14, June—July 2018

Niay was a “Scribe of the Table”, which means that he may have been responsible for the account-keeping of royal produce that went to the offering tables in one or more of Luxor’s temples. Given his privileged position, Niay was granted permission to build a small, but fabulously decorated tomb (TT 286) on the west bank at Thebes. After some 3,000 years, however, the tomb was in a bad way—and getting worse. That until ARCE (American Research Center in Egypt) chose Niay’s tomb to receive the attention of one of their Conservation Field Schools.

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ARCE FIELD SCHOOLS AT KhONSU AND MUT TEMPLES

From Nile #13, April—May 2018

For 70 years, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has been supporting and conducting excavation and conservation projects throughout Egypt. Their Field Schools program, whereby Egyptian inspectors are taught conservation techniques, salvage archaeology and site management, has been active at Khonsu and Mut Temples at Karnak—and have made some fascinating discoveries.

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THE SNAKE WHO WAS GOD

From Nile #12, February—March 2018

Snakes weren’t always the bad guys. In ancient Egypt, they were often revered. So what happened? Haythem Bastaway looks into why the snake’s reputation took a nosedive.

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FASCINATING PYRAMIDS

From Nile #11, December 2017—January 2018

What is it about pyramids? Here we present highlights from the “Fascinating Pyramids” exhibition at The Liechtenstein National Museum, which featured world-class artefacts from museums across Europe, and rarely-seen pieces from the Liechtenstein Princely Collections. Each object has a connection to Egypt’s pyramids and the powerful solar worship that inspired them.

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THE NOBLE VULTURE

From Nile #10, October—November 2017

How did such an awkward and unattractive bird with unappealing eating habits become the titular goddess of Upper Egypt? Lesley Jackson explores the vulture’s transformation into an elegant and powerful symbol of motherhood, protection and rebirth.

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HELIOPOLIS: THE CITY OF THE SUN REEMERGES

From Nile #9, August—September 2017

The statue of Psamtek I emerging from the mud of ancient Heliopolis made headlines in 2017.
Dr. Dietrich Raue takes us through the amazing discoveries the Egyptian-German team working there have made recently.

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EGYPT IN THE ART OF SUSAN OSGOOD

From Nile #8, June—July 2017

Art and archaeology: the two worlds of Oriental Institute artist, Susan Osgood. Her seasons spent in Egypt as an epigraphic artist documenting ancient reliefs have become the inspiration for Susan's own work.

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cleopatra’s needleS: THE NEW YORK OBELISK

From Nile #7, April—May 2017

The oldest skyscraper in New York. Paris and London had their obelisks, and America was now determined to have its own. Another extract from Bob Brier’s new book, “Cleopatra’s Needles”.

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