Read and Review – Thrace, control and social complexity

Having nearly completed my Egyptian Module, I have discovered I really enjoy the 'Read and Review' format. So, as part of my mini-dissertation provisionally entitled, 'How did the Odrysian Kingdom use its physical and cultural geography to maintain control of its subjects during the reigns of Sitalkes and Seuthes (431-407)?', I had to complete a literature … Continue reading Read and Review – Thrace, control and social complexity

Read and Review – Dr Katharina Zinn | Literacy in Pharaonic Egypt (2018)

For this week’s task I have to review Katharina Zinn’s article ‘Literacy in Pharaonic Egypt: orality and literacy between agency and memory (2018)’ in 250 words. I include her abstract below: “The article presents a new conceptual framework for understanding literacy in ancient civilisations to conceptualise ‘literacy’ more broadly as a cultural and social practice. … Continue reading Read and Review – Dr Katharina Zinn | Literacy in Pharaonic Egypt (2018)

Object Study: A Sickle with Flint Blades in the British Museum

Another Object Study on something in the British Museum, this time a sickle with flint blades. Museum Number: EA52861             Registration Number: 1914,0414.1 Dimensions: Height: 11.5cm | Length: 28.5cm Depth: 20.5cm | Weight: 267g Site: Thebes Context: Unknown, donated by George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (of Tutankhamun fame) Date: 18th … Continue reading Object Study: A Sickle with Flint Blades in the British Museum

Watch and Review – Dr Susanne Paulus | Debts, Crime, and Prison: Daily Life in Babylonia CA. 1200 BC

This next task was to review a lecture given by Dr Susanne Paulus, given at the Oriental Institute of Chicago in April 2018. The subject of this lecture is the side of the ancient world that is often obscured from us, the dark backstreet deals, the crimes and the punishments. Paulus’ aim is to open … Continue reading Watch and Review – Dr Susanne Paulus | Debts, Crime, and Prison: Daily Life in Babylonia CA. 1200 BC

Cross Cultural Connections in Ancient Egypt

My next task is to answer the question ‘“Egypt as a society was strongly xenophobic” Do you agree or disagree with statement? Provide evidence for your argument?’ I would argue that the reality is more complicated than saying whether the entirety of Egyptian society was xenophobic. The surviving evidence we have comes from a limited … Continue reading Cross Cultural Connections in Ancient Egypt

Decolonising Egyptology

This week I am tasked with answering this question: In what ways do you think Victorian social standards and taboos have influenced the study of Pharaonic Egypt? And do you think we have entirely moved past that in the modern age? When discussing the Victorian social standards, it is always important to consider the impact … Continue reading Decolonising Egyptology

Read and Review – Visibility, Private Religion and the Urban Landscape of Amarna|Anna Stevens

For this week’s task I have to review Anna Stevens’ article ‘Visibility, Private Religion and the Urban Landscape of Amarna’ in 250 words. Below I include her abstract and my short review. “This short paper is concerned with private religion at Amarna, broadly considered as religion beyond official temple cult. It explores the visual influences—largely … Continue reading Read and Review – Visibility, Private Religion and the Urban Landscape of Amarna|Anna Stevens

Object Study: A Wooden Mirror in the British Museum

The next task was to undertake an object study of an item in the British Museum that may be considered a child's toy.  3. EA26336 1890,0530.1 Dimensions: (LxWxH): 27.3cm x 16.1cm x 2.76cm. Site: Thebes. Context: Not known; purchased by Rev. Greville Chester in 1890. Date: Archaic. Material: Wood. Description: The only image available for … Continue reading Object Study: A Wooden Mirror in the British Museum

Technology and Egyptology

I have recently started a module called 'Historical Studies of Ancient Egypt' and part of the assessment is to write a short post on a given topic, and I thought it would be cool to post my ideas here. This weeks topic is about Technology and Egyptology.  As someone who is addicted to Twitter, I have … Continue reading Technology and Egyptology