Space Jewelry

Space Jewelry

I found this really interesting article on how the Ancient Egypt might have obtained iron before everyone else and the speculated origin of the iron is from space.  Apparently, meteors fell nearby Egypt in antiquity and that is how they obtained iron, it was from the stone meteorite which then would be molded into jewelry. The jewelry was essentially for the pharaoh because of its sacred value, they believed that meteors were body parts of a god. 

 

There are several skeptics but there are also specialist like Johnson who want to look further into the iron (meteorite) jewelry of Ancient Egyptians.

 

by I.G

♫ ♪ Keep Feeling Fascination ♪♫ (a Human League Reference)

“Our fascination with ancient Egypt is, to a large extent, a product of the vast amount of material information available. We know so much about the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians – we can read their words, meet their families, feel their clothes, taste their food and drink, enter their tombs and even touch their bodies – that it seems that we almost know them. And knowing them, maybe even loving them, we feel that we can understand the very human hopes and fears that dominated their lives.”[1]

I believe the above quote, from Dr Joyce Tyldesley, accurately sums up the prevailing sentiments many people have regarding Ancient Egypt.  We are captivated by their mundane, daily lives because of the significance in which we have given it.  The historical value of Ancient Egypt, being a cornerstone of our modern day civilization, is incalculable.  While the early men and women of the Nile were simply trying to maintain subsistence for themselves and their families, they inadvertently became part of a 5,000 year old history and I am left to wonder if they believed people in the future would be aware of their existence.

Over the course of this quarter, through primary source material, we have been able to insert ourselves into the lives of Ancient Egyptians.  I cannot help being enthralled with the long held secrets that have been and continue to be discovered. ~TB

 


[1] Dr Joyce Tyldesley, BBC History, BBC, 02 17, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/egypt_importance_01.shtml#two (accessed 06 4, 2013).

 

 

Well the truth may need some
Re-arranging
Stories to be told
And plain to see the facts are changing
No meaning left to hold

Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination Lyrics, written by Jo Callis and Philip Oakey

We’ll sleep when we’re dead

Since this class focuses on information discovered mainly from tombs of ancient egyptians, I thought I’d look at their own writings about the afterlife.  Contrary to popular belief and movies such as “The Mummy”, the Book of the Dead is not a book. In reality, it is just a collection of ancient magical spells written in different ways,  such as on papyrus or tomb walls. So far, over 200 spells have been discovered in both ways. Ancient

 Egyptians took death very seriously. To them, life was just to prepare their souls/spirits to pass on to the afterlife.  The underworld was a place to be feared, filled with monsters and dangerous animals that were meant to prevent you from entering your eternal life. When a person dies, they will be in need of protection against the threats of the underworld; they accomplish this by picking some of the spells to take with them. Whichever spells they choose, depending on their levels of wealthy, are written on a papyrus scroll and buried along with the deceased in their tombs.

The picture of the heart-weighing ceremony in which the dead’s moral wealth is judged by the gods. The jackal-headed god Anubis, who is also guide to the dead, is seen weighing a human heart as another god, Thoth takes note of the result. — (AS)

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The Key to Understanding the Ancient Language

The Key to Understanding the Ancient Language

The Rosetta Stone

Ancient Egypt was conquered by many of its neighbors including the Greeks during Alexander the Great’s conquest. Because of this the culture and the society was forced to learn and adopt the culture of their conquerors. This lead for the Egyptians to forget how to read and write in hieroglyphs. The stone (or slav) was essential inorder to translate hieroglyphs because it was written in greek and in demonic which made it easier to translate and find patterns to relearn the old language.

by: Isabel Garcia