A Recent Discovery

I found this as I was goofing off on the web.. Enjoy.. HD

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Sometimes tyrants…..

Sometimes tyranny isn’t so subtle or creative.
― Steven Wood Collins, Puramore: The Lute of Pythagoras

When I look at this quote, I think its a pretty fair summary of Ancient Egypt. If you take a look at the paintings of hieroglyphs upon the walls in Ancient Egypt, they tell a story. Part of the stories were good, but some of the Pharaoh’s were evil and were known for the statement “Pharaoh speaks!” for a good reason. As a girl I was in love with the mysticism of Egypt and I wanted to be an archaeologist like Indiana Jones. I thought it would be interesting to go to dig sites and uncover the history of those before us.

I then realized what Archaeologist call uncovering, others consider disturbing the dead. But  in this class I would like to decipher the good from the bad, real from the not so real that we have heard from the Media (movies, books, newspaper). I have a relatively negative picture of Egypt in my minds eye and I hope to love it as I once did. – CL

Gettin’ my Egypt on…

The first couple of weeks in “Ancient Civilizations of Egypt” has definitely added some new words to my vocabulary: alluvium, bi-facial, Levallois, and Chalcolithic to name a few.  I have found reading archaeological text to be at times tedious and fascinating, but mostly tedious.  Tedious only in the sense that because I am not a professional archaeologist the readings take longer because I am constantly looking up new terms.  However the content (once I know what the author(s) are talking about) is very interesting.

After reading The Geography of Excavated Predynastic Sites and the Rise of Complex Society by Kathryn Bard, I have come to consider, based on her interpretation of other peoples work, that there is no hope for cultures to bridge the gap between classes.  According to Bard, trade in Predynastic Egypt was not predicated on utilitarian and subsistence needs but rather for status.  If humankind as been so preoccupied by having material wealth from 3000 B.C.E. surely there is no end in sight for this to change. ~TB

Predynastic Egypt