Thermal shift the cause for no more pyramids?
In the article by the Huffington post, they cover Peter James’s theory of thermal shift in ancient Egypt and as a possible cause for as to why there would be no more pyramids built. Apparently, its discussed that the of increase of temperature in Egypt’s hot desserts caused the bricks to constrict and then crack. its still a theory but apperently its being considered by some.
Prosthetics in Ancient Egypt
In this article by NBC, they cover the advancement of science that ancient egyptians had in order to make prosthetic toes. Its interesting because they were carved out of wood and would be straped on to the foot. Also how embalmers took the time to recreate the body so that the person may have those missing limbs in the afterlife.
In discussing Ramses II this week, I decided to look a little more into his romance with Nefertari. She was the second of eight wives and provided Ramses II with his first male heir. She must have been very important to Ramses, for her tomb at the Valley of the Queens and temple are masterpieces of the ages. Check out this little movie which highlights the love affair of these two lovers!
In this interview, lecturer Gloria Taylor Brown talked about her travels to Egypt, and her theories about the Pyramids and the Sphinx. She believes that the Pharaohs of Egypt wanted to pass down information about how the ancient structures were built, but these details were lost, stolen, or remain hidden.
A grave good introduced in the Middle Kingdom was the shabti statues (also called ushebtis or shawabtis). Some of the earliest examples have been found dating to the era of Mentuhotep II. These statutes were made from various materials such as wax, clay, pottery, faience, wood or stone and are believed to have been used for “magical substitutes when work had to be done by the tomb-owner for Osiris.” Often taking the naked form of the adult male or female form, many were inscribed with special formulas or spells.
The large numbers of shabtis found make it a one of the numerous artifacts from Ancient Egypt to survive.
Shabti Collection at the British Museum
 Gae Callender, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, ed. Ian Shaw (London, England: Oxford University Press, 2000). 170
For the love of Gods!
I am rather amused by Polytheism. I often wonder where the people come up with the names and purposes of the Gods, at. I have found that the Egyptians have a God or Goddess for nearly everything, including innundation. I am tickled pink that they have a God named Hapy. I read it as “Happy.” But you get the point. The god who helps with the Floods. Im sure they prayed a bunch to him and sacrificed offerings. Also, there is the God Nut. Who is the Mother of Osiris and Isis, who are major Gods. It makes you wonder how much is inspired from other societies and where it comes from in general.
A sexual ritual in an Ancient Egypt festival?
This is an interesting article by LA times that goes inside a ritual that involved sex and a lot of beer that was performed during the festival of drunkeness that honored of the goddess Hathor. Apparently, the rituals took place twice a year at home, at temples, and in shrines. The festival was a communal event where everyone participated and were organized and led by priests.