Life In Ancient Egypt

Daily life throughout the centuries in Ancient Egypt revolved around the Nile and the fertile land along its banks. The annual inundation enriched the soil and brought good harvests and wealth to the land. People generally built their own mudbrick homes, grew their own produce, and traded in the villages for food and goods they… Continue reading Life In Ancient Egypt

Wigs and Hair in Acient Egpyt

The Egyptians were famous for their wigs, usually made from human hair and braided and styled in countless different ways, from the simple to sheer elaborate. In much the same way as in 18th century Europe, hair was of great importance, and both male and female, rich and poor alike, treated their hair as a… Continue reading Wigs and Hair in Acient Egpyt

Dress and Fashion in Ancient Egypt

The hot and sunny climate of Ancient Egypt meant that simple lightweight linen clothes were the preferred choice of most Egyptians. Whilst a number of examples of New Kingdom textiles have survived, studies of Ancient Egyptian dress and textiles are still largely based upon the study of wall paintings, reliefs and sculptures. The well documented… Continue reading Dress and Fashion in Ancient Egypt

Egyptology

Egyptology is the study of Ancient Egypt and Egyptian antiquities and is a regional and thematic branch of the larger disciplines of ancient history and archeology. A practitioner of the discipline is an Egyptologist, though Egyptology is not exclusive to such practitioners. Development of the field: Egyptology investigates the range of Ancient Egyptian cultures (language,… Continue reading Egyptology

Amenhotep IV

Amenhotep IV (throne name Nefer-kheperue-re) becomes Akhenaten, the famous “heretic” pharaoh. Akhenaten (1352-1336 BC) was son of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiy. During his reign both the art and religion in Egypt were marked by rapid change. When he initially succeeded the throne he was known as Amenhotep IV, but changed his name to Akhenaten… Continue reading Amenhotep IV

The Dig On Pyramids

An excerpted interview with Mark Lehner NOVA: Tell us about your current excavation at Giza. Does it stem from a desire to define who built the pyramids and how they were built? LEHNER: I started asking new questions. Not who built the Sphinx, and how were the pyramids built, but where are all the people?… Continue reading The Dig On Pyramids