Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Luxor One Day at a Time: Akhmim: Meritamun and the Church of St. Mercurius: The morning after our visit to the two monasteries we hired a taxi and drove (accompanied by our ever-present police escort--R. even had to ...
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Is the Unknown Man E Mummy Really Penteware?
In 1886 Gaston Maspero, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Service, began the process of unwrapping the royal mummies discovered in a cache at Deir el-Bahri, near the Valley of the Kings. Whilst opening a simple, plain coffin Maspero found something that shocked and surprised him. Inside the coffin, wrapped in a sheepskin, a ritually unclean object for ancient Egyptians, was a young man, hands and feet bound, who appeared to be screaming. There were no inscriptions upon the coffin to aid identification. There was no incision on the left abdomen, whereby the internal organs would be removed. The occupant of the coffin had not been afforded the traditional mummification and, as such, Maspero was convinced there had been foul play:
All those who saw him first hand thought that [he] looked as though he had been poisoned. The contraction of the abdomen and stomach, the desperate movement with which the head is thrown back, the expression of excruciating pain spread over the face hardly allow for any other explanation……….
Others agreed with Masperos initial assessment. The physician who examined the mummy at the time, Daniel Fouquet, agreed that he had been poisoned and stated, "the last convulsions of horrid agony can, after thousands of years, still be seen." A chemist named Mathey, who did some analyses on the mummy, felt that "the wretched man must have been deliberately asphyxiated--most likely by being buried alive." Later examination by the anatomist Grafton Elliott Smith dismissed such claims and he wrote in his The Royal Mummies (1912) that "a corpse that was dead of any complaint might fall into just such an attitude as this body has assumed." But who was this mysterious mummy, denied his name, denied proper burial according to Egyptian rites, yet found amongst some of the most important rulers in Egyptian history? Maspero suggested that the mummy was that of Prince Pentewere, the son of Ramesses III (1185-1153 B.C.) who was involved in the now infamous ‘Harem Conspiracy’ against his father. The conspirators, including Pentewere, were caught and either executed most brutally or allowed to commit suicide. Would, however, such a heinous individual be allowed to be buried with the royal family?
In 2004, the anatomist Dr Bob Brier was given permission to examine the ‘Unknown Man E’. After detailed analysis he stated that whilst he could not prove the mummy was that of Penteware, this particular identification did fit the curious facts of the case. In September 2011, although holding no official position within the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, the ex-minister Dr Zahi Hawass announced, in a satellite broadcast link, that DNA tests had been completed on both the mummy of Ramses III and the Unknown Man E mummy, results of which confirmed that the later was indeed a son of the aforementioned Pharaoh. Could this prove that the Unknown Man E mummy really is Penteware? Not quite. Unfortunately, rather than publish these exciting results in a reputable academic/scientific journal for the world to analyse, Dr Hawass chose to announce the results in a ‘mistakes galore’ Discovery Channel documentary!!! Some things never change, do they?!!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Yes, at last Kingdom of the Ark has its very own Facebook Page. The aim of this page is to present new findings in relation to the concept of the book. As such, its objectives are threefold: to present new archaeological discoveries, to examine advancements in science within the archaeological discipline, e.g genome testing, strontium/oxygen isotope analysis and so on. Finally, the page will provide a wider study of the links between the Ancient Egyptian and Irish (Celtic) Churches, something I was unable to do at the time due to publishing constraints. So why not pop over to Facebook and take a look....
Monday, November 14, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
I was recently asked to 'contribute' to the work of fellow researcher, Brien Foerster, who is working on a number of theories concerning the 'Elongated Skull' conundrum. Brien is currently based in Peru and doing some amazing work concerning the so-called Paracas culture. For those who may be interested to learn more, please take a look at Brien's websites:
Monday, October 24, 2011
"A Virtual Tomb for Kelvingrove - Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Education" by Melissa Terras
I have a feeling there will be quite a few posts coming today! Anyway, for those who may be interested Internet Archaeology, an on-line subscription journal, has an Open Access week, commencing today and finishing this coming Sunday. Well worth a read, there are some fascinating articles covering a wide-range of subject matters
Apologies for the delay in keeping this blog up-to-date. Sadly, I have been the victim of some really nasty cyber abuse on a well-known social networking site and, therefore, have kept any form of posting to a minimum. The idiots did not realize that not only were they messing with the wrong woman, but I can give as good as I get. So... lets just say I let it be known what 'idiots' these individuals were :) But life goes on.......
As always I have been kept rather busy of late. The Murder at Medinet Habu book has, unfortunately, been delayed due to image problems This has now been rectified, says she letting out a huge sigh of relief, and the up-dated release is imminent. Work now begins on the next 'tour guide'. Details to follow.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
* NEW RELEASE * NEW RELEASE *
MURDER AT MEDINET HABU
A HERITAGE TOUR GUIDE
by Lorraine Evans
Release Date: 19th September 2011
Amazon Kindle Book, PC Download and Application Formats
Throughout Egyptian history only a handful of rulers can be considered truly remarkable kings. Of these Ramses III, the second ruler of the Twentieth Dynasty, was the last great pharaoh to sit upon the throne. His reign was one of considerable turmoil, both at home and abroad, and culminated in one of ancient Egypt's darkest episodes, his eventual assassination at the hands of his harem women.
Murder at Medinet Habu is a unique and entertaining heritage tour whose aim is to make history come alive. By following a series of illustrated landmarks the reader is catapulted into the world of Ramses III, a world of death, magic, bribery and intrigue. It will also enable the reader to follow in the footsteps of the early excavators as they discover a host of secrets buried deep within the sand.
No visit to any ancient Egyptian temple would be complete without the obligatory ghost story. Medinet Habu does not disappoint. The chambers to the north and south, directly behind the Holy of Holies, are long, silent and very dark. As such, there have been a number of reported sightings of unexpected guests appearing from seemingly nowhere and then vanishing in front of peoples very eyes! Make your way into the north chamber and, whilst facing the back wall, take a sly glance to the left. Because it is here that a ghostly figure dressed all in white, some say resembling an Egyptian priest, has been seen to walk right through the solid wall and into the chamber next door. Whereas if you now walk into the adjoining south chamber many visitors have reported a constant tapping sound, like a hammer banging repeatedly on stone. Move outside the chamber and it is said the tapping will cease. Go back into the chamber and the tapping reportedly starts up once more. Can you hear it?
If you would like any further information feel free to make contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, September 02, 2011
For those of you who have Facebook accounts, I would like to introduce you to the 'Egyptology Free Coffee-Bar Association'. A must for those nose-divers who need to take a break from work. Pop over for a cyber chat and a coffee!
The Good-Cow Burger
The Irksome-Bull Burger
The Wretched-Donkey Burger (veggie burger, the donkey ran away)
Dessert: Fruit (Figs)
Beverages: Beer and Wine (With Figs)
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Such an important find for those of us who believe in early Eastern/Western connections. Although I'm not that surprised, if honest, as I have been arguing for years such evidence existed.
Monday, August 29, 2011
27th September 2011 7pm Eastern Standard Time
Due to the time difference, for my UK friends, the live interview will be broadcast at midnight on 27th September
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Well it has been a very hectic couple of weeks! But I've nearly completed my latest publishing deadline. The first draft of the manuscript should be completed by Friday evening. Then I have a couple of days to work my way through 80+ images. As is always the way with these types of situations, I finally get access to hundreds of Egyptian excavation reports two weeks too late. So, I'm frantically speed reading my way through as many as I can. Just in case I have forgotten any points. Which equates to long nights and plenty of coffee.
Finally, I have booked a research trip to Egypt. Looking forward to it immensely. Going to be meeting up with quite a few interesting people whilst I'm there. Again, I envisage long nights in the Theban Hills, but this time drinking the odd bottle of beer (I hope!) Make a note....remember to search for missing cemetery!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Currently stuck in Medinet Habu, metaphorically speaking that is. Mind you, not a bad place to be stuck. Examining the wrestling scenes depicted in the First Courtyard, at the moment, and can't help thinking about the possible existence of an ancient TNA organization! There's plenty of room in the Courtyard for a wrestling ring, the roof could have been slightly covered to offer a cage match, whilst the Pharaoh and the rest of the Royal family could watch eagerly from the 'Window of Appearances'. What do you think??!!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Fascinating for those with an interest in Forensic Egyptology
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Well I finally signed the contract this week, with a new publisher, to produce a tour of my beloved Medinet Habu. Very excited about it all. So, expect quite a few posts over the next few weeks, with regards to my favourite temple. I'm currently focusing my attention on the chapels of the Divine Adoratrices and have already come across an issue. I just cannot find a decent translation of the formula offerings entitled "Appeals to the Living". So, if anyone could assist, please feel free to contact me.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
"In ancient times Scota, the daughter of pharaoh, left Egypt with her husband Gaythelos by name and a large following. For they had heard of the disasters which were going to come upon Egypt, and so through the instructions of the gods they fled certain plagues that were to come. They took to the sea, entrusting themselves to the guidance of the gods" (Scotichronicon - Walter Bower)
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Have been taking a sabbatical for the past two months, but am now back with a vengeance. Busy working on two new books, all will be revealed at a later date!! I have also been asked to contribute to the "DaysofArchaeology" project taking place on 29th July 2011. Details to follow