With 2017 behind us, the Nile Scribes review and highlight our top ten archaeological discoveries of 2017 made in Egypt. The old adage of “there is nothing left to discover” could not be any more untrue as you will see in our post today. Out of numerous new finds and methods, we pick our own top ten to share with our readers.
It is hard to believe that our blog has been active for almost six months. We are now planning the future of Nile Scribes in 2018 and beyond. Our biggest change this year has been our move to our own dedicated web space at NileScribes.org and we hope to transform and expand our home on the web in the coming year. As we ring in the New Year in chilly Toronto, we wanted to share some of our highlights from 2017.
The Nile Scribes wish you and your loved ones a festive holiday season!
As 2017 comes to an end, and Christmas and New Years are just around the corner, many of us are decorating our homes for the holiday season, planning outings with friends or family, and preparing gifts for loved ones. Holidays are a joyful respite from everyday life, and we use them to mark the changing seasons, remember important events, celebrate our religious beliefs, or even commemorate our ancestors and dearly departed. In the spirit of the holidays, the Nile Scribes have teamed up with The Dead Speak Online to bring you a double feature on the celebration of holidays, or festivals, in ancient Egypt and their place in the Egyptian calendar.
The Nile Scribes are pleased to introduce ‘In the Field,’ a new blog series in which we talk with archaeologists and specialists currently conducting fieldwork to share their sites and projects with our readers. For our inaugural post, we have asked archaeologist Amy M. Wilson to tell us about two little-known Delta sites where an Italian-Egyptian archaeological mission is currently working.
Every month we scour the internet to update our readers on the very latest Egyptological publications. From accessible reads to peer-reviewed scholarship, we hope to illustrate the wide variety of topics discussed in Egyptology, and perhaps introduce you to your next read! Below are six books scheduled to be released this month (December 2017). We wonder, if any of these would make a good Christmas gift….
Every few months, the Nile Scribes bring you summaries of the latest news and discoveries in Egyptology, both from the field and the lab. We’ll introduce you to the newest archaeological finds or recently undusted manuscripts being rediscovered in museum collections, plus other new theories stirring in the Egyptological Zeitgeist. In this issue, we draw your attention to two major finds associated with a late Old Kingdom queen, plus further discoveries in Alexandria in underwater archaeology.
About ‘Meet an Egyptologist’
This Nile Scribes series allows our readers to learn more about Egyptologists from around the world. From questions about their life and their career, we also explore their research interests and their impact and perspectives on the field of Egyptology. We want to use this series to help strengthen the public’s awareness of the Egyptological community, and to illustrate the varied careers and on-going research projects within the discipline. In this edition, the Nile Scribes spoke with Dr. Kerry Muhlestein from BYU in Provo about his life and research.
As part of our new series “Scribal Spotlight,” we take news items in the field and explore their wider relevance to our readers. This week’s spotlight shines on the recent announcement of the discovery of “a big void” in the Great Pyramid at Giza.