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.
Most popular blog posts
We wrote on a range of topics and started a number of different blog series, including interviews and film reviews. Our readers enjoyed these five blog posts the most:
- An Egyptological Review of ‘The Mummy’
- Meet Manchester’s Egypt Curator Dr. Campbell Price
- Top 5 Egyptology Starter Books
- Celebrating the Seasons: the Ancient Egyptian Calendar
- Scribal Spotlight: A Void in the Great Pyramid?
Favourite blog post to write?
Thomas: News broke in November that a team of physicists had discovered what they termed a “void”. Of course, the media went haywire. What was hidden in this void? Was it another burial chamber just waiting to be discovered? Digging through their evidence and data made me realise how careful they actually were in terming this a ‘void’. It was only an anomaly and they emphasised that more work needed to be done before conclusions could be drawn. As we wrote our post, we also looked for many viewpoints by Egyptologists on the matter. Seeing these diverse opinions reiterated the need for proper evidence before forming interpretations.
Taylor: One of the things I dislike most about studying history is the tendency historians have toward working alone. When we began this blog last summer, one of our goals was to use this blog as a space for connecting with other Egyptophiles around the world via the internet. High on our list of priorities was finding other Egyptology blogs with which to collaborate and we were thrilled when our friends over at The Dead Speak Online agreed to do a holiday blog-video collaboration with us.
The Nile Scribes’ most liked #TravelTuesday photo
Our Facebook followers have probably seen our weekly #TravelTuesday posts, which give us the chance to share our own travel photos. Our most liked photo was taken at Beni Hasan in 2013, when Taylor visited the Middle Kingdom tombs there:
Of all that we accomplished in our first half-year, we are most proud of when we became a dual-language blog through the kind assistance of our official Nile Scribes Translator, Mahmoud Saleh. To date, Mahmoud has translated half of our blog posts into Egyptian Arabic for us, and all of them are viewable here on our Arabic page.
Our Favourite Quote
As students of ancient Egypt who regularly we give lectures and class presentations, people ask us often why we study the ancient world? In speaking with some of the Egyptologists we interviewed, one thought in particular comes to mind. Given the budget cuts to humanities departments around the globe, Dr. Campbell Price answered the important question of why studying ancient Egypt is a worthwhile undertaking, most eloquently:
Where are our Readers From?
We are pleased to see that our readers come from over 100 countries and happily, Egypt is among the top five represented countries. Although we are based in Canada, we had more readers visit us from the United States and the United Kingdom than from our own country:
- United States
- United Kingdom
A Big Thank You from the Nile Scribes
As we look back over the beginning months of our blog, we feel gratitude to many individuals, who were kind enough to lend their time and expertise, from our logo designer and Arabic translator, to the interviewees and guest scribes we hosted on the site. Thank you also to all of our readers and we hope to meet you in person someday!
Now it is your turn to let us know what you enjoyed about Nile Scribes in 2017. We look forward to hearing your feedback and bringing you more of ancient Egypt in 2018!