Egypt in Space: A Brief History of ‘Pyramids of Mars’

This week, in further recognition of Egyptomania in science fiction to celebrate the start of Doctor Who’s Season Thirteen, the Nile Scribes welcome the expertise of Egyptologist and cultural historian, John J. Johnston as our guest blogger. As an expert in all things ancient Egypt and Doctor Who, we invited John to tell our readers more…

Ancient Egypt and Doctor Who’s ‘Pyramids of Mars’

This weekend sees the much-anticipated return of Doctor Who with the beginning of Season 11 and the introduction of the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. The Nile Scribes are resurrecting an old fan-favourite from the Whovian archives that centres around an archaeological discovery in Egypt. We recently rewatched the four-episode serial Pyramids of Mars (1975) in which…

Meet the PLU Valley of the Kings Project Director Don Ryan

About Meet an Egyptologist This Nile Scribes series enables 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 perspectives on the field of Egyptology. We want to use this series to help strengthen the public’s awareness of the Egyptological…

Scribal Spotlight: Patterns of Evidence – The Exodus (Documentary)

Last month we began a two-part series on the Exodus by reviewing Ridley Scott’s 2014 film Exodus: Gods and Kings. This week the Nile Scribes continue the series with a discussion of the Exodus according to a documentary released the same year. Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus In the 2014 documentary Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,…

Game Review: Exit The Pharaoh’s Tomb

Playing board games is a popular pastime and a great way for Egyptophiles to connect, whether they’re at home or in the field! The Nile Scribes are avid board game players and we love to share Egypt-themed games that we have played with our readers. Our newest game review is of EXIT: The Pharaoh’s Tomb, released…

Meeting the “Queens of Egypt” in Montréal

Having opened in early April at Pointe-à-Callière in Montréal, Canada, the new exhibition Reines d’Égypte (Queens of Egypt) invites visitors on a tour of the east and west banks of the Nile during the New Kingdom. The Nile Scribes were able to visit Pointe-à-Callière this summer and see this special exhibition for ourselves. Including objects from temple, palace, and…

The Latest Discoveries in Egyptology (July-August 2018)

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. This summer has seen a…

New Books in Egyptology – July-August 2018

Every two months the Nile Scribes update our readers on the most recent 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! This summer has seen a vast array of topics addressed through new publications, ranging from…

A Reader’s Guide to Egyptian Religion

Visitors to Egyptian temples feel an instant connection with the ancient Egyptian religion due to rich imagery we see depicted on every wall and column, from the names of gods to their varied human- and animal-headed depictions. However, our own view of what constitutes ‘religion’ is much different from what the Egyptians’ associated with the…

An Egyptological Review of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Exodus: Gods and Kings, released in 2014, is an epic retelling of the Biblical story of Moses and the Hebrew exodus out of Egypt after 400 years of slavery. Christian Bale stars as Moses in this The Ten Commandments remake with Joel Edgerton channeling Yul Brynner as Ramesses the Great. We began Nile Scribes as…