Our Year in Review: the Best of Nile Scribes in 2017

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.

Nile Scribes Milestones
Nile Scribes Milestones

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:

  1. An Egyptological Review of ‘The Mummy’
  2. Meet Manchester’s Egypt Curator Dr. Campbell Price
  3. Top 5 Egyptology Starter Books
  4. Celebrating the Seasons: the Ancient Egyptian Calendar
  5. 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:

A view of the Nile from the tombs at Beni Hasan
A view of the Nile from the tombs at Beni Hasan

Greatest Achievement

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 give lectures and class presentations, people often ask us 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

Campbell Greyback on the importance of Egyptology

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:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. France
  5. Egypt
A map showing where our visitors come from (Courtesy: WordPress)
Map of Nile Scribes readers (Courtesy: WordPress)

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!