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What's King Tut hiding?

King Tut is still getting over the trauma of having his beard broken off and badly reattached with epoxy, so maybe it’s unfair to pile on the guy like this, but an Egyptologist at the University of Arizona named Nicholas Reeves… 852 more words

Middle East

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What's King Tut hiding?

King Tut is still getting over the trauma of having his beard broken off and badly reattached with epoxy, so maybe it’s unfair to pile on the guy like this, but an Egyptologist at the University of Arizona named Nicholas Reeves… 852 more words

Middle East

NEFERTITI

Nefertiti

Nefertiti was queen consort to Egypt’s Pharaoh Akhenaten. Reigning in the mid 1300’s she was a powerful and strong willed queen. Nefertiti lived up to her name which means “ The Beautiful One has Come”. 16 more words

The Egyptian museum and one of the most cruel things we have seen on our journey to date!

Still on a high from visiting the great Pyramids of Giza, we decided to head straight for the Egyptian museum the following day. This place is filled with over 100,000 incredible artifacts from almost every period of Egyptian history dating from the old kingdom to the new and beyond. 729 more words

Egypt

Today in Middle East history: Egypt's 23 July Revolution (1952)

Today marks 63 years since one of the most important events in 20th century Middle East history, the overthrow of the Egyptian monarchy by the Free Officers Movement. 1,004 more words

Furriners

Review of The Pharaoh's Cat by Maria Luisa Lang

Wrappa-Hamen lives an interesting life. He spends his days hanging out with the Pharaoh, being tickled by pretty servant girls, stuffing his face with delicious delicacies and licking his private parts. 237 more words

Book Reviews

In the (very old) news: the Aswan Dam

When I was a lowly first-year Arabic student many years ago, the textbook we used was this very austere-looking orange-colored tome called, austerely, Elementary Modern Standard Arabic 1… 601 more words

Arabic

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Here's a little "this day in Middle East history" combined with an Arabic lesson, if you're interested. Construction on the Aswan Dam started in 1960 and was one of Gamal Abdel Nasser's great plans for the modernization/industrialization of Egypt. Built with Soviet aid (the US and UK both withdrew their support over Nasser's neutrality and, specifically, his decision to formally recognize the Communist government of China), the dam took a little over 10 years to build, and today is the 45th anniversary of its completion. The dam's impact on Egypt has been considerable, mostly via its electricity generation and the fact that it retains millions of cubic kilometers worth of water that would otherwise flow out to sea every year, protecting the country against droughts. Regulating the Nile floodplain also allowed Egypt to reclaim almost a million hectares of arable land, though by controlling the river the dam has caused a decrease in the sediment the river carries each year, which has sped up the erosion of the Nile Delta. One of its more interesting side effects involved the relocation of the rock temples at Abu Simbel, which would have been lost under the Lake Nasser, the reservoir created by the dam. The Abu Simbel temples were built by the Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BCE and are some of the most spectacular Ancient Egyptian structures. After considering and rejecting ideas for artificially raising the site on a man-made island and damming the lake to preserve the temple, the government hired a team of archeologists and engineers to cut the temples into large blocks, move them 200 meters away to the anticipated shore of the new lake, and reassemble them. It was probably one of the most remarkable engineering feats of the 20th century. [caption id="attachment_6106" align="alignnone" width="249"]One of the Abu Simbel temples being put back together in 1967 (via) One of the Abu Simbel temples being put back together in 1967 (via)[/caption] Hey, thanks for reading! If you come here often, and you like what I do, would you please consider contributing something (sorry, that page is a work in progress) to keeping this place running and me out of debtor’s prison? Thank you!