Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya

For the next two decades, tourists visiting Palenque were told that the body was that of an unknown Maya king. Then, in the 1970s, after a meeting of mainly US scholars at Palenque at 1973, there was a breakthrough, based partly on the controversial methods of decipherment published in Russia by Yuri Knorosov in the […]


Early Egyptian silos

The discovery of large grain silos alters our understanding of life in Ancient Egypt


Akhenaten Tutankhamun

There is no shortage of books on Akhenaten, Tutankhamun and the Amarna period. However, many try to focus on some aspect of the personality of Akhenaten, on his unusual physiognomy or his heresy, while others are concerned with the cause of death of Tutankhamun. This book, by three well respected scholars from the University of […]


Egypt’s Ancient Glass

Old interpretations of Egyptian glass-making are shattered by experiments and new excavations at Amarna


City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish

City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish Peter Parsons Weidenfeld and Nicholson, £20.00 While wandering through the gloomy, overstuffed galleries of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum in a bit of a daze, like so many before me, I was startled to come upon a single cabinet of mummy portraits of ancient Egyptians who lived in the four centuries of […]


Book Review: The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt John Ray, Profile £15.99 Which object lends its name to internationally known software for teaching languages, to a European space mission aiming to unlock the secrets of the solar system before planets formed, and to a technique for deciphering the human genome, not to speak of […]

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