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 […]

My old trowel.

Egypt Exploration Society

The Egypt Exploration Society (EES) has recently heard that, in two years’ time, it will lose its funding from the British Academy. The EES is one of the oldest British archaeological societies, founded in 1882 and celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2007. Its main premises (Offices, Library and Archive) are in London with a small […]


Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt

Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt Joyce Tyldesley, Thames and Hudson, £19.95 How powerful were women in Ancient Egypt? To judge by the number of queens that are known, many of them were surprisingly powerful. In the New Kingdom (1539-1096 BC), as Egypt became the richest land of the Mediterranean world, Queen consorts maintained a […]


Egypt: Cemetery of Zoser

The excavations at a fashionable Old Kingdom cemetery lying just behind the step pyramid of Zoser, Saqqara, Egypt

100 Hieroglyphs

Let us learn a few hieroglyphs. Let us start with a straight line. This obviously means ‘land’ because in Egypt all the land that is worth talking about is the flood plain of the Nile, which is more or less dead flat. Let us then add three dots below our straight line: these represent the […]

In Search of Desert Glass

CWA look into the origins of the unique and beautiful yellow-green glass that has been produced in the Egyptian Sahara for thousands of years

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