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Newsletter 54 Finding the city Itjtawy from Space

Newsletter 54 Finding the city Itjtawy from Space

Introduction to Space Archaeology

Dr Sarah Parcak talks about “space archaeology” – she uses satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilisations.

The Egyptian city of Itjtawy has been missing for thousands of years. It was ancient Egypt’s capital for over four hundred years during the Middle Kingdom and Egyptologists have known the massive site was located somewhere near the pyramids of the two kings who built it however, they have not been able to find it until now.

Dr Parcak used NASA topography data to map out the site of Itjtawy and was be able to see where the Nile used to flow in those days.

When seen in the infrared chemical changes to the landscape caused by the mud-brick building materials, used by the ancient Egyptians, can be clearly seen and as a result the ancient city is revealed like a street map.

Newsletter 54 Finding the city Itjtawy from Space
infrared image revealing a street map of the ancient city of itjtawy

Documentary Egypt’s Lost Cities

Newsletter 54 Finding the city Itjtawy from Space

About Dr Sarah Parcak

Dr Sarah Parcak
Dr Sarah Parcak

In Egypt, her techniques have helped locate 17 potential pyramids, in addition to 3,100 forgotten settlements and 1,000 lost tombs. She’s also made major discoveries in the Viking world and Roman Empire, and appeared in the BBC documentary Rome’s Lost Empire.

As the winner of the 2016 TED Prize, Sarah is building a citizen science platform, called GlobalXplorer, which will enable anyone with an internet connection to discover the next unknown tomb or potential looting pit. GlobalXplorer will launch in early 2017.
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Newsletter 53 Queen Hatshepsut’s Ships

Documentary on Reconstructing The Ancient Egyptian Ships.

Newsletter 53 Queen Hatshepsut’s Ships

Some archaeologists doubt the ancient Egyptians could sail the high seas. Bearing in mind the act of travelling on water was a vital part of Egyptian civilisation I wonder where these archaeologists were educated. This excellent documentary shows Queen Hatshepsut’s Ships were indeed able to sail the high seas.

Over 3,000 years ago Queen Hatshepsut  sent a fleet of ships to the distant land of Punt. A bas-relief at her temple, in Luxor, shows the extraordinary treasures that were brought back.

Archaeologist Cheryl Ward sets out to recreate the voyage in a full-size replica of one of these ancient ships, sailing it to the mythical land of Punt.

Newsletter 52 The Reconstruction of Meritamun’s Face

Forensic Facial Reconstruction

MeritamunNewsletter 52 The Reconstruction of Meritamun’s Face

Meritamun was a young woman who died around two thousand years ago. This video shows how the use of CT scanning of her mummified head together with 3D printing, archaeologists and sculptors have recreated her face using a technique known as forensic facial reconstruction.

Newsletter 51Ancient Egyptian Inventions and Pepi II

Ancient Egyptian Inventions

Newsletter 51Ancient Egyptian Inventions and Pepi IIThe Egyptian’s inventions were many and it might be easier to list the things they did not invent such as the wheel; not unexpected in a country where everyone travels on water.

Here are some examples of Egyptian inventions >>



Pepi II the longest lived ruler of Egypt
by Dominic Perry

Pepi II, According to tradition, lived to the age of 100 years and ruled for 96 of them.
The Excited Child

Pepy Lives

Children of Pepy

Dominic Perry

Newsletter 50 Unearthed Dark Secrets of the Pyramid

How Did Ancient Egyptians Build Pyramids Quickly? (Trailer)

Ancient Egyptians Used This Method to Build Tall Structures (Trailer)

Science Channel – Unearthed Dark Secrets of the Pyramid (2016) Full Documentary

New evidence could help solve the Great Pyramid’s mysteries

Archaeologists are now exploring an ancient security mechanism consisting of an intricate system of blocks, grooves and shafts that was installed in the Great Pyramid of Giza over 4,500 years ago to protect the mummified body of Pharaoh Khufu (also known as Cheops) and his treasures from grave robbers.