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Newsletter 34

websiteAt last I’ve completely redesigned the Discovering Egypt website. The new and improved site will automatically adjust itself to all devices – computers, tablets and mobile phones. Most of the text and images have been updated, as well as some new content such as the ‘Rosetta Stone’ and the ‘List of Egyptian Dynasties’ now from the old kingdom to the end of the late period. In fact there is so much that’s change I’m going devote most of this newsletter to describing the website and its new features.


The format of future newsletters will also change. Rather than long newsletters, which I never do when I’m working on time consuming projects, I’m going to make shorter missives and more often.

The Website

There is a new ‘Search Box’ for more accurate key word searches and there is also a new ‘Language Translate’ drop down. Most pages also have a ‘Print Friendly Button’ which allows a print preview with the option to delete elements such as ads before you print the page, thus saving your ink.
Mentuhotep II’s Chapel Discovered Below City Streets Near Abydos
I’ve reduced the main categories in the top navigation bar to Hieroglyphs, Hieroglyphic Typewriter, Pyramids & Temples, Kings & Queens, Mummies, Videos and 3D Temples.


The Egyptian Mathematics Numbers now includes hieroglyphic fractions and a completely redesigned maths problem section where you can check your answers instantly

Mystery of the Rosetta Stone – This is a band new article

Hieroglyphic Typewriter – I’ve removed the print button from the keyboard – you can still print using your browser’s print function. I’m  going to use this space on the keyboard from something else – not decided yet.
Persian King Cambyses lost an army of 50,000 men in the Egyptian desert near Thebes. The troops were thought to have been swallowed by a sand dune. Egyptologist Olaf Kaper has another more convincing theory – that they were defeated in an ambush by the Egyptian rebel leader Petubastis III *Click Here*

Pyramids & Temples

While I was working on my last project for Imaginarium I made a lot of extra content which I’m incorporating into the website. I created a 3D world of Thebes and built in the ability to make other images and videos later using the same scene. If you go to the Pyramids & Temples section and check out the Karnak and Luxor pages you will see these new images and videos.
I’ve also updated all of the other temples pages and am in the process of creating a new section about Egyptian cities, which will appear on the site over the coming months:- the first will be a description of the cities of Memphis and Thebes.
The Ancient Egyptian invention that made everything else possible

Kings & Queens

Kings & Queens now includes Crowns & headdresses, the dynasty list has been redesigned and now includes the Late Period.
Tutankhamun the Boy King is new and I’m also working on Cleopatra.

Ancient Egypt word search puzzle to print for kids

Egyptian Mummification

Egyptian Mummification has new text and illustrations and still has the brilliant video lecture by Robert Brier
Wen-Amon’s Forgotten Passport: A Tale from Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Documentaries

Over the years I’ve received many emails asking ‘do you know where I can find  John Romer documentaries’. So check out  John Romer’s Ancient Lives in the video section which has been completely reworked. I’ve been more discriminating on the documentaries that I’ve included and have divided them into subjects starting with Kings and Queens – Sneferu, Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Nefertiti, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten, Scorpion King, Cleopatra and the Faraon Royal Procession.Then there is a Miscellaneous Collection of documentaries which include :- Building the Great Pyramid, Mummification (Bob Brier), John Romer Ancient Lives, Animal Mummies, Rosetta Stone, Library of Alexandria and The City of Heracleion Discovered. If you have any recommendation please send the link for me to review.
Remains of Ancient Egyptian Epidemic Uncovered

Rebuilding Ancient Egyptian Temples in 3D

I’ve removed some older ‘dated’ stuff and am making new 3D reconstructions using more up to date technology. Over the past year I’ve got into populating my temple reconstructions with people. Having ancient Egyptians in the scene gives a sense of scale. So over the next few months this part of the website will have my latest reconstructions and also feature some of the ancient Egyptian people I’ve made.
4,000-Year-Old Elite Tomb Unearthed in Luxor, Egypt

My new art gallery

Check out the Battle of Kadesh
How Cleopatra’s Needle got to Central Park

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Ancient Letters

Spell for the protection of a baby

May you perish, he who creeps in from the darkness with his nose behind him and his head averted.
May his purpose fail.

May you perish, she who creeps in from the darkness with her nose behind her and her head averted.
May her purpose fail.

Have you come to kiss this child?
I will not let you kiss him.
Have you come to cause silence?
I will not let you put silence into him.

Have you come to hurt him?
I will not let you hurt him.
Have you come to take him?
I will not let you take him from me.

I have provided his protection against you.
From Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes

I’ve not been doing anything for quite some time – my six year old son was run down by a car in October so I’ve had other priorities. He’s OK now and back to his exuberant self thank god. He was in a coma for a time and the most critical factors for his survival was the Air Ambulance (a charity here in UK) which flew him to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the National Health Service ICU at that hospital – without which he would have died.  I now realize all the criticism of the NHS I heard when I lived in the USA, is merely politically motivated nonsense.

Anyway, this is the first new newsletter in the WordPress format and I hope you like it. The pages are more graphical and there is an element of interaction – you can leave your comments at the bottom of the page.

As well as the usual stuff you will find some of the best of the old newsletter articles as well as a slide show of the graphical headers from all the old newsletters. I have completed three new projects; a reconstruction of Edfu temple, a free app called ‘Karnak – Second Court’ for MAC, Windows and iPad and ‘Egyptian Hieroglyphs’ for Windows (still working on the MAC version)

All the best Mark

Over 1000 glyphs including 400 word examples and 500 examples from the Gardiner list. Subjects include writing, mathematics, the use of the different types of symbols, how to write your name, how to recognize kings names and the story of the scribe. All content can be printed including typewriter and calculator functions. There are also navigation and search text functions. *Click Here*

Riddle of rotating Egyptian statue

Who Are The Copts?

The word Copt is an English word taken from the Arabic word Gibt or Gypt. It literally means Egyptian. The Arabs, after their conquest of Egypt in 641 AD, called the population of Egypt Gypt, from the Greek word Egyptos or Egypt. *Click Here*

Queen TiyeThe faces of Ancient Egypt.
This is interesting – there over 400 images of ancient Egyptian faces on Mathilda’s Anthropology Blog.
*Click Here*

The design of the Snefru pyramids at Dahshur and the Netjerikhet pyramid at Saqqara. *Click Here*

‘Meat Mummies’ Packed lunches for the dead during their trip into eternity.
*Click Here*

Pyramid Age love story comes to life in Egyptian tomb art. *Click Here*

De-constructing History: The Great Pyramid

This is a History Channel Video about the Great Pyramid. – Did you know that the Great Pyramid of Giza weighs 6.5 million tons? Get the facts on what makes this ancient wonder a true architectural marvel. *Click Here*

My Favourites from Old Newsletters

Theban Mapping Project – Archaeological database of Thebes >> >>

Pharaoh’s Tomb – on-line game >>

Egyptian Fonts

Amarna – 3D Reconstruction >>

More of this in the next Newsletter.



Remains of 4,500-Year-Old Port Near Giza Pyramids

Ancient Egyptian SCHOOL unearthed – complete with lessons on how to behave.

New Pharaoh Found in Egypt: Photos.

What the new Pharaoh tells us about ancient Egypt.

4,600-year-old step pyramid uncovered in Egypt.

Unearthed: Stunning 3,600-year-old sarcophagus with feather patterns.

Tomb of ancient Egypt’s beer maker discovered.

Ancient Dogs Found Buried in Pots in Egypt.

I’ve updated my Pyramids of Giza web page with new images *Click Here*

Exhibitions and Lectures

WHEN THE GREEKS RULED EGYPT – Art Institute of Chicago to July 2014

 Lost Egypt for kids at the Connecticut Science Center.

The British Museum’s new Ancient Egyptian gallery

Hieroglyphic Typewriter – now available free for the iPhone
Free from the Google Chrome Web Store  Install it on your computer (11,677 users) Web version

My Other Stuff

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing

The Pyramids & Temples of Egypt

Discovering Ancient Egypt on Facebook

Discovering Ancient Egypt by Mark Millmore

My You Tube *Click Here*

Eyelid Productions

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Ancient Letters

The Tebtunis Papyri

Aurelia Tisais, informs the centurion of the disappearance of her father and brother on a hunting expedition. The text is dated to 22 December 216 AD.

To Aurelius Julius Marcellinus, centurion, from Aurelia Tisais, whose mother is Tais, formerly an inhabitant of the village of Tebtunis in the division of Polemon.

My father Kalabalis, who is a hunter, set off with my brother Neilos as long ago as the 3rd of the present month to hunt hares, and up to this time they have not returned.

I therefore suspect that they have met with some accident, and I present this statement, making this matter known to you, in order that if they have met with any accident the persons found guilty may be held accountable to me.

I happen to have also presented a copy of this notice to the strategos Aurelius Idiomachos to be placed on the register.

The 25th year of Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Caesar the lord.

Tebtunis Papyri

‘Egyptworld’, the book I was illustrating last year, has now been published – but most of my professional work this year has been of the none Egyptian type – I’ve just finished illustrating a book on the Vikings and have since made two extra Viking limited edition prints based on the images from this book. I’ve also made two science fiction themed prints.
Viking Long Ship>>
Viking Shield Wall>>
The Old Starship>>
Alien Cemetary>>
I’ve also started my battle of Kadesh picture.

Egypt holds artefacts and monuments that represent 3000 years of our human story. Therefore, the recent news of corruption, destruction and theft coming out of the country only strengthens the arguments against repatriating ancient artefacts from western museums to their country of origin. I once thought the Elgin Marbles should return to Athens but I’m now inclined to the notion that all the world’s historical artefacts should be spread around the glob and or be safely buried back in the ground until, in the future, today’s political fools and religious nutters are only an unfortunate footnote of human history.

Hand-Tinted Photos from the 19th century

In the late nineteenth century, Western archaeologists and tourists were fascinated by the ruins of ancient Egypt. Here are some of the incredible photos they took, which were hand-tinted in the fashion of the day. *Click Here*

Egyptworld  “This lavishly illustrated volume brings you the incredible temples and monuments of ancient Egyptian all their glory. Magnificent colour artworks faithfully recreate them as they were in the time of the Pharaohs. Revel in the details of the Sphinx or experience the awesome scale of the Pyramids of Giza.” *Click Here*


New timeline for origin of ancient Egypt

Archaeological digs in Egypt reveal where the First Dynasty kings of Egypt are buried – but until now a timeline has been difficult to establish. *Click Here*

Egyptian Years and Days
Many Egyptians continue to use several yearly calendars, the heritage of the country’s different religious traditions. *Click Here* 

Is This How Our Ancestors Sounded?
Linguist Recreates Proto-Indo-European Language (AUDIO) *Click Here*

Eat Like an Egyptian

From grains like emmer and kamut to cloudy beer and honey-basted gazelle, Hungry History focuses on the meals of ancient Egypt.*Click Here*

Hieroglyph – New Fox TV Drama

Hieroglyph will focus on “a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and divine sorcerers.” Production will begin in early 2014. *Click Here*


A History of Ancient Egypt,’ by John Romer

As most of you know I’m a fan of John Romer – He’s been a great inspiration to me.

You can get his new book – A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid from:-

Amazon and Waterstones

Hieroglyphic Print Machine write secret ancient Egyptian messages to your friends and have fun creating all sorts Egyptian themed stuff with your printer.
Find out more >>


Egypt revolution brings golden age for tomb raiders

Brooch of Tutankhamun Holds Evidence of Ancient Comet

Egyptian dog mummy infested with bloodsucking parasites

Triad statue of Ramses II might indicate a second temple

Life-size statue of King Ramses II found in Sharqiya

Water war: Ethiopia’s new dam could mean a crisis for Egypt

The Mummies of Barnsley: England’s ancient Egyptians and the mummies buried in Yorkshire

Egyptian Police Stop Modern Burials Near Pyramid

Opet Festival at Karnak limited Edition Fine Art print. The Opet, was one of the most important annual festivals. the people received free bread and beer and the celebrations lasted for 27 days. *Click Here*

Exhibitions and Lectures

Secret Egypt – Unravelling truth from myth
Portsmouth City Museum

5th October 2013 – 23rd February 2014

Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Sunday, October 06, 2013–Sunday, January 05, 2014

Egypt exhibits artefacts that survived uprising

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies
SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 – JUNE 8, 2014

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt
Brooklyn Museum

SYMPOSIUM: How the Ancient Middle East Shaped Our World
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Oriental Institute Museum 
1155 East 58th Street,
Chicago, IL

The Seated Scribe
The Louvre Department of Egyptian Antiquities

Hieroglyphic Typewriter – now available free for the iPhone

Free from the Google Chrome Web Store 
Install it on your computer (11,677 users)

Web version

My Other Stuff

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing

The Pyramids & Temples of Egypt

Discovering Ancient Egypt on Facebook

Discovering Ancient Egypt by Mark Millmore

My You Tube *Click Here*

Eyelid Productions

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Ancient Letters

From the mid-second century BC, – A petition from the village of Oxyrhyncha to the King and Queen of Egypt.

To King Ptolemy and Queen Kleopatra, his sister, the mother-loving gods, greetings from Petesouchos son of Petos, Crown cultivator from Oxyrhyncha in the Arsinoite nome (province).

I live in Kerkeosiris in the said nome, and there belongs to me in the village of Oxyrhyncha a house inherited from my father, possessed by him for the period of his lifetime and by myself after his death up to the present day with no dispute.

But Stratonike daughter of Ptolemaios, an inhabitant of Krokodilonpolis, mischievously wishing to practise extortion on me, came with other persons against the my house and forced her way in laying claim to it wrongfully before any judgement has been given.

I therefore pray you, mighty gods, if you see fit, to send my petition to Menekrates the archisomatophylax (archbodyguard) and strategos, (administrative assistant to the commanding officer) so that he may order Stratonike not to force her ways into my house, but, if she thinks she has a grievance, to get redress from me in the proper manner.

If this is done, I shall have received succour. Farewell.

Since the last newsletter I’ve been working through a list of jobs that were on hold during the Carlton Books ‘Egypt World’ project.

Hieroglyphs-appA big update to Egyptian Hieroglyphs for iPad which included 177 new hieroglyphs from the Gardiner code:- K – Fishes, L- Invertebrates, M – Trees and Plants, N- Sky, Earth and Water, O- Buildings and P- Ships. There was a bug in this update for people who are running IOS6 – the screen did not rotate properly so I fixed this and also added Q- Domestic & Funerary Furniture hieroglyph images.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs – iPad

Egyptian Hieroglyphs – Windows

Blackberry PlayBook

I’ve been giving much thought to getting Egyptian Hieroglyphs working constantly on all the multitude of different Android devices.

Fuming Vexed

I’ve also just finished the game ‘Fuming Vexed’ for ipad/iphone etc. There are 48 game packs each with 60 levels and five graphic theme packs representing Egyptian gods, Mayan art, Celtic art, Chinese characters. Fuming Vexed

Ramesseum Second Court

Ramesseum2I’ve just finished Ramesseum Second Court limited edition fine art print – I’ve held back edition numbers for people who bought Opet Festival at Karnak to make a matched pairs.

The Ramesseum is the mortuary temple (public tomb) of Pharaoh Ramesses II. It is located in the Theban necropolis on the western side of the Nile near the modern city of Luxor. Today the remains of the second court include the Osiride portico in front of the hypostyle hall. Its Osiride pillars and columns together with the scattered remains of the two seated granite statues of the king give an idea of the building’s original splendor.

This reconstruction shows an elderly pharaoh, possibly Ramesses II, and his entourage in the foreground. To the left are three priests consulting papyrus scrolls, in the background we can see and elderly priest being helped down the steps and in front of the left statue four priests are bowing before an offering table.

Ramesseum Second Court – See it in detail >>

hieroglyphs-ipadAd2Ancient Egyptian artifacts deteriorate in Cairo’s central museum due to poor conditions.

This is something I’ve been grumbling about for years; after my many visits to Egypt were I’ve seen, first hand, inexcusable archaeological incompetence.

In fact I believe the current generation of Egyptologists should halt all excavations, concentrate their efforts in preserving what we have and leave stuff in the ground were it is safe so that future generations will have things to excavate.

But I believe most Egyptologists are more concerned with their careers than the welfare of the artefacts they dig up. I’m sure lots of people will disagree with me.

Egypt’s ancient artifacts crumble >>

Royal procession scene from Faraon

A unique screening of Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s masterpiece in a company of Egyptian mummies at Manchester Museum
It’s Free Friday, 14 June 2013 at 18:00
In this Academy Award nominated epic story set in ancient Egypt Pharaoh Ramses XIII defies tradition by assuming command of the military, a post usually occupied by priest. His defiance leads to a battle between those loyal to Ramses XIII and the power structure of priests. The priests try to foll the people by capitalizing on a solar eclipse, but Ramses XIII realizes the event is only a natural phenomenon. Impressive battle scenes and periods costumes from ancient Egypt add to this colorful epic historical drama.


The royal procession scene from the monumental Polish film Faraon (1966)

Dr Joann Fletcher BBC Videos


Daily life in Ancient Egypt 

Marriage and family in Ancient Egypt

Mummification in Ancient Egypt 

The afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Tombs in Ancient Egypt 

Hieroglyphic Print Machine write secret ancient Egyptian messages to your friends and have fun creating all sorts Egyptian themed stuff with your printer.
Find out more >>


Head of Ramses II in Akhmim removed and stored

New antiquities minister aims to protect Egypt’s heritage

Lost ancient underwater city revealed

Giza Plateau cleaned of garbage and dung

Angry about Senefru pyramid deterioration?

Builders of Giza pyramids ate 1,814kg of meat every day

Ancient Egypt on Facebook


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Discovering Egypt Mobile
The mobile phone version of the Discovering Egypt website.

Note: – pages automatically adjust for phones, tablets and computers but page layout is optimised for phones. It is not finished, is a work in progress. The completed pages so far are Pyramids and Kings and Queens
*Click Here*

Discovering Ancient Egypt on Facebook