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Newsletter 033


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

Newsletter 032


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

Newsletter 031


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


Discovering Ancient Egypt
Secrets of Ancient Egypt
The Heritage Of Egypt Magazine
recreaciones del antiguo egipto
Ancient Egypt News
Civilization of ancient Egypt
King Godsfather Ay
Ancient Egypt
Ancient E-Gypt
The Southampton Ancient Egypt Society


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

Newsletter 030


Ancient Letters

From the archive of Menches

Menches was a scribe from the town of Kerkeosiris and lived around 114BC – his writings, on papyrus, were recycled as wrappings for mummified crocodiles, which were discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century.

To Horos, greetings.

On the first day of this month at about the eleventh hour (about 5 p.m.) a disturbance occurred in the village, and on running out we found a crowd of the villagers who had come to the assistance of Polemon, who is performing the duties of epistates (superintendent or overseer) of the village.

When we inquired into the matter, they informed us that Apollodoros and his son Maron had assaulted Polemon and that Apollodoros had escaped, but Maron had been put in prison and had appeared before Ptolemaios, the king’s cousin and strategos (military governor). We thought it well to notify the matter for your information.

The 3rd year, Mesore 2 (18 August 114 BC)

I’ve been working on a big project for Carlton Books which has taken up all my time and for commercial reasons I was not allowed to go public with the details until now. It is a hardback book called Egyptworld, aimed at age group 8+ and forms part of a series of books that have already sold over 350,000 worldwide.

My job was to create meticulous double page illustrations of temple/pyramid recreations as well as every day life and all the scenes are populated with ancient Egyptian people going about their business. The book is due for publication in Autumn 2013.

You can get Egyptworld here>>

I made these images as 3D computer generated scenes and although Carlton owns the rights the actual illustrations in the book I own the 3D scenes. Carlton has given me permission to make series of new images from these scenes for myself but from a different perspective.

A limited edition of these images are going to be printed on Fine Art cotton paper some of which are ear marked for exhibition in museums with the rest only available to subscribers of this newsletter and my discovering Egypt Facebook page. The first of the series is entitled “Opet Festival at Karnak” and is now available –
If you would like to see ‘Opet Festival at Karnak’ click here.

I must say a word of the thanks to Russell Porter and the team at Carlton who have been a joy to work with and have given me the opportunity to produce some of the finest works of art of my career.

Ancient Egyptian Religion

By Brian Alm. Published in Egyptological, Magazine, 2012

Part 1 –  The Conceptual Foundations
Part 2 – Concepts of Creation, God, and Eternity
Part 3 – Temples, Festivals and Personal Piety
Part 4 – Preparing for Eternity
Part 5 – The Mansion of Millions of Years
Part 6 – Art for Eternity
Part 7 – Roots Too Deep to Dislodge

Explore Ancient Egypt – free on-line magazine.
This well researched and illustrated bi-monthly Magazine covers a wide range of topics about ancient Egypt – An excellent resource.


Hieroglyphs-appEgyptian Hieroglyphs

Over 1000 glyph illustrations including 400 Egyptian word examples and over 500 hieroglyphs from the Gardiner list.

The Hieroglyphic Typewriter and Math Calculator with a QWERTY keyboard. Alphabet and number symbols together with a selection of determinative signs. You can quickly write names and short secret messages and then with
iPad version
Android version 
Blackberry Playbook Version
Windows Version

Egypt’s Great Battle – Video

On Discovery Channel’s series, “Egypt’s Ten Greatest Discoveries,” discover how pharaohs defended their land and how they were seen in the eyes of the people.
There are over 30 videos to watch here>>


The Society for the Study of Ancient Egypt

(SSAE) promotes interest in Egyptology and the history of the ancient Nile Valley civilizations.  The site has a listing of lecture programs and a members’ Library of books, periodicals and videos.  Well worth a look >>


‘Imagining Egypt’ has sold out world wide – Some secondhand copies available on Amazon. My publisher has mentioned printing a second edition or a paperback version but nothing certain as yet. I will keep you informed on developments. In the meantime my second book ‘Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes’ is still available in various formats. (see below).

Ancient Egyptian Cemetery Holds Proof of Hard Labour 
Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten’s capital was no paradise for many adults and children.

Hyksos buildings are the latest ancient discovery in Tel Habuwa

Archaeologists uncover ancient sundial in Upper Egypt

Ancient Shoes Turn Up in Egypt Temple 

Newly discovered colossi of Amenhotep III to be restored

Mini-pyramids of the kingdom of Kush:
Archaeologists discover 35 burial chambers in Sudan desert with fascinating links to Ancient Egypt

Hatshepsut’s limestone chapel at Karnak to open soon

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 >>

The Giza Plateau in 3D

Giza 3D PDF

Download the images

Interactive Website

Giza Plateau Mapping Project

Ancient Egypt Magazine

The free trial issue for Ipad and Android contains the latest news from the Egyptian correspondent Ayman Wahby Taher. Michael Zimmerman explores the shift from morbid curiosity to a more scientific approach to mummies. Charlotte Booth meets The Boy King, Robert Partridge considers the Exhibition in London, – ˜Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ and Stephanie Roberts tells the story of the real Cleopatra’s Needle. *Click Here*

Pharaon Magazine – a French Language journal

Exhibitions and Lectures

Manchester Ancient Egypt Society 2013 Lecture Programme

Ancient Egypt Magazine events diary

The Hieroglyphic Typewriter

Very Old Newsletters from the distant past>>