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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
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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>>

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