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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.
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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.
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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*

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