Back From Egypt

Hi guys!

Yes, this week’s article is late – very late – and short. But for a good reason: I’ve been to Egypt last week, for working purpose. I accompanied my working team for one week to lay my eyes on the beautiful tombs we’re going to publish. And I can tell you – being back to “Al Misr” was a wonderful experience. Not only that my Arabic has been back just in time after five years of no usage at all. I absolutely missed this country’s dualisms. The desert and the lively fertile lands. The hot sun and the ice cold nights. Those super kind people who can be so hot tempered from time to time.

Egypt is a wonderful country. Not only due to is outstanding historic remains. But also to is contemporary culture. If you ever find your way to the country of the Nile, give yourself some time, don’t just stick with your cruise liner, but also try to get in touch with the locals. Try to learn some basics in Arabic. It is a beautiful language. Stand on some desert hill, feel the Egyptian sun in your neck, look at the Nile Valley and think what all that must have looked like thousands of years ago.

Due to its dualisms, life in Egypt is not always easy. It has never been. Anyway, humans managed to create on of the first high cultures of our history next to river Nile. Their remains are well-known and beloved all over the globe. The Egyptian culture has been mother and inspiration for all European cultures. I am more than happy that I had the chance to visit that magnificent country again. Hopefully, my next break won’t be that long!

Have you already been to Egypt? If so – what have you seen? Were you there to dive? Or have you seen some fabulous temples and tombs from ancient times? Did you buy some souvenirs?

Blogparade „Mein Kulturtrip für dich im Sommer“ #KultTrip

Abstract: This article is an entry for the blogparade initiated by Tanja Praske. I’ve already written some German contribution to a very basic blogparade asking her readers: To me culture is…? This time the topic is about travelling: Where to go to grab some culture? Why? What shall we see there? What is a perfect culture trip? I have no plan what to write, so let’s just dive into it!

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#BAjA2015 – contacts and conflicts in-between cultures

Abstract: From 13th November to 15th November 2015 there was held the Berliner Arbeitskreis junge Ägyptologie (BAjA) conference in Berlin, at the Humbold-University. Young academics presented their current research in Egyptology and discussed about methodological and theoretical problems or points of view. This article will present my personal thoughts about this fantastic gathering of dedicated minds.

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Weekly Pages #5

Weekly Page: The British Museum

Languages: English, Chinese, Arabic

Explanation: This is the website of the best museum in the world. Seriously. I have been there two times, one time with my fellow students of Egyptology, the other time alone during my holidays. Well, that’s not quite correct: I went there two times, but I spent a bunch of days in their exhibitions. As we are talking about one of the most famous museums in London, they do have enormous amounts of fantastic objects, and a lot of “must have seen”s. For example the famous Stone of Rosetta which helped Jean-François Champollion in 1822 to decipher the Egyptian hieroglyphs.

I could spend much more time to praise this museum, but I wanted to talk about the website. This is how a modern museum should present its objects. The most convenient thing: You can browse their antiquities and read more information about it, look at high quality photographies and be ensured that this information is written by proper scientists. During my studies I sometimes had to visit this site to gain information about specific objects. I absolutely disagree with all those museum people who don’t want to put their display on the internet saying that people shall come in person to see their stuff. This is a great opportunity for potential visitors to inform themselves about what you got, what your objects are about, to read further information – things you cannot do while standing in the exhibition. Or maybe you just remember some object you saw during your visit and want to look it up – here you are!

There is a lot more content in this page than just ancient items. Give it a try and check it out!

By the way, quite important to me as a media computer scientist as well: The page is super fancy! I really love to browse it. Good job, British Museum, damn good job.

How I Got There: Well, that’s obvious, isn’t it? Before I had the chance to go to London for the first time, I had to prepare a little presentation about a specific group of Egyptian objects displayed in the British Museum. That’s the common way of preparing excursions, as there is so much to see that we cannot afford to use the little time in London to gather information. Even though the British Museum provides a lot of fantastic publications about their objects, sometimes looking them up in the internet is much more convenient. And most articles provide a publication hint for further research.

Sorry if I sound too much like a fanboy, but – hey, it’s the British Museum! BM forever! Now go and enjoy the website!

#EgyptAtHome

Well, guys, you know that I am an Egyptologist, right? And I do not know a single Egyptologist without at least some kitchy items at home. Little statues spread across the flat, touristic papyri on the walls which are sold everywhere in Egypt, games with Egyptian themes – there seems to be an indefinite market for such merchandise. And even though I am not that much into decorational items, even I myself have quite some objects standing around me just this moment.

One month ago a friend and fellow Egyptologist, Roxane, decided to create her very own social media hashtag: #EgyptAtHome. People shall show all their Egyptian stuff and share these fantastic ideas all over the internet. Great idea, I think! So I happily invite all my readers to join and make some pictures of those brilliant little kitchy thingies. If you need more information, you can visit the website of the Egyptian Museum Munich anytime.

So here is a very little selection of my Egyptian items. Enjoy!