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November 27, 2020

For Parents; An Egyptologist’s Favorite Bedtime Story–The Shipwrecked Sailor


A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of interviewing Egyptologist and Archeologist Hannah Pethen Barrett before she headed to Egypt for a month of adventure and studiesand in the course of our conversation, asked her,

العربية: Deutsch: Alle Pyramiden von Gizeh auf...

العربية: Deutsch: Alle Pyramiden von Gizeh auf einem Bild. English: All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

based on what she’s learned, what her favorite bed time story would be if she had kids.  The young archeologist said she’s not a “mum” yet, but when they do come along, a definite Egyptian bedtime story she looks forward to telling is the story of The Shipwrecked Sailor.

According to Pethen, who you can follow on Twitter @HannahPethen, this story didn’t originate as a bedtime story in Egypt, but it’s been around a long time and in our studies we found it’s even been illustrated and marketed as such over time.

We won’t spoil it here, but rather let Hannah share it with you.

Don’t forget to bookmark the Gurob site to keep up with their latest adventures!

 

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Landscape Archeology–Planetary Alignments Are Significant

Archeologist and Egyptologist Hannah Pethen Barrett, who presently is in Egypt on an expedition, recently discussed with us the importance of landscape archeology.  It is her work’s primary focus and one she finds quite curious. In our conversation with her, we discuss the exploration and analysis of ancient topographical features and how they played a role in the development of ancient buildings.  This is important because as climates change over the course of time and the Earth itself shifts, it often leaves us asking today why the ancients built something so far away from a body of water or out in the middle of the desert. The short answer often times is, a couple thousand years ago, it was right next to a body of water and it wasn’t out in the middle of nowhere….

Map of Ancient Egypt, showing the Nile up to t...

Map of Ancient Egypt, showing the Nile up to the fifth cataract, and major cities and sites of the Dynastic period (c. 3150 BC to 30 BC). Cairo and Jerusalem are shown as reference cities. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For example, we discussed sites like the Temple of Karnak, which now is located some distance from the Nile River, but apparently was quite close to the ancient Nile River.  Over the course of time, landscapes change and most of us probably don’t realize how much.  But according to our learned scholar, things change quite a bit over the course of 2,000-3,000 years.

Though she isn’t an archeoastronomer by title, she does say that when it comes to dating the ruling periods of Egyptian Pharaohs it is largely done by “Year so and so, of such and such Pharaoh.”  That makes it hard to put into terms of something having happened in X BC/AD.

So by focusing on things like the Dog Star, Sirius, and references to Sirius’s location in the ancient night skies in the writings left behind, archeologists can do calculations to help better determine when, in terms of our modern day calendar of BC/AD, when a pharaoh reigned or a particular recorded event in ancient history likely happened.

And so, in this way, planetary alignments are of great importance in Egyptology and the study of other ancient cultures around the world.

 

 

 

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Safety Tips for Travel in Egypt–Egyptian Tours Deemed Safe

Our friend across the pond, Archeologist and Egyptologist Hanna Pethen of London, is beginning her travel in Egypt today.  Last week we asked her about Egyptian tours and travel and the safety precautions one should take while headed to the pyramids in Egypt or further south to Luxor or Karnak, or to her site at Gurob and the Harem Palace of the New Kingdom.

A distant cemetery on a former levee of the Bahr Yussef by Hannah Pethen

Her primary assessment was that Egyptian travel is safe at this time even though some may worry of further unrest or the potential of war in Egypt.   And it didn’t sound like there was much that could thwart her enthusiasm about studying ancient Egypt.   This is what she does and she clearly enjoys doing it.

So what are some tips for those going to Egypt tours and traveling about in the country?

Her primary points are really to use good common sense.  Stay away from areas where there is the potential for an uprising, like in the heart of a city or she even said, “at football matches.”   Then there were obvious things like not wandering the street alone, etc.  But it sounds much cooler to hear her say it, so we’ve included the video for your benefit.

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What to study to become an Egyptologist or Archeologist

Want to become an archaeologist or Egyptologist?

العربية: Deutsch: Alle Pyramiden von Gizeh auf...

العربية: Deutsch: Alle Pyramiden von Gizeh auf einem Bild. English: All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What do you think you should be studying in high school and college? What foreign languages would be most beneficial to the study of ancient Egyptian language?

We have a few answers and we’re sharing them in a series of video conversations with Archaeologist and Egyptologist Hanna Pethen Barrett of London who is headed back to Gurob in Egypt on the 22nd for a month-long expedition.

So what languages does she recommend?  French and German.

What should you be studying?  Everything!

We’ll let her explain more in the video.

Don’t forget to sign up for email updates, our Twitter updates, and like our Facebook page.  And thanks so much to Hannah for taking the time with us as she is so busily preparing for her latest adventure!

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