Category Archives: Archaeology and Egyptology

Fuel shortages, Google Maps and adapting your tools

How do we answer questions when the data exists but there’s no direct access? A real-world solution to a fuel shortage problem encapsulates the answer. Continue reading

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Foreshadowing is not just for movies: A Turin papyrus and the shrines of Tutankhamun

If this was in a movie you wouldn’t believe it! Five years before the discovery of Tutankhamun, Carter’s work on a plan of the tomb of Ramesses IV, revealed inexplicable features that he would one day be able to answer. Continue reading

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Errors, inaccuracies, resolution and RMSE: Georeferencing a difficult map of Abu Rawash’s pyramid and cemeteries

What makes georeferencing historic maps difficult and how does the process work? Here I georeference a problematic map of Abu Rawash, pyramid and cemeteries, Egypt. Continue reading

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Shifting mastabas: Georeferencing a plan of a Fourth Dynasty Egyptian mastaba cemetery, at Abu Rawash.

How do archaeologists relate historic maps and plans to modern satellite imagery and maps? This post and video shows how a historic map of mastaba cemetery F at Abu Rawash, Egypt was georeferenced with ArcGIS. Continue reading

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Kinky Temples: Satellite imagery ‘fails’!

What happens when satellite imagery contains errors? Warping of the satellite imagery has left us with kinky temples at Deir el-Bahri. Continue reading

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Essex’s Tutankhamun? Learning from seemingly incongruous comparisons.

What do we learn from comparing an Anglo-Saxon burial in Prittlewell with Egypt’s famous Tutankhamun? Continue reading

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Re-thinking Beds and bedrooms in Ancient Egypt: Thoughts provoked by Nadine Moeller’s The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt 

How did Egyptians use their bedrooms? How do we interpret ancient spaces? Nadine Moeller’s new book on Egyptian Urbanism provides food for thought. Continue reading

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