Today’s #ff blog post is one for all the Eygptologists – amateur or professional – out there.
I’ve been producing illustrations for research in to the wildlife species that were depicted in ancient Egyptian art. That project involved spending six weeks in Egypt in 2008 with a small team of Egyptologists, though not all were involved for the whole six weeks.
One of the team members was Margaret Maitland, a Ph.D student at Oxford University and now working at the British Museum. Margaret was studying the way that foreign nationals were depicted in ancient Egypt and her overall knowledge of Egyptology was a great asset to our team.
Margaret writes an Egyptology blog under the name The Eloquent Peasant http://www.eloquentpeasant.com. (The name comes from a famous Egyptian poem dating back to the Middle Kingdom, in case you were wondering.) The blog covers everything ancient Egyptian and is packed full of information in a very readable style.
If you want to keep up with the latest goings on at the post-revolution Egyptian Museum in Cairo, learn about the game of Senet or hear the story of a disastrous attempt to play a trumpet from the reign of Tutankhamun, this blog is for you.
One of the blog’s pages is dedicated to a useful map showing London venues that display Egyptian artefacts or are relevant to ancient Egypt. The British Museum is rightly world famous for its collection, but Margaret highlights nineteen other venues worth exploring.
Twitter users can also follow Margaret – her Twitter name is @eloquentpeasant.
If you’d like to know more about my work on the ancient Egypt theme, here’s the link: http://www.jackiegarner.co.uk/egypt.htm