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Students in my intermediate-level course on the Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt have been giving short, in-class presentations on examples of “junk archaeology,” “bad Egyptology,” and “pseudo-science.” At first some of them seemed skeptical about their abilities to locate this kind of material, but I assured them it was lurking in the not-too-dark corners of the Internet.

The assignment has three goals: First, to get the students comfortable speaking in front of the class before they do a more formal presentation at the end of the semester. Second, to discuss–generally speaking–the nature of the Internet as a “democratic” medium for the dissemination of scholarship. And third, to question why ancient Egypt seems to draw out the wildest and most unfounded theories. As a specialist in Roman archaeology (and to a much lesser extent, Greek), I note that there is far, far less “pseudo-science” around classical cultures.

Perhaps it is what Ian Shaw notes about ancient Egypt that makes it susceptible to this type of intellectual reaction: “..the attraction of ancient Egyptian culture is its combination of exotica and familiarity…” (Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction 2004, 9).

For what they are worth, here are some of the sites and articles my students presented as examples of “bad Egyptology”:

Egyptian pyramids were power plants, generating electricity

Michael Jackson and the Myth of Osiris

Pharaoh as wizard in Ancient Egypt

Aliens in Ancient Egypt

Mars Traded with Ancient Egypt (autoplay video!)

Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (movie from 1971)

Egyptian Colony in the Grand Canyon

Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt

New Pyramids found with Google Earth

Mystery of the Sphinx (assigns date to 10,000 BCE)

Star Wars Spacecraft in Ancient Egypt

The Saqqara Bird

I think this assignment was a tremendous success, if only because I became aware of this photo:

aliens in egypt

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This is not, of course, an exhaustive list of Web resources for the study of Egypt, but a list which I hope will prove helpful to students in my ART210 class (Art & Architecture of Ancient Egypt) at Rhodes College. Submissions welcome in comments!

Of local interest to residents of southwest Tennessee: Memphis to Memphis

General art & archaeology; starting places

Ancient Egypt Timeline

UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology

Kings and Queens of Egypt

The New Kingdom (with bibliography)

The Third Intermediate Period (with bibliography)

Roman Egypt

Ancient Egypt on Smarthistory

Egypt on NOVA

Egyptology Resources

Digital Egypt for Universities

The Pyramids of Egypt

Museum collections

University of Memphis Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology

The Brooklyn Museum

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Art of the Ancient World, includes Egypt & Nubia

Egyptian Museum, Berlin

The British Museum

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum

The Global Egyptian Museum

British Museum Book of the Dead Exhibition

Official organizations

Supreme Council of Antiquities

Egypt Exploration Society

International Association of Egyptologists

The Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

The American Research Center in Egypt

Digital reconstructions, virtual tours

Digital Karnak

Virtual reconstruction of Seti I’s tomb

Osiris Net (for tombs)

Excavations and research projects

Giza Archives Project

Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation, Database of Carter’s excavations

Theban Mapping Project

The Amarna Project

The Giza Project (in German)

Oxford Expedition to Egypt: Tomb-Scene Database

The Ancient Egypt Film Site

Personal Blogs, Twitter accounts & Facebook Pages

Petrie Museum

Friends of the Petrie Museum

Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Canada

Talking Pyramids

Margaret Maitland: Egyptologist & museum curator in Scotland

Chris Naunton: Egyptologist & Director of the Egypt Exploration Society

Zahi Hawass: Handle with care!

Egyptian Texts

Valley of the Kings News

Collecting Egypt

Ancient Egypt on Facebook


Individual articles & blog posts of note

Who built the pyramids?

The woman who would be king: Hatshepsut

Review of History Channel show “Engineering an Empire: Egypt”

Repatriating the Bust of Nefertiti

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