Compiled for the Egyptologists' Electronic Forum (EEF).
The following list of online resources about videos and audio files relating to Ancient Egypt
(Egyptology and Egyptomania) has (for the most part) been compiled by Michael Tilgner. New entries will appear on top; such
new entries appear in the weekly EEF NEWS. (Note links only get checked for validity at inclusion, not later, sorry.)
version February 27, 2011.
* Dalida, "Helwa ya balady" [3:45 mins.] URL Photo slideshow of Ancient Egyptian temples, sculptures and other objects set to the music of "Helwa ya balady". The lyrics in Arabic, English and Spanish is below the video. "The song is an hommage to Egypt, Dalida's birthplace, and is typical of the nationalistic pride felt by many Egyptians for their country since the Egyptian Revolution of 1952." URL URL * Film Record of EES: "Excavations at Amarna", Part 2 [7:21 mins.] URL "Among the many treasures kept in the Egypt Exploration Society's Lucy Gura Archive is the 'film record' of excavations at Tell el-Amarna, which was made over the course of three seasons from 1930 to 1933. The excerpts used here focus on the excavation of house T34.1 in the north suburb of the city. The house had been built by Akhenaten's overseer of works, Hatiay, and was notable for its series of doorways built in stone rather than mudbrick, one of which was found to be 'simply smothered in inscriptions', which provided the name of the home-owner." -- "The 'Film Record of the Egypt Exploration Society's Excavations at Tell-El-Amarna'", in: KMT, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 45-53 (2010) [Part 1 was described in EEF News (645), December 16, 2010] * Cliff Austin, "The Pyramid Song" [2:47 mins.] URL "This is another of Cliff's own compositions, a very clever song, which tells the tall tale of two Irish labourers, Pat and Mick, who travel to Egypt in search of work. There, the two find their feet quickly, building a Sphinx, tombs for Rameses and Seti's mummy and the Pyramids, before marrying the Pharaoh's daughters and settling down to raise their families." * Karnak 3D - 4000 years of eternity URL A YouTube video on the temple of Karnak, made by Marc Mateos (with credits in Spanish)(2004). * Cartoon: "Song of Egypt" [5:44 mins.] URL * "The Human Adventure" [1:02:44 hrs.] URL "This 1935 film, produced by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago under the supervision of Dr. James Henry Breasted was written and told by his son, Charles Breasted. Though we no longer think about archaeology in the same way, this film gives us insight into the early days of the field."\ * "crocodile_mummy_4k_1080p.mov" [1:30 mins.] URL "Volume rendering of CT scan of mummy crocodile ... The Mummy interior is apparently composed and shaped by bunch of bones from different animals; its tail is just a result of priest's craftsmanship skill ;o) well, some things do not change with time ..." * "crocodile_mummy_2K_1080p.mov" [2:47 mins.] URL "Volume rendering of CT scan of mummy crocodile." * Dancing like an Egyptian: -- "Egyptian sand dance: Wilson, Keppel and Betty" (1933) [2:45 mins.] URL "Wilson, Keppel and Betty were a popular British music hall act in the middle decades of the 20th century who capitalised on the trend for Egyptian imagery following the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Their stage act, called the "sand dance", was a parody of Egyptian postures, combined with references to Arabic costume." URL -- "Jonathan Richman Egyptian Reggae" (1977) [2:21 mins.] URL -- "Fusion Egyptian Dance King Tutankhamen in a Modern Vision" [3:48 mns.] URL "... incredible Choreography, inspirated from statues of Egypt." * James Bond in the Karnak Temple ("The Spy Who Loved Me", 1977) -- Long version [10:45 mins.] URL -- Short version [1:21 mins.] URL "... Egyptian builders ... * Macquarie University's multimedia website: Professor Naguib Kanawati, widely recognised as Australia's foremost Egyptologist and head of Macquarie University's Australian Centre for Egyptology, discusses life and death in Ancient Egypt along with Macquarie photographer Effy Alexakis who has chronicled his work. Ancient Egypt 3:18 pm October 15, 2007. mp3 download 12,6 MB: URL Stream: URL * UCL Language Centre videos: -- Cleopatra: Interpreting Evidence from the Classical World - Prof Maria Wyke URL -- Displaying the Languages of Ancient Egypt - Dr Stephen G. J. Quirke URL -- Life in Ancient Egypt - Dr Quirke URL * UC Berkeley webcasts: -- Isabelle Pafford - Egypt: From Unification to the Middle Kingdom, c. 3200-1500 BC mp3 download 13.7 MB: URL Stream: URL -- Isabelle Pafford - New Kingdom Egypt: State and Society, c. 1500-1000 BC mp3 download 14.6 MB: URL Stream: URL * Carlos Museum podcasts: URL -- Journey to the West Host Sandy Goldberg of Antenna Audio holds an intimate conversation with Dr. Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History at Emory, in which they explore the imagery on the Museum's Coffin of Tahat scene by scene. As they hear Dr. Robins and view the detailed images on their iPod or computer, listeners will understand the ancient Egyptian conception of the coffin as a microcosm of the universe, with the deceased at the center. mp3 download 21.8 MB: URL -- The Shock of the New: Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, and the Religious Imagination In the second of the two new podcasts, Carlos Curator Peter Lacovara of Egyptian Art, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Emory, Shalom Goldman, and Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in Emory's Art History Department, explore the radical changes to Egyptian religion and art brought about by the "heretic" pharaoh Akhenaten, the restoration of the traditional religion during the reign of his son, Tutankhamun, and the place that both these kings, despite their rather short reigns, hold in the popular imagination. mp3 download 13.8 MB: URL -- Die Like an Egyptian A false door from an Old Kingdom Egyptian tomb sparks a lively conversation about death, burial, and Egyptomania in America. Peter Lacovara, Curator of Egyptian Art, Professor of Religion Gary Laderman, and Kevin Kuharic from Atlanta's Historic Oakland Cemetery, discuss how the influence of the ancient Egyptians can be seen in the burial traditions of 19th century America. [This one was already mentioned in EEF NEWS (520), but re-listed for completion's sake.] mp3 download 8.3 MB: URL * BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Episode 33: "Rosetta Stone" [14 mins.] URL "Neil MacGregor ... takes us to the Egypt of Ptolemy V. He tells the story of the Greek kings who ruled in Alexandria. He also explains the struggle between the British and the French over the Middle East and their squabble over the stone. And, of course, he describes the astonishing contest that led to the most famous decipherment in history - the cracking of the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone." [BM EA 24] -- Episode Transcript: URL -- Slideshow of the Rosetta Stone: URL * "Khartoum" - feature film [2:16:10] URL "This exhilarating military spectacle, highlighted by powerful performaces from Laurence Olivier and Charlton Heston, chronicles Britain's 1883 crisis in the Sudan and the siege of Khartoum." With wonderful opening sequence of the pyramids, and the Colossi of Memnon surrounded by the inundation. Only available in the U.S. * Audio: Interview with Dr Fred Wendorf: URL Wendorf on "Prehistoric Sites in Egypt and in Sudan": URL * BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Episode 20: "Statue of Ramesses II" [14 mins.] URL "At the heart of this programme is the British Museum's giant statue of the king Ramesses II, an inspiration to Shelley and a remarkable ruler who built monuments all over Egypt. Neil considers the achievements of Ramesses II in fixing the image of imperial Egypt for the rest of the world, and sculptor Antony Gormley, the man responsible for a contemporary giant statue, The Angel of the North, considers the towering figure of Ramesses as an enduring work of art." [BM EA 19] -- Episode Transcript: URL -- Slideshow of the statue: URL * BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Episode 8: "Egyptian clay model of cattle" [15 mins.] URL "Neil [MacGregor, the director of the British Museum] selects four miniature clay cows to show the major changes that early man was undergoing at the end of the Ice Age. These four frail-looking cows were made from Nile mud in Egypt 5,500 years ago, long before the time of the pyramids or the pharaohs. Why did the Egyptians start burying objects like this one with their dead? Neil goes in search life and death on the Nile and discovers how the domestication of cattle transformed human existence." [BM EA 35506] -- Episode Transcript: URL -- Slideshow of the clay model of cattle: URL * BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Episode 8: "Egyptian clay model of cattle" [15 mins.] URL "Neil [MacGregor, the director of the British Museum] selects four miniature clay cows to show the major changes that early man was undergoing at the end of the Ice Age. These four frail-looking cows were made from Nile mud in Egypt 5,500 years ago, long before the time of the pyramids or the pharaohs. Why did the Egyptians start burying objects like this one with their dead? Neil goes in search life and death on the Nile and discovers how the domestication of cattle transformed human existence." [BM EA 35506] -- Episode Transcript: URL -- Slideshow of the clay model of cattle: URL * BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Episode 1: "Mummy of Hornedjitef " [15 mins.] URL "Hornedjitef was a priest who died around 2,250 years ago, and he designed a coffin that, he believed, would help him navigate his way to the afterlife. Little did he know that this afterlife would be as a museum exhibit in London. This ornate coffin holds secrets to the understanding of his religion, society and Egypt's connections to the rest of the world." [BM EA 6678] -- Episode Transcript: URL -- Slideshow of the Mummy of Hornedjitef: URL * BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Episode 22: "Sphinx of Taharqo" [14 mins.] part 1: URL part 2: URL "Neil MacGregor describes what was happening along the River Nile and how a powerful new king conquered Egypt from Sudan. His name was Taharqo and he ruled from a vibrant new civilisation (in modern day Sudan) called Kush. These days few people even know that the mighty land of the Pharaohs was once ruled over by its southern neighbour. The evidence is summed up by a sculpture at the British Museum that shows the ruler from Kush as an Egyptian sphinx". -- See also: URL -- Episode Transcript: URL -- Slideshow of the Sphinx of Taharqo: URL * BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Episode 17: "Egyptian Math - Rhind Papyrus" [14 mins.] part 1: URL part 2: URL "This is the most famous mathematical papyrus to have survived from Ancient Egypt. It contains 84 different mathematical problems - such as how to distribute 100 loaves of bread among a workforce in different ratios. Such skills were constantly needed by scribes - the administrators of the Egyptian society. This papyrus was placed in its owner's tomb as a sign of his highly educated status." -- See also: URL -- Episode Transcript: URL -- Slideshow of the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus: URL * SIW2 Radio: Egyptologist Dr Karin Sowada talks about tomb robberies from the Valley of the Kings [MP3]: URL * Cleopatra Podcast Series: Day 1 URL Interview with Duane Roller (Cleopatra: A Biography). * "Les transmissions des savoirs et les Ecoles de sagesse dans l'Ancienne Égypte" [56:33 mins.] URL "En Égypte, au cours du IVe millénaire, l'invention de l'écriture va de pair avec la naissance d'un État centralisé et d'une idéologie royale fortement affirmée. Peu à peu, autour du monde des scribes, se forment des Écoles de Sagesse qui s'attachent à transmettre les savoirs. L'égyptologue Nicolas Grimal évoque pour nous les « Enseignements » - ainsi nommés par les lettrés de l'époque - et l'originalité de la pensée égyptienne." * "A Mummy Called Harwa" [4:54 mins.] URL "A video about an Egyptian mummy named Harwa, at the Field Museum in Chicago." * Video: New Egyptian galleries at N.C. Museum of Art: URL The new permanent collection pavilion opens to the public this weekend (April 24-25) and features thematic Egyptian galleries. * "Pyramid - The Last Secret" [48:22 mins.] Part 1: URL Part 2: URL Part 3: URL Part 4: URL Part 5: URL "Presented by Bob Brier, a popular egyptologist from Long Island University, this documentary from the BBC's long-running 'Timewatch' series presents a radical new theory proposed by a French architect, Jean-Pierre Houdin. According to Houdin, the blocks were raised via an internal ramp. This ramp is still inside the pyramid waiting to be discovered. If correct, Houdin's discovery will be the most significant in Archaeology since Tutankhamun." * Video: "The Battle of Qadesh" URL Students of Brown University participated in the re-enactment of this famous battle (c.1285 BC). * "EES Oral History Project: Harry Smith on Sir Alan Gardiner" (2:57 mins.) URL "Professor Harry Smith is a Vice-President of the EES and has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as Edwards Professor of Egyptology, UCL and field director of a series of EES projects ... Professor Smith ... talks about the time when, as a student, he visited the great philologist Sir Alan Gardiner at his home in Oxford." * "One Coffin, Two Eternities" [1:31 mins.] URL [Submitted by Michael Tilgner] * "The Mastaba of Unis-ankh" [6:51 mins.] URL "A video about the mastaba tomb of Unis-ankh at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois." * Video report: "Jean-Yves Empereur, archaeologist" [11:31 mins.] URL "Having just recovered five ancient frescoed fragments from France's Louvre museum, Egypt is now after the famous Rosetta Stone, which helped decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs more than two centuries ago and is now in the British Museum. With the debate about rightful ownership of prized works of art in full swing, we speak to French archaeologist Jean-Yves Empereur about his research in Alexandria." * BBC, "Egypt Episode 5: Mystery Of The Rosetta Stone" [54:48 mins.] Part 1: URL Part 2: URL Part 3: URL Part 4: URL Part 5: URL Part 6: URL Part 7: URL Part 8: URL "This is the story of Jean-François Champollion, the brilliant linguist, genius and one of the first true Egyptologists." BBC Press release: URL * BBC, "Egypt Episode 6: Secret of the Hieroglyphs" [57:09 mins.] Part 1: URL Part 2: URL Part 3: URL Part 4: URL Part 5: URL Part 6: URL Part 7: URL "In the final episode of Egypt, Jean-François Champollion has unlocked the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs but, in doing so, faces opposition from the Church and a challenge to his own beliefs." [same press release] * Video: "Lady Hor Unwrapped" URL * "Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East 1919-20" [9:15 mins.] URL "A new exhibition at the University of Chicagos Oriental Institute Museum chronicles an amazing and sometimes dangerous journey 90 years ago by James Henry Breasted, a famed archaeologist who brought back Egyptian artifacts to Chicago ... This video previews the exhibit and gives a little background on Breasted the man and Egyptologist." * "Cleopatra: A portrait of a killer" [58 mins.] part 1: URL part 2: URL part 3: URL part 4: URL part 5: URL part 6: URL "Based on new and exclusive forensic evidence, this new one-off 60-minute special reveals a darker and more ruthless side to the Queen of Egypt, traditionally mythologised for her beauty, her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and, finally, her suicide." -- BBC press release: URL * Two audios from the Art Gallery of Ontario: -- "Tutankhamun in context: the political and religious landscapes of Amarna and Thebes" (Audio) With Dr. Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner, Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Toronto. Recorded: January 27 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario Duration: 1:19:46 URL -- "The Unity of Art and Writing in Ancient Egypt" (Audio) With Dr David Silverman, National Curator, Advisor and Academic Content Creator for Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. Recorded: February 3 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario Duration: 1:20:34 URL * The Uruguayan Institute of Egyptology has put in Youtube some videos with TV interviews we´ve had in Spanish about ancient Egypt and Egyptology. They are as follows: URL URL URL URL (The sound quality of the first is not very good, mainly because of the multiple conversions we had to do to conform to Youtube size and format requirements, but I think it is understandable.) A second batch of four more videos in Youtube contains interviews in Spanish about our Egyptian Museum (3a and 3b) and about clothing and fashion in ancient Egypt (4a and 4b). They can be seen at URL URL URL URL * Podcast: Interview (Feb 19) of a radio-interview (discussing Ancient Egypt) with Gil Stein, George Everling, Janet Johnson and Emily Teeter, all from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago: URL * Radiohead, "Pyramid Song" [4:47 mins.] URL "Pictures I took with a great song of the greatest band in the world." * Clip: "L'Egypte des Pharaons" [3:25 mins] URL "Une petite histoire dans la grande Histoire de l'Egypte des Pharaons." * Video: "Life and death in ancient Egypt" [10:25 mins.] URL "After 25 years in the field, Australia's foremost Egyptologist, Naguib Kanawati became the first Australian permitted to work at Giza." * Video: "Finding Tutankhamun" URL * Video: "How Did King Tut Die?" (with Zahi Hawass) URL * Rinat Gazizov, "Egypt" [1:12 mins.] URL "Russian animation written and directed by Rinat Gazizov, 1994." * George Méliès, "Le Monstre", 1903 [2:56 mins.] URL This is the earliest monster movie. It is a silent movie with an Egyptian setting. Music: Louis Ganne's 'Extase' performed by the Tollefsen Trio (1911). -- Notes: URL -- Youtube version (very low resolution): URL -- Youtube version (better resolution, without music): URL * Re-opening of the "Neues Museum", Berlin, October 17, 2009 -- part 1 [10:02 mins.] URL -- part 2 [6:58 mins.] URL First impressions of the exhibitions in the "Neues Museum", Berlin, including the Egyptian collection (slideshow). * The Muppet Show, episode 516: "Night and Day" [3:08 mins.] URL "Considered part of the classic American songbook, Night and Day was performed on The Muppet Show by three Sarcophagi, including a mummy version of Gonzo in episode 516. Stumbling around an Egyptian pyramid, the mummies half-whisper and half-sing the words in a 'creepy' fashion, while scaring the archeologists who found them." Lyrics: URL * David Roberts, Egypt & Nubia, London, 1849 URL -- vol. II [5:26 mins.] URL * Online audio: "In Our Time - Akhenaten" [45 minutes] URL Melvyn Bragg and guests Elizabeth Frood, Richard Parkinson and Kate Spence discuss pharaoh Akhenaten. Broadcasted on BBC Radio 4, 9:30pm Thursday 1st October. * "Zorba's Egyptian Tablecloth" [3:50 mins.] URL "Animation to music of figures on a tablecloth border" * "Restoring the Book of the Dead" (Royal Ontario Museum) [6:04 mins.] URL "Roberta Shaw, Assistant Curator of Egyptian Arts & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, introduces the restoration project of the Museum's Book of the Dead. A team from the University of Bonn worked throughout May 2008 to piece together this rare ancient Egyptian papyrus dating to about 320 BC." * A small selection of impressive videos based on CT scans of mummies -- "The Virtual Mummy: Unwrapping a Mummy by Mouse Click" URL "The computer, of course, does not mind whether the reconstructed object is a patient, a mummy, or even a prehistoric skull. It was at hand to examine the latter using the same procedure. The results are even better than with patients, since one can employ high radiation dose and because the object holds still very patiently. The application for mummies was developed in cooperation with Renate Germer, Ph.D. (Dept. of Egyptology, University of Hamburg). Work began in 1989 and was first presented in 1991/92 ..." - 6 Quicktime movies for download. German version: URL -- "Medical Visualization: Egyptology in 3D" (3 mins.) URL "This video contains a 3D rendering of a mummy. I composed the score. More info on this project can be found here:" URL -- "A Journey From Outer to Inner Space: Scientific and Biomedical 3D Stereoscopic Visualization", Siggraph 2009, August 6, 2009: ---- IMA Solutions: "3D stereo for science visualization panel session" [10:17 mins.] URL "Here is the presentation of Benjamin Moreno, CEO at IMA Solutions ... Benjamin talk about the advantages and challenges using stereoscopy to analyze artifacts and to make immersive exhibitions for museums using CT scanners and X-Ray technologies. Examples taken for this presentation are two ancient Egyptian mummies from the Fine Arts and Archeology Museum of the Besançon city, France [next video]." [You should not omit this presentation though it is hard going in parts. MT] ---- IMA Solutions: "3D exploration from CT scan datas of ancient Egyptian mummies" [8:50 mins.] URL "Here is the non 3D stereoscopic version in 720p of the IMA Solutions FullHD 1080p 3D stereoscopic original movie that will be displayed for the Panel Session ..." ---- IMA Solutions: "3D stereoscopy - CT scan exploration of ancient Egyptian mummies" [8:50 mins.] URL "Here is the 3D stereoscopic version ... Enjoy the power of 3D discovering the hidden secrets of ancient egyptian mummies!" * "EES Oral History Project: Kitchen on KRI" (7:11 mins.) URL "Professor Kenneth Kitchen of the University of Liverpool was the first of our interviewees and speaks here about his publication of the now indispensable 'Ramesside Inscriptions'." * "Getty Museum Launches 'Mummification Process' Animation" URL Stan Parchin writes about an animation at the J. Paul Getty Museum website that illustrates virtually the ancient Egyptian embalming process: The Mummification Process (2:43 mins) * Online video: interview with Zahi Hawass on mummies: URL * Mony Python's Flying Circus, Episode 21: "Archaeology Today" (6:55 mins..) URL "... the raw and violent world of international archaeology ..." Text: URL * Metallica, "Curse of the Pharaohs" (3:10 mins.) URL -- Lyrics (part of "Mercyful Fate") URL * "Retromercial: Nefertiti" (1970) (0:29 mins) URL "Very colorful animated 1970 ad from Egypt promoting a brand of cigarettes called Nefertiti." * "The Battle of Megiddo" (44:30 mins.) -- part 1: URL -- part 2: URL -- part 3: URL -- part 4: URL -- part 5: URL - additional information: -- Contemporary texts and translations in the "EEF Guide to Internet Resources for Ancient Egyptian Texts" URL entry: "The Battle of Megiddo (of Thutmosis III)" -- Donald B. Redford, The Wars in Syria and Palestine of Thutmose III, Leiden, 2003 (excerpts) URL * "I guardiani del tempo" (3:55 mins.) URL "Quel che resta di una giornata trascorsa al Museo Egizio di Torino : .........la profonda suggestione suscitata da questo popolo che sfida il tempo e ci conduce nell'eternità." * Video footage of the tomb of Ramesses VI (K.V.9) , approx '2 min's 30 sec' . URL To the right of the page, scroll down and many more video footages related to AE can be viewed. * Discovering Khufu's Boats (8:44 mins.) URL "In 1954 King Khufu's first boat was discovered and after re-building it has been on display in its own museum. In 1988 his second boat was found. It has never been put on display but kept in its pit. It has been filmed as this video shows." * Ancient Egypt, Virtual Reality Video (4:28 mins.) URL * "The Mummy Strikes" (1943) (7:42 mins.) URL "This stylish Max Fleischer Superman Technicolor cartoon involves an ancient Egyptian Mummy's curse and the murdered dead body of a distinguished scientist discovered in a tomb of Mummies ... The ancient Mummies who guard the tomb are awakened, of course, and have a few bones to pick with the intruders. Only Superman can handle this much bad Karma and produce the predictable Happy Ending." -- see also Wikipedia entry URL * Miles Davis, Nefertiti (1967) (7:55 mins.) URL "The fourth album by Miles Davis' second classic quintet, _Nefertiti_ is best known for the unusual title track, on which the horn section repeats the melody numerous times without individual solos while the rhythm section improvises underneath, reversing the traditional role of a rhythm section.."(Wikipedia) I don't know why it's called "Nefertiti", but it sounds good.... [MT] * "Bert and Ernie Explore a Pyramid" (5:03 mins.) URL (Full unedited version) * Video on the scanning of two mummies from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: URL * France Gall, "Néfertiti" (1967) (3:32 mins.) URL The lyrics are also on this website (look to the right bottom). "I don't know if Serge Gainsbourg fantasized about France being an Egyptian queen, but I do! The goal of this project was to create as much animation as possible using still pictures." * Audio interview with Chip Brown (author of “The She-King of Egypt,” the cover story in an issue of National Geographic) and Dr Zahi Hawass, about Hatshepsut: URL * Audio examples of different languages spoken in Egypt URL "The sound clips below, and on the pages on this website linked underneath, are offered as an experiment both in the pronunciation of ancient Egyptian, and in raising awareness of Egyptian as a human language and its literature." * "Alain Robert climbing up to the top of the obelisk on the Place de la Concorde" (2:48 mins.) URL "Without warning, in 2000 [December 31, 1999] French urban climber Alain 'Spiderman' Robert, using only his bare hands and climbing shoes on his feet and with no safety devices, scaled the obelisk all the way to the top." (Wikipedia) * "Kadesh" (21:53 mins.) URL - Another version: -- part 1: URL -- part 2: URL -- part 3: URL - Additional information: -- James Henry Breasted, The Battle of Kadesh. A Study in the Earliest Known Military Strategy, in: The University of Chicago, The Decennial Publications, vol. 5, Chicago, 1903, pp. 81-127, 7 pls. - Unfortunately the plates haven't been scanned properly. - pdf-file (14 MB) URL -- K. A. Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions. Translated & Annotated. Notes and Comments, vol. II, Oxford, 1999, section: "The Battle of Qadesh, Year 5", pp. 3-55 [only readable online] URL * Steve Martin, "King Tut" (Live 1979) (2:39 mins.) URL -- Version of the "Saturday Night Show" (1978) URL -- Lyrics: URL "In 1978, Steve Martin's single 'King Tut' made light of the hype surrounding the 'Treasures of Tutankhamun' exhibit that toured seven U.S. cities from 1976 to 1979. The comedian originally performed the song on 'Saturday Night Live' in April 1978 and released it on the album 'A Wild and Crazy Guy.'" -- Steve Martin, "The King and I", in: The New York Times, December 5, 2004 URL * "The Egyptian Book Of The Dead" (01:30:29 hours) URL -- French version: "Le Livre des Morts des égyptiens" URL -- Additional information: The film script is based on Budge's own account in "By Nile and Tigris", vol. 1, pp. 128-145 --- E. A. Wallis Budge, By Nile and Tigris. A Narrative of Journeys in Egypt and Mesopotamia on behalf of the British Museum Between the Years 1886 and 1913, 2 vols., London, 1920. - ix, 456 pp.; viii, 456 pp. vol. 1 - pdf-file (11.4 MB) URL vol. 2 - pdf-file (11.9 MB) URL --- See also: E. A. Wallis Budge, The Papyrus of Ani. A Reproduction in Facsimile, Edited with Hieroglyphic Transcript, Translation and Introduction, 3 vols., London / New York, 1913. vol. 1: vi, 337 pp. - pdf-file (20 MB) URL vol. 2: viii, pp. 339-704 - pdf-file (23 MB) URL vol. 3: 37 col. pls. - pdf-file (4.8 MB) URL [cf. EEF News (526), September 4, 2008 for another digitized version] * The Trumpet of Tutankhamun (14 secs.) "In 1939 a famous recording was made of the silver trumpet being played by a military bandsman which unfortunately shattered the instrument." URL -- originally the information and the audiofile was provided by CCER URL -- Letters to The Times, December, 2007 URL * Constantine P. Cavafy, Kaisarion (1918) -- Greek text, read by 3 different reciters (audio files) URL -- English translation URL "Partly to throw light on a certain period, partly to kill an hour or two, last night I picked up and read a volume of inscriptions about the Ptolemies ..." -- Another English translation URL -- Some years ago Kaisarion's head of a statue was found in the underwater region of Alexandria URL * Video Presentation: "Social Programming A Pyramid" (1h 30min.) (2008) URL Mark Lehner talks about ancient Egyptian cultures as seen through the discoveries made on the Giza Plateau (city of the pyramid workers). * "Tomb 33: An Egyptian Mystery" = TT 33 4 parts (ca. 50 mins.): URL URL URL URL -- French version: "La tombe 33, un mystère égyptien" 3 parties (ca. 52 mins.): URL URL URL -- Dutch version (45 mins.) URL * Video: Zahi Hawass talks about archaeology URL * Papyrus Rhind, problem no. 79, explained by professor Robin Wilson, Gresham College URL - Additional information: -- Léon Rodet, Les prétendus problèmes d'algèbre du manuel du calculateur égyptien (Papyrus Rhind), in: Journal asiatique, série 7, vol. 18, pp.184-232, 390-459 (1881); problem no. 79 is discussed as "Appendice", pp. 450-459. He proposed the interpretation, adapted from Leonardo Pisano's "Liber abaci", citing the original Latin text; you'll find also the Hieratic inscription of this problem URL -- L. E. Sigler, Fibonacci's Liber Abaci: A Translation Into Modern English of Leonardo Pisano's Book of Calculation, 2003, p. 438 URL -- Marshall Clagett, Ancient Egyptian Science: A Source Book, vol. 3: Ancient Egyptian Mathematics, Philadelphia, 1999, pp. 58-60 (discussion): URL p. 179 (translation): URL p. 376 (Hieratic facsimile, hieroglyphic transcription): URL -- Recreational Mathematics in Ancient Egypt, in: Eli Maor, Trigonometric Delights, Princeton, 2002, pp. 11-14, with Hieratic inscription and hieroglyphic text - pdf-file (240 KB) URL -- On the nursery rhyme: C. B. Williams, "As I was Going to St Ives", in: Folklore, vol. 86, pp. 133-135 (1975) - only the first page is shown URL -- There is also an Italian version of this riddle: "Per una strada che mena a Camogli ..." URL -- As in the video the relation of pRhind no. 79 and the nursery rhyme is often cited in a pedagogical manner, here one example only URL * Opera "Akhnaten" by Philip Glass (1983) -- Libretto URL -- Act I, Prelude, verses 1 and 2 (10:55 mins.) URL -- Act I, Scene 1: Funeral of Amenhotep III (9 mins.), used as music for "The Mummy Remix", an edited version of the movie "The Mummy" (1932) URL -- Act I, Scene 3: "The Window of Appearances" (4:34 mins.), used as music for a scene of the Australian science-fiction movie "Alien Visitor" URL -- Act II, Scene 2: "Akhnaten and Nefertiti" (10:01 mins.) URL -- Act II, Scene 3: "Dance" (5:35 mins.) URL -- Act II, Scene 4: "Hymn to the Aten" (6:12 mins.) sung by Paul Esswood, illustrated by paintings of Claude Monet URL -- Act III, Scene 4: "Epilogue" (4:19 mins.) URL [cf. EEF News (490), December 27, 2007 and EEF News (544), January 8, 2009 for earlier listings of some of these links] -- see also: John Richardson, Singing Archaeology: Philip Glass's Akhnaten, Hanover & London, 1999 (only online readable) URL * Mark Millmore's Discovering Egypt Newsletter no. 14 has a section with online videos he has added recently: The Real Cleopatra, Alexander the Great’s lost tomb, the Screaming Mummy, the Real Scorpion King, and The workers who built the Great Pyramid. URL * Howard Carter and Tutankhamun's Tomb (3:59 mins.) URL Archival footing; with voices of Alan H. Gardiner and Howard Carter -- also: "Tutankhamen tomb discovered" (2:53 mins.) URL Contemporary scenes at Tutankhamun's tomb (silent film) * Podcast of an interview with Bob Brier about his book that details how the Great Pyramid was built. URL * A scene from the Polish film "Faraon" (1966), based on a novel by Boleslaw Prus. Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz, music: Adam Walacinski URL "The scene shown here presents the procession of the pharaoh." * A 3 minute 58 seconds long movie by the British "Telegraph" newspaper about the recently opened Nebamun gallery, commented on by Richard Parkinson, curator of the British Museum. URL (Adobe Flashplayer required). * A podcast with free lectures, available on Apple - ITunes, from Manchester University, featuring some of the work of the KNH Centre: URL * Documentary: "The Tomb of Perneb" The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a video available on iTunes. The 20 minute documentary features Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in charge Dorothea Arnold, Egyptologist and Curator James Allen and Chief Designer Jeffrey L. Daly. URL * "Unas Slayer Of The Gods" by Nile, a death metal band -- Lyrics [adapted from PT 273-274 "Cannibal Hymn"] URL -- From the album "In Their Darkened Shrines", 2002 (10 mins.) URL -- Live in Prague (2008) Part 1: URL Part 2: URL -- and more songs from Nile at Youtube * "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1818) -- Lyrics URL -- Recitation by Ben Kingsley (1:05 mins.) URL -- Animation set to music (4:30 mins.) URL -- and more: search Youtube * YouTube: "The Mummy Remix" -- An edited version of the film "The Mummy" (1932) with music from the opera "Akhnaten" by Philip Glass (1983) (9 mins.) URL * Charles E. Nichols has put 12 introductory lessons in Egyptian Hieroglyphs on his YouTube channel. They are from 6 to 9 minutes in lenght. URL * YouTube: "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel -- "... played to scenes of ancient Egypt." URL -- "The legendary french military and scientific expedition in Egypt (1798-1801)" URL * ForaTV: "Archaeologist Zahi Hawass Unlocks the Secrets of Egypt" A half hour video of a lecture by Zahi Hawass at The Entertainment Gathering 2008, Monterey, CA, Dec 12th, 2008 URL "Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass discusses his work using "science to reconstruct history" in uncovering the mysteries of the pyramids [GP shafts etc], identifying mummies [CT scans] and excavating the Valley of the Kings [Central Area dig]." * Mark Millmore has added a new section called "Free Videos" to his Discovering Egypt website: URL There are now 52 free videos which you can watch full screen on your computer or TV if you are using Windows Media OS and have a broadband connection. The stress is on the 1980s documentaries of John Romer, but also includes Mark's own computer generated fly through reconstructions of temples. * Rossella Lorenzi (Archaeology Correspondent, Discovery Channel News) has started an archaeology podcast series called "Archaeorama Podcast", in which some of the world's top archaeologists discuss their latest findings and projects: URL The first item in the series ("Puzzle of the Pyramid Boats", lenght 00:07:03) is an interview with Zahi Hawass and Cheryl Ward, who talk about the boats buried beside the Great Pyramid of Khufu. (Rosella regularly has items relating to ancient Egypt on her blog, like recently a video about Nadia Lokma, General Director of Conservation, Head of GEM Conservation Center, Egypt, SCA - see URL) * The Carlos Museum website hold a series of podcasts called 'Carlos Conversations', which use works of art in the Carlos Collection to spark conversations between distinguished members of Emory's faculty: URL Among them: "Die Like an Egyptian" "A false door from an Old Kingdom Egyptian tomb sparks a lively conversation about death, burial, and Egyptomania in America. Peter Lacovara, Curator of Egyptian Art, Professor of Religion Gary Laderman, and Kevin Kuharic from Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery, discuss how the influence of the ancient Egyptians can be seen in the burial traditions of 19th century America." * On Spanish Public Television (TVE) website - URL Djehuty Project: Short documentary on the current works at the XVIII dynasty tomb of Djehuty, in Dra Abu el-Naga (TT11), and the discovery of the intact XI dynasty tomb of Iqer. For the video, please check in "Videoteca" section, under the title "Arqueologos entre Faraones" * The Saqqara Geophysical Survey Project; Scots Egyptologist and archaeologist, Ian Mathieson, has made remarkable discoveries in more than a decade of work as director of the Saqqara Geophysical Survey Project. Several available slideshows and background information on URL Film footage of the survey and excavation work at Saqqara: Saqqara movie 1, excavation, with sound (QuickTime file, file size 11MB) URL Saqqara movie 2, surveying, with sound (QuickTime file, file size 8MB) URL Saqqara movie 3, surveying, with sound (QuickTime file, file size 16MB) URL Saqqara movie 4, surveying, with sound (QuickTime file, file size 16MB) URL * Mummy Cartonnage Conservation - A Video (20 min.) URL Video in English: URL Video in German: URL * Archeology Channel online videos: -- "Egypt - Gift of the Nile": 22 minute video URL "Through images of common everyday activities and stunning ancient monuments, this video describes the natural environment of Egypt and how it shaped the way of life of Egyptian civilization through its classical period." -- "Egypt - Trial of a Mummy": 23 minute video URL This is the fictional story of Khonso-Imhep, Head Musician of the Pharaoh's court during the 18th Dynasty, as he passes from life into the afterworld, complete with a trial that determines his fate. Through re-enactments and imagery on wall paintings, this film depicts the ancient Egyptian mummification process and the religious rituals involved in preparing a dead body. This story displays the unique funeral ceremonies surrounding the preparation of a mummy and portrays the religious beliefs involved, as well as the mummy's discovery by archaeologists." -- "Egypt - Magic in Ancient Egypt": 22 minute video URL "In this made-for-TAC video, television personality Fred Lewis and Field Museum Egyptologist Thomas Mudloff visit sacred and secret sites of ancient Egypt and reveal the mystery and magic of temples, pyramids, and tombs." * National Gallery of Art, USA, online streaming videos and streaming slideshows: -- "The Quest for Immortality" URL * New York Times Video on demand: -- The Times's John Noble Wilford explains theories about a mysterious Egyptian crypt - were the two men entombed there brothers, lovers or conjoined twins? (About Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep) (Producer: Craig Duff) URL * NBC video reports: -- Nov. 4, 2007: Unveiling the face of ancient Egypt. In an effort to preserve the body of King Tutankhamen, Egyptian archeologists are moving him into a climate controlled glass case. NBC's Martin Fletcher reports. URL * Germany's ZDF regularly adds recent, excellent documentaries to their on-line media-player: -- "ZDF Expedition, Terra X: Kleopatras schwarze Schwestern" [About Kush] URL -- "ZDF Expedition, Terra X: Weihrauch für den Pharao" [About Punt] URL -- Older documentaries, news items and photo's can be found in the "ZDF mediathek" using the searchword "Ägypten". URL -- "ZDF Expedition, Auf den Spuren der Seevölker" "Vor 3000 Jahren tauchen an den Küsten des Mittelmeeres unbekannte Krieger auf. Ihr Vorstoß kommt schnell und unerbittlich. Wo sie anlegen, verbreiten sie Furcht und Schrecken." URL About 25 minutes into the documentary the story about the Sea Peoples and Ramses III's campaign against them gets told. -- Abenteuer Wissen, 16.01.2008 "Das Geheimnis der Mumien" Ägyptische Mumiensärge aus "recyceltem Altpapier" liefern wertvolle Hinweise auf den Alltag der frühen Ägypter. Mit modernsten Methoden entschlüsseln Forscher die alten Papyri der Kartonagen URL * On your very own pc-screen; 24 hours a day: URL This website of Dutch broadcaster AVRO gives you access to (parts of) their cutural productions, which you can search by keyword (which gives you results from all their programs, see link above), by province (handy for the Dutch) or by museum. -- The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden; URL -- The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam; URL All video's are in Dutch, but depending on your interests the footage alone is very interesting. * The documentary "De verborgen schatten van het Egyptisch Museum" ["Hidden treasures of the Egyptian Museum", i.e. 'excavating' in the Museum's basement] which showed on Dutch tv (mentioned in the EEF NEWS 502) is now available for watching online. Even when you don't happen to speak Dutch it's still very worthwhile to watch, those basements are truely amazing! URL (Interviews in original languages, subtitled in Dutch. Voice-over commentary in Dutch). * WGBH Forum Network Live and Archived Webcasts of Free Public Lectures in Partnership with Boston's Leading Cultural and Educational Organizations. Presented by WGBH in association with the Lowell Institute. URL -- Boston Athenaeum, Thursday, October 6, 2005 "William John Bankes: The Exiled Collector", by Anne Sebba, writer, former reporter, Reuters URL (audio & video) "William John Bankes was a former Tory MP, pioneer Egyptologist, renowned traveler, and consummate collector. (..) Ms. Sebba recants the dramatic events in William Bankes' life, using previously unpublished archives, and examining the psychology of collecting as well as the pain and creativity of exile." -- Boston Athenaeum, Thursday, March 10, 2005 "100 Years of Egyptian Art at the MFA", by Rita E. Freed, chair, MFA's Art in Ancient World Department URL (audio & video) "This lecture examines how Boston became interested in ancient Egypt, when the first objects arrived on Boston shores, and how the collection developed to its present size and quality. Using archival photographs, Dr Freed focuses on behind-the-scenes stories of the early years and the Department's pioneering archaeological excavations in Egypt." -- Museum of Science, Boston, Friday, December 6, 2002 "Art, Gender and Politics in Egypt: Queen Hapshepsut", by Chahinda Karim, professor, American University, Cairo URL (audio & video) "The story of Pharaoh Hatshepsut is told through archeological evidence, including mummy markings, pottery and hieroglyphic inscriptions." -- Museum of Science, Boston, Friday, February 1, 2002 "In Search of Our Ancestors: What Mummies Tell Us", by Heather Pringle, writer, editor, Discover magazine URL (audio) "From the child mummies of northern Peru to the 'bog men' of northern Europe, ancient Egyptian mummified pets to today's mummification services available on the Internet, these vestiges of the past are a wealth of biological, cultural, and spiritual information." * National Geographic online video: -- "Treasure Beneath My Home" URL "Egyptian homeowners who find ancient artifacts buried on their land sometimes sell them to smugglers. Lisa Ling goes undercover to show how it's done." * Napoleon, Egypt and the beginnings of archaeology [audio 55min] Source: The Book Guys #0805 (2-3-08) Audio link: URL URL "The Book Guys -- book appraiser Allan Stypeck and Washington DC radio host Mike Cuthbert -- interview Nina Burleigh, author of Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt." * Broadcast (in French) of a lecture by Karine Gadré about "L'astro-égyptologie", at the Canal Académie site: URL Karine Gadré (who has just finished writing her doctorate thesis at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Toulouse-Tarbes - Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées) explains about her work on archaeo-astronomy relating to ancient Egypt: the formation of an archaeological and stellar database, the conception of models for the visibility of stars with the naked eye, the application of astronomical and Egyptological criteria -- as well as the results obtained in regards to chronology, stellar cartography, and the orientation of pyramids and temples. Information about her thesis: URL Website of Karine (in French and English): URL URL