Sorry for the month hiatus, but dissertation writing demands constant attention when it gets to the final stages of writing. After taking a week off for recovery, we are back!
First of all, here’s an article discussing a proposed new timeline for the origins of Ancient Egypt. With new research utilizing radiocarbon dating, it is now being suggested that the pre-dynastic period would have begun around 3600/3700 BC rather than 4000 BC, meaning that the civilization’s eventual rise to power took only 500-600 years rather than over 900. Kind of amazing when you think about it!
Speaking of Egypt, the burial mask pictured above is an exact replica of Tutankhamun’s and brings to light an interesting question. Is displaying replicas of famous artifacts, or even famous works of art, just as good as going to see the originals? Granted, originals lend an air of authenticity making the experience seem more worthwhile, but can we learn almost as much from copies on display? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Next up, here’s a collection of six awesome apps you can download (some for free!) to either take a virtual field trip, or to enhance your visitor experience. Take a look at some extra suggestions on downloadable apps in the comment section too!
I don’t know about you, but we are super excited to see The Monument’s Men (trailer above) coming out this December (January in the UK/Ireland). In honor of the movie, here is an article covering five stories of art saved from war, including the one documented in the movie. Be sure to also check out the book behind the movie, written by Robert Edsel.
In TV news, a new three-part documentary series that explores the role of women in Restoration England, ‘Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls’ is currently airing on BBC Four. Learn more about it here. The next episode airs this Wednesday at 8:00pm.
Last, but not least, here’s an interesting map for everyone to explore. The ‘1931 Histomap’ claims to be the entire history of the world laid out in one easy to follow chart. It might not be entirely accurate, but it sure is a fun read!
Until next week!