Egypt’s golden age of cinema: hundreds of rare photos come to Abu Dhabi (The National)

The National: Egypt’s golden age of cinema: hundreds of rare photos come to Abu Dhabi . “More than 600 never-before-seen photographs from Egyptian cinema have been released online by Akkasah, the Centre for Photography at NYU Abu Dhabi. The collection of photographs and negatives belonging to Samir Farid, a prominent Egyptian writer, scholar, and leading film critic, was donated to the centre. It features a wide range of negatives taken on sets of various Egyptian films, from publicity shots, to candid pictures of cast and crew, and images captured while filming behind the scenes.”

Mada: The end of revolution, the return of nostalgia: Hany Rashed’s Baba Museum

Mada: The end of revolution, the return of nostalgia: Hany Rashed’s Baba Museum. “As a child, the artist Hany Rashed waited for his father, Salah, to come home so he could sit by him and watch as he unloaded strange objects from bulging pockets. What would he pull out today? Salah Rashed, who worked at Maspero, the headquarters of the Egyptian Radio and TV Union, mined the streets, shops, and his day-to-day life for things — keys, locks, rosaries, stones — which he kept safe in a closet, declared off limits.”

Wheat, wine and wool: What old account statements reveal (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: Wheat, wine and wool: What old account statements reveal. “The aim of the project is to investigate the Egyptian temple economy from sources that are ‘rich in content, difficult, fragile at first glance, but then uniquely rich in detail’, as [Professor Martin Andreas] Stadler says. At the same time, they will being publication of an online platform with the edition of around 40 representative texts. Under the keyword “Digital Humanities”, ancient historians and Egyptologists will be provided with new sources that will put the knowledge about the economic life of Egyptian temples in the Roman Empire on a new footing. “

Looters Beware: The British Museum Is Leading an International Task Force Fighting the Illicit Trade in Egyptian Antiquities (Artnet)

Artnet: Looters Beware: The British Museum Is Leading an International Task Force Fighting the Illicit Trade in Egyptian Antiquities. “Using their expert knowledge of archaeology, a sophisticated new database, and plenty of detective work, the dedicated team at the British Museum is working closely with colleagues in Cairo and Khartoum to identify problematic objects and expose fictitious provenances. They are also looking for works currently on offer at auction houses, galleries, and on websites such as eBay set off alarm bells. If there is evidence that could lead to an object’s recovery and repatriation, the British Museum reports the information to law enforcement agencies, including Scotland Yard and US Customs.”

Hyperallergic: Soon You May Be Able to Text with 2,000 Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Hyperallergic: Soon You May Be Able to Text with 2,000 Egyptian Hieroglyphs. “Over 2,000 new Hieroglyphs may soon be available for use on cell phones, computers, and other digital devices. The Unicode Consortium recently released a revised draft of standards for encoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs. If approved, the available Hieroglyphs will provide greater access and global uniformity for Egyptologists, covering a much longer period of Hieroglyphic usage than ever before.”

Eurasia Review: Funding For Database To Index Ancient Egyptian Texts

Eurasia Review: Funding For Database To Index Ancient Egyptian Texts. “Heidelberg University has been awarded funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a database project to index and decipher documents from ancient Egypt. Demotic language texts originating between the 7th century BC and the 5th century AD are to be made available for research via open access publication. The texts, some of which are still unpublished, range from legal and administrative documents to academic and religious records.”

Egypt Independent: Bibliotheca Alexandrina to rebuild ‘Egypt’s memory’

Egypt Independent: Bibliotheca Alexandrina to rebuild ‘Egypt’s memory’. “In an attempt to modernize Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s vision and engagement with the community, its director, Dr. Mustafa El-Fiky, has announced preparations for ‘The Memory of Modern Egypt,’ an interactive website that will aim to build students’ and general audiences’ knowledge outside of academic realm, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.”