Google Blog: Journey to ancient Egypt in Return of the Cat Mummy. “In Return of the Cat Mummy, you play as a cat mummy who has been brought back to life by the cat goddess Bastet. Your mission is to collect the missing items necessary for the pharaoh’s afterlife journey, in a race against time. Throughout the five levels, you’ll be challenged by obstacles inspired from ancient Egyptian life and beliefs in the short time you have back on Earth.”
US Embassy in Egypt: The Launch of Voice of America’s Online Archive in Egypt Brings History to Life. “On May 31, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in partnership with the American University in Cairo launched an online archive of several thousand reel-to-reel Arabic-language audio tapes highlighting the programming of Voice of America’s (VOA) Egypt branch. The archive includes interviews with prominent Egyptian historical figures, musical programs featuring famed Egyptian and Arab singers, and news items focusing on Egypt and U.S. programs in Egypt.”
Times of Israel: ‘Egypt, Syria are coordinating’: IDF estimates on eve of Yom Kippur War declassified. “The Defense Ministry on Sunday launched a website hosting dozens of newly declassified documents, images, videos and other files from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in honor of the conflict’s 50th anniversary later this year.”
Arkeonews: Staging of religion on rock paintings that are thousands of years old in southern Egypt desert. “Egyptologists at the University of Bonn and the University of Aswan want to systematically record hundreds of petroglyphs and inscriptions dating from the Neolithic to the Arab period and document them in a database. The desert in southern Egypt is filled with hundreds of petroglyphs and inscriptions oldest dating from the fifth millennium B.C. and few have been studied.”
From ANSAmed, and translated from Italian (an English version is available but the formatting is really bad): Project to digitize Italian periodicals in Egypt. “A project was presented in Cairo which, through the digitization of tens of thousands of pages, aims to preserve and make available to the public the historic collection of printed periodicals by the end of the year in Egypt in the Italian language in almost 50 years, between the end of the 19th century and the pre-war period.”
New Lines Magazine: Who Invented Paper?. “A new discovery at a long-neglected site suggests the ancient Egyptians used it more than 2,000 years before the Chinese.”
Ahram Online: Egypt drafting legislation to regulate social media platforms. “Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation is preparing legislation that would require social media platforms to obtain a license to access mobile users in the country, the head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation Karam Gabr told the Senate on Sunday.”
Politico: Egypt’s COP27 summit app is a cyber weapon, experts warn. “Western security advisers are warning delegates at the COP27 climate summit not to download the host Egyptian government’s official smartphone app, amid fears it could be used to hack their private emails, texts and even voice conversations. Policymakers from Germany, France and Canada were among those who had downloaded the app by November 8, according to two separate Western security officials briefed on discussions within these delegations at the U.N. climate summit.”
Gale: University of Washington Students Unlock New Historical Connections on King Tut’s Tomb Using Gale Digital Scholar Lab (PRESS RELEASE). “For the first time in nearly 100 years, scholars and the curious public can see one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century in a new light. The Tutankhamun Centenary: 1922–2022 is a website showcasing University of Washington students’ groundbreaking digital humanities (DH) research to mark a century since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s (King Tut’s) tomb.”
Boing Boing: 3D tour: explore the Great Pyramid. “Inside the Great Pyramid is a 3D tour of Khufu’s enormous tomb, painstakingly scanned by Luke Hollis. It works just like the ones on real estate websites, but this one’s not for sale at any price (besides, it looks like tweakers already stripped it for copper and anything else shiny).” VERY cool. Click the “Free Explore” link on the top right if you don’t want the tour and you just want to run around in the Pyramid by yourself.
Cairo Scene: The Digital Archive Preserving The Fading Art Of Egyptian Typography. “Exclusively focused on Arabic street typography in Egypt, the Egyptian Type Archive has amassed a loyal community on Instagram. They collectively document any text they stumble upon, from the quirky to the horrific to the beautiful, whether it’s an ancient sign on a vintage shop or an announcement sprayed on the walls of a local cafe.”
Scoop Empire: Reconnecting With The Past: Bibliotheca Alexandria Launches New Website To Teach Hieroglyphics. “The word hieroglyph literally translates to ‘sacred carvings’. The Egyptians first used hieroglyphs exclusively for inscriptions carved or painted on temple walls. This form of pictorial writing was also used on tombs, sheets of papyrus, wooden boards, potsherds, and fragments of limestone. It is an essential part of Egyptian history. Now, new initiatives are arising to teach hieroglyphics and one of them is by the Bibliotheca of Alexandria.” The article’s link takes you to the Arabic version of the Web site. Look for the English switch on the upper left part of the landing page.
Scoop Empire: Egypt’s Enduring Cassette Culture. “To rewind and get a better sense of the history of cassette culture in Egypt and its stubborn perseverance in the digital age, I spoke with Andrew Simon, a historian of popular culture and media in the Middle East who has taken a particular interest in Egyptian cassette culture. In his recently published book entitled Media of the Masses: Cassette Culture in Modern Egypt, Simon explores these questions and more in a thoroughly enjoyable deep-dive into Egyptian cassette culture and its cultural and political implications.”
EurekAlert: Researchers reconstruct the genome of centuries-old E. coli using fragments extracted from an Italian mummy. “An international team led by researchers at McMaster University, working in collaboration with the University of Paris Cité, has identified and reconstructed the first ancient genome of E. coli, using fragments extracted from the gallstone of a 16th century mummy.”
Washington Post: Saving The Sounds Of An Ancient City. “For the past several years, Youssef Sherif, 28, and Nehal Ezz, 26, have wandered the Egyptian capital in search of the cries of street vendors, the tap tap tap of metal workers in their shops, the cacophony of chaotic traffic. Their goal is to capture in recordings what Cairo sounds like — right here, right now — before these noises disappear. They are collecting the sounds to share on an Instagram account and eventually hope to establish a searchable database of sounds.”