Saturday, April 19, 2008

Pharaoh Akhenaten

1369-1332 BC: Amenhotep IV - Akhenaten
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The Pharaoh Akhenaten was known as the Heretic King. He was the tenth King of the 18th Dynasty. Egyptologists are still tying to figure out what actually happened during his lifetime as much of the truth was buried, for all time, after he died.
Akhenaten lived at the peak of Egypt's imperial glory. Egypt had never been richer, more powerful, or more secure. Up and down the Nile, workers built hundreds of temples to pay homage to the Gods. They believed that if the Gods were pleased, Egypt would prosper. And so it did.
Akhenaten and his family lived in the great religious center of Thebes, city of the God Amun. There were thousands of priests who served the Gods. Religion was the 'business' of the time, many earning their living connected to the worship of the gods.
All indications are that as a child Akhenaten was a family outcast. Scientists are studying the fact that Akhenaten suffered from a disease called Marfan Syndrome, a genetic defect that damages the body's connective tissue. Symptoms include, short torso, long head, neck, arms, hand and feet, pronounced collarbones, pot belly, heavy thighs, and poor muscle tone. Those who inherit it are often unusually tall and are likely to have weakened aortas that can rupture. They can die at an early age. If Akhnaton had the disease each of his daughters had a 50-50 change of inheriting it. That is why his daughters are shown with similar symptoms.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The use of lasers in renovating ancient buildings



Antiquities said at its last meeting on the request by the American Research Centre on the use of a Japanese company to carry out an archaeological survey using laser synagogues in Luxor and Karnak, for a number of digital images for use in analysis and identification of sensitive Synthetic temple buildings in certain designated areas movements of the earth. It also helps in the evaluation study changes in the level of the base loads for buildings

The newspaper world today that the Standing Committee approved the draft submitted after the presentation to the Institute of Laser Egypt for approval before implementation and action must be taken in conjunction with the projects sector Supreme Council of Antiquities



On the other hand, the Standing Committee agreed to the participation of two universities in the Americas projects in the coming period, as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Mission, headed by Dr. Joseph and make the execution of the richest in South Abidos Sohag includes a Man in a cemetery Senusret III and the Governor's house, and restoration architect of the precise number Other graves.

As the Mission League bin Hest America updating branches in the Alaozyreon to learn modern sediment thickness and reduce the level of water lake region and the lifting of stones falling within the lake and disinfected.