Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A Scribe in Brussels

There's a large collection of Egyptian antiquities at the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels, among them is this rather cute chap:

He reminds me of me most days... 

Monday, 17 November 2014

The Wigtown Daily Interview

As always, I had a fantastic time at The Wigtown Book Festival this year. As well as my talk on The Egyptian Myths, I had the chance to speak on the radio and was interviewed by The Wigtown Daily, which you can read by following the link here: The Wigtown Daily Full Interview with Garry Shaw

I look forward to my next visit!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

St Louis society attempts second sale of antiquities

From my latest article for The Art Newspaper...

The leadership of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) has once again condemned the St Louis chapter of its organisation for consigning artefacts to auction. Held by the society since 1911-12, the two objects, a Mayan vase from Quiriqua in Honduras (est £3,800-£5,000) and a Zapotec urn from Monte Alban, Mexico (est £1,900-£3,100) are due to be sold at Bonhams, New York, on 12 November. Last month, the group put up its “Harageh Treasure” of Egyptian artefact for auction at Bonhams London, but the collection was pulled at the last minute and privately acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an undisclosed sum.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

St Louis Archaeological Society Sells Egyptian Treasure

From my latest article for The Art Newspaper.

The national leadership of the American Institute for Archaeology (AIA) has voiced its “deepest concern” over a planned sale on 2 October of ancient Egyptian “treasure” by a St Louis chapter of the organisation. The AIA says it was not consulted before the collection, estimated to bring in £80,000-£120,000, was consigned to auction at Bonhams, London.

“We are strongly opposed to the proposed sale”, says Ann Benbow, the executive director of the AIA, in an email to The Art Newspaper. “If [it] goes forward, it will tarnish the long-standing reputation of the AIA, which has a strong stance against the sale of antiquities… Archaeological artifacts should be cared for and made available for educational purposes, not put up for auction.” Benbow adds that the AIA has “formally asked the St Louis Society not to go forward with the sale and are awaiting their response”.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ancient Tunnels Discovered under Turkish Home During Renovation

From my latest article for The Art Newspaper

Workers, renovating a home in central Anatolia, Turkey, were surprised to discover a network of ancient tunnels underneath the house. Mustafa Bozdemir, who inherited the single-storey house in Kayseri Province five years ago, has requested permission from local authorities to fully excavate the site.

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Egyptian Royal Jewels Found Stashed in Bank Vault

My latest article for The Art Newspaper

Egyptian authorities have confiscated 246 pieces of jewellery from the Mohamed Ali dynasty, named after the late 19th-century Ottoman ruler who is recognised as having brought the country into the Modern era. The ornate pieces, which include a 44-carat diamond and a platinum brooch inlaid with diamonds, will soon be put on display at the Royal Jewellery Museum in Alexandria.

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Jordanian Shopkeeper now Helps Protect Petra

My latest article for The Art Newspaper...

A former shopkeeper in Jordan is now using his rock climbing skills to help preserve the ancient site of Petra, thanks to a Unesco project.
The Siq Stability Project—which has trained locals to help monitors the gorge that runs through Petra—has had a life-changing impact on Ataf Al Fager of the Bedouin village Um Sayhoun, next to Petra. While he previously sold souvenirs to tourists, Al Fager has now been trained in rock climbing techniques, allowing him to monitor the optical prisms installed on the rock face, used as reflectors by surveyors.