The Egypt Exhibit

  • March 1, 2006 at 1:44 am #1818

    The British Museum is proud to announce a new exhibit, The Sands of Egypt, that will be opening the night of Tuesday February 28th at 9pm. This new exhibit features Sarcophagi, jewelry, statues, and other ancient artifacts from some of the best tombs of Egypt. This exhibit is the first of it's kind ever in London and is provided by Sir Earland Thomasville.

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    The return of the artifacts of Seti the First. This exhibit first toured London in 1821. On its 50th anniversary, more stunning treasures will be revealed including several Sarcophagi which will be opened for the FIRST TIME at the exhibit! The tomb has been reconstructed down to the finest detail. Feel as if you are walking into Egypt. Touch the walls, stare in shock at the statues of Horus and feel the pulse of the ancients.

    Photos of the tomb, which shall be recreated:…ypt/photo3.html

    Including: A presentation by the Hippest, youngest Egyptologist in Britain at the time: Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge on the start of the Cult of Amun, considered to be the first monotheistic God of Egypt.

    Also see artifacts from the Great Pyramid of Khafre at Giza! And learn about the importance of the Suez Canal, which opened just two years ago! And how its helping with the discoveries of ancient Egypt everyday!

    Come and see these mysteries of Ancient Egypt!

    Exhibit 1.

    The tomb of Seti I is recreated.


    Seti I ” ruled Egypt for 13 years (though some Egyptologists differ on this matter, giving him a reign of between 15 and 20 years) from 1291 through 1278 BC. In order to rectify the instability under the Amarna kings, he early on set a policy of major building at home and a committed foreign policy. … Seti was the son of Ramesses I …. His first son died young, but his second son was Ramesses II. …. This was truly a great period in Egypt, and perhaps the greatest in regards to art and culture. In the building projects that Seti I undertook, the quality of the reliefs and other designs were probably never surpassed by later rulers. “

    More on Seti I.

    The tomb's contents were originally displayed in London in 1821

    “It was discovered in October 1817 by the strongman of the early antiquarians, Italian Giovanni Battista Belzoni. In fact, the tomb is still known marginally as Belsoni's Tomb. The tomb was discovered only a few days after the tomb of his father, Ramesses I. When originally discovered, the tomb made international headlines, and exhibits of the tomb were held in London in 1821 … ”

    Exhibit 2.
    The Great Pyramid of Khafre at Giza

    As one of the grandest pyramids in Egypt, this construct has been much studied, with a history of modern research not unlike that of Khufu's monument. In 1818, the strongman of Egyptology, Giovanni Belzoni, succeeded in penetrating into the pyramid's interior after a failed attempt by Giovanni Caviglia only a year earlier. Belzoni discovered the pyramid's “upper entrance” and managed to investigate its subterranean sections. However, the first extensive exploration of the monument was made in 1837 by Perring.
    Mariette directed excavations of the pyramid's Valley Temple, which is also related to the Great Sphinx, in 1853. A year later, he was responsible for unearthing one of ancient Egypt's most famous and beautiful statues, that of Khafre on his throne with the protective outstretched winds of the falcon god, Horus, sheltering his head from behind.

    This exhibit recreates portions of the Great Pyramid down to the tiniest detail and includes never seen tombs and artifacts and an exclusive talk by Mariette.

    Exhibit 3. (Ties into exhibit 2)
    The Great Pyramid of Khafre at Giza served as the backdrop for the opening of the Suez Canal, which opened November 17, 1869. This exhibit studies the Canal with photos and explanations of its importance to Egypt.

    Other notes on the museum's current Egypt collection:

    The existence of the outstanding collection of Egyptian antiquities held by the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan is well-known to the general public. Far less familiar is the amount and variety of archival material within the department relating to its collections. With a new, purpose-built, dedicated archive room constructed last summer and plans to catalogue and conserve the material, making it more accessible for future study, we hope to rectify this situation.

    The core documents are concerned with the acquisition of the objects in the museum's collection. These records were kept in a series of bound register books which contain lists of groups of antiquities either donated or purchased. Unfortunately, at present, it is very difficult to access this material, except through the year of entry. To complicate matters the acquisitions were not always even consistently entered year by year.

    The department holds lists which detail some of the major collections of antiquities which entered the museum in the nineteenth century, including those of Henry Salt (1780-1827), Joseph Sams (1784-1860), and Giovanni Anastasi (the Swedish-Norwegian consul-general in Egypt between 1828 and 1857, whose objects were purchased in 1839). In addition there is information on the Earl of Belmore's collection, acquired by the museum in 1843, and on objects from the collections of W.R. Hamilton (1777-1859), A.C. Harris (1790-1869), and the Egyptologist J.G. Wilkinson (1797-1875). Some information also exists on collections which were offered to the museum but not actually purchased. There are even earlier papers from the eighteenth century relating to the bequest of Col. William Lethieullier in 1775. He had visited Egypt in 1721 and he and his nephew gave the museum its first two mummies. Other material from early Egyptologists and travellers includes two notebooks belonging to William John Bankes (1786-1855), describing his travels and discoveries in Egypt and Nubia in 1818-19. Bankes brought back an obelisk from the Temple of Philae which he erected in the garden of his Dorset house, and he and his companions copied inscriptions, both Greek and hieroglyphic, and were the first travellers to draw the interior of the Great Temple at Abu Simbel. Another manuscript is a travel journal of a trip up the Nile into Nubia made by John Shae Perring (1813-1869). Perring assisted Howard Vyse in the surveying and recording of the pyramids of Giza in 1837. Information gleaned from the documents of early travellers and excavators may be immensely valuable because, when describing or drawing monuments or copying inscriptions, they often preserved evidence of details and structures which are now damaged or entirely lost, and their journals may sometimes reveal the previously unknown provenance of objects now in the museum. At the time when many of the antiquities were removed from their sites in Egypt and Nubia it was not yet realised how important it would be to note the exact place and context in which an object had been discovered.
    Alongside the rare and early printed works in our departmental library we also have some bound volumes of unpublished manuscript material and drawings, scrapbooks and photograph albums. Two of the most important manuscript volumes are the text and illustrations for his planned work on the pyramids, written by Henry Salt, British consul-general in Egypt from 1816 until 1827. This work was never in fact published. The Atlas volume, containing the illustrations, holds Salt's accomplished and beautiful original drawings for the book. Many of the rare books in the library have been annotated or inscribed by early Egyptologists, such as J-F. Champollion, on whose brilliant decipherment of the hieroglyphic script we base our knowledge of ancient Egyptian writing.

    Folks of note at the Museum:

    Hippest, youngest Egyptologist in Britain at the time: Budge, Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis (1857 – 1934)

    An Englishman, Budge studied Egyptology under Samuel Birch at the British Museum between 1870 and 1878. He later studied at Christ's College at Cambridge. He went to work for the British Museum after graduation in 1883, and between 1894 and 1924, was a Keeper in the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities. He excavated at Aswan, Gebel Barkal, Meroe, Semna and other Nubian sites. Budge was known as a prolific author with over 140 titles to his credit, some of which continue to be printed.

    Keeper of Oriental Antiquities, Samuel Birch,

    Assyriologist George Smith,…ssyriologist%29

    March 2, 2006 at 7:58 pm #2386

    The scene is over but the exhibit is still quite there. Feel free to play out a visit to the British Museum, utilizing the initials *BM before your role play to indicate where your character is at.

    A special thank you to everyone who visited and played out. GM XP will be on the way. I hope to offer more cool events in the near future.


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