142b: Deeds of the Hittites

142b: Deeds of the Hittites

143b: Fun and Fashion

When archaeologists opened the tomb King Tut'ankhamun, they found many of his childhood possessions inside. Today, we can get a sense of his life by looking at his games, toys, and clothes. Date: c. 1353 1340 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com. Music by Keith Zizza. Music by An ...   Show more

143: The Boy King

From baby to boy. For all his fame and glamour, the life of Tut'ankhamun was more difficult than it seems. The young king dealt with physical challenges and a social environment that treated him as an "idea," more than a person. Today, studies of his mummy give us clues at his ea ...   Show more

142c: Amurrites 3, Betrayal

Interlude: The greatest treachery. By the end of Akhenaten's reign, events in Syria had developed their own momentum. Rulers like Aziru, prince of Amurru, were causing trouble. Akhenaten had to deal with Aziru as best he could. But the death of Akhenaten interrupted any reconcili ...   Show more

News: Aten Town, Luxor

A remarkable discovery. In April 2021, Egyptologists working in Luxor announced a major discovery. A new “lost” city, associated with Amunhotep III (and probably Akhenaten as well). In this brief roundup, we discuss the details, the context, and the significance of the find. Date ...   Show more

142: Wars in the North

Egypt on the offensive. King Tutankhamun's government had to deal with major threats in the north. Instability and regional warfare had spread through Syria and Canaan. To tackle these, pharaoh despatched his most prominent general. Horemheb, representative of the King, led the s ...   Show more

News: The Pharaohs' Parade

Splendour and Ceremony. On April 3rd, 2021, Egypt hosted a magnificent celebration. Royal mummies, including Kings and Queens, departed their old home and made for a new one. In future, these rulers will reside in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Moving the royal mum ...   Show more

Mini: Mery-Neith, First Servant of Aten

A complicated career. In the reigns of Akhenaten and Tut'ankhamun, one of Egypt's top religious officials was Mery-Neith ("Beloved of Neith"). This man served in the temples, first as a Steward, then as the High Priest of Aten in Amarna. Along the way, Meryneith had to navigate t ...   Show more

141: The Restoration of Amun

I'm bringing ma'at back. One of Tutankhamun's famous projects is the Restoration, a country-wide program of repairs and gifts for major temples. After the excesses of Akhenaten, the boy king and his government invested massive amounts of resources. Their goal? Renew the temples, ...   Show more

140: Tut-ankh-Amun

You know his name. Early in his reign, the young pharaoh Tut-ankh-Aten changed his name to Tut-ankh-Amun. Why did he do this? What did it mean? And how much control did this young ruler have over his own identity? Date c.1343 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show a ...   Show more

139: King Tut-ankh-Aten

A famous reign. Following the death of Nefer-neferu-aten, a new ruler came to the throne. Tut-ankh-Aten was young, perhaps nine years old. He inherited power at a tumultuous point in history... Date c. 1343 BCE. Images and References at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com. Support the ...   Show more

Tour 2022: Who wants to visit Egypt?

In January 2022, I would like to take another tour to Egypt. Assuming travel is safe and secure, we have a 14-day itinerary for travel along the Nile. We will visit Cairo, Luxor, Abydos, Aswan, Abu Simbel, and many monuments that are off the beaten track. There are special tombs, ...   Show more

Interview: Mummies! with Prof. Ann Rosalie David

What does a mummy smell like? Prof. Ann Rosalie David is a pioneering researcher in mummies and ancient pathology. Having led many studies on Egyptian bodies, Prof. David helps reconstruct the lifestyles of the past. In this interview, she helpfully answers questions about ancien ...   Show more

138: Lost Women of Amarna

Powerful, but vanished. Following the death of Akhenaten, several prominent women disappear from history. Meritaten, the King’s Eldest Daughter; Kiya, one of his wives; and two mysterious daughters, the “Tasherits” present unresolved questions. What happened to them? We explore t ...   Show more

Mini: The Brutal Death of Seqenenre Ta'a

Crime Scene Investigation. In the early 1500s BCE, the King of Southern Egypt, Seqen-en-re Ta’a died. His end was violent and bloody. The king was a victim of (unknown) enemies, who tied him up and executed him. The full circumstances of this event are coming to light with new re ...   Show more

137b: The Tomb of Nefertiti

A Hidden Monument? In recent years, the public has thrilled to reports that hidden chambers, in the tomb of Tutankhamun, might contain the burial of Nefertiti. But the question of Nefertiti's tomb is complicated. In fact, it's possible she never even received a kingly/royal buria ...   Show more

137: The Death of Nefertiti

A Short-Lived Reign. By 1344 BCE, Nefer-neferu-Aten (Nefertiti) was in her mid-thirties. She did not have long to live. In her third regnal year, the King of Egypt died. Her death is mysterious: was it natural, an accident, or murder? Studying Nefertiti's last years, and the mumm ...   Show more

136: Nefer-neferu-Aten (Pharaoh Nefertiti)

Nefertiti, King of Egypt. Following the death of Akhenaten, Queen Nefertiti may have become a King. Modern research suggests that, following her husband's death, Nefertiti became the new pharaoh. Her reign, and policies, are a shadowy but fascinating chapter in the royal history. ...   Show more

Summary: Akhenaten (Phase 3)

The final chapters. The last years of Akhenaten's reign (12 to 17) are a litany of difficulties and losses. The King's household suffered challenges, and he responded with extreme policies. Before we leave the King for good, we summarise what had happened, and what it all means.. ...   Show more

News: BIG Discovery at Saqqara

The Ministry of Antiquities has announced a major discovery in the necropolis of Saqqara. A funerary temple, dating to the Old Kingdom (Dynasty 6) has come to light. Also, the Egyptian excavators have opened more than fifty burial shafts of the New Kingdom (Dynasties 18 and 19). ...   Show more

Exploring the Oases (The Dakhleh Oasis Project)

A Call for Help. Since 2014, the Dakhleh Oasis Project has been dealing with restrictions on its excavations in Egypt's western desert. Due to security concerns, traditional funding has dried up, and the Project directors have turned to crowd funding for assistance. If you can sp ...   Show more

Mini: Chief of the Medjay

In the city of Akhet-Aten (Amarna) a small tomb hides a noteworthy story. Here, we find the life and work of a police officer. Mahu, Chief of the Medjay in Akhet-Aten, managed the guards who patrolled the Horizon of Aten. Mahu, and his troops, were responsible for guarding the ou ...   Show more

Introducing my Research Assistant

Meet Elissa Day, a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, and my new Research Assistant! Follow Elissa on twitter.com @emtd98  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.  

Interview: The Place and the People, with Fatma Keshk

Fatma Keshk is an Egyptologist, archaeologist and researcher in Egyptian heritage. She leads the outreach project "The Place and the People," working to strengthen ties between archaeologists and local Egyptian communities. It is my pleasure to welcome Fatma to the History of Egy ...   Show more

Interview: Nubian Egypt, with Dr. Aaron de Souza.

Aaron de Souza is an archaeologist specializing in the material culture of Egypt and Nubia. He earned his PhD at Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2016, and is now a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, in Vienna. In the field, Aaron works with cerami ...   Show more

Interview: Egyptian Heritage, with Heba abd el Gawad

Heba Abd el Gawad is an exhibition curator, public outreach specialist and researcher in Egyptian heritage within museum contexts. She is the postdoctoral researcher for the project ‘Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt’ at the Institute of Archaeology, University College ...   Show more

Fun: The Tomb Kings

An unofficial history, Part 1. In distant ages, and forgotten realms, a mighty civilization once flourished on the banks of a great river. The people of Nehekhara and their great kings are now a memory… but they are not dead. Not quite. Today, we dive into the lore of a fantasy c ...   Show more

Show Update - End of 2020

Some good news and some bad news. Before we start the next chapter of Egyptian history, I need to take a break. Fortunately, I also have some help on the next step. In this update, I explain my situation at the end of 2020 and what the future holds for the podcast... Music by Kei ...   Show more

135: The Face(s) of Akhenaten

Legacy and Summary. Today, we look back at Akhenaten's reign, and I ramble for a while about his importance in history, both ancient and modern... Date c. 1346 BCE and 20th Century CE, Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/eg ...   Show more

134b: The Burial(s) of Akhenaten

Side-episode. Today we discuss some "extra" items from Akhenaten's tomb. Also, we return to KV55, that elusive monument in the Valley of the Kings, to see some reasons why it *might* be Akhenaten.Date c.1346 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza ...   Show more

134: The Death of Akhenaten

A controversy comes to its end. King Akhenaten died in his 17th year on the throne. Surprisingly, we know a lot about his passing and his burial. From the date of his death, to his sarcophagus, shabti figurines and his innovative tomb, we can get a sense of how this controversial ...   Show more

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