129: Hard-Knock Life

Stress, Diet, and Death in Akhet-Aten. By 1349 BCE (regnal year 14), Akhenaten’s new city had grown rapidly. Twenty to thirty thousand people now called the city home, and these people (adults and children) laboured in service to the King. Unfortunately, their lives were difficult, and archaeological exploration of the South Tombs Cemetery and the North Tombs…

Interview: Prof. Aidan Dodson

Royal Tombs, Amarna, and Egyptology in 2020. My guest today is Professor Aidan Dodson. To those interested in ancient Egypt, Prof. Dodson needs no introduction. He is the Honorary Professor of Egyptology at the University of Bristol, and has worked in the field for over thirty years. Prof. Dodson has published dozens of books and articles…

128: True Crime KV55

DNA, CSI… etc. The Confounding Coffin. In this episode, we visit a historical crime scene: the mysterious sepulchre of KV55. Discovered in 1907, this grave is easily the most debated, analysed and controversial find in all Egyptology… Date: c.1350 BCE and 1907 CE Music by Ancient Lyric http://www.bettinajoydeguzman.com Music by Keith Zizza http://www.keithzizza.com  https://media.acast.com/egyptianhistorypodcast/128-truecrimekv55-dna-csi…etc-/media.mp3 Bibliography…

Update: Saving/Downloading Mp3s

Dear listeners, In the past, episodes of the podcast have appeared with an extra link to “Save as mp3” and download the episode directly. Those links will no longer be appearing on the website moving forward. Please note, THERE ARE OPTIONS. If you prefer to listen to the show by downloading mp3s from the website,…

On Justice

Recently, the director of the British Museum, Dr. Hartwig Fischer, released a statement of “solidarity” with the Black Lives Matter movement and the calls for justice against unjust laws and institutions, in the USA and around the world. I have some thoughts on this. We all know the BM’s long connection with Egyptology, and the…

127: Meket-Aten and Smenkh-Ka-Re

Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 2. In 1350 BCE the royal house was in crisis. Tiye was dead, and soon after, one of pharaoh’s daughters also traveled to the West. The princess Meket-Aten, just eight years old, was the second prominent person to die in a short span of time. Soon after, Akhenaten seems…

126: The Death of Tiye

Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 1. Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 1. Around year 12 of Akhenaten, the Queen Mother Tiye died. She journeyed to the West at the age of 60, having been a powerful influence for more than fifty years. Tiye is a monumental figure, literally, in the history of ancient…

125: House of Meritaten

A Princess of Egypt. In 1351 BCE, princess Meritaten was approximately ten years old. The king’s eldest daughter, Meritaten was the foremost child of the royal family, front and centre of art and propaganda. Whether it was statuary, shrines, stelae, or palaces, Meritaten enjoyed the privileges of being a princess of ancient Egypt. What was…

Amurrites 2: The Crimes of Aziru (Episode 124)

A New Generation of Rebels. Around 1350 BCE, approximately, a new generation of Amurrites began to cause trouble for the empire. The sons of Abdi-Ashirta inherited his power and soon began their own project to expand the kingdom and conquer nearby towns. Along the way, they committed several heinous crimes… Episode dates c.1355-1350 BCE. I’ll…