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…

Kha and Merit

Mini Episode. In 1906 CE, a tomb came to light in the hills west of Luxor. On February 15, archaeologists Ernesto Schiaperelli and Arthur Weigall uncovered and opened the hidden burial of Kha and Merit. These middle-class Egyptians, who lived c.1450-1390 BCE, had gone to their afterlife in a well-furnished sepulchre full of items they…

The Tale of Two Brothers

Mini Episode. The Tale of Two Brothers is a fairytale, composed sometime in the late 18th or early 19th Dynasties (c.1350-1250 BCE). It recounts the adventures of Bata and Anubis, two siblings who suffer injustice and misfortune. From adulterous wives to the perils of fate, Anubis and Bata seek to defend themselves and find peace,…

Episode 2: Horus Takes Flight

The Nascent Kingdom. The Kingdom of Egypt has been established: now we can explore its first historical phase. The First Dynasty rulers (Aha, Djer, Wadjet, Merneith, Den and more) were accomplished rulers. They left impressive remains… Time period: circa 3000-2900 BCE Kings: Aha, Djer, Wadjet, Mer-Neith, Den. Notable sites: Abdju (Abydos), Nekhen (Hierakonpolis), Saqqara (necropolis of…