Tag Archives: archeology

Archeologists Guess Where Jesus Taught

“Just in time for Christmas,” ABC reports that archeologists believe they have found where Jesus taught. Then they provide no information at all supporting such a grandiose claim. What they did find was a 2000 year old synagogue, and that’s a notable find in and of itself.  They aren’t exactly just laying all over the place waiting to be tripped over.  And, seriously, if you only find value in such a find if you can loop Jesus into it, you’re

Golden Egyptian Arches; or, General Silliness with Art History

Cartouche Bearing What Looks Like an M.

I greatly enjoyed my trip to Egypt in 2010 just before the Arab Spring. However, our tour guide had the annoying habit of attributing just about everything in Western history to the ancient Egyptians via half-truths, over-generalizations, and periodic nonsense. Several of us responded by creating our own list of things that the Egyptians “clearly” invented, such as McDonalds, as is clearly shown by this golden arch within a cartouche, marking it a name of great importance. Don’t believe me?

Ramesses’s Temple at Abu Simbel; or, Progress vs. History

Outside of Abu Simbel Temple

Ramesses’s temples at Abu Simbel are awesome for two reasons.  The first is the incredible novelty of their construction: it’s dug into the rock face rather than built as temples commonly were.  The second, however, is what happened to them in the 1960s. Ramesses II Ramesses never did anything small or half-assed.  Ever.  I’d suggest he was compensating for something, but his 100+ children might contradict that theory.  Some call him “Ramesses the Great,” but I’ve come to think of

Myth of King Tut’s Untouched Tomb; or, Psusennes I Was (Not) Robbed

If I asked random people on the street to name a pharaoh, most would say King Tut. (More than a few would probably also look at me oddly.) They wouldn’t even call him a pharaoh (much less by his full name, Tutankhamen), because we’re so used to the phrase “King Tut.” Why My Students Think Tut Is So Damn Famous Every semester, I ask my students why Tut is so gosh darn famous. A few mention he was the boy-king,