Weekly Roundup: Ancient Prosthetics and Recovered Treasures

Limestone statue of Akhenaten. Photo by Ahmed Amin.
  • Dr. Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's antiquities council, reports that the missing statue of Akhenaten has been found and returned to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. It was damaged--how badly Hawass doesn't say--and will be restored and put back in the museum. Sadly, Hawass also notes several other break-ins and thefts throughout the country, including a tomb at Saqqara.
  • Historical novelist Lisa Yarde has a great article about how to handle negative book reviews over at The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog.
  • Walk like an Egyptian: ScienceDaily has an article about ancient Egyptian prosthetic toes, believed to be the world's oldest prosthetic limbs. With photo.
  • This is actually from last week, but Svea from Confessions and Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog has a synopsis of Stephanie Dray's upcoming novel Song of the Nile, along with a picture of the cover. Love that cover art! I'm looking forward to this book. The prequel, Lily of the Nile, came in the mail yesterday and I can't put it down.
  • At the British Museum blog, archaeology Charly Vallance talks about the latest finds at Amara West, including a perfectly preserved mudbrick pavement. Amara West is an ancient town in what is today northern Sudan. It was the administrative capital of Upper Nubia (Kush).
  • Tiffany Jenkins explores the ideology behind the recent trend of removing human remains from museum displays.

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