Pompeii or Locked Out (June, 2013)

August 29, 2013

I enjoyed my visit to Pompeii. I really did! But in the last twenty years I have never seen so many locked houses and inaccessible areas. However, Pompeii being such a gigantic site, I still saw some great things I’d never seen before…

Locked out, Pompeii (060313)

At least you can see some of the mosaics and frescoes here…

Vietato l'accesso sign, Pompeii (060313)

Keep out!

 

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Items of recent interest (1)

September 25, 2012

Recent news items of interest:

 


Minneapolis Institute of Arts (again)

July 11, 2012

Spent some more time at the MIA…

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

View from the MIA

Medusa by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1854)

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The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

May 29, 2012

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is a short walk north of the British Museum on the campus of University College London. William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853 – 1942) was an Egyptian archaeologist who excavated at Tanis, Gizah, Naucratis, El Amarna, El-Lahun, Meidum, Naqada, Abydos, and Thebes to list only a few of the 50+ sites at which he worked [Margaret S. Drower, Flinders Petrie: A Life in Archaeology (1995) page xxi]. Drower writes of him: “He found archaeology in Egypt a treasure hunt; he left it a science” [page xxii]. His museum houses an amazing array of artifacts but, it must be said, is in desperate need of more space. Definitely worth a visit though.

 

Entrance

Fragment of a Middle Kingdom stela

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British Museum I: Egyptian Antiquities

May 9, 2012

This is the first of several posts of photos from the British Museum. We’ll start with a few examples of the Egyptian material…

The Rosetta Stone: hard to photograph…

Amenhotep III, ca. 1400 BCE

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