Egypt Month for March 2001

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March 2001

The March Edition of the Tour Egypt Monthly will begin a considerable expansion of the magazine, with many more feature articles, and considerably more historical content. See the list of articles in the upcoming magazine below.

Feature Articles

The Nile, the Moon and Sirius: ancient Egyptian Calendar by Richard Wininger

The star-sprinkled Egyptian night sky that not only stuns visitors to Egypt was also studied intensely by special temple priests who soon discovered that the appearance of a star they named sepdet (which we know as Sirius) was associated with the beginning of the Nile flood . This was the start of the world's first calendar, invented over 5000 years ago.

The Egyptian Traveler's Survival Kit by Jimmy Dunn

Egypt is a sophisticated and modern country, and most anything that you need may be purchased in Egypt. But providing that you do not wish to purchase such things as shoes in Egypt, and that other items may be difficult to find, or very expensive, we have compiled a checklist of some of the more important items you may wish to carry with you. This list may seem rudimentary for the seasoned traveler, but for many making a first time trip to Egypt, it may prevent problems.

The Tomb of Nefertari by Paul Groffie

No matter how long your stay in Egypt, whether one day or one year, make it a point to stop in the Valley of the Queens. You can visit the one place which could truly take you back over three thousand years - the Tomb of Nefertari.

Palace of the Sun King by Dr. Joann Fletcher

Although the ancient Egyptians are best known for the monumental tombs and temples they built profusely, far less is known about the actual homes in which they lived their lives.

This is mainly due to the fact that they built their housing close to the banks of the river Nile, whereas their tombs and temples were situated away from the limited arable land on the desert edge. And since these temples and tombs were regarded as houses of eternity, designed to last 'millions of years', they were built from hard stone, in contrast to the houses of the living which were made of easily available mud brick.

The Ecological Context of Ancient Egyptian Predynastic Settlements by Michael Brass

Predynastic Ancient Egypt was a contrast of mixed ecologies. These ranged from the borderland deserts both to the east and to the west of the floodplains, to the contrast between the Middle and Upper Egyptian floodplains itself and the Nile Delta. The differing environments affected not only settlement regions, but also site positions within those regions as well as the cultural composition of the inhabitants.

Tunnel Vision By Ralph Ellis & Mark Foster

(Alternative Thought)

The classical story of the discovery of the upper chambers inside the Great pyramid at Giza is well known. In the ninth century an Arab governor of Cairo, known as the Caliph al Mamun, decided to see for himself what lay inside the Great Pyramid (Khufu pyramid) and began to bodily excavate a tunnel through the casing and core blocks with hammers and chisels. Fortuitously for the Caliph, the workers who were busy tunneling shook the structure so much that the capstone fell off the end of the ascending passage.

The Queens of Egypt - Part II By Dr. Sameh Arab

The voyage to the Land of Punt was one of the most important, and yet mysterious achievements of Hatshepsut. It is believed to have started during her 7th regal year, immediately after her coronation, and lasted until the 8th. Herodotus later writings believed this only lasted two months.

Cross Staff and Plumbline and the Great Pyramid By Crichton E M Miller
(Alternative Thought)

This advanced protractor, similar to the cross and plumb line, is an advanced mathematical device, capable of astronomy, navigation and surveying. It is proposed, that the ancient Egyptian architects and astronomers used this hybrid Celtic cross, for the purposes of stellar alignment and timekeeping.