Archives for December 2012

Qarun Lake: Mysterious Treasure Holder

Qarun Lake located in the Fayoum Governorate is one of the historical spots in Egypt. In the bank of this you’ll get the place to rest, peace and pleasure because of its breathtaking landscapes and amazing cultural sites. This is the lake which brings life to the timeless mounts and banks of Western Egyptian Desert. Look deep into Egyptian history and you’ll find many interesting stories and myths about this Lake.

In the ancient times Qarun was a mighty lake which covered the whole area of Fayoum Governorate. But now, only a small portion of this big body of water remains. The water now spreads over 53,000 acres land. The influence of Qarun in these are undeniable even the name Fayoum came from an ancient Egyptian word Bayoum which means the lake.

There’s no one who can surely tell when and why the lake was named Qarun but many believes the name can be attributed to the protagonist of a story in the Holy Quran. The story comes like this, an opulent man a contemporary of Moses, who is believed to have lived in Egypt, and had all his mansions and possessions flooded as a punishment for his sins.

The residents live nearby the lake believe the true treasure of Qarun waits beneath the surface of the present lake. Some believe a fairy is guarding the treasures and some believe a mermaid is in duty. From the ancient times many people dived and searched for the treasures but so far nothing is found.

There’s people who claims to see the mermaid with their own eyes. The story is hardly believed but yet many experts are trying to recover the lost treasures. Whether there is treasure or not underneath Qarun delivered and still delivering it’s blessing to the nearby residents.

Come and Get your Answers from Penn Museum

Penn museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is famous for its unique collections and the true story behind each item. Yes it’s all about the story. Each mummy, sphinx, pitcher, statue and mosaic comes with their own story. The story of how it got here, how it was found etc.

On this Thursday, Penn museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, throwing the gates open for all in the festive occasion of its 125 anniversary. This occasion will not only be a learning exhibition but also will constitute a day long conversation. The event will start from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., during this time curators will give their speech and answer their questions about what they do perform today. So this will be a high time for archaeo- and anthropologists all over the world. To learn details about the schedule, please visit: www.penn.museum/125.

The Artifacts Lab recently added to Penn Museum which is the highlight of the museum. Experts of this lab prepare skulls and bones and mummies right in front of the visitors. You might be curious of the past such as about Romans, Africa, Greeks, Etruscans, Sumerians, Mayans or about human evolution, how they have got here?

From 1 p.m. there is an archive to show for archivist Alessandro Pezzati, who made this museum possible. This archive will feature the untold story behind the story, the notes, photos, maps, letters etc. This event is tailored for to redefine the museum and what it does. And what it means to visit.

In July Siggers joined the museum as a Director. He is a young guy who belongs to a new generation and he is pretty good with social media. This interaction with media can help a great deal for museum as he also believes that museum is place for information and you should come for learning.

History and Mystery of Egypt

No other place has remarkable mysteries like Egypt. It is known as a land of mysteries. Its religion, its origin and its monumental architecture such as pyramids, temples and the enormous Sphinx are surrounded by never ending mysteries. Great Pyramids are the only remaining wonder of ancient seven wonders and the most famous of all kinds of ancient monuments.

The long flood of Nile was a gift from god, this mighty river flows from the Africa’s heart to the Mediterranean Sea as a sign of the Pharaonic kingdom. It’s an ideal place for growing flax, wheat and other crops because of the nutrient rich silt that deposited by the annual flooding of the river.

Egyptian’s unique funerary practices were designed to find their path in the afterworld because they believed that the soul and body were important to human existence in both life and death. The mystery begins when they mummified their body and buried in tombs that filled with all necessities of life such as food, domestic wares and treasures. Their believe of returning the soul to the body after the death so doing this would ensures happy life ever after.

The famous tombs were highly engineered to build. These tombs are now known as the pyramids where in the creation the gods appeared of the history. These were the largest ever built. Paid workers moved huge limestones blocks without using wheels, iron tools and horses. They were worried about death, but those people were their life who knew how to enjoy the life. They did it because they believed doing this would improve their own prospects in the afterlife.

Pyramids aren’t the only mystery in Egypt. Egypt has thousands of other mysterious creations that have been famous for their own characteristics, making this place the most famous mysterious place of the world. Started long ago, yet today Egyptian archaeologists are making important discoveries, answering many unanswered questions.