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Qumran Scrolls available online

The Israel Museum has published six of the Qumran Scrolls on its websites. For each of the scrolls there is a high-resolution image viewer as well as a description of the scroll and where it was found. You can view the Qumran Scrolls on the Israel Museum website.

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More Fall Exhibitions

Here is further listing of exhibitions in the United States and Europe:

Before the Pyramids: The Origins of Egyptian Civilization. This exhibition explores ancient Egypt’s Pre-Dynastic and Early Dynastic material culture and shows how these objects inform on our understanding of Egyptian culture and civilization. The most fundamental aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization–architecture, hieroglyphic writing, a belief in the afterlife and allegiance to a semi-divine king–are linked to Egypt’s Pre-Dynastic era, which predates the famous pyramids of Giza by about a thousand years. The exhibit includes over one hundred objects, including works of art and ceramics in addition to recovered objects from the tombs of the first kings and of the retainers who were buried alongside them. Recent studies and research is presented in tandem with the exhibit. Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago, IL (USA). Now through December 31, 2011.

Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy. This exhibit situates an ancient Egyptian mummy–excavated at the religious center of Abydos by archaeologists, in Middle Egypt, in the 1920s–in the context of ancient Egypt’s mummification and burial practices and the cult of the dead, while simultaneously exploring the intricate social and political changes which distinguished the close of the Pyramid Age. This exhibit also focuses on the importance and relevance of Abydos to the cult of Osiris. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (USA). Now through December 11, 2011.

In the Kingdom of Alexander the Great: Ancient Macedonia. Come and learn about the history of Alexander’s captivating homeland and countrymen from the 15th century BCE to Late Antiquity this fall in Paris. Presenting more than a thousand artifacts from museums in northern Greece and from on-going French archeological digs, this is already the must-see exhibition this fall. “People know that Alexander was Greek, but they do not know that he was also Macedonian, or that Macedonia is in Greece,” says the Louvre’s director of Greek antiquities. “The exhibition presents an opportunity for visitors to rediscover Alexander in the light of his [Macedonian] origins.” Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. October 3, 2011 through January 2, 2011.

Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes. In Jerusalem in 1229 CE, the greatest works of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes were erased and overwritten accidentally by an unknown scholar. Nearly eight hundred years later, a team of museum experts began a project to recover, restore, and read these erased texts. By the time they had finished, the team had recovered Archimedes’ secrets, rewritten the history of mathematics and discovered entirely new texts from the ancient world. This unique exhibition is about the process of recovery, restoration, and rediscovery. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD (USA). October 16, 2011 through January 1, 2012.

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IS DURA-EUROPOS THE MISSING LINK OF ANCIENT ART HISTORY?

Bigthink.com posted an interesting article that examines the “missing link” between the art of Antiquity and art of the early Middle Ages. Art found in the city of Dura-Europos might fill in this gap of the “Dark Ages” in art history. Read the full article on bigthink.com.

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Great Autumn Exhibitions

As the temperatures slide on our thermometers and the leaves assume a fiery hue, we wanted to keep you up to date with the news that some fabulous exhibitions will be on show this autumn in Europe and the United States.

Please be sure to check these out:

Mummies of the World. Mummies of the World presents 150 human and animal mummies and related artifacts from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt, showing how science can shed light on the historical and cultural record. The exhibition will include interactive multimedia exhibits which illustrate how such tools like computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating permit researchers to deduce facts about the lives, history and cultures of the mummies. Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) through October 23, 2011.

Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets. Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets features over thirty representations of individual body parts from the Museum’s ancient Egyptian collection, using both fragments of sculptures and objects created as distinct elements to illuminate the very realistic depiction of individual body parts in canonical Egyptian sculpture. Ancient Egyptian artists were careful to portray each part of the human body in respect with the significance of every noted detail. Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York (USA) through November 27, 2011.

Underground Revolution: 8.000 Years of Istanbul. Underground Revolution: 8.000 Years of Istanbul showcases remarkable finds which were uncovered in one of the most important archeological excavations of recent Turkish history: the Yanikapi dig in Istanbul, which revealed Neolithic settlements dating back 8.500 years, including a unique collection of over thirty sunken vessels. As the actual artifacts are too fragile to move, the exhibition presents them through photographs, information panels and laser digital demonstrations. Istanbul Centre in Brussels, Belgium through November 30, 2011.

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