Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Tour Through the Cairo Egyptian Museum

It really is one of the "greatest historical treasures of the world." The Cairo Egyptian museum, or Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, is home to hundreds of thousands of artifacts excavated from the ancient sites around Cairo and throughout Egypt.
Cairo Egyptian Museum
Tourists flock to the funeral mask of King Tut and the vast collection of human mummies, two of which were, sadly, destroyed in 2011's Arab Spring.

I, on the other hand, was more interested in the papyrus and coin rooms, the incredible Fayoum portraits and the tribute to mummified animals.

Pictures are not allowed, and I had to check my camera at the door (along with my bag,) but I still had my iPhone. Below are the blurred shots I captured while looking out for security.
Fayoum Portraits Via iPhone

Mummified Croc Via iPhone

The museum is poorly annotated and most of the signage is in Arabic, so it might be helpful to buy a guidebook before heading through. It's also not air-conditioned, and in the summer you'll find yourself surrounded by about ten thousand sweaty tourists. When you arrive, head to the gift shop on your left and pick up a guidebook. Then you go through metal detectors that beep every time someone passes through them, but the guards just wave everyone through anyway.

This blog post explores a non-fictional theme or locale that is incorporated in The Vesuvius Isotope, the first Katrina Stone novel. Buy The Vesuvius Isotope in print or ebook.

From the ancient ruins beneath Mount Vesuvius, a two-thousand-year-old document has emerged. It is the only text ever attributed to the ambitious, inquisitive, and cryptic last pharaoh of Egypt...

When her Nobel laureate husband is murdered, biologist Katrina Stone can no longer ignore the secrecy that has increasingly pervaded his recent behavior. Her search for answers leads to a two-thousand-year-old medical mystery and the life of one of history’s most enigmatic women. Following the trail forged by her late husband, Katrina must separate truth from legend as she chases medicine from ancient Italy and Egypt to a clandestine modern-day war. Her quest will reveal a legacy of greed and murder and resurrect an ancient plague into the twenty-first century.

Kristen Elise, Ph.D. is a drug discovery biologist and the author of The Vesuvius Isotope and The Death Row Complex. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, stepson, and three canine children.