Bee Stories

In honour of National Insect Week: 18–24 June 2018. ‘King of Lower and Upper Egypt’; Karnak Whether it was for consumption, offerings to the gods, or for healing wounds, honey was important in ancient Egypt and so were bees. The honey bee is one of the earliest known hieroglyphs and was a symbol of kingship … More Bee Stories

An Angry Tax Man

Following the Arab conquest of Egypt in 641 CE (or Islamic conquest, it’s frequently referred to as both or either), a new tax was added to the growing list of impositions placed on the country’s population: the poll tax, payable by all non-Muslim adult males. For over two centuries after the conquest, the majority of … More An Angry Tax Man

Death in the Desert

Photo of Dakhla Oasis by Dr Caleb Hamilton, who excavated at Kellis as part of the Monash team (for more of his photos, see his Instagram account maoriegyptologist) Life in the ancient world, before the development of modern medicine, was hard. Child mortality rates were high, life-expectancy was much lower than it is today, and illnesses … More Death in the Desert