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Discovery of King Kut’s Sarcophagus: Museum Review

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发表于 8-2-2014 09:33:29 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
King Tutankhamun | Finding the Pharaoh; Despite his fame, very little is known about Egypt’s boy-king. Economist, Aug 2, 2014.
www.economist.com/news/books-and ... ing-finding-pharaoh

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(a) “THE British Museum’s ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’ show in 1972 [in] the museum’s forecourt in Bloomsbury * * * no display of Egyptian antiquities has come close.”
(i) Tutankhamun
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutankhamun
("Tutankhamun means ‘Living Image of Amun [a deity; qv].’ In hieroglyphs, the name Tutankhamun was typically written Amen-tut-ankh, because of a scribal custom that placed a divine name at the beginning of a phrase to show appropriate reverence")
(ii) Bloomsbury
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsbury
("it is not until 1201 that the name Bloomsbury is first noted, when William de Blemond, a Norman landowner, acquired the land. The name Bloomsbury is a development from Blemondisberi – the bury, or manor, of Blemond")

* The “Blemond” is a family name, not place name. See
Bloombury: "The place name is recorded 1291 as Blemondesberi 'manor held by the Blemond family,' from Blémont in France. It was laid out for housing in 17c, fashionable from 18c"
Online Etymology Dictionary
www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Bloomsbury
(iii) antiquity (n):
“1:  ancient times
* * *
3: plural
a :  relics or monuments (as coins, statues, or buildings) of ancient times”
www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiquity

Here is, of course, definition 3a.
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 楼主| 发表于 8-2-2014 09:34:04 | 显示全部楼层
(continued)

(b) “The latest effort is at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. By focusing on the excavation rather than the contents of the tomb * * * The story begins in November 1922, when a British archaeologist, Howard Carter, sent a telegram to his patron, George Herbert, the Earl of Carnarvon”
(i) Ashmolean Museum
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashmolean_Museum
(world's first university museum; Its first building was built in 1678–1683 to house the cabinet of curiosities that Elias Ashmole gave to the University of Oxford in 1677)
(ii) Howard Carter
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Carter
(1874 – 1939; English)
(iii) George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Herbert,_5th_Earl_of_Carnarvon
(1866 – 1923)
(iv) Carnarvon
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnarvon
(“Carnarvon and Caernarvon are older forms of the name of the town in North Wales currently known as Caernarfon. The older names, in place for centuries, were anglicised phonetic spellings; since the 1970s the Welsh spelling has been generally adopted. Most places and things named after Caernarfon use one of the older spellings”)

(c) “Thanks to blow-ups of the original glass-plate negatives, visitors get to see exactly what confronted the excavation team when they entered * * * The displays [at Ashmolean Museum] are from Carter’s rich archive, kept at Oxford University’s Griffith Institute, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year.”
(i) blowup (n): "a blowing up: as * * * enlargement"
www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blow-up
(ii) Griffith Institute
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffith_Institute

(d) “The rest of the show is more patchy. One large room is devoted to the Tut-mania that took hold in the 1920s on both sides of the Atlantic. Besides press cuttings, posters, and a 1923 Bakelite record of a hit song called ‘Old King Tut,’ it features [among other things] a hand-beaded lurex jacket * * * [Some items are borrowed from various museums.] But there are no objects from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, now the home to Tutankhamun’s treasures. The exhibition was planned at the height of Egypt’s revolution and loans proved impossible to negotiate.”
(i)
(A) Bakelite
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakelite
(developed by Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland in New York in 1907; was the first synthetic thermosetting plastic ever made)
(B) Leo Baekeland
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Baekeland
(1863-1944; He told The Literary Digest: "The name is a Dutch word meaning 'Land of Beacons'"/ When asked why he entered the field of synthetic resins, Baekeland answered "to make money")

A chemist, he invented things, made money and set up his own laboratory, where he invented more.
(C) Dutch English dictionary:
baken (noun neuter): "beacon"
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/baken
(ii) Lurex
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurex

You may click, in the section of External links, “Metallic thread web site” to see what Lurex looks like.
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