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E14. Jonell Elliott. Being Lara - A Dangerous Girl.

E14. Jonell Elliott. Being Lara - A Dangerous Girl.

October 23, 2020

Greetings one and all, and welcome if you’re new here! I’m Dr Paul Harrison and it’s that time again, where I get to interview one of my heroes, and as you can hear from that intro sting, today it’s the wonderful, the talented, and until very recently the elusive…Jonell Elliott!

 

Though most of you will know Jonell for her amazing work on Tomb Raider’s 4 through 6,   - Jonell’s voiceover credits include are vast and include Tv and radio commercials for Johnson & Johnson, Felix, Amex, McDonald’s, Sony, Nescafé, Wella, Loyld’s, NatWest, Sure, Oil of Olay and many more!

 

She’s A regular voice on BBC 1 and 2, ITV, Channel 5, UK TV, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, History Channel and Sky TV.

 

Jonell has voiced many Cartoon roles in Angelina Ballerina, Miffy, Yo Gabba Gabba, Lazy Lucy, Planet Grabo and The Slow Norris.

 

You might have heard her on documentaries such as Too much Too Young on ITV or Sports programmes on Transworld.

 

Her acting credits include parts in Grange Hill (BBC), Family Affairs( Channel 5), Second Sight (ITV), Beer Goggles (Channel 4) and (Feature Film), Welcome to the Punch.

 

And if that wasn’t enough… she’s also been a presenter, including work for, Alien Wars (Sky),The Great Big British Quiz (Channel 5) and The Psychic Channel (Sky)

 

This interview is made as a compliment to the interview with Jonell by our pal and all around great chap Chris from Raidercast, so please go and check his interview out for all the bits I don’t cover here. I also want to give a shout out and thanks to Chris for helping promote this episode and being so open to collaboration. I feel that in competition we all suffer and there are always losers…in collaboration, everyone wins.

 

Tomb Raider needs no introduction, but this part of the original classic tomb raider series is near and dear to my heart – I’ll let Jonell break the series down for you, but needless to say, it begins in Egypt with the release of 1999s tomb raider the last revelation. Lara Croft dies (sorry spoilers for a 21 year old game) and we see her memorialised in Chronicles and resurrected in The Angel of Darkness. As Jonell will mention, this feels like a trilogy all its own within the classic Lara universe and it’s a personal favourite for  me. In 1999 Egyptomania was riding high with the release of the mummy and the explosion of alternative archaeology! And whilst this may or may not surprise some of my peers, I was really into that at the time! It was before I’d gone to study Egyptology and I would devour anything with Egypt on it, and Tomb raider was no exception. In fact until the last reboot I’d prided myself on finishing every game at lease once. So for everyone who’s joining from the TR fan community…I assure you you’re among friends here. But enough of my rambling, you’re here to hear the scoop from Lara herself, so without further ado, it is my honour and pleasure to introduce to you, Jonell Elliot.

E13 Josh Guerrero All Around Adventurer

E13 Josh Guerrero All Around Adventurer

September 17, 2020

Welcome back everyone! 

 

I had the honour of sitting down for a fascinating conversation with Josh Guerrero for this episode. Josh is the host of the All Around Adventure podcast, and is also a former US Marine, and Peace Corps volunteer, who spent two years helping train teachers in a remote village in Gambia, and nowadays, he's an archaeologist, too! 

 

This will hopefully be part one of two or three, time allowing, as Josh and I plan to have more conversations about his archaeological work and expeditions in the future, but first I wanted to dig into his past in the Marine Corps and Peace Corps, so buckle up for a trip to basic training and welcome Josh to the show! 

 

You can find Josh at the following places - and I encourage you to check out his work, it's really fascinating! 

Also of note, OPERATION DUAL TREK, in Josh's own words, 

"I’m preparing for Operation: Dual Trek. A 1,000 mile walking expedition in South America that I plan to undertake next year. This will be to raise money for American Veterans Archaeological Recovery (AVAR). A non-profit organization that helps American Veterans through field archaeology." 

We talk about this on the show in brief, but check out his page here 

https://www.allaroundadventure.com/my-upcoming-expedition-operation-dual-trek/

for more details and links to his sponsor page. Josh is self-funding his trip and all proceeds go directly to the charity, helping veterans through archaeology... anybody who's been on a dig knows how good the camaraderie and joy of discovery can be, and I think this is a great way to help people in need of that. 

Also, after hearing about Josh's misadventures with water in Gambia, it made me think of charities like WaterAid who strive to bring fresh, safe drinking water to remote places around the world. This literally could save thousands of lives a year, so please consider helping them out if you can. 

https://www.wateraid.org/uk/

 

Ok, that's it from me, hope you enjoy the episode, and thanks again for tuning in. Our new release schedule is the third Thursday of every month so stay tuned for more and remember to like, rate, and subscribe! P 

E12. Shelley Blond - O.G Lara Croft.

E12. Shelley Blond - O.G Lara Croft.

August 20, 2020

Welcome everyone and welcome BACK!

 

As you can see, I was blessed with an interview with Shelley Blond the original voice of Lara Croft this week, for which I’m eternally grateful. This week’s guest certainly bought out my inner fanboy! Shelley Blond is an actor and voice actor whose work includes west end stage productions and many a household name tv show, including Cold Feet, Peep Show, and feature films such as Snow White: the Sequel. She’s been a voice you’ve likely heard on Heart FM, ITV, Disney and Nat Geo, among many others, but perhaps the role most archaeologists and historians know her best for, is that of the original voice of Lara Croft...Tomb Raider.

 

The original tomb raider game was a hit on a scale hard to relate to our younger listeners out there. The first game of its kind, nobody, including the creators knew how people would react to a 3D third person exploration action adventure game. We take this genre for granted now, a quarter century later, but this was something never seen before, and it was a gamble.

Tomb Raider sits at the threshold of where video games stopped being juvenile entertainment and began being conceived of as ‘cinematic’. The interaction, the musical score, and the performances made this game something modern audiences now take for granted – they made it an immersive experience.

The 1st Tomb Raider game sold a million copies in its first quarter and went on to sell seven million worldwide, receiving critical acclaim and setting the standard for modern gaming as we know it. It went on to become one of the most influential games of all time and served as a template for the many action adventure exploration games to follow, driving 3D graphics technology as it did so. The series holds six official Guinness world records and Lara herself has become a world-wide icon.

The character of Lara Croft has sometimes found herself at the centre of controversy – one of the first female protagonists in gaming, she was largely embraced by an -at that time – majority male gaming audience. However, Lara also sat at a sometimes uncomfortable point between sex icon and strong independent feminist protagonist, and it’s a conversation, since the reboot of the franchise, that fans and pundits are still having.

At the genesis of this maelstrom of mainstream media attention was a young actress who had no notion of what she was getting herself into, or that she’d become forever linked to a cultural icon who rivals the likes of Indiana Jones and James Bond. I had the opportunity to speak with Shelley about her experiences as and with Lara Croft, so please welcome to the show, actor Shelley Blond.

 

As always, thank you for listening, and if you enjoyed that be sure to check out Shelley’s work on the mini documentary the History and Geography in Tomb Raider, you can find that over on YouTube here: 

https://youtu.be/9xvPPsq_ou0

 

The Tomb Raider Suite, mentioned in this episode by Shelley, was composed by Nathan McCree, and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (conducted by Robert Ziegler). You can find more information, and limited edition cd's here (no affiliation): 

 

https://www.tombraidersuite.com/

 

Last, but certainly not least, Shelley Blond can be found on twitter

@BlondShelley  and is represented by @yaketyyakvoices

 

And be sure to check in next month for more explorations of historical, archaeological and environmental culture. I’ve been Dr Paul Harrison. Thanks for listening.

E11. Dr Eleanor Dobson. Gothic Horror - Death & The Nile

E11. Dr Eleanor Dobson. Gothic Horror - Death & The Nile

November 14, 2019

How did Egyptian mummies become entwined with fairy tale princesses? What was an Egyptian queen doing in King Arthur's court? What Do Egyptologists Wallis Budge & Battiscombe Gunn, have in common with Occultists Aleister Crowley & Florence Farr? And where do Lovecraft, Freud, and Cleopatra fit in? Answers to this, and more in this weeks episode! 

Dr Eleanor Dobson is lecturer in nineteenth century literature at the university of Birmingham, with a particular focus on the reception of ancient Egypt. She was instrumental in the foundation of the Tea with the sphinx annual conference, and author of several fascinating papers (which I encourage you to find online), and the upcoming book, Ancient Egypt in the Modern Imagination: Art, Literature and Culture.

We sat down over Skype to talk about the inspirations behind some major horror and mummy fiction, as well as some unexpected social connections between some famous and infamous Egyptologists and occultists of the 19th century! So, if you like your Budge with a slice of Crowley, or your Yeats with a slice of Lovecraft, you’ve come to the right place!  

As ever, if you enjoy the show please give it a like and share and help the audience grow and be sure to check out the work of our guests.

 

Where to find Dr Dobson

Twitter

@EllieCDobson

Academia.edu (profile & papers)

https://bham.academia.edu/EleanorDobson

By Eleanor Dobson

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Silver-Bullets-Classic-Werewolf-Stories/dp/0712352201/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=silver+bullets&qid=1573730909&sr=8-2

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1526141884/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FFBDLKR/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

Forthcoming book

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/ancient-egypt-in-the-modern-imagination-9781788313391/

 

Works Mentioned

 

Stoker

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Jewel-Seven-Stars-Complete-Published/dp/143828747X/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Jewel+of+Seven+Stars&qid=1573731043&sr=8-2

Hammer

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Mummys-Tomb-Doubleplay-Blu-ray/dp/B0753P27VH/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=blood+from+the+mummy%27s+tomb&qid=1573731182&sr=8-1

Conan Doyle

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Lot-Penguin-Little-Black-Classics/dp/0241251567/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=lot+no.+249&qid=1573731079&sr=8-3

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Thoth-Arthur-Conan-Doyle/dp/149740830X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ring+of+thoth&qid=1573731132&sr=8-1

 

Ziska

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Ziska-Problem-Wicked-Marie-Corelli/dp/1519647697/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_g8682124849?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8

 

Florence Farr

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Magical-Writings-Florence-Farr-Golden/dp/1926982029/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=florence+farr&qid=1573730532&sr=8-2

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Egyptian-Magic-Florence-Farr/dp/116256220X/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=florence+farr&qid=1573730592&sr=8-3

 

Crowley

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Book-Law-Aleister-Crowley/dp/1983524638/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=crowley&qid=1573730643&sr=8-1

 

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Thelema-Introduction-Philosophy-Aleister-Crowley/dp/0738751049/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=thelema&qid=1573730679&sr=8-1

 

Lost in a Pyramid

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Pyramid-Andrew-Smith/dp/0712356177/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=lost+in+a+pyramid&qid=1573730793&sr=8-1

Lovecraft

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Under-Pyramids-Fantasy-Horror-Classics-ebook/dp/B01DNYFY0K/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=horror+under+the+pyramid&qid=1573730866&sr=8-1

 

*note these are not affiliate links but charity links for Action Duchenne Uk. Purchases result in a donation to the registered charity by Amazon. Thank you. 

E10. Dr Chris Naunton & the Lost Tombs of Egypt!

E10. Dr Chris Naunton & the Lost Tombs of Egypt!

April 19, 2019

Is there anything left to find in the sands of Egypt??? YES! And this man knows how and (potentially) where!! 

Dr Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist, broadcaster and author. In addition to being the former director of the Egypt Exploration Society, he’s appeared on the BBC and Channel Five, hosting shows covering Flinders Petrie (the founding father of scientific Egyptology) and Tutankhamun, among numerous other subject relating to ancient Egypt.

He’s currently the Director of the Robert Anderson Research Charitable Trust (RARCT), a London-based charity that provides support to visiting academics, and President of the International Association of Egyptologists ….and on top of all of that-  he’s written a fascinating, and I mean that sincerely, fantastically interesting book Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt! Which takes us on an historical and modern tour of the potential sites of the final resting places of some of the most famous ancient Pharaohs and personalities from history. It really is my great pleasure to introduce Dr Chris Naunton!

https://chrisnaunton.com/

https://twitter.com/chrisnaunton (@chrisnaunton)

https://www.facebook.com/chrisnauntonofficial

Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt - https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/0500051992/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_OonUCb8SRKJF7 via @AmazonUK

The EES (Egypt Exploration Society) https://www.ees.ac.uk/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psusennes_I

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Montet

Kingsley Amis https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/the-egyptologists/GOR004177032?keyword=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwwODlBRDuARIsAMy_28Un15-lYA6FWCSrwNU3HfhGEUy8UixknnURrvmMU2h3BSTm71aBef4aAg7REALw_wcB

Also, I should give a big shout out and thank you to the Egypt Exploration Society for accommodating Chris and I at very short notice, and allowing us a space to record this interview – there is some background noise and the occasional phone, but overall I’m extremely happy how this turned out, so thank you guys, it is much appreciated – please check out the EES and their research and membership scheme, they have a fantastic library in central London and it’s really an oasis of calm in the busy centre of town! 

As I mentioned in the podcast, I had a dozen other questions that I wanted to ask Chris, but unfortunately there simply wasn’t time, however, he’s promised to come back for round 2, so we’ll be revisiting Chris hopefully soon after he’s returned from the next round of Egyptian exploration! Speaking of, if you fancy heading to Egypt with Dr Chris, he runs annual tours, so check out is website www.chrisnaunton.com for more details, and I urge you to pick up his book Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt, it reads like a novel, and it really is a fun exploration of the some of the most fascinating and enduring aspects of the field.

Thanks so much for tuning in, and have a great Easter holiday everyone! – oh and before I forget, Chris and I both appear on the brand new show Egypt’s Unexplained Files over on Discovery Science Channel, it debuted last Sunday and should be running for the next couple of months, so please check that out and let me know how it goes because I don’t carry the channel and I never get to see these shows! Thanks all! 

The Profane Egyptologist E9. Marc Barkman-Astles and the Questions of Doom!

The Profane Egyptologist E9. Marc Barkman-Astles and the Questions of Doom!

February 9, 2019

“If Archaeologists won’t talk to (people) someone else will (…) we’ve been duped into thinking we need to struggle to tell our story…”

Today’s guest should be a familiar face to anyone who’s watched archaeological media online. Marc Barkman-Astles is the creator and face of Archaeosoup, a Youtube channel he established way back in the almost prehistoric-vlogger days of 2010.

In his twelve-year career as a professional archaeologist, Marc has produced more than fifteen hundred videos, and amounted an impressive 3.5 million views. In addition to all this he’s also grown a pretty epic beard.

But what are some of the challenges and realities tackled by the public faces of archaeology today, particularly in an environment that’s increasingly politically divisive and inundated with rhetoric and pseudoarchaeology?

Marc shares some experiences and insights from his impressive career so far, from the praise, to death threats(!) and highlights the necessity, alongside the potential pitfalls (and metaphorical rolling boulders) that public archaeologists face in the era of modern discourse.

So, settle in as we dig into the work of Mark Barkman-Astles, aka Mr Soup! 

 

Check out Marc's work and impressive video back-catalogue at Archaeosoup! 

https://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up

 

The Questions of Doom Series

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KnxyK7PbWQ&list=PLFF23C48290E7D35A

 

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The Profane Egyptologist E8. Dreamers & Demons! Dr Kasia Szpakowska on Nightmares and Dream Entities in Ancient Egypt

The Profane Egyptologist E8. Dreamers & Demons! Dr Kasia Szpakowska on Nightmares and Dream Entities in Ancient Egypt

November 23, 2018

Dreams! Nightmares! Demons! What were the role of these concepts in ancient Egypt? The Answers may surprise you...

Dr Kasia Szpakowska is an Associate Professor of Egyptology at Swansea University, and Director of The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project for The Leverhulme Trust.

Kasia’s research is especially fascinating for me, as it focuses on Ancient Egyptian private religious practices, so not necessarily the practices of the elites, though it does include them…but the practices of everyday Egyptians.

She is also a leading expert and author of several volumes on dreams, demons and the archaeology of magic in ancient Egypt and her work provides unique insights into the mindset of the ancient Egyptian in ways we cannot accomplish just by looking at artefacts.

Now I should point out that when we mention magic in the context of ancient Egypt, it wasn’t seen as something occult or weird in ancient Egyptian culture. Magic was as much a part of daily life and religion as any other practice or response to their often frightening and dangerous world. It’s not until much later, with the advent of monotheism that we see a separation of magic from religion and the subsequent fall from grace of magic into something either false, as in trickery, or ungodly and unholy.

We also touch on something that I’ve become much more aware of in my life of late which is narcolepsy and what seem to be ancient Egyptian spells which may have been responses to this condition. If you or anyone you know is suffering from sleep paralysis (as terrifyingly portrayed in the recent Netflix show, the Haunting of Hill House) or thinks you may have narcolepsy symptoms, I’ve included a link in the show notes to Narcolepsy UK, a leading UK charity where you can get more information on this condition.

But returning to the headline of the show, which is dreams, and indeed nightmares and demons from ancient Egypt, I know that academic papers and books can be difficult to get a hold of when you’re not at University and Kasia has very kindly made many of her papers available for FREE on a website called academia.edu. As ever, you can find links in the show notes at Podbean on Facebook and on iTunes and YouTube.  And if you dig this episode, be sure to check out the Demon Things website, and the DemonBase Catalogue where you can search these bizarre and fascinating entities and learn more about them! So without further ado, ladies and germs, Kasia Spakowska.

 

Check out the Demon Things Project Website!

http://www.demonthings.com/

And some FREE papers on the subject!

https://swansea.academia.edu/KasiaSzpakowska/Papers

Recommended papers:

Szpakowska, K. "Through the Looking Glass: Dreams and Nightmares in Pharaonic Egypt." In Dreams: A Reader on the Religious, Cultural, and Psychological Dimensions of Dreaming, edited by K. Bulkeley, 29-43. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
———. "The Ungrateful Dead: A Dimension of Dreams in Pharaonic Egypt." In Proceedings of the Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students' Annual Symposia 1998–2000, edited by C. Rocheleau, 97–109. Toronto: Benben Publications for Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students' Association, 2001.

———. "Feet of Fury: Demon Warrior Dancers of the New Kingdom." In Rich and Great. Studies in Honour of Anthony J. Spalinger on the Occasion of his 70th Feast of Thoth, edited by R. Landgráfová and J. Mynářová, 313-23. Prague: Charles University in Prague, 2016.
———. "Death and Demons." Ancient History 14 (2018): 18-20.

———. "Demons, Pharaonic Egypt." In Encyclopedia of Ancient History, edited by R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine and S. Huebner, 2023-25. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

———. "Demons in the Dark: Nightmares and other Nocturnal Enemies of Ancient Egypt." In Ancient Egyptian Theology and Demonology: Studies on the Boundaries between the Divine and Demonic in Egyptian Magic, edited by P. Kousoulis, 63-76. Leuven: Peeters, 2011.

———. Daily Life in Ancient Egypt: Recreating Lahun. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
———. "Demons in Ancient Egypt." Religion Compass 3, no. 5 (2009): 799-805.
———. "Nightmares in Ancient Egypt." In Le cauchemar dans l’Antiquité: Actes des journées d'étude de l'UMR 7044 (15-16 Novembre 2007, Strasbourg), edited by J.-M. Husser and A. Mouton. Études d'archéologie et d'histoire ancienne, 21-39. Paris: de Boccard, 2010.
———. "Religion in Pharaonic Society." In A companion to Ancient Egypt, edited by A. B. Lloyd. Blackwell companions to the ancient world, 507-25. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

———. "The Open Portal: Dreams and Divine Power in Pharaonic Egypt." In Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World, edited by S. B. Noegel, J. T. Walker and B. M. Wheeler. Magic in History Series, 111-24. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003.

 

Here’s a link to Kasia’s books

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt: Recreating Lahun 
by Kasia Szpakowska 
Link: http://amzn.eu/d/jaNf33I

 

Through A Glass Darkly: Magic, Dreams and Prophecy in Ancient Egypt 
by Kasia Szpakowska 
Link: http://amzn.eu/d/7ufEMHP

 

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The Profane Egyptologist E7. Halloween Special! Part 2 of Unwrapping The Mummy with Chris Kemble

The Profane Egyptologist E7. Halloween Special! Part 2 of Unwrapping The Mummy with Chris Kemble

October 31, 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to profane Egyptologists, the show where we discuss Egypt’s past in the present!

 

Today I’m joined once more by my friend, the award-winning horror film-maker Chris Kemble, as we discuss 2017s remake of the Universal film, The Mummy! This is part TWO of a two-part episode where we’ll dig into both the Egyptology and film-history that this movie taps into.

As a specialist in the horror genre Chris is uniquely positioned to give insight into this film, and as a non-Egyptologist he asks many questions I might not consider. I hope you enjoy this format, feel free to send me feedback on twitter (@doc_harrison), and please, if you like the show, subscribe on iTunes and rate and review, as that really helps us spread the word and raise the show’s profile!

Now buckle up for part 2 of our Halloween special as we explore the world of …The Mummy… 

 

Where to find Chris Kemble

If you want to check out Chris’s work in the horror genre, some of his films are listed here

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5187440/

 

 

Books mentioned

 

Consuming Ancient Egypt (eds. Rice & MacDonald) UCL Press 2003.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jZ3oAp9OEXEC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

Lot No. 249 (Penguin Little Black Classics) by Arthur Conan Doyle

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/0241251567/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_pXDXBbP66Y1HH

 via @AmazonUK

 

The Ring of Thoth (Fantasy and Horror Classics) Kindle Edition by Arthur Conan Doyle

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Thoth-Fantasy-Horror-Classics-ebook/dp/B00CFNB5QI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539693711&sr=1-1&keywords=ring+of+thoth

 

She (Oxford World’s Classics) H. Rider Haggard

https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/embed?asin=B00846QWEU&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_JhGXBbW539Z37

 

The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker 
Link: http://amzn.eu/d/4CxMTGd

 

 

Movies Mentioned

 

The Mummy (2017)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2345759/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

The Mummy (1999)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120616/?ref_=nv_sr_2

 

The Mummy (1959)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053085/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_9

 

The Mummy (1932)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023245/?ref_=nv_sr_8

 

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb

Link: http://amzn.eu/d/5ALt1JZ

 

 

Characters

 

Imhotep The Mummy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imhotep_(The_Mummy)

 

Imhotep (Historical)

https://www.ancient.eu/imhotep/

 

Kharis The Mummy

https://comicvine.gamespot.com/kharis/4005-91856/

 

Ahmanet The Mummy

http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Ahmanet

 

Amunet The Goddess

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amunet

 

Nick Morton

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2345759/characters/nm0000129

 

Dr Jenny Halsey

http://mummy.wikia.com/wiki/Jenny_Halsey

 

Rick O’Connell

http://mummy.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_%22Rick%22_O%27Connell

 

Evelyn Carnahan (O’Connell)

http://mummy.wikia.com/wiki/Evelyn_O%27Connell

 

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The Profane Egyptologist E6. Unwrapping The Mummy with Director Chris Kemble

The Profane Egyptologist E6. Unwrapping The Mummy with Director Chris Kemble

October 18, 2018

Welcome to part 1 of this 2-part Halloween Special focused on those classic staples of the horror genre...MUMMIES!!

Today I’m joined by my friend, the award-winning film-maker Chris Kemble, as we discuss 2017s remake of the Universal film, The Mummy, and dive into it's legacy on film and in literature. 

This is part one of a two-part episode where we’ll dig into both the Egyptology and film-lore that this movie taps into. As a specialist in the horror genre Chris is uniquely positioned to give insight into this film, and as a non-Egyptologist he asks many questions I might not consider!

I hope you enjoy this format, feel free to send me feedback on twitter (@doc_harrison), and please, if you like the show, subscribe on iTunes and rate and review, as that really helps us spread the word and raise the show’s profile!

Now buckle up for our Halloween specials as we explore the world of …The Mummy… 

 

Where to find Chris Kemble

If you want to check out Chris’s work in the horror genre, some of his films are listed here

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5187440/

 

 

Books mentioned

 

Consuming Ancient Egypt (eds. Rice & MacDonald) UCL Press 2003.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jZ3oAp9OEXEC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

Lot No. 249 (Penguin Little Black Classics) by Arthur Conan Doyle

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/0241251567/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_pXDXBbP66Y1HH

 via @AmazonUK

 

The Ring of Thoth (Fantasy and Horror Classics) Kindle Edition by Arthur Conan Doyle

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Thoth-Fantasy-Horror-Classics-ebook/dp/B00CFNB5QI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539693711&sr=1-1&keywords=ring+of+thoth

 

She (Oxford World’s Classics) H. Rider Haggard

https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/embed?asin=B00846QWEU&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_JhGXBbW539Z37

 

Movies Mentioned

 

The Mummy (2017)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2345759/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

The Mummy (1999)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120616/?ref_=nv_sr_2

 

The Mummy (1959)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053085/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_9

 

The Mummy (1932)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023245/?ref_=nv_sr_8

 

Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082971/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Characters

 

Imhotep The Mummy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imhotep_(The_Mummy)

 

Imhotep (Historical)

https://www.ancient.eu/imhotep/

 

Kharis The Mummy

https://comicvine.gamespot.com/kharis/4005-91856/

 

Ahmanet The Mummy

http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Ahmanet

 

Amunet The Goddess

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amunet

 

Nick Morton

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2345759/characters/nm0000129

 

Dr Jenny Halsey

http://mummy.wikia.com/wiki/Jenny_Halsey

 

Rick O’Connell

http://mummy.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_%22Rick%22_O%27Connell

 

Evelyn Carnahan (O’Connell)

http://mummy.wikia.com/wiki/Evelyn_O%27Connell

 

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The Profane Egyptologist E5. Dr Harrison & the Temple of Ra - Part 2

The Profane Egyptologist E5. Dr Harrison & the Temple of Ra - Part 2

September 13, 2018

Today we re-join the Temple of Ra and Kemetic Temple of San José for the second part of this interview with key figures and authors of the contemporary Kemetic Reconstructionist movement in the West. Be sure to check out part 1 if you haven’t yet.

A very valuable point is raised in this interview regarding phenomenological and performative archaeology – given a reliance of shared resources, and given the focus on academic resources in Kemeticism, why is it not valued in the same was as corresponding fields of archaeology which use the same techniques to reconstruct ancient worlds? I have my own theories on this (as expressed in my book, Profane Egyptologists), and we explore this a little in conversation. A lot of it has to do with perceptions, status, and fear of ‘infection’ from the ‘fringe/other’ which has been a stifling factor in building bridges and having conversations. And that, dear listeners, lays at the very heart of the premise of this show!

This episode was recorded on location in San Francisco back in spring 2018. I first encountered the Temple of Ra through one of its founders, Richard Reidy, who was a participant in my phd ethnography, and so generous with his time and knowledge that we later became friends.

Sadly, Richard passed away in 2015 but his legacy lives on in the form of a number of Egyptian Kemetic Temples in the USA and two books on Ancient Egyptian Ritual practices.

Here’s part two I hope you enjoy it. As ever, references from the show can be found in the show notes. Be sure to like, review and subscribe.  

 

Richard Reidy’s Eternal Egypt 

https://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?Book=172324

Everlasting Egypt (Published posthumously by temple members) 

https://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001114114

 

 

Kemetic Orthodoxy (“KO”) /House of Netjer

http://www.kemet.org/

https://www.netjer.org/forums/

 

Performative Archaeology (Tale of Sinuhé) at the British Museum

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/all_current_projects/the_ramesseum_papyri/performance_tale_of_sinuhe.aspx

 

 Erik Hornung The One and the Many

 

Geraldine Pinch

 

Wisdom Literature – Instructions/Teaching of Ptahhotep

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/digitalegypt/literature/ptahhotep.html

 

Lichtheim

Lichtheim, Miriam 1996. Didactic literature. In Loprieno, Antonio (ed.), Ancient Egyptian Literature, 243-262. Leiden; New York; Köln: E. J. Brill

Simpson, William Kelly. The Literature of Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Stories, Instructions, Stelae, Autobiographies, and Poetry. New Haven, US: Yale University Press, 2003. Accessed January 28, 2017

 

James Allan (Grammar) Middle Egyptian

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Middle_Egyptian.html?id=gMxfheT1XQIC&redir_esc=y

 

Kerry Wisner

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Kerry+Wisner&search-alias=books-uk&field-author=Kerry+Wisner&sort=relevancerank

 

(Note, I interviewed Mr Wisner for Profane Egyptologists, but have since lost contact. If anybody knows what happened to him, please feel free to reach out).

 

Tamara Siuda’s literature

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=tamara+siuda+books&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAONgFuLSz9U3MDKrNKg0UEJia0llJ1vpJ-XnZ-snlpZk5BdZgdjFCvl5OZUA98xt0TYAAAA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwil6Lb4wdvcAhWmx4UKHXUeDJIQMSgAMB56BAgJEDM&biw=1744&bih=859

 

Kemetic Temple of Ra and San José

http://kemetictemple.org/Kemetic_Temple/Welcome.html

 

Imperishable Stars by Matt

https://imperishablestars.com/

(check out the fascinating work on vocalization of the Pharaonic language!)

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