February 1, 2011 |
Amid the violent upheaval in Egypt that has sent visitors packing , one key element in the Egyptian tourism trade is still in business: King Tut on tour. Since 1922, when archaeologist Howard Carter uncovered Tutankhamen’s tomb, Americans have been fascinated by ancient Egypt, and Egypt has periodically capitalized by sending artifacts on museum tours. From 1976 to 1979, a small collection of treasures from the tomb of the "boy king," who reigned from 1333-23 BC , traveled to seven U.S. cities, drawing 8 million visitors, ushering in a new museum era of “blockbuster” shows and inspiring a hit single by comedian Steve Martin.
May 23, 2010 |
Strange that no horror movie ever featured these creatures from the crypts of ancient Egypt — crocodile mummies. The toothy reptiles were embalmed and wrapped in worship of the crocodile god Sobek, and two painstakingly preserved 2,000-year-old specimens are now on display at UC Berkeley in an ancient Egypt exhibit that marks a sharp departure from touring King Tut spectacles. Berkeley's show at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is free, small and devoid of crowds.
February 21, 2010
A star teacher Re "A tug of war over a teacher," Feb. 15 Thank you so much for your article about Gerald Freedman's struggle to stay at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Freedman was one of the best teachers I ever had, and hundreds of other alumni have signed petitions and written letters to those in charge at L.A. Unified to keep him at the high school. When a teacher has been at the same school for more than 20 years, has won numerous teaching awards, and hundreds of students and parents cause an uproar when his position is threatened, perhaps that means we have found an amazing teacher and shouldn't push him away because of a technicality.
February 17, 2010 |
Archaeologists have weaved elaborate tales of intrigue and deceit about the death at age 19 of Egypt's fabled boy king Tutankhamen, with theories that include poisoning by his regent, Aye, and a blow to the head by thugs hired by Aye, but new research indicates his cause of death was probably more mundane -- complications from a broken leg and malaria. Using a new approach for analyzing mummies called molecular Egyptology, an international team of researchers found DNA traces of malaria parasites in the boy-king's brain, suggesting an infection was a major factor in his death.
October 18, 2009
Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores. -- Fiction weeks on list 1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $25.99) Harvard 4 professor Robert Langdon uses his symbology skills to find a missing Freemason in Washington, D.C. 2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives 19 of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined while changing a Mississippi town. 3. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: $25.95) A woman 1 acquaints herself with the songwriter whose album caused the breakup of her relationship.
September 24, 2009 |
Conceived by Tavis Smiley, a sweeping historical and cultural survey of the black American experience called "America I Am: The African American Imprint" will arrive in L.A. on Oct. 30 for a 5 1/2 -month run at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, it was announced Wednesday. Smiley, who hosts talk shows on public radio and television, said the idea took hold early in 2007 after he took part in events surrounding the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony, the first permanent British outpost in America -- and the arrival point for its first African slaves.