This directory is a collection of Egyptological websites; a mix of must-haves and some of my personal favourites. I can’t get every website on here, obviously, but it’s a good place to start. I’ve broken them down into several categories:
- Academic resources
- General interest
- Hieroglyph and language resources
- Online courses
- Tall tales and conspiracy theories
- Need a break?
If there’s any websites you think really should be included, or you’d like yours added, please get in contact.
Social networking for academics! Well, not so much, if Facebook or Twitter are what spring to mind. Academia.edu is a place where academics can share their research and papers online.
A site containing information about astronomical documents from ancient Egypt. It includes a really handy database of decans and constellations, as well as a glossary of terms and bibliography.
The Ancient World Online blog lists open-access academic resources for all subjects concerning the ancient world, including Egyptology.
The Association of Curators for Collections from Egypt and Sudan is a group for museum curators within the UK.
Amy Calvert’s research project uses statistics to study the use of different elements within Egyptian art, such as crown type, armbands, clothing and offerings. It also has a very fun (if slightly cringe-making) section called Tacky Tourists.
The BMSAES is a free, open access, peer-reviewed online journal produced by The British Museum.
A database of all textual objects found at the site. Here you can find information such as provenance, physical dimensions and descriptions.
Demon Things is a project studying demons, or ‘liminal entities’ (both the good and the bad), in Egypt, from the Predynastic all the way through to the Byzantine period.
Digital Egypt is a site from UCL packed with general information aimed at those learning Egyptology, particularly at higher-education level. It contains maps, timelines, and articles about ancient Egyptian history and society.
The research site for the German team working on the inscriptions at the temple at Edfu. The site includes temple plans, and 360-degree scrollable panorama and a download link for their text database.
A project from the University of Memphis to collate a bibliography of all Egyptology books and articles available for free download online.
ETANA provides access to a number of digitised academic works relating to the ancient Near East, including some of an Egyptological nature.
A huge, free-to-use repository of academic publications and monographs pertaining to Giza.
A part of the University of Oxford, the Institute boasts not only the Topographical Survey and Online Egyptological Bibliography, but it also contains an archive of the work of several notable Egyptologists, including that of Howard Carter.
JSTOR is an online library of academic journals. You can access some content for free, but a lot of it must be bought. If you’re studying, your university may well have a subscription, or if you’re a member of the EES, you can add access to the JEA archive to your membership for £10 per year.
The Karnak Global Index is a site containing images of inscriptions and artefacts found at Karnak, accompanied by transcriptions. The project is still in its infancy, but more will be added over time, and it looks like it’ll become an invaluable resource. There’s also a blog, here, where the team post updates about developments and new additions to the site.
The Project is another place to find free downloads of digitised books; though here you’ll only find older books where copyright has expired (as per copyright laws in the US).
This vast bibliographic database gives details of academic works pertaining to Egyptology. I found it invaluable when doing research at university. It requires a paid subscription, though if you’re studying, you may find your university already has access.
A part of the University of Chicago, the Institute is well-known for its epigraphic surveys of sites in Egypt. They also, however, have made a large number of digitised academic books available for free download.
The encyclopaedia itself has still not been released, and won’t be for another few years, due to the size of the project. However, there is a selection of nearly 100 articles available for download.
Anneke Bart’s site is packed full of info on all sorts of topics, such as viziers, high priests, cemeteries and mummy caches.
Caroline’s site has a great mix of essays she’s written about ancient Egypt, god and goddess biographies and some introductory hieroglyph lessons.
An excellent bi-monthly Egyptology magazine produced in the UK.
A good, all-round introduction to most aspects of ancient Egypt, including the history, religion, monuments and hieroglyphs.
Based in Manchester, the Bio Bank is centralised database of mummified animal material from museums in the UK and overseas.
Ever wonder what it’s like to help run an internationally renowned academic society? Then look no further than Chris Naunton’s blog, where you can read about the day-to-day considerations of the Director of the Egypt Exploration Society, as well as his opinion on some of the stories coming out of Egypt at the moment.
The Egyptologists’ Electronic Forum is an email discussion list; although it’s primarily of an academic nature, non-academics are welcome to join the list. The website also contains some useful resources, including bibliographic abbreviations, email lists for academics and transliteration charts.
Gemma’s blog is a really useful mixture of Egyptological news stories, photographs and articles.
A forum for discussing all things Egyptological.
Keith runs a thriving blog with a lot of interesting articles. He also runs a busy parallel group on Facebook, which can be found here.
Garry is an Egyptologist and author; here you can find articles about Egyptian history and information about his books and upcoming lectures.
Take a virtual tour of the Giza plateau, the pyramids and their temples. Created by Dassault Systemes, a French computer-aided design company, in conjunction with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. They also have some interesting resources on Jean-Pierre Houdin’s theory on how the Great Pyramid was built, here.
An encyclopaedia of gods and goddesses from many different religions, but written in a fun and accessible way. The link takes you directly to the Egypt section.
The Khan Academy has a great section on the art of ancient Egypt.
KMT is a magazine produced in the US, but can be ordered internationally.
Jane Akshar is a wonderful lady who lives in Luxor and runs holiday apartments on the West Bank. Do drop her a line if you’re visiting the city.
As well as news stories about the Ancient Egypt and Sudan collection, curator Campbell Price writes fascinating object biographies and text translations from the collection.
Sofia’s blog is chock full of interesting and easily digestible pieces about medicine in ancient Egypt.
Bernard moved to Luxor in 2010, and his website contains page and pages of wonderful photos of the tombs and temples in the area.
Osirisnet provides extensive virtual tours of a number of tombs from ancient Egypt. You can also sign up for a monthly email newsletter containing the latest stories from the world of Egyptology.
A part of the Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania), the lab works on conservation of the Egyptian artefacts in the museum, and blogs about the work they’re doing. It’s a really fascinating insight into how conservation work is carried out.
Hieroglyph and language resources
There are a handful of hieroglyph editors which I’ve not included here, because the websites and software seem to have lain dormant for the last few years.
Aegyptus is a free font available from theUnicode Fonts for Ancient Scripts site. Not only does it have an extensive collection of hieroglyphs, it also contains Coptic, Meroitic, hieratic and transliteration alphabets.
Essentially, an online dictionary of ancient Egyptian. It is in German, but with the help of Google Translate, even those with little or no German can make use of the site.
Some free, downloadable fonts, including transliteration, Coptic and GlyphBasic (hieroglyphs).
JSesh is a free, open-source hieroglyph editor.
Professional, high quality font, including a cartouche-building facility. It’s expensive ($149, which is about £100) but worth every penny.
Although primarily an ancient Greek font, it has a very comprehensive set of Egyptian transliteration and Coptic glyphs. It’s also free and fully licensed. It’s been created for academics by academics.
A collection of free software tools for the Egyptian language, including a hieroglyph editor and dictionary.
This site has brought together a corpus of Egyptian texts to allow for lexicographic research through the lemmatisation of the words.
Vector Office is another hieroglyph editor, but is vector-based, instead of pixel. There is a pro version too, which opens up many more functions, such as editing signs and customising hatchings.
Charlotte runs a number of courses, covering both Egyptian history and hieroglyphs. The courses aren’t accredited, but could be a good place to start if you’re looking to expand your knowledge.
These courses are the equivalent of one university undergraduate module. I did the Egyptian Religion course, many years ago, which I then used to get my place at Liverpool for my full degree.
HieroEducation is a new enterprise, offering online language courses. They’re tutored by Jo Kyffin, who has a really sound knowledge of the Egyptian language.
Manchester offers a range of courses, from short, unaccredited starter courses through to the two-year certificate and diploma, which are both fully accredited qualifications.
Tall tales and conspiracy theories
“How could the Egyptians have built the pyramids; it’s too complicated!”
“The Egyptians sailed to South America, ‘cos there’s pyramids and hieroglyphs there too.”
“There’s mysterious caverns underneath the Sphinx…who knows what ancient knowledge might be stored in them!”
“The pyramids weren’t tombs – there was nothing in them!”
“There’s hieroglyphs of helicopters and alien spaceships, y’know.”
Yeah, yeah, we’ve all had it…accosted by someone who’s read a Graham Hancock or Robert Bauval or Erich von Daniken, and are convinced that the pyramids were built by aliens or that the Egyptians were spawned by some fabulous, uber-advanced ancient Atlantean-type race.
We all know it’s just silliness, but sometimes it can be hard to persuade them too, so here’s some sites dedicated to the rubbishment of such conspiracy theories.
Unlike the other sites in this section, the author of this blog, John, isn’t an academic; he calls himself an ‘amateur historian’. He does, however, provide a truly entertaining style of writing and isn’t frightened to take the pyramidiots head on.
Packed full of articles challenging the well-known conspiracy theories about the Sphinx, the pyramids, curses, light bulbs on tomb walls, helicopter hieroglyphs and much, much more.
Don’t be deceived by the slightly alternative-sounding name of this website; it contains a good selection of articles written by some very eminent Egyptologists debunking some of the more ‘alternative’ theories about Egyptian history.
Jason describes himself as a ‘skeptical xenoarchaeologist’ and has written a multitude of articles on the subject. Though not a dedicated Egyptological site, there are several very useful and interesting Egypt-related pieces, and is just too good to miss out.
Again, not a dedicated Egyptological site, but Dr Mike Heiser writes to debunk your typical ancient-alien conspiracy theory, including those related to ancient Egypt. It’s certainly another useful weapon to keep in your arsenal.
Need a break?
Even the best of us need a bit of a break from time-to-time. If this is the case, but you can’t bear to tear yourself away from our beloved land of Kemet, then here’s a few Egypt-related things to help you along.
Firstly, some online ‘social’ games you can play in your browser…
I know very little about Second Life; however, I’ve been told by others that they’ve visited ancient Egyptian sites within the game and that there are even archaeological digs here. If anyone can provide a better description, please do let me know .
This is an MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) which, unlike most other MMOs, isn’t a fighting game, but a co-operative city-building game. You have to download a client to play it (a small piece of software), and it carries an $11.95 per month subscription.
… and next, for the more anti-social gamer …
Children of the Nile is a city-building strategy game. It’s a few years old now, but has beautiful graphics that allow you to zoom right into your town and look around from all angles. You can see your city from the point-of-view of its inhabitants! The developers employed Egyptologists to ensure the gameplay was as close to what we know about how ancient Egyptian society actually worked, so is actually a little educational as well as lots of fun to play.
Pharaoh is another city-building game, with lots of levels, each requiring different criteria to be fulfilled (population level, certain buildings, monuments etc). Released in 1999, the game is, by today’s standards, quite old. However, it’s still lots of fun to play. The link I’ve provided is for an old site, but it’s really useful for finding strategy advice. There’s also an expansion pack available, Cleopatra, which adds more levels to play as well as some extras, such as faster monument building.
… and finally, for when you can hear your credit card calling out to you …
Aakheperure is a very talented artist who produces Egyptian-themed artwork and goods; he has a Redbubble shop (linked in the header) and a Zazzle store, which you can reach here.
The online shop contains a wonderful collection of Egyptian-themed goods, including jewelry, home furnishings, mugs, clothing and, of course, their books.
Here, you can buy Egypt-themed goods, such as language app, a senet game and prints of Mark Millmore’s beautiful artworks.