- 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
... and next, for the more anti-social gamer ...
... and finally, for when you can hear your credit card calling out to you ...