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2 days ago
engbren
Thanks Shostik, The paper is one that I am aware of and found quite useful for locating reference material. From an Egyptian perspective, there are various authors with different reconstructions of the Sed festival that it becomes a very difficult path to follow. Regards, Brendan
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2 days ago
engbren
Hi Manu and Seasmith, As I wrote previously, we should consider both models. There are a few issues that we need to be aware of with respect to this model, both of which don’t exclude it. The first is that knowledge of Taurus as a constellation represented by a bull is only known from the later periods where mixture of Babylonian and Greek skylore occurs. Taurus unmistakably features in the
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3 days ago
engbren
I have spun out a section of my paper on whether Saturn is the design theme of Khufu’s pyramid into a seperate paper on the mathematics. This looks at the extant mathematical sources for evidence of development of techniques used in mathematical astronomy:
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5 days ago
engbren
Manu Wrote: > Hello Brendan, > > > Comments: > 1) The original source of the authorship matters > to some extent, I agree, however what's more > important is the evidence presented. What were > Champollion and Brugsch actually saying whether or > not grandfathered by Plutarch? > Hi Manu, We are entirely aligned here. I've not had the time to chase
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24 days ago
engbren
Hi Manu, I'm not sure there's ever a great time to publish - but I've been very short of time to work on furthering this idea of late. I've written up below some thoughts on an idea I have been exploring, so I see this as an interesting opportunity to look at how we can develop a set of tests to falsify this idea, or your idea. Joanne Conman’s book “Ancient Egyptian Sky Lore - Rethinking t
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4 weeks ago
engbren
Hi Manu, Thanks for the long post and thinking of my Saturn project! I have another idea on why Saturn is named the sky bull and it will be a good exercise to compare and contrast to test both ideas out. I'm not quite ready to publish my thoughts on that idea so will need a few weeks before I come back to you. Regards, Brendan
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6 weeks ago
engbren
I’ve published an update to my paper here:
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6 weeks ago
engbren
The Nebraska Sky Disk came up as a topic in another forum recently. Apparently there is quite a bit of information if you are fluent in German here:
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2 months ago
engbren
Hi Holger, No problems - The main concern I had in reading your poster was that the knowledge of the comet stream had been ascribed without any cultural background or context. The papers I referred you to do not specifically discuss the scenes you have queried. The Assman book was more for background and context to the Egyptian mythology to which these scenes may belong. If you can read Fr
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2 months ago
engbren
Hi Holger, After reviewing your poster, I am unclear what connection there is between the comet stream in question and the iconography in the Dendera temple. Here’s a few resources that may help: Assmann, Jan, Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt Translated from the German, Cornell University Press, 2005, chapter 8 Belmonte, Juan, The Ramesside Star Clocks and the Ancient Egyptian Conste
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2 months ago
engbren
I’ve posted another minor update to add in some details of known planetary texts. The update is here:
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2 months ago
engbren
Thankyou Manu for posting your photos the past couple of days. Awesome photos and very much appreciated. Regards, Brendan
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2 months ago
engbren
I’ve published a minor update based on feedback by HoM members Kanga and Hermione. This update provides more clarity around dating of the Karnak Clepsydra and RMP.
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2 months ago
engbren
I have published an update to my paper here: Changes in this version include: 1. Removed the discussion on the Westcar Papyrus story of Djedi. 2. Removed the discussion of the sed festival rites; 3. Added in data from classical sources; 4. Expanded discussion on the pyramidion of the Satellite Pyramid of Khufu. Regards, Brendan
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4 months ago
engbren
Hi Think, It was Josef Dorner that studied G1-d pyramidion and published an appendix in Hawass paper. You can download a copy of the paper from Digital Giza here: Regards, Brendan
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4 months ago
engbren
Hi Gary, That really didn’t provide the context I was after. It did clear up that your hypothesis is a message from an advanced civilisation sent through knowledge of the fine structure constant. I’ll pose my questions again - why is it reasonable to believe the number can 137 can only represent the inverse alpha? What alternatives have you considered for the number being present? For examp
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4 months ago
engbren
G. Osborn Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > A number that would be deemed a plausible > ‘reciprocal alpha value’ would be within the > 137.03 range from 137.029 to 137.04. > Could you explain why this range is plausible for a reciprocal alpha value? Further, even where a number is expressed in this range, what other context gives you confidence th
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4 months ago
engbren
engbren Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > seasmith Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > engbren Wrote: > > > -------------------------------------------------- > > > ----- > > > Hi Seasmith, > > > > > > That is consistent with Wainwright's diagram > of &
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4 months ago
engbren
seasmith Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > engbren Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > Hi Seasmith, > > > > That is consistent with Wainwright's diagram of > > the Big Dipper - ie it remains facing the > opposite > > direction to that found in the art. As it > rotates >
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5 months ago
engbren
Hi Seasmith, That is consistent with Wainwright's diagram of the Big Dipper - ie it remains facing the opposite direction to that found in the art. As it rotates around the pole, it will never face the direction depicted in the art. Regards, Brendan
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5 months ago
engbren
Dr. Troglodyte Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- The image above posted by Dr. T illustrates the very problem raised by Conman quite nicely. The top image is Meskhetiu as shown in Fig. 1 of G.A. Wainwrights paper. The bottom image shows various representations of the Big Dipper / Great Bear / Ursa Major as it appears when it rotates in the Northern sky. Wainwr
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5 months ago
engbren
Hi Dr T., In the above text, you assert that Khepesh, or the Ox Thigh or Leg represents our Big Dipper. I am unsure if that is true. The assignment of the Big Dipper to the Egyptian constellation Meskhetiu was proposed by G.A. Wainwright in his paper "A Pair of Constellations" presented in Studies Presented to F. Ll. Griffith, a copy of which may be borrowed here: on pp373 - 375, Wa
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5 months ago
engbren
Merrell Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > engbren Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > ... > > > Conman has, in my opinion, done enough to call > > into question the identification of Meskhetiu > as > > the Big Dipper, warranting an exploration of > her > > proposed alt
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5 months ago
engbren
Looking at the Meskhetiu claim, the supporting evidence is sprinkled throughout the book. The first set of claims which challenge the generally accepted view can be broadly viewed as an argument that Wainwright incorrectly ascribed Meskhetiu to the Big Dipper. Conman’s supporting arguments include: 1. Wainwright cites a secondary source of Dieterich by leveraging select quotes contained in No
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5 months ago
engbren
Thanos5150 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > engbren Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > In her book "Ancient Egyptian Skylore" > published > > in 2013, Joanne Conman presents a vastly > different > > view of the ancient Egyptian firmament than has > > been established els
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5 months ago
engbren
In her book "Ancient Egyptian Skylore" published in 2013, Joanne Conman presents a vastly different view of the ancient Egyptian firmament than has been established elsewhere. In her view, the 19th Century scholars made the wrong determination on a number of "constellations", amongst them Meskhetiu. In her view, Meskhetiu is not a constellation but rather a planet, and the mos
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5 months ago
engbren
Hi Jacob, You consider the discussion on areas of a circle in Richard J. Gillings "Mathematics in the time of the Pharaohs", Dover Publications 1982 pp 139 - 146. Regards
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5 months ago
engbren
Hi Jacob, Since we are aligned on Rossi's statement on pi, you will find in her latest paper "On Measuring Ancient Egyptian Architecture", published in The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology in 2020: QuoteRossi When we take measurements, we collect three types of data: information that the ancient Egyptians possessed (first) and information that they did not possess, including both inf
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6 months ago
engbren
Sirfiroth Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Hi engbren, > > The problem #50 RMP does not say (8/9)d^2 that is > our interpretation for what is simply: > subtract 1/9 of of the diameter which leaves > 8 khet. The area is 8 multiplied by 8, or 64 > setat, > > Problem #10 MMP S = 2d(8/9)(8/9)d our > interpertation. > Exam
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6 months ago
engbren
Hi Jacob, Isn’t there a problem in that the examples of calculations of area of a circle from RMP and MMP involve (8/9)^2 which we interpret as an approximate for Pi/4? Why use 14/11 in this instance? Regards, Brendan
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