COSI’s Lost Egypt Exhibition


Is This How the Ancient Egyptians Built It? by COSI
September 9, 2008, 8:20 am
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Author: Kate

This is one of the rooms that will be in the Lost Egypt exhibit – an area talking about tombs, artwork and hieroglyphics.

Hieroglyphic Room 1

Hieroglyphic Room 1

When the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids and tombs, they used solid materials like limestone and granite. On the Lost Egypt project, we need materials that are going to be durable (although not quite as durable as the Pyramids!) to last for the entire 6+ year tour of the exhibition, as it travels around the U.S., but also lightweight and easy to assemble at each new location. Wood panels that fit together using camlocks are a good solution. Showing up at the next venue with semi trucks filled with limestone ready for assembly would be a bit challenging….where are those pyramid builders when you need them?

Hieroglyphic Room 2

Hieroglyphic Room 2

Hieroglyphic Room 3

Hieroglyphic Room 3

We modeled the front façade of this room after the Karnak and Luxor temple complexes we saw in Luxor, Egypt. Transforming the simple wood structures into something that looks like stone is going to take some work, and involve the help of our Science Museum of Minnesota partners and scenic painters.

Temple Complex

Temple Complex

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Adventures of Being an American by Carli
March 6, 2008, 8:13 pm
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Author: Carli

Before coming to Egypt, I was asked by countless friends and family to die my hair in order to better blend in. Well clearly there is no blending for our group. We are loud, boisterous Americans with giant equipment, and sunburned skin (sorry Mom). The local women are mostly wrapped in their traditional hegab, headscarf, and often follow behind the men in their group. So I prepared myself for some serious discomfort, but have found that it is certainly not the case.

The people are warm and friendly, and have an amazing sense of humor. Almost everyone we have encountered speaks a bit of broken English, and enjoys our long pause of mass befuddlement as we sort through their casual sarcasm. They are delighted by our tourism and of course, our checkbooks. I do get a few uncomfortable stares, and the occasional shouted comment, which I am glad not to understand, but it is not any more than would be expected walking through a parking lot of tailgaters before a Bengals game.

And if I could pick one highlight from today’s adventures, it would be when our Egyptologist, Bahaa Gaber, showed us how to write COSI in hieroglyphics. I shot a video of this, but because there wasn’t much light it didn’t come out after uploading it to YouTube.

PS – The last tomb we visited today was called Amenkherkhepshaf. Say that three times fast. Or maybe even just once.

Inside Epuy’s Tomb – Showcase of Art



Some Colors of Life Never Fade by Kate
March 4, 2008, 7:19 pm
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Author: Kate

One of the most amazing things was seeing colors still on the walls after thousands of years. Many of the images of everyday life in Egypt were faded to the color of the original stone, but there were bits of rust-orange, blue-green faience, and ochre yellow contrasting with the warm brown of the stone.

We ended up at the Tomb of Ptah-hotep, which was absolutely beautiful. Relief-carved hieroglyphics were right next to intricate images of life in Egypt, with scenes of offerings to the deceased and scenes from life in ancient Egypt – people preparing food, a scribe writing, idealized figures of men and women in rich colors adorning the walls.

Yesterday I thought nothing could be as incredible as seeing the pyramids and the Sphinx – that every day after that couldn’t help but be a bit of a letdown. Instead, each day brings new surprises and stories.

Carli Asked Our Guide What the Hieroglyphics Mean