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Nicole B. Hansen

Nicole B. Hansen
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Nicole B. Hansen received her PhD and MA in Egyptology from the University of Chicago and her BA in Egyptology from UC Berkeley. She worked for the Giza Plateau Mapping Project at the Giza Pyramids and for the Theban Mapping Project’s Cairo office. She taught courses on Egyptian art, language and culture at the University of Chicago, the American University in Cairo and Amideast. She has a special interest in the continuity of ancient Egyptian culture until the present day, animals, medicine, magic and culinary history and lives in a village in Luxor a short distance from the archaeological sites.

Egyptian Iconoclasm: The Mother of All Art Destruction

  In spring 2020, the news was full of stories of American protesters tearing down monumental statues across the country. In the wake of Black...

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Isis And Osiris

  Forget Romeo and Juliet, or even Caesar and Cleopatra. The first tragic love story in history is that of ancient Egyptian gods Isis and...

10 Surprising Facts about Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III

  Thutmose III, also known as Thutmosis or Tuthmosis, was arguably one of the greatest military kings that ever ruled Egypt. He engaged relentlessly in...

Comparing Akhenaten’s Amarna Period Art to Traditional Egyptian Art

The Amarna Period is known for its religious iconoclasm. The pharaoh Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten to reflect his worship of a...

Flinders Petrie: Father of Archaeology

Sir Flinders Petrie excavated over 40 sites in Egypt. His collection forms the basis of the Petrie Museum of Archaeology and other archaeologists are indebted to the methodologies he developed.

African Tribal Masks: 10 Facts to Know

African masks, masquerades, Sindika Dokola, African tribal masks, tribal masks, African adzes, Chewa mask, African Secret Societies, Igbo masks, sub-Saharan Africa, Musée d'Ethnographie du Trocadéro, Senegal museum, Benin museum, Musée du Quai Branly

The Role of Women in Ancient Egyptian Civilization

Women played both traditional and prominent roles in ancient Egyptian society, power structures and religion. We know as much about their lives as men from art, archaeological remains and texts.

Traveling to EGYPT? Your Must Guide for History Lovers and Collectors

Egypt is a bucket list destination for anyone interested in ancient history, culture, archaeology or art. Here is your curated itinerary based on 20 years living in Egypt.

Jean Francois Champollion & The Rosetta Stone (Things You Didn’t Know)

Jean-François Champollion is called the father of Egyptology. Using the Rosetta Stone uncovered during the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt, he was able to decipher the ancient Egyptian language

Howard Carter: Discoverer of the Tomb of King Tut (Tutankhamun)

How did Howard Carter went from being an uneducated artist painting pet portraits to the excavator of the most spectacular archaeological find of all time, the tomb of Tutankhamun.

12 Objects from Egyptian Daily Life That Are Also Hieroglyphs

In the final article in a series of three, you will get a glimpse of Egyptian daily life through objects that were used as hieroglyphic signs in writing and art.

12 Egyptian Hieroglyphs of People and Their Body Parts

In the second of a series of three articles, you will learn about some of the most common and unusual Egyptian hieroglyphs showing human beings and parts of their body.

12 Animal Hieroglyphs and How the Ancient Egyptians Used Them

The first in a three part series on Egyptian hieroglyphs, this article reveals the meaning and some fascinating facts about animal hieroglyphs the ancient Egyptians used in their writing and art.

How Ancient Egyptians Lived and Worked in the Valley of Kings

The men who prepared the tombs in the Valley of the Kings used a collaborative process to decorate one of the most famous archaeological sites