Sitchin’s rocket in the tomb of Amenhotep-Huy

If you had ever wondered how I came to be writing cranky blog posts debunking memes on the internet, and for that matter, critiquing old art history publications, it is a slightly organic process for me.  I often use the internet for research and I research Near Eastern iconography, which naturally now and then involves searching for images or publications.

After resolutely excluding Pinterest from searches I quite often also come across links to pseudo-science posts that make uninformed claims about ancient art.  Rather than have a complete meltdown, or shun the internet entirely, I write these responses.  It is surprisingly relaxing, my partner sorts stamps, I sort blog posts, in a manner of speaking.

Today’s example comes from 2015 when I was searching for images from the tomb of Amenhotep (he preferred to be called Huy) for an article I was writing on Meroitic iconography.  I was hoping for a few good photos that I could draw to illustrate the motif of monkeys on date palms.  Instea…

Bullshit Memes #4: Snake Goddesses and Vril girls

Today’s contribution to the pseudo-archaeology hall of shame is a ripper.
There is so much misinformation in the image shown below that I struggled to know where to start.  So hats off to pseudo-'anthropologist' Robert Sepehr for sort-of-winning the internet the day he threw this puppy together in a digital image program.
I laughed noisily…
So what is wrong here you may ask? … the answer is … lots.

The figurines Well let’s start with the four images photoshopped together in a casual fashion that for me alone accurately illustrate just how expansive Sepehr’s knowledge of ancient Minoan cult objects is … the answer to this btw is … 

...his understanding is not wide at all...
Only one of these ladies is an authentic faience figurine from Minoan Crete.The other three are decidedly not.

Can you guess which one is real?
I am really hoping you chose the figurine on the right, because the 2 in the middle are the nastiest reception copies that I have come across in a while.What don’t I like…

Ancient Egyptian girlpower: The female sphinx

It stands to reason that I do not have to introduce the Egyptian sphinx to you.It must be one of the most well known symbols of ancient Egypt, with the enormous limestone sphinx at Giza standing as pinup boy for the entire species.Therefore, I assume you know that the average Egyptian sphinx is an hybrid creature with the body of a lion and the head of a pharaoh.And the pharaoh is male.

That’s more or less the party line, right?
The living image of the sun god So, this piece is going to mess a bit with that, because in ancient Egypt a ‘sphinx’ was not always a lion, nor was it always male. At a stretch, and if you are flexible about classifications, it can sometimes have a completely different head (ram – criosphinx, hawk – hieracosphinx, Set animal, etc), so the big cat body is more or less the only constant. But I will not go down this road here, it is not actually relevant to today’s topic.
Also, bear in mind that the term itself is a generalisation and it is not ancient Egyptian.