The British Museum's current large exhibition is about Ice Age Art, and we went to see it earlier this month (just before we went away on holiday in fact, which is why the delay in writing about it :) ).
The last episode of Lost Kingdoms of South America looked at the Chimú people and their Kingdom of Chimor. They lived in the coastal areas of Peru from around 800AD through to 1400AD when they were conquered by the Incas. The coast of Peru is a desert broken up by river valleys created by the melt water from the Andes running down to the Pacific Ocean.
The third episode of Lost Kingdoms of South America was about El Dorado - and the cultures that might've been the truth behind this Spanish legend. The legend as we know it today is about a golden city, but the original Spanish writers talk about a man who scatters gold dust over himself "as if it were salt" and washes it off in a sacred lake - a man who regards the wearing of solid gold ornaments as "vulgar".
For TV night this week we watched the documentary about the finding of Richard III's remains that was aired on Monday evening on Channel 4. It was presented by someone I didn't really recognise - Simon Farnaby - who turns out to be a comedian who does the Horrible Histories programmes (which I haven't watched, but know about).
Sunday's talk at the Essex Egyptology Group meeting was given by Rosalind Janssen and she told us about the life and death of John Devitt Stringfellow Pendlebury. He was an archaeologist in the 1930s who worked in Crete and in Egypt (at Amarna, the site of Akhenaten's new city). When WWII broke out he joined the British Intelligence Service, and was killed in Crete during the war at the age of 36.
I've decided to write up notes on the non-fiction books I'm reading in chunks, coz frequently that's how I read them - in sections, with fiction in between to clear the palate, so's to speak :)
On Sunday Rebecca Bradshaw came to the Essex Egyptology Group to give a talk on the archaeology she did in the Delta area of Egypt earlier this year. She's currently a PhD student at the University of London, and she had asked the EEG (and other Egyptology societies) for help with funding her trip to the Delta to get archaeological experience between her MPhil & her PhD (the trip was originally planned for spring 2011, but had to be postponed because of the unrest in Egypt).