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23 - 29 December 1999
Issue No. 461
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Cyber journey to Egypt

http://guardians.net/egypt

One of the most stimulating and rich sites about Egypt on the Web. If you visit the Guardians Egypt site once, you are sure to return again and again. Whoever you are, "this site is for you", says the main page of the site. And this is no exaggeration. The huge site includes 21 sections, each of which can be considered a site in its own right.

At first sight, you might get the impression that the site was created by an organisation concerned with Egypt's antiquities and treasures. But keep going and you will discover it is much more than that. It was created and is maintained by one Andrew Bayuk, who after his first trip to Egypt, was so taken with the country, its history and modern-day culture, that he began to compile an extensive library while continuing to visit Egypt on a regular basis.

"I spent a lot of my own time constantly adding to the content and updating links to other Egypt sites throughout the Web. Guardians Egypt enjoys continued high acclaim from TV, magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world," Bayuk said.

The "Cyber Journey" section provides intriguing views of the pyramids and various tombs, temples and antiquities, alongside up-to-date information and interviews with learned scholars in the field. The pyramids of Giza and Saqqara, as well as those of Dahshur, Medium, and Abu Sir, are all there.

The latest news in the world of antiquities can be found in the "What's New" section. Here you can find a list of websites on Egypt which was last updated just last month. It includes the official website of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), giving an idea about the staff of the SCA and their work to preserve, conserve and manage the treasures of Egypt. The section also includes photos by Steve Underwood of the Giza pyramids, the sphinx and the temples of Luxor, Karnak and Abu Simbel.

"Order Egypt Books" is another interesting link. It is a well thought out selection of Egyptology books, software and videos recommended by the site. Just click on a title to learn more about its contents and if you like what you see you can order it directly.

Should you want to know more about ancient Egyptian life, you can visit the "Ancient Egypt" section which provides links to sites that feature all aspects of ancient Egypt, including history, religion, literature, recipes, the role of women in the Pharaonic, Ptolemaic and Amarna period's, funerary customs and more.

"Cool Digs" is another section that gives details of current excavations in Egypt. Here you will find a link to the Valley of the Kings Foundation website covering the 1998/99 archaeological seasons as well as the 1997 field season at Giza. Mark Lehner reports on the activities of his excavation in the workmen's village there.

The "Kids' Section" is a pleasure for both young and old, covering the subjects of most interest to those learning about ancient Egypt. "From pyramids to mummies, hieroglyphs to Pharaohs, Egypt has always fascinated kids," the site says. This section also contains many interesting links of special interest to children.

One of the most enjoyable links is the British Museum's site. It includes information about Egyptian life, gods and goddesses, mummification, pyramids and more, all very well laid out and with accurate and enticing information presented in a simple manner.

The clickable mummy is another interesting page in the Kids' Section that allows you, or actually your kid, to click on parts of a picture of a mummy and learn all about it. Macabre? Not at all, it is, in fact, a lesson in anatomy.

Do not hesitate to visit this site. It is highly recommended.

Reviewed by Rehab Saad

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