Carnivalia — 7/30 – 8/05

The past week’s crop of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals:

Carnival of Space #365

Friday Ark #483

History Carnival #136 (some adult content)

Morsels for the Mind — 01/08/2014

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The scientific tourist #325 — the coffin of Harwa

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago displays this coffin in an oddly understated way, packed in among a bevy of mummies and their grave goods.  It belonged to a man named Harwa, who lived in the early 7th century BC in what is now Thebes.

Coffin of Harwa

Harwa attained an office variously translated as “Grand Steward of the Divine Adoratrice” or “Chief Steward of the Divine Wife” — but recent study of his tomb has revealed that he was essentially the ruler of all of southern Egypt on behalf of the pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty.

As for Harwa’s green face — here’s what a placard has to say about it:

Green was the color of fertility, and often of the god Osiris. Painting the images of dead people with green faces showed that they had become like Osiris and would have eternal life.

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Carnivalia — 7/23 – 7/29

The past week’s selection of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals for you:

Carnivalesque #104 (history)

Carnival of Space #364

Friday Ark #482

Morsels for the Mind

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The scientific tourist #324 — Quirigua’s Stela C

Courtesy of the “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” traveling exhibit, it’s Stela C from the Maya site of Quiriguá in Guatemala:

Stela C, Quirigua

Well, OK — it’s actually a museum quality replica of Stela C.  Quiriguá was a medium-sized site (located in what is now southeastern Guatemala) during the Maya Classic period, attaining its greatest power and status just before the end of the Classic in the 9th century AD.

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Carnivalia — 7/10 – 7/16

The past week’s science-related blog carnivals, for your reading enjoyment:

The Carnival of Space #362

Friday Ark #480

Morsels for the Mind — 11/07/2014

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The scientific tourist #323 — Honest John

On display here (seen at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an Honest John missile — a.k.a. an M31 (or sometimes, MGR-1):

Honest John (M31)

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The scientific tourist #322 — Natural Bridge Caverns

Should you ever find yourself driving in Texas’ hill country, you’d be well advised to spend a few hours visiting the Natural Bridge Caverns, just north of San Antonio.  It’s got a beautiful selection of cavern geology (stalactites and stalagmites and such), it’s a pretty easy walk, and photography is allowed / encouraged.

Natural Bridge entrance

Oh, yes — and there’s a limestone natural bridge, seen here at the cavern entrance, over the shoulder of our guide.

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The scientific tourist #321 — SPAD XIII

Brought to you by the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona — it’s a SPAD XIII fighter:

SPAD XIII

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The scientific tourist #320 — Yak’ant’akw

On display at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, it’s a Yak’ant’akw (Speaking-through post):

Yak'ant'akw (Speaking-through post)

From the placard:

A carved figure such as this one, with its prominent, open mouth, was used during winter ceremonies inside the Bighouse.

A person who held the privilege of speaking on behalf of the hosts would conceal himself behind the figure, projecting his voice forward.  It was as though the ancestor himself was calling to the assembled guests.

This Yak’ant’akw was originally found in Blunden Harbour, British Columbia, and was made of red cedar somewhere around 1860.

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The scientific tourist #319 — Huehueteotl

Found in the ruins of Teotihuacan, and now on display in Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, it’s Huehueteotl:

Huehuetotl

Huehueteotl is a central Mexican / Aztec deity associated with fire.  He is one of a very few mesoamerican gods depicted as a very old man (as one of the world’s founding deities), usually hunched over with wrinkled face and no teeth.  He is also depicted with a bowl on his head — this is a brazier which may have once held incense.

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