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The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt

Published on Jul 27, 2007
John D. Ray1
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John D. Ray2
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Abstract While Homo sapiens is without doubt our planet’s most advanced species capable of imagining, creating and implementing tools, one of the many observable trends in evolution is the accelerating merger of biology and technology at increasing levels of scale. This is not surprising, given that our technology can be seen from a perspective in which the sensorimotor and, subsequently, prefrontal areas of our brain increasingly extending its motor (as did our evolutionary predecessors), perce...
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#1Rik Peels (VU: VU University Amsterdam)H-Index: 9
A large number of scientists and several news platforms have, over the last few years, been speaking of a replication crisis in various academic disciplines, especially the biomedical and social sciences. This paper answers the novel question of whether we should also pursue replication in the humanities. First, I create more conceptual clarity by defining, in addition to the term “humanities,” various key terms in the debate on replication, such as “reproduction” and “replicability.” In doing s...
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#1Caitlin Curtis (Griffith University)H-Index: 6
#2Craig D. Millar (University of Auckland)H-Index: 26
Last. David M. Lambert (Griffith University)H-Index: 41
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In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte’s army invaded Egypt, returning with many treasures including large numbers of Sacred Ibis mummies. The ancient Egyptians revered the ibis and mummified literally millions of them. The French naturalist Georges Cuvier used these mummies to challenge an emerging idea of the time, namely Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s theory of evolution. Cuvier detected no measurable differences between mummified Sacred Ibis and contemporary specimens of the same species. Consequently, he arg...
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#1Andrew Hammond (Aston University)H-Index: 1
This paper makes a contribution towards deciphering the relationship between museums, politics and impact. I suggest that this is akin to that between three languages in the early 19th century: Greek, Demotic and Hieroglyphs. I argue that museums should be taken much more seriously by the discipline of politics and international relations. This paper begins with an analysis of the REF 2014 Impact Case Studies submitted under the Politics and International Studies Unit of Assessment. Thereafter, ...
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#1Rik Peels (VU: VU University Amsterdam)H-Index: 9
#2Lex M. Bouter (VU: VU University Amsterdam)H-Index: 142
In this article, we argue that the debate on the poor reproducibility of scientific research has overlooked an entire field: replication is also possible and desirable in the humanities. So far, the debate on replicability has been carried out primarily in the biomedical, natural and social sciences. It turns out that, for a wide variety of reasons, many of which lead to selective reporting, a large proportion of studies in these fields are not replicable, sometimes as many as 70 percent. In thi...
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#1Dominic Wyse (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 13
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#1Richard J. Cox (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 15
Archives, often targeted for destruction in war, are also given meaning in these conflicts. Institutions with an archival function (archives, museums, and libraries) are destroyed, but new repositories are often created in their place. War even provides an impetus for the creation of new documentary forms. This essay explores archives within the framework of memory studies, specifically that part focusing on war. Drawing on the growing rich scholarly literature on war memory, this essay addresse...
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The success of the cryptographic technique during World War II in decoding enemy ciphers holds an enduring impact on archaeologists working on decoding ancient scripts. The conviction to break open any code, in theory, employing scientific methods, mathematical formulae and computers, gives rise to a cryptographic imagination. This epistemological articulation apprehends the ancient script as a military cryptogram that could be cracked through scientific intervention. I examine cryptographic ima...
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