Discoveries

1. 2007: Discovery (in collaboration with Dr. D. Meeks of Montpellier University) that one of the two unknown ingredients mentioned by Maanakhtef  (New Kingdom) to make a sarcophagus’ varnish is “beeswax” (mnH), opening the door to the pending first reconstruction of an ancient Egyptian varnish.

2. 2007: Discovery that ancient Egyptians had reached the knowledge of “complex-media varnishes “over one thousand years before expected. This discovery changing the history of art and technology as we know it. In fact, it is proposed that these varnishes be labelled as “imperial” (see related JAEI article).

3. 2008: Re-discovery of the art of making various grades of ancient Egyptian blue (pigment). Further opening the door for the rediscovery of the art of sarcophagus making for the “Sarcophagus Project”.

4. 2009: Discovery that the widely used word snTr does not mean “incense” but “scent”, forcing the retranslation of thousands of inscriptions and a revision of the understanding of major theological texts such as the Daily Ritual, as only practised by the pharaoh or the 1st Prophet.

5. 2009: Discovery that Chapter 36 of the Daily Ritual hides a highly complex and previously unseen multilevel rhyming, anaphoric and chiasmic literary composition. Opening the door for the necessity to re-translate and organise the Daily Ritual and forcing revision of our knowledge of ancient Egyptian literature.

6. 2010: General discovery that several Ancient Egyptian numerals are shared with their equivalents in various Indo European languages, as well as with Proto Indo European (see the director’s academia.edu page for a free download of the article). Aspects of this discovery have since then been found to have already been seen by a few scholars across history.

7. 2010-2011: Discovery that the above is also the case for a substantial part of the ancient Egyptian vocabulary, as well as for verbal forms, pronouns, adverbs, etc…leading to the conclusion that and ancestral language must have been common to AE and I.E. languages; perhaps that called Nostratic by some linguists (see AEC-Newsletter No. 18 in particular). Although, it has just been discovered that the above had been previously stated by one Egyptologist and various linguists; these conclusions have been reached independently and through other means. The preliminary results of this research have now appeared in the form of three articles, two in Advances in Egyptology 2 (one by Vartavan, and one by Arakelyan), as well as one in the centre’s AEC Fundamental Research Papers Series (by Vartavan).

8. 2010-2013 : Development of a new system to vocalize ancient Egyptian. Click here for the announcement of this advance and here for its first evaluation by international scholars.

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