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    How do you even follow threads on this thing? I keep giving it a try but other than looking at nice pictures I end up getting lost in how to track what’s being read and how to read it. Feeling a bit sheepish that a social media has gotten ahead/away from me, but there ya go…. maybe I’m getting old.

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    Free Academic Resources Masterpost


    OK, folks, this is the promised masterpost on the places where you can satisfy your craving for knowledge on Ancient Egypt for free, or nearly free.

    I have to admit that when I started researching this, I knew of far less places than I do today, so whatever comes out of this, it has been a fun and useful learning experience.

    This list seems huge but is by no means exhaustive, so I’m calling everyone in the community to contribute. If you find another corner of the web that has some interesting stuff, feel free to add it here.
    I am calling @intaier, @thepaperwitch, @thetwistedrope, @merelygifted, @bigbadjackal and @pajamapartyonrasbarque in particular to contribute because I know they have a certain academic slant, but everyone is invited!
    The more, the merrier!

    Before we start, here are some pieces of advice:

    • If you are in college or university, there is a chance that your institution will have a subscription to JSTOR and some other scholarly journals about egyptology, as well as some relevant databases. Check it out and milk it while you can, as much as you can.
    • If you are no longer in college/university, check if you alma mater gives its  alumni access to its journal/database subscriptions. Some do (mine doesn’t -  T_T)
    • If you look around on the web, chanches are that you will find PDF versions of scholarly books about Ancient Egypt. Legality might be an issue, though. It’s up to you.
    • Make use of inter-library loans to get the books you need through your local library. You will be surprised at what you can get.

    Now on to the list, broken down by category.

    Completely Free, No Registration Required - scholarly articles

    SAOC - The Oriental Institute of Chicago offers sixty-something monographies for free in pdf to download on their website. Among the Highlights, the “book of Going Forth by Day” translated by T.G. Allen and “Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice” by Ritner.

    BIFAO - This is from the French Institute of Oriental Studies. The entire collection of their Bulletin publication up to 2009 is avalable to download for free. Years 2010-2015 are behind a paywall. It’s in French though.

    ENIM - This is a French online open-access journal of Egyptology, that allows free download of all its collection. Some articles are in English, but most are in French. Monographies are also available to download for free.

    BMSAES - The British Museum Studies In Ancient Egypt and Sudan journal, published online by the British Museum on an open-access basis, which means it’s all free.

    The UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology - Curated by the UCLA, this is a collection of peer-reviewed articles (it means that they are fact-checked by other scholars before publication) on various topics related to the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. There is a fuller version with indexed search, interactive maps and links at this other link. You will need to register for access, but you can use several popular access options like Google Accounts or OpenID.
    It’s still work in progress, so not all topics have been written up yet. Might be worth checking at regular intervals.

    AWOL - The Ancient World Online Index lists online, open-access publications about the Ancient World. The data is mined from a sister curated blog, and there is a fair amount of stuff on Ancient Egypt and Mythology. Languages may vary. There is a lot of stuff in English, but also a bunch of things in French, German and Dutch and even a publication in Italian, from the Turin Museum.

    Completely Free, No Registration Required - other resources

    Beinlich Wordlist - This is a dictionary of Ancient Egyptian hosted by the Fitz Museum of Cambridge UK. Since it derives from a German print work, it can be searched only through the German translation, or with the “manuel de codage” (a standard notation used to transliterate hieroglyphs) transliteration of the word you’re looking for. Still pretty damn useful.

    The Theban Mapping Project - This is basically an interactive map of the Valley of The Kings and the other Valleys, with info on every single tomb. It’s rad, and there is some bibliography as well, if you search through the tabs.

    The Online Archive of the Griffiths Institute - This Oxford-based Institute has digitised and made available online for free a whole bunch of amazing stuff, such as the photographs from the Tutankhamon dig, photographs from Petrie’s digs, “vintage” watercolours, tracings and squeezes of ancient paintings and reliefs, and a whole corpus of hieratic inscriptions. It’s really interesting.

    Pyramid Texts Online - exactly what it says on the tin. From the Pyramid of Unas. You can search by placement on the pyramid walls, read the complete english translation, or look at the complete hieroglyph transcription.

    Wepwawet Wiki - Info on the NTRW, organised and mantained by the KO temple. Lists epithets and offerings (the latter from UPG and KO practice).

    Partially Free, No Registration Required

    The Memphis University Bibliography - This is a list of resources available to read online of download in PDF, curated by the University of Memphis (the one in the US, not in Egypt, unfortunately). Last updated in March 2015, it has a lot of material, including lots and lost of stuff from Assman and Hornung, but be careful as individual documents might be behind a paywall (they are so many, it’s hard to check them all).

    Partially Free, Registration Required

    JSTOR - It’s a hub website that publishes a lot of scholarly journals in the field of humanities. If you have an academic subscription through your college/university, chanches are that you can access a lot of it. If not, most stuff is behind a paywall, but there is a way around. You can register for free and with this free account you are allocated a “shelf” where you can place up to three articles, which you can read online for free (not all articles are available in this fashion, though). You can only take articles off your shelf after a set number of days (15 days or a month, IDR). They are on Tumblr, too. - This is more or less like a social network for researchers, where people from different fields post their publications in order to get comments or disseminate them more widely and boost their citations. Some people upload entire books or their Master/PhD thesis. Some folks only add an abstract or a title for their publications but don’t make the full-text available. That probably depends on journal/publisher policies. You can follow researchers or research topics and the relevant publications will end up in your feed. You can also opt to get email alerts when your favourite researchers publish something new, and periodic digests of new publications for your topics. There are quite a few BNPs of Egyptology on there, like Manfred Bietak, Dimitri Meeks and Salima Ikram and Ian Shaw, among others. You can also join sessions of discussion about draft papers (it depends, some are by invitation only). You can log in with Facebook or a Google account.

    Researchgate - Is quite similar to, but more geared to the biomedical sciences, IMHO. It has a “Questions” feature that is quite interesting. I have seen a few papers on bioarcheology or geoarcheology. You will need an institutional email for this one (there might be workarounds, though).

    Weblists and Webrings - Big list of Egypt-themed websites. Doesn’t seem to be very well-annotated (especially towards the end), or well-organised, and not all of the websites seem to be particularly academic, but it’s worth a shot.

    Sefkhet’s list of online resources - This one is much better annotated and split in sections about online databases, dig websites, learned societies, etc. Problem is, it seems to have been last updated in 2007, so not all links might work (the one for the Akhet Hwt Hrw temple is as dead as a dodo, for example). - This list is smaller but more current and is mantained by the Sussex Egyptology Society. Not all links are academic. There is a travel agency specialised in archeo-tours and even a jewellry website.

    Very useful. FYI: Wepwawet Wiki is run by a person who is associated with Kemetic Orthodoxy, but it is not an official temple website, and we have no control over it, nor does it speak for anyone other than the authors.

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