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    Cyber-Egyptology

    There's not that much information, but it seems interesting.

    Czech scientists have connected cybernetics and Egyptology in a project that enables to get to know detailed relations between dignitaries, the ruling dynasty members and priests in Ancient Egypt, the Czech Technical University (CVUT) said in a press release on Monday.
    The CVUT experts, who participate in the project, have managed to sort out and arrange fragmented data about almost 5,000 people gathered from various sources to create remarkable networks of relations between significant persons in Ancient Egypt.
    Egyptologists, from the Czech Institute of Egyptology of the Faculty of Arts of Prague's Charles University, headed by Miroslav Barta, are studying the period of the Old Kingdom of Egypt (2700-2180 BC). Veronika Dulikova with her team is creating a database of the ancient top officials who were buried in Abousir and the surrounding burial grounds in Sakhara and Giza.
    The information on these people is incomplete and it would need a superhuman effort to connect these data and identify their relations. However, this task can be solved with the aid of artificial intelligence and cybernetics.
    When creating the networks, researchers had to keep in mind family relations as well as the influences of interest groups that played an important role in filling high posts. They managed to reconstruct a very complex structure, including members of the ruling families, viziers, priests, judges and top officials.
    The scientists present the results of their work with an example of one dignitary named Ty. The used method proves that he stood close to viziers and supreme officials.
    Egyptologists also use the gathered data for a comparison with trends in other civilisations. It turns out that many regularities and relations from the ancient times are valid at present as well.
    Cybernetics helps Egyptologists learn ancient dignitaries | Prague Monitor

    https://indico.fjfi.cvut.cz/event/98...ntribution.pdf

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    I enjoy very much reading ancient history.
    The amount of information has ballooned, with detailed timelines !
    But, reading about Hobbey Lobby - the craft mega store, also in the religious business. Seems they were buying Irainian/ Iraqian antiquities.
    That is not big news, but the subject matter is - it reveals a Sumerian site.
    Thanks from Madeline, Friday13 and The Man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helena View Post
    Are they extracting DNA from human remains of the era?

    That's astounding!

    Brilliant scientists.

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    I don't think it's DNA-based, although that could be part of it. They say they use "fragmentary information from heterogenous data sources." These are the faces and probably the main authors of the project:

    https://cegu.ff.cuni.cz/en/institute/staff/dulikova/

    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Radek_Marik

    The current state of Egyptological research faces a problem to process the huge volume of data. Researchers have dealt with the datasets consisting of thousands entities. Such a volume cannot be evaluated efficiently and rigorously using a traditional manual manner of paper and pencil. Although methods of complex networks (CNA) have been used for the quantification of a number of historical aspects, nobody has yet applied CNA to the Old Kingdom context.
    This paper proposes a new approach based on the method of complex network analysis which provides new possibilities for the better understanding of the Old Kingdom social and administrative developments. The treatise demonstrates the first promising results of this technique on an assessment of nepotism in the second half of the Old Kingdom exemplified in the numerous illustrative graphical visualizations.

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