Tom Hardwick

Raining Cats, Not Dogs: A Curator’s Take on our Updated Exhibit
January 8, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Editor’s Note: HMNS Curator of the Hall of Ancient Egypt gives an insider’s look into a newly loaned piece on display.  A new loan in the Hall of Ancient Egypt is an arresting reminder of the fact that Westerners have been making myths (and fun) of Pharaonic Egypt for a very long time. Nineteenth century […]

Slipper Coffins Arrive in the Hall of Ancient Egypt
July 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

In my last blog post, I said that the Hall of Ancient Egypt would be cycling some pieces in and out in the spring. Now that the dust has settled, I should introduce one of our new arrivals. Two shadowed eyes stare out at us from a large, round face surrounded by a thick black wig with […]

Last Chance to See Ramesses II and Horemheb! Australian Artifacts Move Home Next Week
May 7, 2016 · Be The First To Comment

by Tom Hardwick and Dirk van Tuerenhout When the Houston Museum of Natural Science planned our Hall of Ancient Egypt, filling its 11,000 square feet with artifacts was not an easy job. Our own collection of Egyptian material is rather small, and that made looking for long-term loans from other museums a logical — and […]

Is Nefertiti still buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb? Archaeologists examine a new theory
October 5, 2015 · 6 Comments

Tutankhamun has been in the news again, following online publication of Nicholas Reeves’s article that suggests that Tut’s tomb may still be keeping a very big secret: the burial of the king who ruled before him, hidden behind the painted walls of Tut’s burial chamber. To cap it all, this mysterious predecessor, Ankhkheperure Smenkhkare, was probably […]



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