Tom Hardwick

From the Curator | Old Beads Get New Lease of Life
January 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Most of the museum’s Egyptian collections are on display in the Hall of Ancient Egypt,  supplemented by loans from other institutions. What is kept in our object storage is generally material that’s not so exciting, well preserved, or important. For a long time, though, there was an exception: this mound of loose beads. Made of […]

Happy Egyptian New Year
August 20, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

The stale sticky days of high summer are upon Houston – and also Egypt (although the Egyptian summer has stayed mild so far). What time of year could feel less fresh? For the Egyptians, however, now was the start of the year, a time of new beginnings. Egypt, as no Egyptologist can avoid telling you, […]

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: An Egyptologists’ Take on Quarantine Hair
May 31, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

It’s been hard to avoid the online memes and gags about hairdos in the time of corona. Have you let it all go wild, or taken matters into your own hands? As it happens, something in the Hall of Ancient Egypt reminds us that the Egyptians had hair concerns of their own. And, as today, […]

A Whole New Amuletic World with Hall of Ancient Egypt Curator
April 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

While the Museum is closed I thought I’d share some photographs of objects in the Hall of Ancient Egypt that might not get as much attention as they deserve. These four little pieces, all under an inch tall, are today’s subjects for some time in the limelight. Concern for one’s place in an uncertain and […]



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