Vintage Instagram

The first portion of the 2017-2018 field season has been very successfully completed. We hope to post a number of photos and videos of the work, once we complete a press release regarding some of the more interesting aspects of the work, which concentrated on rock art—and the discovery of several new rock art sites—Late Roman "enigmatic" settlements in the Eastern Desert and a never explored former well in the Eastern Desert that contained ample Predynastic, Protodynastic, and Roman Period material (including the burial of a woman who was one of the local desert elite about 3200 BCE, with material from both the Nile Valley and the Red Sea). Here I am in what was one of my favorite work outfits of late—a 1940s top and 1930s jodhpurs from @fashionistavintage, and the ubiquitous @thefryecompany boots, with 1930s Bombay bowler pith helmet, and vintage scarf as puggaree. I am in the Festival Court (2nd court) of the mortuary temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu. Perhaps the best preserved temple of the New Kingdom, Ramesses III incorporated within the precinct of his temple the earlier Eighteenth Dynasty temple of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III, itself built atop the remains of a temple of the Eleventh Dynasty (ca. 2000 BCE). Ptolemaic and Roman texts at that temple tell us that the areas was the Theban home of the Ogdoad, the first four male-female pairs during the process of differentiation of oneness into balanced pairs that is the heart of Egyptian creation accounts. . #egyptologist #egyptology #ancientegypt #truevintageootd #truevintage #pithhelmet #parasol #inmyfrye #egyptiantemple #medinethabu #archaeologist #archaeology #hieroglyphs #hieroglyphic #ramesses #rameses #thebes #luxor #hatshepsut

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Yesterday I received a surprise gift (from a fellow Durham resident) of an amazing collection of textiles, primarily of Safavid and Qajar Iranian and ninteteenth century Indian origin. The pieces, many whole, but a few of the older being fragmentary, were collected by the editor of a Victorian magazine, who had a residence in New York and apparently had left this collection of Indo-Persian treasures in a trunk along with a few late Victorian and Edwardian aprons. At least a couple of the pieces appear to be of seventeeth century date, and research continues feverishly at the Darnell household. Many of the textiles were tent hangings of the sort that have been used in the Near East from remote antiquity through the Islamic Period, and well attested in ancient Egypt in the elaborate patterns of ceiling designs that one can see especially in Eighteenth Dynasty tombs. I thought my 1930s green gown (from @vintagevirtuosa) would coordinate well with the silk and embroidery designs. Just visible in the shot is the bottom of an empire chest of drawers, probably manufactured in New York that apparently belonged to Dr. Mathewson when he purchased our house from Dr. Childs in 1845. . #truevintage #1930s #1930sdress #1930sfashion #truevintageootd #safavid #antiquefurniture #antiquetextile #fashion #fashionphotography #textile #textiles #antiquetextiles #antiquefurniture #historichome #antiquehome #victoriana

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Vintage Egyptologists in front of an important Predynastic Egyptian rock art site on the northern edge of the Wadi Hilal east of Elkab. The rock behind us has a very large Naqada II period (ca. 3500-3250 BCE) flotilla that was "updated' during the Naqada III period (ca. 3250-3100 BCE). In conjunction with other material, including inscriptions we have recorded at other sites, this helps explain the significance of earlier boat graffiti, because we can see how later visitors revised the iconography. This is the site in which we developed our new epigraphic recording technique, pioneered with the help of Alberto Urcia. John is wearing vintage boots and jodhpurs with a "Redhead" brand shooting vest (that has dozens of cartridge holders!). I am wearing an Edwardian blouse and vintage skirt from @wildfellhall and Frye boots. Photo by @janekratochvil. . . #egyptologist #egyptologists #ancientegypt #rockart #desertexploration #petroglyphs #archaeologists #archaeology #truevintageootd #truevintage #mensvintage #fryeboots #vintagefashion #edwardian #pithhelmet #explorers #explorersclub #theexplorersclub #egypt #egyptology #rockinscriptions #vintagecouple

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While attending to business in Aswan in our most recent field season, we visited again the hill called Qubbet el-Hawa on the west bank of Aswan. On the east face of the hill overlooking the Nile and the northern tip of the island of Elephantine are a series of tombs, primarily of Old and Middle Kingdom date (with some later burials to the north). Here I stand in front of the one of the most celebrated of these sepulchers, the tomb of the local governor (nomarch) and explorer Harkhuf. His autobiographical inscription is the earliest detailed record of exploration south of the First Cataract. In this video (part 1 of 2), I focus on the part of the hieroglyphic inscription in which Harkhuf reproduced a copy of letter he received from the child king Pepi II, as he was returning with a dancing "deneg," which probably refers to a little person, who would be important in ritual dances. To us, this may all seem very strange or even offensive, but for the ancient Egyptians, ritual dancing was of great importance and throughout pharaonic history, a special type of acrobatic dancing appears to have been associated with people from the far south, a form of dance particularly important for worshipping the solar eye goddess. . Another interesting feature of Egyptian culture is that people of unusually short stature appear to have been considered particularly appropriate for certain important tasks, such as ritual dancing and work with precious metals and even treasury duties (the most famous example being the treasurer Seneb – whose amazing statue is in Cairo). It is refreshing to see an ancient culture casting physical differences in a positive light. . #egyptology #egyptologist #ancientegypt #egypt #egyptian #panamahat #truevintage #1940sfashion #safaridress #egyptiantomb #oldkingdom #harkhuf #hieroglyphs #hieroglyphic #hieroglyphics #ancienthistory #desertexploration #nubia #ancientnubia #pharaoh #1940sdress #vintagehat

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Toronto Vintage Shopping

Before you hit the stores, check out Colleen’s methods for finding great vintage pieces !

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show   @torontovintageclothingshow 

Rewind Couture ~

Chosen Vintage ~ @chosenvintage

Gadabout Vintage ~ @gadaboutvintage

Mama Loves You ~ @mamalovesyouvintage

* House of Recollections ~ @houseofrecollections  as mentioned by Vintage_Egyptologist


Other Listening


This Retro Life. It is a podcast that shines a light on individuals who wear retro in their daily lives! You can subscribe for new episodes on iTunes. And of course don’t forget about their instagram presence!


More Vintage Instagrammers ! 

A chronological list of just some of the many cool vintage Instagram accounts out there.

These accounts are as unique as vintage fashion itself!



@virtuous courtesan


























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