theban mapping project

anonymous asked:

I’m working on The Mummy fanfic with a OC in it and I could totally use the help with some research on it, especially on archaeology during that time period, maybe a bit on women and possibly how the Medjai life is like?

I’m assuming you’re taking about The Mummy (1999) version, which by the way I love that film so of course I will help you. The film starts off in 1923, which is when the French Foreign Legion, a unit of the French Army battle with Tuareg nomads at Hamunaptra. The second-officer-in-command was an American named Richard “Rick” O'Connell, who had joined the Legion in Paris, France in the hopes of impressing a young lady, though he himself was drunk when he had enlisted. It was at Hamunaptra that Rick found the puzzle box. Three years later is when Evelyn “Evie” Carnahan and Jonathan Caranhan are introduced.

So what you are going to need to do is to research the 1920s. Luckily for you I have a Writing Research - The Roaring Twenties post already done about it. It’ll tell you more about that time period, especially if your OC comes from America or the UK. If not, I’ll list some 1920s information about Egypt (specifically Cairo) in case your character is from there and some stuff about archaeology. Hopefully, I’ll find enough information for you, but it’s usually difficult to find when it comes to certain time periods and locations.

The movie sometimes has flashbacks to Thebes, Egypt, 1290 BC. So in case your story does the same or it’s focus on that time period I also have a Writing Research - Ancient Egypt post on it too. Just keep in mind that The Mummy isn’t historical accurate in its discussion of ancient Egypt. In case you’re curious about what is fact or fiction, I’ve posted some links that can tell you what they got right and what they got wrong.

Update Note: I recommend checking out the novelization of the films The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. They will have deeper characterization, a bit more backstory and missing scenes that weren’t included in the film. It will basically help to fill in some of the gaps. Also, if you’re looking for inspiration or want to read stories similar to The Mummy, check this out – Books Similar To The Mummy.