Monday, 2 May 2016

No more surveys on Tutankhamun's tomb until project discussed 8 May - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

No more surveys on Tutankhamun's tomb until project discussed 8 May - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany did not stop a radar survey on King Tutankhamun's burial chamber, as rumoured, but rather postponed all works inside the tomb until a scientific discussion is held 8 May

Tut

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Omm Seti



Omm Seti
Recently I shared a memory on Facebook on the anniversary of  the death of this amazing lady. Glen
Morris had posted a charming picture 3 years ago and I shared it again. This time the picture stirred all sorts of interesting comments. You can read it all here (3) Jane Akshar - Jane Akshar shared a memory.





Cross Stitch
Pamela Schrom Reynolds mentioned she had a cross stitch made by her. I had been
sent a design of hers some time ago but this was a different picture. Great
cross stitch but also a hand written mini essay on Osiris.

Daniel Kolos shared a memory
"Thanks for the heads up. Prof. Donald Redford took us to see Omm Seti in May, 1977 on a day
off from the Akhenaten Temple Project East Karnak Expedition. She immediately
began to tell her stories of meeting King Sety, what she thought of `young
Ramses` and how she fell into a previously unexcavated temple room, came out of
it covered in cobwebs that the guards had to brush off her, but she could never
find that room again! She told her stories sounding genuine and authentic.
That`s just the way her life was. If ours was different, that was too bad! (-;"

Publications


If you search on her name there are loads of links

Omm Sety, Mystery Woman of Ancient Egypt - YouTube

Search for Omm Sety (9780446390408): Jonathan Cott: Book

SHE HAD HER LIFE TO LIVE OVER - NYTimes.com

The Search for Omm Sety - Google Books





Thursday, 14 April 2016

Barque station of Queen Hatshepsut discovered on Elephantine Island



Barque station of Queen Hatshepsut discovered on Elephantine Island
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Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector Dr. Mahmoud Afify declared the discovery of a number of blocks that most probably belong to a previously unknown building of Queen Hatshepsut that was discovered this year by the German Archaeological Institute on the Island of Elephantine, Aswan.
According to Dr Felix Arnold, the field director of the mission, the building served as a waystation for the festival barque of the god Khnum. The building was later dismantled and about
30 of its blocks have now been found in the foundations of the Khnum temple of Nectanebo II. Some of the blocks were discovered in previous excavation seasons by members of the Swiss Institute, but the meaning of the blocks has only now become clear.
On several of the blocks discovered this year Queen Hatshepsut was originally represented as a woman. The building must therefore have been erected during the early years of her reign, before she began to be represented as a male king. Only very few buildings from this early stage of her career have been discovered so far. The only other examples have been found at Karnak. The newly discovered building thus adds to our knowledge of the early years of Queen Hatshepsut and her engagement in the region of Aswan. In the reign of Thutmosis III, all mentions of her name were erased and all representations of her female figure were replaced by images of a male king, her deceased husband Thutmosis II.
Based on the blocks discovered so far the original appearance of the building can be reconstructed. The building thus comprised a chamber for the barque of the god Khnum, which was surrounded on all four sides by pillars. On the pillars are representations of several versions of the god Khnum, as well as other gods, such as Imi-peref “He-who-is-in-his-house”, Nebet-menit “Lady-of-the-mooring-post” and Min-Amun of Nubia.
The building thus not only adds to our knowledge of the history of Queen Hatshepsut but also to our understanding of the religious beliefs current on the Island of Elephantine during her reign.
(c) Ministry of Antiquities, Press Office Based on the the Mission's Report.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Egypt’s 'Indiana Jones' says new theory on King Tut’s tomb is wrong - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Egypt’s 'Indiana Jones' says new theory on King Tut’s tomb is wrong - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East:



Extract from an interview with Zahi Hawass

...........

Al-Monitor: What is your take on the recent discovery announced by the Ministry of Antiquities concerning the possibility of two additional chambers in King Tut’s tomb?

 Hawass: I have evidence to disprove British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves’ theory about a hidden chamber containing Nefertiti’s remains behind Tutankhamun’s resting place. In theory, Nefertiti could not have been buried in the Valley of Kings, as she used to worship King Tut. The High Priests of Amun would not have allowed it. The radar Reeves used to prove his theory did not offer conclusive results, and in 2009, Reeves used the same radar to prove the existence of a tomb in front of Tutankhamun’s. Later on, excavation results showed that it was only a fissure in the rock formation. In order to validate his latest theory, Reeves must dig through the northern wall of King Tut’s tomb, and this would cause the whole tomb to collapse.



Al-Monitor: If the predictions are true and there are additional chambers, what impact would this have on Egypt’s tourism sector?

Hawass: There is no way to predict the outcome of such a discovery as long as we are speaking theoretically. Once the theory is proven, we can then speak of an outcome for tourism in Egypt.



Al-Monitor: If the theory is proven false, how would this harm Egypt and Egyptian archaeologists’ reputation?

Hawass: In such case, Egypt’s credibility would be compromised around the world. In this respect, I’ve presented the minister with a proposal consisting of appointing a committee of six Egyptian and foreign archaeologists to discuss the theory with Reeves and assess the radar’s results by comparing them to another digital radar’s findings. The committee will then present its verdict on Reeves’ theory. After that, we can announce the first steps toward a scientific discovery.



Al-Monitor: Tell us more about your latest book......................

Friday, 1 April 2016

Tutankhamun KV62 scan results

Press Release via EEF and Facebook


* MSA Press Office
The 10 hours works of the Egyptian American teamwork at King
Tutankhamun’s Tomb (KV62) in Luxor have been terminated a
while ago.
The teamwork assured that the preliminary results reached so far
do not contradict with the results of the (Japanese) previous
radar scans. Radar experts added that 40 scans have been performed
on multiple levels (up to 5 levels) using two radar antennas
(400 MHZ & 900 MHZ) that allow more penetration (up to 4m.) and
higher resolution. The team also emphasized that the raw data
quality is excellent, and anomalies were detected but more
will come after a week (3D analysis).
Another radar scan will be made at the end of April from the
top of the tomb from outside and results will be announced
in an international press conference next May.
The Teamwork includes Dr. Khaled Al Anany, Minister of
Antiquities, Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty Antiquities ex. Minister,
Nicholas Reeves Egyptologist – Egyptian Expedition – University
of Arizona, Eric Berkenpas Electrical Engineer, GPR Specialist –
National Geographic, Alan Turchik Mechanical Engineer, GPR
Specialist – National Geographic, Dr. Yasser Elshayeb Rock
Mechanics – Cairo University, Dr. Mahmoud Afify, Head of the
Ancient Egyptian Sector(MA), Eng. Wadallah Abu ELella, Head
of the Projects Sector (MA) and Dr. Abbas Mohammad member of
the Geophysical Research Center in Egypt.


* A video (35 min) of the press conference  - by Luxor Times:

<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_luxortimesmagazine_videos_492083337644849_&d=AwIDaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=opcsBFeNOGibikhitrWp_vvUpAwW-hA4UeIW8Ekh45I&m=8InzRWGI1IobECgINKrbnJQDUDPi4Hz93076ytWJtBM&s=8873sPn3vMzKDC4VNzDRhCuMG8xAChE4EnJdj_04xnY&e= >

English speeches notably after ca. 6 min and ca. 22 min and
ca. 30 min.

The data of the new scans (3rd round of scanning)(see above)
are yet to be analyzed (will take a week); they seem more
cautious now and speak of possible "anomalies" only.
The next scans (round 4) to be done at the end of April will
be surface scans from above and should reach 40 m deep.
The final results of all the scanning rounds will be released
on a Tutankhamun conference at the NMEC on May 8.

* Press report with photos of the scanning yesterday:

<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__luxortimesmagazine.blogspot.nl_2016_03_exclusive-2Dlatest-2Dnews-2Dfrom-2Dvalley-2Dof.html-3Fm-3D1&d=AwIDaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=opcsBFeNOGibikhitrWp_vvUpAwW-hA4UeIW8Ekh45I&m=8InzRWGI1IobECgINKrbnJQDUDPi4Hz93076ytWJtBM&s=Y7nRGSgO30QAVba62mx8gvBVJSEuaMCTeVLf6-YWMxE&e= >

"(..) This radar scan this time using GSSI radar of model SIR4000
with digital antennas of 400 and 900Mhz. (..)"


Aayko Eyma

Monday, 21 March 2016

Mummification Museum Lecture TT110 Field School – JJ Shirley


Mummification Museum Lecture TT110 Field School – JJ Shirley

You have no idea how good, good, good it is to write these words. I really hope more are organised.

I only heard about it 6pm the night before Barry Budd rang me and although I blogged it and shared it everywhere I was not expecting much of a turn out. Boy was I surprised. Look at the photos, it was heaving. I think it shows how much these lectures are wanted.










First things, the field school have a website Theban Tomb 110 Epigraphy & Research Field School: Home and you can get much more information there. Dr JJ Shirley gave the lecture and there is lots of stuff about her online.

TT110 is the tomb of Djheuty who was an official under both Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III. He is unique in having depictions and cartouches of BOTH pharaohs in his tomb and having served in a high capacity for both rulers. Other officials of this period normally choose either one or the other.

Therefore his tomb gives us important information about the dynamics of the period. ARCE have been running field schools at the tomb for some time first in excavation and conservation and now in epigraphy and research. Djheuty’s tomb was originally publish by Norman de Gare Davies with photos by Harry Burton. It is a T-shaped tomb with a pillared hall. It was originally entered from the back through the tomb of Amenemose so early publications do not detail the entrance. It used the same courtyard as Rebiu and Samut.

When ARCE first started at the tomb the walls were extremely black due to soot but once cleaned a wealth of information was seen. The cartouches of both Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III were there together with images of both kings with Djheuty making offerings. The image of Hatshepsut had been erased. Tuthmosis is shown on the left in the transverse hall and Hat on the right.  It is extremely unusual to have both in a tomb but these are the original cartouches so it was planned that way. Djheuty was a Royal Butler (under Hatshepsut) and Royal Herald (under Tuthmosis III) and Offerer of Amun for both of them.


ARCE spent 4 years doing the excavation and conservation and have also excavated other tombs that share the same courtyard where objects were found. The new field school is training Egyptian inspectors in epigraphy and preparing a tomb report. There is a lot to epigraphy, many lectures in the classroom, learning to draw and the students get a tool kit provided. The drawings being produced are of publication quality. Students are also assigned a tomb for independent study. They have to learn drawing of objects and pottery. When you look at the website the logo is student work and used on t-shirts.

They also do walking tours were they get to understand the relation of tombs and their locations. Chicago House library also forms part of the school and they are taught to use the library, how to get the best out of books not in their own language, comparing old drawings and publications like Porter and Moss. Using different methodologies digital, scanning, drawing on film.

One of the subjects is damage, the damage in this tomb can tell a lot. Were the erasures during; the lifetime of the owner, during the proscription of Hatshepsut and during the Amarna period. Understanding all these tells the Egyptologist a lot.

They also undertake field trips to Gebel Silsila and Hierakonpolis and can see things they find. For example the drawings revealed large tambourines and on a field trip they saw the same instrument at Hierakonpolis. The recarving of the Tuthmosis III cartouche over the Hatshepsut cartouche, where you can still see traces of the original at Gebel Silsila so they can compare to the cartouches in their own tomb and assess if it is original or recarved. JJ recalled on the bus back from one of these trips how the students were so excited and discussing things Arabic.

They have been able to shed light on the career of Djheuty and their drawings are revealing. She encourages other missions to start using these motivated and skilled inspectors.







 

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Exhibition of Wael Nour's watercolours

Last night was the opening of Wael's exhibition Nector of the Earth. A collection of water colours of Luxor. Unusually it is not tourist Luxor but the real life of Upper Egypt. The exhibition runs until 23rd March and he is hoping to take it to Cairo and the UK after that. I picked my favourite pictures but there were many others.





Friday, 18 March 2016

Mummification Museum lecture Saturday

From Barry Budd

Short notice I know but tomorrow evening Saturday 19th March at 6:30 pm there will be a free to all lecture by JJ Shirley (The University of Pennsylvania) on Theban Tomb 110 This work is being carried out by the ARCE

Let us hope that we can kick start the annual lecture series somehow. I know many have asked that we get this lecture series reinstated. Please try to attend and show your encouragement for the lectures.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Hidden Chambers Discovered In King Tutankhamun’s Tomb By Scans | Egyptian Streets

Hidden Chambers Discovered In King Tutankhamun’s Tomb By Scans | Egyptian Streets



In a press conference, the Ministry said that the two chambers, on the
North and Eastern walls of the tomb, contain either metal or organic
material,
as according to scans carried out by Japanese radar specialist
Hirokatsu Watanabu.



Hirokatsu Watanabe, Mamdouh Eldamaty, the Egyptian antiquities minister, and archaeologists Nicholas Reeves and Yumiko Ueno study an image of a painted wall scene. PHOTO: Brando Quilici, National Geographic

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Tutankhamen tomb project - KV62A Search for Nefertiti



*Ministry of Antiquities*

*Press Office*

A press conference is to be held by Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty next Thursday March 17, 2016 at 10: 15 am. to announce the results of the preliminary radar scan of the Tutankhamun Tomb preformed by the Japanease teamework headed by Prof. Watanabe.
The Japanese team started its work at the Tomb last November and results will be announced to public within the framework of the search of "Nefertity's" Tomb behind the rear wall of the Golden Pharaoh's Tomb.
Please attend for press coverage at 9:30am, Thursday 17th of March 2016 at Ahmed Pasha Kamal Hall – Zamalek.

Archaeologists excavate a cultic pit near temple of Ptah at Karnak

Left: Osiris statuette and figurine, Right: Small head of statue probably representing the God Imhotep.Image: © CNRS-Cfeetk / J. MaucorAn archaeological team working at Karnak in Egypt has just completed the excavation of a pit for cultic objects (favissa), which was discovered in early December 2014 near the temple of the god Ptah. The dig has unearthed 38 statues, statuettes and precious objects, making this an exceptional find, both for the quantity and quality of the religious artefacts brought to light.

The team also used a new recording method during the dig which makes it possible to virtually reconstruct each step of the discovery with millimetre accuracy. .......



http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2015/archaeologists-excavate-a-cultic-pit-near-temple-of-ptah-at-karnak

Economists welcome Egyptian Pound devaluation, flexible exchange rate - Economy - Business - Ahram Online

 Great news for tourists, your cash will go further and bring cash. Rates within Egypt are excellent.



Economists welcome Egyptian Pound devaluation, flexible exchange rate - Economy - Business - Ahram Online



Sad news for Egyptians wanting imports like flour so please spend  

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Thebes in the First Millennium BC

Registration for the second “Thebes in the First Millennium BC” conference is open. The conference is being organized by the South Asasif Conservation Project (SACP) in conjunction with the Ministry of Antiquities (MoA), and the Egypt Exploration Society (EES). It will take place in September 25–29, 2016 in the Mummification Museum, Luxor. The Organizing committee: Elena Pischikova (Director of the SACP), Julia Budka (SACP), Kenneth Griffin (SACP), John Billman (SACP), Shaaban Abd el-Gawad (MoA), Nashwa Gaber (MoA), Essam Nagy(EES). To register for the 2016 conference and for information on the first conference (2012) and its proceedings visit our website http://southasasif.com/conference2016.html

Monday, 7 March 2016

Exhibition of Watercolours

I have admired Wael Nour's paintings for many years and now he has an exhibition as part of film festival. Entitled Nectar of the Earth it starts 5pm 18th March at the library on the airport road (overlooking Sphinx Alley).

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Egypt's Railway Museum inaugurated after major renovation - Museums - Heritage - Ahram Online

train
Reading about this reminded me about a set of guests who came many years and for the man of the couple this was the best part of his visit to Cairo. He was seriously into trains. We caught the train together from Aswan to Luxor just so he could have a railway fix. He was in ecstasy about the signalling system which apparently was old 1930's British design and in his opinion was the safest and best system. It is interesting what extra things make an Egyptian holiday special for a tourist. Bird watching, star gazing and fishing are obvious extras to a historical Egyptian holiday But trains!!!! that one was unique



Egypt's Railway Museum inaugurated after major renovation - Museums - Heritage - Ahram Online: The Egyptian National Railways Museum re-opens its doors to visitors in the heart of Cairo

Friday, 4 March 2016

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: WINDING DOWN AND GOING HOME

the last blog for this year

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: WINDING DOWN AND GOING HOME: Working in Egypt is always full of surprises. As is not uncommon, we came to do certain things and ended up accomplishing other things we didn't expect. For example, we originally hoped to investigate tombs KV 50, 51 and 52 but due to a couple of unanticipated situations, we instead concentrated our efforts on KV 48 and 60, two remarkable tombs very worthy of attention. We accomplished much but at some point, we needed to call a finish to this year's field season, close up operations, and head on home. The work doesn't end there, though, as there is data to analyze and prepare for publication.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Wolf - new restaurant in Luxor



Michael on the roof and I went to the new Al Gezera restaurant Wolf tonight, We knew it was ok as Mahmoud Jahlan had taken some guests there the other night. It had only been open 10 days so still smells of paint!. Extremely clean and fresh.  It is run by Nubi who worked in America for 25 years and has very high standards. His wife is Moroccan so he hope to have Moroccan dishes on occasion. He has a menu but I recommend asking what is special. The moment we heard there was lamb both Michael and I chose that and didn’t regret a single mouthful. The menu does need a bit of work, we were tempted by the hand maid tagen lol. Any driver on the west bank will find it for you, the new restaurant near the school.








Direct flights to Luxor

Please sign this petition and share on what ever social media you use if you would like direct flights to Luxor from where you live.



Petition update · NO MARKET FOR FLIGHTS TO LUXOR??????? · Change.org: Mar 3, 2016 — At the recent meeting here in Luxor with the British Consul John Hamilton he went on and on about how the British Ambassador John Casson was working very hard with the Foreign Office and the UK airlines to get the flights resumed as soon as possible to SHARM EL SHEIKH. I challenged him saying that we were not interested in what was happening in Sharm and that they had only had reduced tourist numbers since November whereas Luxor had been suffering for the last FIVE YEARS and what help had the British Ambassador been to the people here? NO HELP AT ALL!!!! NOBODY had intervened with the airlines to get flights resumed to Luxor as soon as possible. The Consul's reply to this was that there is no market for flights to Luxor and that they could only work on getting regular flights when there was a demand for them. We again challenged him and said that there a VERY MANY people who wanted to fly DIRECT from the UK to Luxor without the extra hassle and expense of having to fly into Hurghada or via Cairo to which he replied "Well I don't know about that" and laughed. So, let's let him know that there IS A DEMAND for DIRECT flights from ALL airports in the UK. PLEASE SIGN and get all of your friends to sign. Thank you

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

AWOL Newsletters - Animal Welfare Of Luxor



This month's AWOL newsletter is out





AWOL Newsletters - Animal Welfare Of Luxor

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: KING TUT'S VALLEY

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: KING TUT'S VALLEY: .....In what is becoming a HUGE story, my good friend, Nicholas Reeves, has proposed that there are two additional rooms hidden behind the burial chamber’s painted walls, perhaps even concealing another burial. His idea is based on his study of the high-resolution scans along with other data including studies of other royal tombs. With the cooperation of the Egyptian government, radar scans were conducted in November 2015 and the results will likely be announced in the next few months. No matter the results, Nick should be congratulated for his new creative approach to studying a very old tomb.......



Totally agree with that Nick Reeves thinks outside the box literally!

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: KING TUT'S VALLEY

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: KING TUT'S VALLEY: .....In what is becoming a HUGE story, my good friend, Nicholas Reeves, has proposed that there are two additional rooms hidden behind the burial chamber’s painted walls, perhaps even concealing another burial. His idea is based on his study of the high-resolution scans along with other data including studies of other royal tombs. With the cooperation of the Egyptian government, radar scans were conducted in November 2015 and the results will likely be announced in the next few months. No matter the results, Nick should be congratulated for his new creative approach to studying a very old tomb.......



Totally agree with that Nick Reeves thinks outside the box literally!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Cheap Flights & Deals | Thomson Airways

I just got sent this link " We've got 15 flights departing within 93 days from any UK airport
to Luxor for £169 return"

Cheap Flights & Deals | Thomson Airways 




Antiquities Ministry postpones applying unified ticket of Karnak Temple Complex until September: Official - Daily News Egypt

Antiquities Ministry postpones applying unified ticket of Karnak Temple Complex until September: Official - Daily News Egypt: The Ministry of Antiquities decided to postpone applying unified ticket of Luxor open-air museum and Karnak Temple to September instead of March, according to an official in Chamber of Tourism Companies and Agencies.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: KV 60: AN ENIGMATIC AND CONTROVERSIAL TOMB

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: KV 60: AN ENIGMATIC AND CONTROVERSIAL TOMB: About a week ago we finished up our investigation of KV 48, the tomb of the vizier, Amenemope, and turned our attention to KV 60, one of the more controversial tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Ancient Egypt: what has been found since Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's coffin? | History Extra

Ancient Egypt: what has been found since Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's coffin? | History Extra: Revelations in the Valley of the Kings: what has been found since King Tut’s coffin?

The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun nearly a century ago was far from the end of archaeological revelations in Egypt’s famed royal cemetery. Aidan Dodson explores the treasures that have been unearthed since Howard Carter located King Tut’s golden coffin.

Handover of the two new colossus of Amenhotep III

A day of triumph for Dr Hourig as she handed over the newly restored colossus to Egyptian authorities after restoration and site management. BTW the site management is excellent as the statues are surrounded by a landscaped area that discourages them from being climb over whilst allowing photos. There are also excellent story boards explaining the story of the restoration.