Sunday, 17 July 2016

4 Mini Villas in Nubian Village - Bed & Breakfasts for Rent in Luxor

Mini Villas in Nubian Village - : Great. I loved staying there and getting a real local feel for Luxor. They were so nice and helpful organising everything for me. My guide was amazing and the hot air balloon is a must do.

A new review on AirBNB my favourite booking system (although I prefer if you book direct and save me the commission ). Air BNB is really good, they collect the money so a booking is really a booking. You both review each other.  The commission rate is low and their customer service are excellent.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

State Information Services 7 hot air balloons take off in Luxor with 135 tourists

State Information Services 7 hot air balloons take off in Luxor with 135 tourists: Seven hot air balloon flights took off in Luxor, carrying 135 tourists of various nationalities, head of the union of air balloon companies in Luxor Ahmed Abboud said.

The flights, operated by several travel agencies, flew over the city's archaeological sites, Abboud said in statements on Tuesday.

Air balloon flights are expected to increase during the coming days with the growing number of charter and direct flights with foreign tourists on board, in addition to Egyptian visitors to the city, Abboud said.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor

Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor: “Such an excellent stay in Luxor!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was in town this summer for the first time and absolutely loved my stay at the Al Gezera Flats. Service was prompt and always available and the flat was spacious and accommodating. Jane is always around to help you book tours and for some good conversation. Such a wonderful place to come home to after long, hot days outside (great pool!). Would recommend these flats and Luxor highly to anyone looking for a great adventure abroad.
Room Tip: Al Gezera has beautiful views of Luxor if you can get a higher floor!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Tutankhamun collection to be moved to Grand Egyptian Museum by end of 2016 - Museums - Heritage - Ahram Online


Tutankhamun collection to be moved to Grand Egyptian Museum by end of 2016 - Museums - Heritage - Ahram Online: A documentary on the transportation processes of this distinguished collection will be screened at the GEM during its official inauguration

Egypt upgrades airport security with British firm advising | Travel News | Travel | Daily Express

Egypt upgrades airport security with British firm advising | Travel News | Travel | Daily Express: LEADING British aviation security firm, Restrata, has been appointed to deliver an aviation security programme for airports across Egypt, including Sharm el-Sheikh.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

KV55 fragments to be re-investigate EEF

MSA Press release 15/6/2016

"The Ministry of Antiquities is trying to decipher
the most controversial mystery coffin in the history of ancient Egypt The
Ministry of Antiquities resumes the study of the golden fragments found inside
a wooden box inside the store of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir with a grant of
$28,500 provided by the American Research Center (ARCE) Endowment Fund 2016.
Elham Salah, Head of Museums Sector at the Ministry of
Antiquities pointed out that the study will be conducted by a team of Egyptian
archaeologists and restorers from the Egyptian Museum who would study another
group of these fragments, which are likely belong to the sarcophagus of tomb KV
55 on the West Bank of Luxor.
Salah also explained that this study significantly
contributes in resolving the controversy over the identity of the sarcophagus
found in tomb KV55, considered as one of the most controversial sarcophagus in
the ancient Egyptian history.
This sarcophagus is currently displayed in the Egyptian
museum, she pointing out, and the studies conducted by the working team last
year figured out the possibility of subordination of these fragments to the
Islam Ezzat, member of the scientific office at the
ministry of antiquities pointed out that after the completion of this extensive
study the identity of the owner of this sarcophagus would be determined as well
as the owner of tomb KV55. The researchers team is currently working on the
dating of this sarcophagus through figuring out the similarities of these
fragments with the sarcophagus and its inscriptions.
It is worth mentioning that the wooden box inside the
museum’s store had about 500 golden fragments, a small part of a human skull, a
paper written by hand in French dates to the time of the discovery of the tomb
indicate that these fragments belong to a royal sarcophagus without specifying
its name.
The researched team is working under the supervision of a
large collection of Egyptian antiquities and restoration scientists in Egypt
and the world including Prof. Faeza Hekal professor of Egyptology at the
American University, Prof.Hassan Selim professor of Egyptology at Ain
Shams University, Prof. Mark Gabold professor of ancient Egyptian language at
the University of Montpellier in France, Prof. Arnest Brnikas professor of
material science at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Prof. Suseran
Janescy Great Restorer in Boston Museum at the United States of America, and
Hala Hassan, head of the first section of the Egyptian Museum

Some background

KV55 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


I have been looking at the program for this conference in September. Some excellent speakers at titles. Do have a look.
CONFERENCE: THEBES IN THE FIRST MILLENNIUM B.C. 2016: The main focus of the conference is current archaeology and research on tombs and temples of the Twenty-fifth – Twenty-sixth Dynasties in the Theban area. Papers on other Egyptian sites and monuments of the Kushite and Saite Periods are also invited from all areas of research including archaeology, art history, history, chronology, religion, linguistics, and anthropology. The conference is organised by the South Asasif Conservation Project (SACP) in conjunction with the Ministry of Antiquities (MoA), and the Egypt Exploration Society (EES). The event follows the success of the earlier conference of the same name, which was held in Luxor in 2012. We expect it to become a place for Late Period scholars to share information on the latest archaeological discoveries and research. The amount of work done in this area is growing every year and we feel the need for a regular gathering place where scholars can bring their questions, ideas, and suggestions, which will encourage discussion. Therefore, the format of the conference will combine presentations with discussion panels to give more room for communication. The conference will be accompanied by field trips to the archaeological sites related to the period, including the Kushite and Saite tombs at the South and North Asasif necropoleis and Karnak.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Tombs of Nefertari and Seti I in Egypt's Luxor to reopen to visitors - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Tombs of Nefertari and Seti I in Egypt's Luxor to reopen to visitors - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: The tombs in Luxor will re-open in a month's time, and tickets will cost EGP 1,000 (approx. $113).The number of visitors is to be limited to around 100 to 150 people a day.


I have been in both tombs and they are very special

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Thebes in the First Millennium BC conference in Luxor - September

From the South Asasif Conservation Project

We are happy to announce that the program for the Thebes in the First Millennium BC conference is now available at the following link:

The list of abstracts for the conference will follow in due course. In the meantime, registration for the conference is now open and the registration form can be found here:

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at

All the best,
Elena Pischikova (Director of the SACP)
Julia Budka (SACP)
Kenneth Griffin (SACP)
John Billman (SACP)

Shaaban Abd el-Gawad (MoA)
Nashwa Gaber (MoA)
Mohamed Mokhtar (MoA)
Essam Nagy (EES) 

Shifaa-Orman Cancer Hospital in Luxor inaugurated

Shifaa-Orman Cancer Hospital in Luxor inaugurated: Presidential aide for national and strategic projects Ibrahim Mahlab inaugurated on Friday 27/05/2016 the first phase of the Shifaa-Orman Cancer Hospital Project in Luxor.

The inauguration of the first phase that costed 200 million pounds was also attended by Mufti of Egypt Shawky Allam and the ministers of social solidarity, youths, international cooperation, expatriates affairs and tourism and the governors of Assuit, Sohag and Beni Suef.

They also laid down the foundation stone of the second phase of the project. The second phase include the establishment of a surgery department, research center and guest house.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Visiting Nubi Hussin Abd el Rasol

We had some students staying with us and they wanted to meet locals and practise their language. So we took one to meet Nubi Hussin Abd el Rasol (spellings vary). 

Of course I know the story of his family but it is much more interesting when he tells it and says my father, my grandfather and points to all these iconic pictures it really makes the history live.

 We start with DB320( aka TT320) the Royal Cache which was discovered by Ahmed and his brother Mohammed Abd el Rasul in 1871. Their sales of goods from this cache brought to the attention of the local authorities and set off an investigation by Sir Gaston Maspero, director of the Egyptian Antiquities Service, in the spring of 1881. This was Nubi’s grand grand father as he explained to us.

Jump forward to 1922 and the discovery of Tutankhamens tomb. Nubi’s grandfather is helping at the dig and there are photos to prove it. 

And Nubi’s father is the little boy who was photographed wearing Tutankhamen's pectoral. 

Listening to this story from the real life descendent is a special experience. If you want to meet any of this family  Nubi runs the Selkhet alabaster factory and one of his brother’s the Ramasseum café. We visited both places and she was able to see this living history

Sunday, 15 May 2016

What is new to see in Luxor?

Isis Temple 014 

What is new to see in Luxor?

There have been many discoveries in Luxor over the past few years but
what is there for the tourist to see? Funnily enough there is a lot
that has been opened or made accessible.

  • TT 110 of “the Chief Royal Butler of Queen Hatshepsut, Djehuty” which is located at Sheikh Abdel Qurna Area, on Luxor west bank.
  • Imn Nakht (TT 218); Nebenmaat (TT 219) and Kha’Emteri (TT 220) who
    held the same title: “Servant in the Place of Truth” during the reign of
    King Ramsess II located at Deir El-Medina.
  • TT 40 of ” Imn hotep – Hwy” Viceroy of King Tutankhamun in Kush and
    Governor of the South Lands, Tomb TT 277 of ” Imnement” Divine Father of
    Imn hotep III palace, and Tomb TT 278 of ” Amunemheb” Herdsman of Amun
    Re in the New Kingdom at Qurnet Murrai
  • Another tomb that has recently opened is TT41, this is on the Nakht and Meena ticket and costs 30LE. Amenemopet called Ipy, whose title was Chief Steward of Amun in the Southern City. He dates to the time of Ramesses I, Sethi I and Ramesses II from the Nineteenth dynasty of Egypt
  • TT148 Amenemope is added to the Roy and Shu Roy ticket which costs 20Le. There is a very full description on the Osirisnet website and you can also get the recent Australian publication.
  •  Photography is now allowed at Luxor Museum
  • Restoration of the mosque at Luxor temple exposed the old structure of the temple
  • Carter House and Tutankhamun tomb replica are available to visit
  • Mut temple at Karnak is now open a separate ticket
  • Opet temple at Karnak has been restored and can be visited
  • Deir el Shelwit, the Roman temple is also restored and open
  • Northern colossus of Amenhotep III have been restored and re-errected
  • Sphinx Alley can be viewed
  • Solar Complex at Hatshepsut Temple on the top tier is now open

Time to come back!!!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Aswat Masriya - Entry to five Luxor tombs to be free till end of Sept - ministry

Entry to five Luxor tombs to be free till end of Sept - ministryAswat Masriya - Entry to five Luxor tombs to be free till end of Sept - ministry: CAIRO, May 13 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt's antiquities minister announced on Friday the opening of five archaeological tombs in Luxor for visitors free of charge until the end of September.

Aswat Masriya - Entry to five Luxor tombs to be free till end of Sept - ministry

Entry to five Luxor tombs to be free till end of Sept - ministryAswat Masriya - Entry to five Luxor tombs to be free till end of Sept - ministry: CAIRO, May 13 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt's antiquities minister announced on Friday the opening of five archaeological tombs in Luxor for visitors free of charge until the end of September.

Friday, 13 May 2016

The opening of Four New Kingdom Tombs in Luxor... - Ministry of Antiquities

The opening of Four New Kingdom Tombs in Luxor... - Ministry of Antiquities: The opening of Four New Kingdom Tombs in Luxor 

Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany is to open today (Friday, May 13th) evening four tombs that belong to the Royal Butlers of Queen Hatshepsut from the 18th Dynasty and King Ramses II from the 19th Dynasty. The opening comes after the completion of their restoration works.

Dr. El-Enany states that the opening of the four tombs came within the framework of the Ministry of Antiquities' efforts to protect Egypt's heritage and to open new archaeological sites to promote tourism. He continued that the tombs that would be opened include tomb no. TT 110 of "the Chief Royal Butler of Queen Hatshepsut, Djehuty" which is located at Sheikh Abdel Qurna Area, on Luxor west bank.

The other three tombs are located at Deir El-Medina and belong to Imn Nakht (TT 218); Nebenmaat (TT 219) and Kha'Emteri (TT 220) who held the same title: "Servant in the Place of Truth" during the reign of King Ramsess II.

Dr. El-Enany pointed out that the restoration of Djehuty tomb was carried out in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) while the restoration of Deir El-Medina tombs was implemented in collaboration with the French Institute for Oriental Studies (IFAO).

Dr. Mahmoud Afify, Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector said that Djehuty tomb is a T-shaped tomb, typical of the 18th dynasty with a pillared hall and a burial shaft. As for the three tombs of Deir El Medina, he added, belong to three members of one family: (Imn Nakht, the Father) ; (Nebenmaat, the eldest son) and (Kha'Emteri, the youngest son). The tombs share the same entrance, corridor and ante-chamber which are branched out into three burial chambers with a mud brick chapel in each.

Afify pointed out that the tomb of the father followed the multicolored design prevailing most of the Deir El-Medina tombs, while the tombs of the sons followed the unicolored design.

Eng. Waadalla Abu El-Ela, Head of the Projects Sector said that the Djehuty tomb restoration project has started in October 2012 and included architectural and fine restorations because the tomb was in a poor conservation condition. He added that the project also included the consolidation of the tomb's walls, ceiling and columns as well as inserting new lighting system.

As for the restoration of the tombs of Deir El-Medina, Abu El-Ela explains that the entrance was cleaned, the iron door at the entrance was repainted and a new wooden floor was installed to protect the tomb's original floor and facilitate the visit. A guidance panel was erected in front of the tomb's entrance and a new lighting system has been also installed.

The opening ceremony will be attended by the American Ambassador in Egypt, R. Stephen Beecroft; USAID Director, Sherry Carlin; Luxor Governor Mohammed Badr; Head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector Dr. Mahmoud Afify and Head of the Projects Sector, Eng. Waadalla Abu El-Ella.

Ministry of Antiquities, Press Office
Asmaa Mostafa
Eman Hossni

Monday, 9 May 2016

Experts clash over theory that Tutankhamun’s tomb holds Nefertiti remains - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online


 Experts disagreed on whether ongoing radar scans would reveal the existence of a hidden burial chamber within King Tutankhamun’s tomb
Nevine El-Aref

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Personal notes from Tut conference yesterday

Many, many, many thanks to Nigel Fletcher-Jonesfor these live updates copied from his facebook timeline . Do you read them if you can, as the comments are excellent. 

... And we're off. El Damaty: recap based on Nick's paper. (September 2015) Found Plaster brushed on in parts of the burial chamber. Not the first time it was suggested that Nefertiti was buried in KV. But unlikely she was buried elsewhere than Amarna. Scan of three sides of burial chamber show something. IR thermography on north wall. Some differential but very low. New radar scan last month. Inconclusive results - too much noise. Need to continue and repeat radar scan and IR scan.

Nick: Nefertiti survived Akhenaten. Became pharaoh and buried in KV. Some Amarna evidence in KV. KV63 linked to Amarna period. Possibility of other chambers in KV62, possibly Nefertiti. Traces of precise vertical lines, not faults. Not a single tomb, like the second annex in the royal tomb at Amarna. Decoration of north wall similar to Amarna tombs. White ground on the north wall, not yellow. Female pharaonic figure? Mouth opening of Nefertiti as pharaoh by a young Tutankhamun. Second radar survey disappointing after the first survey. Further tests needed.

Dr. Watanabe: Back to my geophysical surveying roots for this one... November 2015 survey with ground penetrating radar (mounted sideways). Bit of an AV disaster, unfortunately. The first message is 'I've done this kind of thing all over the place, so...'. Uses high frequency pulse waves to detect anomalies. Images only indicate absence or presence, not actual shapes. Possible metallic compounds based on strong signals? Detected faults behind western wall. Straight lines of dots indicate something behind the West wall. Strong signals indicate metallic strips.

Dr. El Shayb: former director of CULTNAT now at Cairo University (civil engineer). Non-destructive / non-invasive techniques. Importance of calibration with regard to different types of underlying geology. Are the signals the same in sandstone, shale and limestone? We don't know. One survey says there are voids, the other says there are not. Need more scans including more IR and GPR. Plus impact echo techniques - using sound waves. Thorough 3D mapping and scanning from above the surface. Need control images from a known tomb. Possibly try it out on KV5.

Zahi: Not here to attack anyone, but this is inconclusive. The theory has become a fact. Carter didn't see anything at the time. Agreed that the tomb was planned for someone else. Nefertiti could not be buried in KV. The geological characteristics of the area around KV62 is well known and complex. The radar may be showing something else. Not possible to find tombs with radar. Need for the data to be available to the international community. Radar can't detect organic material. National Geographic survey showed no anomalies. A new chamber should be far more evident, particularly the door. Results not clear. Need more radar surveys. Need a committee to review data, and stop the media circus.

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


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! (-;"


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


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
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.