Tuesday, 12 September 2017

KV8 Merenptah Snippet

Lyla Pinch Brock is finishing up Ted Brocks work in the Valley of the Kings, we very privileged that she is staying at Flats in Luxor

When Ted sadly died he was still in the middle on things in the tomb. As his wife Lyla is a well known archeologist in her own right she is the perfect person to complete his work

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Exclusive photos from the new Kampp 390 tomb by Lyla Pinch Brock

Official Press Release on new tomb Kampp 390

Today at Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor west bank, Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Khaled El-Enany announces the discovery of a New Kingdom tomb that belongs to god Amun’s Goldsmith, Amenemhat (Kampp 390) and a burial shaft housing the mummy of a lady and her two children.

Luxor Governor, Mohamed Badr attended the announcement ceremony as well as Members of Parliament and a group of foreign ambassadors to Egypt, heads of foreign archaeological institutes in Cairo and top officials from the Ministry of Antiquities.

The discovery was carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission led by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Director General of Luxor who said that the newly discovered tomb includes of an entrance located in the courtyard of another Middle Kingdom tomb number Kampp150. The entrance leads to a squared chamber where a niche is found at its end. Inside it a partly damaged duo sandstone statue depicting the tomb’s owner and his is found. The statue shows Amenemhat sitting on a high back chair beside his wife who wears a long dress and a wig. Between their legs stands, in a smaller scale, a little figure of one of their sons.

Dr. Waziri pointed that the tomb has two burial shafts. The first one is located to the right of the chamber and probably had been dug to bury the mummy of the diseased and his wife. It is of seven meters deep where a collection of mummies, sarcophagi and funerary masks carved in wood along with a collection of statuettes of the tomb's owner and his wife.
The second shaft was uncovered to the left where a collection of 21st and 22nd dynasties sarcophagi was discovered but regretfully was subjected to deterioration during the Late Period.

In the courtyard, the mission stumbled upon a group of burial shafts which probably date to the Middle Kingdom. In one of them, the mission unearthed a family burial of a woman and her two children. It includes of two wooden coffins and a collection of head rests. The mummies of the children were found inside one the coffins while the second has the mother's mummy.

Sherine Ahmed Shawqi, Egyptologists who is specialized in bones said that early studies on these mummies show that the woman died at the age of 50-year-old and during her life she was suffering from several diseases. She suffered of cavities that led to an abscesses in her jaws; a bacterial disease in her bones.

"This woman probably cried extensively as the size of her carbuncular are abnormally enlarged," Shawqi said adding that inside the coffin the head-rest of the deceased woman was found as well as a group of pottery vessels.

The second coffin, she continued, has the mummies of her two children and early studies on them show that they belong to two adult males of age ranging between 20 to 30 year-old. Both mummies are in a very good mummification condition as the mummification liquids could be shown on their bones.

One of the male mummies shows that he was suffering from cavities during his life while the second mummy shows that it was probably put later in the same coffin because it was randomly installed and the bones were bare.

Archaeologist Mohamed Baabash said that during excavations, the mission stumbled upon several funerary objects, which some belongs to the tomb’s owner. Among the discovered artifacts are limestone remains of an offering table; 4 wooden sarcophagi partly damaged and decorated with hieroglyphic texts and scenes of different ancient Egyptian deities, and a sandstone duo statue of a trader in king Tuthmose III’s temple named “Mah,”.

A collection of 150 ushabti figurines carved in faience, wood, burned clay, limestone and mud brick was also unearthed.

The mission has also unearthed a collection of 50 funerary cones, 40 of which are evidence of the presence of other tombs belonging to four officials. The exact location of the later has not been yet found.

These officials are Maati; Bengy, Rourou and vizier Ptahmes.

The other stamps belong to Neb-Amun, the grains’ harvester and the supervisor of god Amun grain storehouses, whose tomb probably TT145 and Nebsenu, the High Priest of god Amun whose tomb probably Kampp 143.

Amun-re goldsmith tomb uncovered in Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor's west bank - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

New Tomb in Luxor Kampp 390

Our exclusive special reporter Lyla Pinch Brock reports from
the new tomb


Antiquities Minister announces, 2017
to be, "The Year of Discoveries"

The opening of tomb Kampp 390 took place this morning in Dra abu el
Naga at 10:00. An introduction in Arabic, English and French was given by
Minister of Antiquities Dr. Mohamed Khalil. The Minister called 2017,
"The Year of Excavations, the Year of Discoveries," and hinted that
this was only the beginning, and that more tombs might be found in the area.

Further details about the present discovery were provided by Dr.
Mostafa Waziri, head of Luxor Antiquities, and director of the mission. Dr.
Waziri congratulated the team of Egyptian workmen, led by Reis Ali Farouk, who
discovered the tomb five months ago. "They continued working in the
blazing heat and over the holiday to bring the find to light," he said.

The 18th Dynasty tomb is located at almost the highest level of
the Theban Necropolis which contains seven cemeteries, the burial places for
the nobility who served the King.

For the occasion of the packed opening, a number of cases
containing local finds were displayed; these included cartonnage mummy-cases, a
substantial amount of almost-intact pottery vessels, a wooden coffin with a
mummy, and funerary cones, and many shabtis constructed from different

The tomb was known and numbered by Dr. Frederika Kamp in her
survey of Theban Tombs late in the past century, but it was apparently not
excavated. The tomb owner is one Amenemhat, a goldsmith; a son and wife (Lady
of the House) are mentioned in the inscriptions as well as man called Mehi, who
could be a relative. Their tombs are not known, but antiquities officials are
optimistic that they might be discovered nearby.

The tomb's layout is unusual, as a boating scene (men unloading
very large pottery storage jars), normally located on the interior walls, is,
in this case, painted on the east reveal of the doorway. However, the door jamb
is in place, so in its final stage of construction this was definitely meant to
be the entrance to the tomb. The artwork is obviously that of a master painter,
indicating that the tomb owner must have been a favorite of the Pharaoh.

Also found in the tomb were a stele and a pair statue.

The tomb is on two levels, with an offering-chapel on the first
level and the burial chamber much lower down. It is not yet open for tourists.


I was very lucky to get this report, Lyla had offered to
take me with her but due to my stupid inability to stand this was not an option
she then volunteered to give me a report from the scene. So nice of her.

The Dra Abu Naga area is a fascinating one, it is the
location of the tomb of Roy one of my favourite nobles tombs, very small but
exquisite. It is in a direct line and has wonderful views of Karnak temple and
was popular with people that worked at the temple. It was also overlooking the
route of the Beautiful Feast of the Valley. So quite a prestigious location.

There are some photos on facebook

(3) Em Hotep BBS

Monday, 28 August 2017

Discovery of a New Archaeological Necropolis in Luxor - Egypt Today

Discovery of a New Archaeological Necropolis in Luxor - Egypt Today: CAIRO - 27 August 2017: Khaled Al-Anani; Minister of Antiquities and Mohamed Badr, governor of Luxor, announced the discovery of a new archaeological necropolis in Luxor city.

According to Anani in a press release, a press conference will be held on September 9 to reveal more details about the new discovery.

In an earlier statement, the head of the Luxor Antiquities Agency, Mustafa Waziri, said that he was confident that the new cemetery, to be announced on the western bank by the Minister of Antiquities, would be greater and more historic than the Osrahat cemetery announced in April.

According to Waziri, the tomb will be a big surprise. It outnumbered the statues discovered inside the Alushabti site last April. This necropolis contains 1,400 statues of different sizes, as well as coffins with mummies and masks belonging to the owner of the cemetery with painted colors preserved for thousands of years.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

HELM and Disabled Access in Luxor

I have just had a meeting with Helm(dream in Arabic) http://www.helmegypt.org/ This wonderful
organisation started as a little club in AUC and is now an award winning  (two scholarships one from MIT and one from Havard) organisation making things happen all over Egypt. They have done loads
of accessibility projects in education and corporates in Cairo and are now looking at Luxor. It must be serendipity that they got my email just before they came.  And we found we had spoken to
the same person at the minisitry plus in their meeting with the governor he had
been briefed and we think it was from one of my early papers.

They also want to make the temples accessible, change the perception of Luxor and make some public roads more disabled friendly. They are going to be coming to Luxor a lot of the next few months and we are going to work together.

We talked together for hours, I explained my interest, they
explained theirs and we talked about what they had done and what they are
hoping to do in Luxor. They understood my interest in the project is both a
general and a business one. They thought this was a perfect example, as what
they are trying to do explain to businesses the benefits of catering to
disabled people. They also loved my guide book with its addition of access tips
for disabled plus site onformation. They thought it was unique in Egypt and would
like to see it done elsewhere. They want to promote that as well, as another example
of how catering for the disabled helps you.

And they loved the logo

A great start to the project.

About | Helm

Helm, translating to “Dream”, is a non-profit organization that aims to
promote the full inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in all aspects
of life, and specifically, to facilitate their employment and ensure
that private and public premises are accessible to all. Helm is proud to
be the first prize-winner in Negma Social Entrepreneurship Competition
in MIT, USA in 2013, and was also awarded the Rise Egypt Fellowship,
Harvard University, USA for 2014-2016.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

When Rome Ruled Egypt - YouTube

Coffee Shop Gossip

Apparently a large statue and possibly remains of a temple have been discovered in the foundations of a 150 year old electricity power station.

Medieval-era graffiti discovered in cave in Upper Egypt - Islamic - Heritage - Ahram Online

Medieval-era graffiti discovered in cave in Upper Egypt - Islamic - Heritage - Ahram Online

An Egyptian mission has stumbled upon a cave in Upper Egypt which contains Medieval-era Arabic graffiti.

The cave was discovered during an archaeological survey carried out at
the archaeological sites located in the area known as the Golden
Triangle in the Red Sea governorate

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fantastic News on the disability front

I just an email from these people Helm Do have a look at their website.

I cant explain how excited I am as I really wanted an Egyptian organisation to pick this up and run with it.. 

The email said "Your email is actually spot on! This is exactly our focus for 2017/2018 we will be working on Luxor temples and other main locations to become more accessible. We will be in Luxor maybe next week or the week after to discuss the project further wit the Governor of Luxor.
I'll email you when we know the exact date so we can meet during our visit to Luxor"

Whoop whoop whoop



If you were impressed by the information shared by EEF here are details should you want to join the mailing list. It is a truly excellent resource

[EEF] concerning rumours about a possible new tomb in the VoK

Thanks to the wonderful EEF for this considered analysis


As the popular press is now picking it up (see 2nd entry
below), I suppose it cannot be blissfully ignored anymore -- but please note
the lack of MoA confirmation and the excess of speculation:

* Press report: "King Tut's Wife May Be Buried in
Newly Discovered [sic] Tomb"

"Famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass and his team say
they've found evidence of a tomb that could belong to King Tut's wife.  The archaeologists eventually plan to
excavate the new tomb, which is located near the tomb of the pharaoh Ay
(1327-1323 B.C.) in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Hawass
told Live Science. "We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know
for sure to whom it belongs," Hawass told Live Science in an email. On
July 7, National Geographic Italia published an article in Italian suggesting
that a team led by Hawass had found a new tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and
Hawass confirmed that discovery to Live Science. "We are sure there is a
tomb hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits,"
Hawass said, explaining that the foundations are
"caches or holes in the ground that were filled with votive objects such
as pottery vessels, food remains and other tools as a sign that a tomb
construction is being initiated." "The ancient Egyptians usually did
four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb's
construction," Hawass said. Additionally, "the radar did detect a substructure
that could be the entrance of a tomb."(...) Hawass said he will direct the
future excavations at the site. (..)"

[Submitted by Kat Newkirk]
* Other English press reports, based on the above press
report (adding nothing extra):

"(..) In a follow up update to Livescience however,
Hawass cautions that there might not be a tomb there, and that further
excavations are required to be certain."

* For the mentioned Italian press report of National Geographic
Italia that started all this, see EEFNEWS (986):

It seems to have been taken down since...; you can refind
it at

"(..) accanto alla KV23, (..) I test effettuati tra
febbraio e maggio dai tecnici di Livorno con l'ERT hanno rilevato anomalie
conduttive nella roccia lì dove Hawass ha individuato i foundation deposits di
un'altra tomba reale che potrebbe appartenere ad Ankhesenamon (..)."

* The Minister has hinted at "an important
archaeological discovery that will astonish the whole world, (..) a graveyard
dating dating back to the Pharaonic era" being in the pipeline, but
without giving any details:

* Please note that MoA has NOT issued any official press
releases yet about the scanning results, making the Italian interview
Also note that no tomb has been found yet, despite the
headers of the press reports; a scanning anomaly does nót make a discovered
tomb and speculation about any owner is even more premature.

* The foundation deposits mentioned seem to be those
found in 2007-2011 by a team with Afifi Rohim Affifi as field
supervisor, and might belong to an unfinished tomb; their report with photos
and plans can be read online (with thanks to Jan Bailey for the

Afifi Rohim Afifi and Glen Dash, "The Discovery of
Intact Foundation Deposits in the Western Valley of the Valley of the
Kings", Proceedings CRE 2014 (2015), pp. 1-12

Aayko Eyma

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Amenemhat TT82 a new tpmb from Osirisnet

has just published a new Theban Tomb: Amenemhat TT82.

See here:  http://www.osirisnet.net/tombes/nobles/amenemhat82/e_amenemhat82_01.htm
Amenemhat is "steward of the Vizier", as well as "scribe who reckons
the corn in the granary of the divine offerings of Amun,” during the reign of
Tuthmosis III. Though he appears as a subordinate personage to us, he is a rich
and cultured dignitary.

Amenemhat had profound knowledge of religious beliefs and
of the most complex myths, an astonishing accomplishment for someone not
holding any priestly office. For instance, he reused spells from the Pyramid
the great funerary corpus of the Old Kingdom, something few notables
of his time were capable of doing.

Amenemhat was able to create  a tomb rich in information about the
Egyptian ideas about of death and rebirth, and divine beliefs in general. So
much so that TT82 is an essential source of knowledge concerning the funeral
practices of the time.

While punctiliously respecting traditions, Amenemhat was also an innovator, and
it is in his tomb that the oldest known magic bricks have been discovered.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Improving Disabled Access at the Archaeological Sites of Egypt.

Improving Disabled Access at the Archaeological Sites of Egypt.: This paper outlines the problem with a case study, gives a proposed solution together with why the project should be done. It also suggests possible funding sources

Link to Proposal

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Security at Luxor airport.

Security at Luxor airport.  5th June 2017

Report from Joanne Stables

Following the implementation of the
relatively new electronics ban on all flights to the UK from Egypt, I was
happily surprised that everything at the airport was running smoothly. At the
main entrance to the airport, the underneath and boot of the car was checked
for hidden devices, and travellers are required to show their passport &
flight ticket. At the entrance to the terminal, passport and flight tickets
must be show again. Just inside the terminal, all luggage are put through a
baggage scanner whilst passengers pass through a metal detector and are 'padded
down' by a security officer. After this, passengers are then sent over to have
their luggage checked for traces of illegal substances; this seems to be part
of the normal procedure now.

Finally off to check-in! Here, staff remind
passengers of the electronic ban and answer any questions. As my laptop and
external hard drive were already in my hold luggage, the staff did not ask to
see them. As I had declared the laptop, the check-in staff secured my padlock
and zips on my case with cable ties, and a fragile label was attached.
Following check-in, the procedure through passport control remains unchanged.
The security check (involving a baggage scan and metal detector) between the
duty free and gate also remains the same.

What has changed is that before travellers
get to the gate, there are two more additional security checks before reaching
the gate; at both, travellers are required to write their name and passport
number in a book. At the first additional check, security staff hand search all
your bags. At the second additional security check, travellers are either
required to have their bags searched again or have their luggage tested for
traces of illegal substances. These last two security checks seem a little hit
and miss and at no point was I asked to show that my cameras and mobile phones
were working. I would argue, that the two additional security checks are
overkill and unnecessary.

Now back in the UK, I am happy to report my
laptop arrived in one piece despite seeing the baggage handlers at Heathrow
ignoring my suitcase was identified as fragile. For anyone else travelling back
to the UK with a restricted electronic device, I highly recommend wrapping it
in bubble wrap. I went further and placed my laptop in a sturdy cardboard box
which was placed between hardback books in the centre of my suitcase.