Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Egypt Sudan Graffiti

I am sure everyone has wondered about the old graffitti on temple and tomb walls and if you want to know more I really recommend Egypt Sudan Graffiti

Roger has produced numerous books, he says (via EEF)

Herewith the complete list of my books - there will be no
While I live they will be available, the price stays the
same, each volume 15 Euro (excluding packing and postal expenses).


Volume: I   The
Kiosk of Qertassi- (2001)
Volume: II  The
Temples of  Semna and Kumma- (2003)
Volume: III Philae - The Kiosk of Trajan- (2004)
Volume: IV  Elkab -
The Rock Tombs-(2005)
Volume: V   Thebes
- The Temples of Medinet Habu-(2006)
Volume:VI   Thebes
- The Mortuary Temple of Sethos I (Qurna)-(2008)
The Temple of Hathor (Deir el-Medina) Volume VII  Karnak-Great Temple of Amun-(2009)
Festival Temple-Pillared Hall (Tuthmosis III)
                       Hypostyle-Great Columns 1-12 In
aisle (Ramesses III and IV)
Smaller Columns 75 and 76 (Ramesses II
and IV, Sethos I) Volume VIII Elkab-The Temple of Amenophis III.(2010)(1)
Volume IX  
Thebes-The Ramesseum(2010)(2)
Volume X    The
Temple of Kalabsha (March 2011)(1)
          The Temple of Beit el-Wali
Volume XI   Gebel
el-Silsila, Great Speos of Harenhab, Quarry and
Stelae  (September 2011) (2) Volume
XII  The Luxor Temple (2012), with total
index of the 12

Additional Volume I  
The Temples of Abu Simbel (2012)(I).
Additional Volume II 
The Temple of Dendara (2012)(2) Additional Volume III – Part I: Napoleon
Banaparte in Egypt (2013)
                              Soldiers – Artists
– Scholars
                    Part II: Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt
                       Portrait drawings by André Dutertre

Saturday, 6 September 2014

September Special Offer from Flats in Luxor | Jane Akshar

September Special Offer from Flats in Luxor | Jane Akshar

Discover Luxor’s Hidden Treasures

If you want to uncover gems from the past amid friendly people with guaranteed sunshine then visit Luxor Egypt…

Fed up with package holidays, want to get more out of your precious
break from work minus rain and the cold then come to Luxor. Come to Flats in Luxor

Egiptología (Egyptology) | Coursera

FREE course in Egyptology (in Spanish)

Egiptología (Egyptology) | Coursera

Egiptología (Egyptology)

curso introduce a los estudiantes de grado y al público de habla
hispana en general en los aspectos más relevantes de la lengua, la
historia y la cultura del Egipto de los faraones.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Felucca Race Invitation

The Minister for Sport and Youth has requested your presence at a meeting in the Luxor Rowing Club to participate in an exciting event to promote tourism in Luxor.
The meeting will take place at 5.00 pm TOMORROW (Saturday 6th September) and the Minister would like as many people as possible to attend and take part.
The event will be a Felucca Race from Karnak to the Rowing Club and the Minister would like residents to be in the boats with the teams.
The event will be covered by the media so please try to be there if you can as we want to send a message to the world that Luxor is 'Open for Business' and is awaiting visitors old and new.
Please pass on this information to friends who are not on Facebook. Thank you and hope to see you at the Rowing Club tomorrow at 5.00 pm.

via Theresa Clarke on Facebook

Egypt travel advice: is it safe to return? - Telegraph

Egypt travel advice: is it safe to return? - Telegraph: Luxor and Aswan, the two main bases for Nile Valley tourism, are peaceful and reasonably well protected.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Tourism Authority will set up sound and light show at Meidum Pyramid | Cairo Post

Tourism Authority will set up sound and light show at Meidum Pyramid | Cairo Post: CAIRO: The Tourism Development Authority (TDA) plans to set up a sound and light show at the Meidum Pyramid in coordination with Ministry of Antiquities, TDA chief executive Serag Eddin Saad told The Cairo Post Thursday.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Al-Tahrir News Network | New discovery in Horhotep tomb highlights pragmatic funerary complexes - Al-Tahrir News Network

Al-Tahrir News Network | New discovery in Horhotep tomb highlights pragmatic funerary complexes - Al-Tahrir News Network: During excavation works carried out at the courtyard of the Horhotep’s rock-hewn tomb in Assassif necropolis, adjacent to Hatshepsut temple on Luxor west bank, a Polish team from the Institute of Archaeology of Wroclaw University stumbled upon what is believed to be a rare mud brick funerary chapel with a limestone altar.......................

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Blog Post 8: Reconstructing Karakhamun | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

Blog Post 8: Reconstructing Karakhamun | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog: One of the largest conservation tasks of the season is reconstructing the west wall of the Second Pillared Hall in the tomb of Karakhamun. The worst preserved wall in the hall, it consisted of only one section of stone with the lower part of a standing figure and a column of an offering list.

Friday, 15 August 2014

University of Basel KV40 Tomb of the royal Children: Valley of Kings report

Honestly is makes me laugh how countless people have said there was nothing further to discover in the valley.


University of Basel: Basel Egyptologists of the University of Basel Kings' Valley Project have been working on tomb KV 40 in the Valley of the Kings close to the city of Luxor for three years. From the outside, only a depression in the ground indicated the presence of a subterranean tomb. Up to now, nothing was known about the layout of tomb KV 40 nor for whom it was build and who was buried there.

The Egyptologists assumed that it was a non-royal tomb dating back to the 18th dynasty. They first cleared the six meter deep shaft which gives access to five subterranean chambers and then recovered the countless remains and fragments of funerary equipment.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Embalming study ‘rewrites’ key chapter in Egyptian history - News and events, The University of York

Not strictly Luxor News but hugely significant Egyptology News

Embalming study ‘rewrites’ key chapter in Egyptian history - News and events, The University of York: Researchers from the Universities of York, Macquarie and Oxford have discovered new evidence to suggest that the origins of mummification started in ancient Egypt 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.

The Rest Of Egypt | Vegan Without Frontiers

Flats in Luxor gets a mention in this blog but do read it all for a lyrical description of the black and white desert.

The Rest Of Egypt | Vegan Without Frontiers: we decided to go back to Luxor to visit Jane properly and do some sight-seeing.

Jane is in charge of “Flats in Luxor”, an apartment building for visitors, sort of like a hotel but with your own kitchen, bedroom, bathrooms, and so on. There was even an outside pool, which is surely a luxury in the 42+ degree heat. We visited the Valley of the Kings, a spectacular ancient burial site for 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties of pharaohs, and we were able to visit 4 of the tombs there. Then we visited the Temple of Hatshepsut, a magnificent ancient building with many features intact, built just at the foot of the major cliffs on the outside of the valley, making it appear to be built right out of the cliffs instead of next to them. We also passed some more derelict ancient temples on the way and visited the Luxor Temple on the east bank of the Nile. There is a row of sphinxes that apparently used to stretch for 3 km, a long straight road with identical sphinxes evenly spaced out, staring dead ahead, and now there are still a lot of these left, although not for 3km, but the impact remains the same.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Celebrating Nefertari's tomb discovery to take place in Luxor 15 October | Egypt Independent

Celebrating Nefertari's tomb discovery to take place in Luxor 15 October | Egypt Independent: The civil aviation ministry and the tourism authority, in collaboration with Italian Embassy in Egypt, will organize a ceremony in commemoration of the discovery of Nefertari's tomb in Luxor 110 years ago.

The celebration will take place between 15-25 October in the Valley of Queens, Luxor.

Several Italian archaeologists, trip organizers, media professionals representing Egypt and Italy will attend.Two photo exhibitions will be held atthe Luxor Exhibition and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Ankhtifi from Osirisnet

We invite you to discover the tomb of the nomarch Ankhtifi which is on the site of Mo'alla, which is about forty kilometres to the south of Luxor. The monument dates from the First Intermediate Period, a troubled period and badly known in Egyptian history. From the tomb, there remains a vast rectangular chamber containing thirty pillars, of which eight carry a famous autobiography. The parietal decoration is very damaged, of provincial style and inspired by the tombs of the Old Kingdom of Guiza and Saqqara, however it includes some original scenes, such as the navigation in Hemen.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

The only picture of a camel on an Ancient Egyptian temple wall

This is especially for my camel loving friend from Texas, Doug Baum.
The Ancient Egyptians didn't have the camel however in the early Christian ere some camel riding Blemyes passed by the small temple at Deir el Medina and carved this piece of graffiti. It is on the exterior north wall of the temple.

p33 Ptolemaic Temples by Seton-Williams.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Friday, 25 July 2014

Blog Post 7: The Eye of Osiris | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

Exciting times at the South Asasif project, they found the eye of Osiris!

Blog Post 7: The Eye of Osiris | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

Flats in Luxor is proud to sponsor Dr Ken Griffin who is here for 2 months working on the project

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Rosetta Stone found — History.com This Day in History — 7/19/1799

Rosetta Stone found — History.com This Day in History — 7/19/1799: On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been "dead" for nearly 2,000 years.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A Day of Archaeology in Assasif (Luxor) | Day of Archaeology

A Day of Archaeology in Assasif (Luxor) | Day of Archaeology: Since 2007 the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor has a permanent residence in the West Bank Of Luxor. It is known as “Beyt Italy” (“Casa Italia”).

Grandfather Father Son: Ancient Egyptian Temples reviewed by Sarah Shepherd

Grandfather Father Son: Ancient Egyptian Temples eBook: Jane Akshar: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store:

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read!

14 July 2014
By Sarah Shepherd

I’ve just finished reading ‘Grandfather Father Son: Ancient Egyptian Temples’ by Jane Akshar.

In her new book Jane deftly examines the stylistic and architectural differences of the three mortuary temples belonging to Seti I, Ramesses II and Merenptah of the 19th Dynasty which are located in Luxor. The book would be an excellent resource for first time travelers to Egypt as it defines the form and function of a temple and contains useful contextual information which will aid visitors in understanding the role of the temple in Ancient Egyptian society. The chapters on supporting temple infrastructure are clear, concise and well written.

I especially liked the inclusion of the appendices – The chapter titled ‘visiting today’ detailing previous and current excavations, highlights on points of interest and tips when visiting the areas is extremely useful.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Luxor considers establishing EGP 22m plant to generate solar electricity: Governor - Daily News Egypt

Really happy to see this, after all one thing Egypt has is sun!!!! 

Luxor considers establishing EGP 22m plant to generate solar electricity: Governor - Daily News Egypt: The governorate of Luxor is considering the establishment of a solar energy power plant with 2 MW capacity through EGP 22m in investments, with the goal of “beginning the shift” to clean energy throughout the 2014/2015 fiscal year, according to Governor Tarek SaadEddin

Friday, 4 July 2014

Rais Farouq has died

I found this on EEF, so sad

وفاة مكتشف "خبيئة معبد الأقصر"

It is with great sadness that we report rais Farouq Sharet passed away on July 3rd in Luxor. Rais Farouq as he was known to many, was a popular, colourful gufti who managed many excavations in Egypt, chiefly for foreign missions. Many of his younger relatives who trained with him, went on to work and supervise excavations as well. His humor and forceful personality, as well as his elegant appearance, will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Blog Post 5 | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

Not much happens in Luxor during the summer but the South Asasif project is an exception. Catch up with their blog here

Blog Post 5 | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog: Salima Ikram came to work on the animal bone deposit in the tomb of Karabasken. Her time at the site, although short, was extremely productive. We all learned a lot trying to assist Salima as best we could. Salima is sorting bones in the tomb of Irtieru assisted by her student Nick Brown.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Review of B.M. Sampsell ‘A Traveler’s Guide to the Geology of Egypt’ | Peter Robinson - Academia.edu

I have just been sent a copy of the new edition of Bonnie Sampsell's book and I must say it is VERY readable. I know almost nothing about geology and I am having problems putting it down. If you want to get a copy go here http://www.aucpress.com/p-4852-the-geology-of-egypt.aspx

If you want a more scholarly review of the first edition Peter Robinson graciously gave me permission to publish his review from Ancient Egypt magazine.

(427) Review of B.M. Sampsell ‘A Traveler’s Guide to the Geology of Egypt’ | Peter Robinson - Academia.edu: Travelers Guide to the Geology of Egypt by Bonnie M. Sampsell. American University in Cairo Press, 2003. ISBN 977 424 785 X. Price £16.95

If, like me, you are a keen follower of archaeological television programmes like Time Team and Meet the Ancestors, you will know how important it is for the archaeologists to know how the site they are investigating sits in its setting. Villages are built close to spring lines, Roman villas stand at the heads of river valleys, and burial sites are places upon the crests of ridges and watersheds. This branch of archaeology, known to the diggers as landscape history , is often a good way to begin to interpret a site and what its layers might hold.

For many years now, however, I have wondered why such interpretation is rarely done for sites in Egypt. One reason, of course, is historical there is just too much to be excavated, which means that Egyptologists rarely get the time to look at sites in their settings. But another reason for the lack of landscape research may well be the scarcity of source material about the landscape and its origins. This is also true of the books accessible to a more general reader. Books on translating hieroglyphs, or the gods of Ancient Egypt, or the latest theories on the pyramid builders are relatively common, but there are so few up-to-date books readily available to the tourist, scholar or interested reader on the landscape. Which is the reason why this new book on the geology of Egypt is to be welcomed.

The book states from the beginning that it avoids technical jargon. Instead, it has a glossary of key words and a useful bibliography in case the reader wishes to find out more about topics covered. That said, the book has to contain some technical concepts perhaps unfamiliar to the non-geologist reader. So we read about plate-tectonics and seafloor spreading, of geological time periods and types of rock, but these are all necessary to the plot, so to speak. The geological history of the River Nile is explained in a number of places, along with details of current thinking behind the origins of the desert oases (their possible origins identified from sand rivers first spotted from spaceships).

The book is arranged in a logical sequence, starting from the south at Abu Simbel and working northwards. In some parts there are reasonably detailed geological maps, such as around Aswan, but I suspect that, as in Britain, these are based on maps produced of geologically interesting places. In Aswan, for instance, the map might owe more to the survey carried out during the planning of the High Dam than to actual recent fieldwork by the author. In the chapter on Luxor, however, there is a wealth of detail on the effects of the various rocks upon the tombs and temples of ancient Thebes, making it quite clear as to why the Valley of the Kings is under so much threat from tourism.

Further north, there is a chapter on the pyramid fields of Lower Egypt, and it is obvious reading through the text that the debate over concrete pyramids can quickly be quashed, as they were clearly built out of nummulitic limestones quarried locally. As well as covering the traditional tourist traps of the Nile Valley, Sampsell investigates the Alexandrian coast and Delta in the north, looks at the Sinai Peninsula and also the geological history of the Red Sea. The handy pocket-sized book finishes with a series of colour photographs showing satellite images of the Nile Valley, of various sites the tourist might visit and of close-up detail of geological features and effects to be seen in the stone of the landscape and used for building the monuments.

Even though I confess a small amount of geological knowledge myself, I found the book interesting and useful. It doesn't take down to the reader, but gently guides them through the geological features of Egypt, yet is also of the right technical level to be useful to people with basic or even intermediate geological knowledge. I, for one, will be packing my copy in my luggage the next time I go to Egypt.