Sunday, 30 August 2015

The tomb of the 26th dynasty ruler of Upper Egypt uncovered in Assassif, Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online


The tomb of the 26th dynasty ruler of Upper Egypt uncovered in Assassif, Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: The tomb of the 26th dynasty vizier of Upper Egypt discovered in South Assassif on Luxor's west bank

"Badi-Bastet could be buried in a shaft inside the court or in a main
burial chamber of Karabasken tomb," the head of the mission Elena
Pischikova suggested. She asserted that further cleaning of the tomb's
different sections and the continuation of the archaeological survey
would definitely reveal more secrets of the tomb.

"It is a very important discovery," the Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh
Eldamaty told Ahram Online. He explained that the discovery has shed
more light on the architecture and design of tombs of top governmental
officials during the Saite period, especially the 26th dynasty.

Studies carried out on Badi-Bastet's different titles reveal that he
was one of the grandsons of Babasa, a nobleman whose tomb is located
east of Assassif (TT279).

The South Assassif Conservation Project started in 2006 when the two
Kushite tombs of Karabasken (TT 391) and Karakahamun (TT 223) and the
early Saite tomb of Irtieru (TT 390), were re-discovered there.  These
tombs have never been properly cleaned, studied and restored but now
within the framework of the project they will be preserved.

Nothing on the mission website yet but this is a link to the blog

Friday, 28 August 2015

Ägyptologisches Seminar: Report 2014 Update on KV64 Valley of Kings

Those lucky people in Florence got a lecture on the newest tomb in the Valley of Kings, KV64. Margaret Maitland tweeted the link to the website report from the latest season

Ägyptologisches Seminar: Report 2014

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Tutankhamen tomb closes for renovation Oct1 | Cairo Post

Tutankhamen tomb closes for renovation Oct1 | Cairo Post: “The Pharaoh’s mummy will be carefully preserved in a temporary glass display case to be placed in the tomb’s antechamber in order not to be damaged during the restoration work set to be carried out in the burial chamber,” Eid said.

The announcement comes amid controversy regarding the state of preservation of the young Pharaoh’s mummy during the renovation of his tomb; Eid said that the display case includes humidifiers,dust seals, UV protected glass, air circulation and environment control to ensure the safety of the mummy.

Mummy of boy king Tutankhamun to remain in Valley of the Kings - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Mummy of boy king Tutankhamun to remain in Valley of the Kings - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: After much debate, the decision has been reached not to move the mummy of the boy king Tutankhamun to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The mummy will remain in the Valley of the Kings on the Nile's west bank near Luxor.

Monday, 24 August 2015

The tomb of Rekhmire, TT100, at Luxor can now be seen on OsirisNet.

The tomb of Rekhmire, TT100, at Luxor can now be seen on OsirisNet.
Detailed descriptions of the various walls are illustrated with over 600 photographs, which show the entire chapel. In particular, the scenes that decorate the walls of the famous longitudinal room, whose ceiling gradually rises to 8 m high, are shown.
This is - to our knowledge - the largest image database covering the monument.
English version :

Thierry Benderitter

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

State Information Services Mahlab tours projects in Luxor

State Information Services Mahlab tours projects in Luxor: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab inspected on Sunday 16/8/2015 the Kebash(sphinx) Avenue in Luxor, which is being renovated by the Arab Contractors Company. Mahlab assigned the company to complete the ancient path's renovation as soon as possible. The cost is estimated at 25 million pounds.

The premier, escorted by a number of ministers, also visited the "Hadary" popular market, which has been prepared by the governorate for street vendors. Luxor governor said 233 shops were built for the street peddlers, who will be chosen by public auction, he said.

Mahlab also inspected the Luxor general hospital, which is being completely overhauled by the Armed Forces. The project's total cost is about119 million pounds and will be carried out in two years, the health minister has said.

He also visited the Hassan Fathy village and the west bank. I happen to know this because Mahmoud's car was borrowed :)

Sunday, 16 August 2015 - BAWABS - L'Egypte à leurs portes

Shame they did not get their facts right or credit the photographer.

From Kim Lau : There is copyright violation by CairoScene of the photo used, your photo source is not clean nor responsible. Please bring down photo with immediately, you have no rights to use now that I have informed YOU HAVE INFRINGED MY COPYRIGHTS.

His name is JAHLAN HAMDUALLAH OMAR, Jane Akshar's father-in-law, photographed in Luxor, and not a Bawab and defintiely not in Cairo. Copyright logo has been deliberately removed by croping, this action is utterly irresponsible coming from a publication channel, and giving people a flase implication by placing the photo prominently misleading readers that he's a Bawab. - BAWABS - L'Egypte à leurs portes: Gratin de Cairotes raconte l’histoire des grandes figures de l’Egypte : des personnages historiques ou anonymes, des coutumes, des modes, tous ces éléments qui contribuent à façonner l’identité d’une ville et le charme qu’ils lui confèrent aux yeux des étrangers qui y vivent.

Aujourd’hui, on s’attarde sur un personnage plus que quotidien, que l’on croise chaque fois que l’on franchit le seuil de notre appartement : le bawab. Le bawab est un élément distinctif de la vie au Caire et à travers le portrait de deux d’entre eux, nous allons découvrir des hommes et un métier finalement méconnus.

photo : Bawab avec sa chicha - Source Cairoscene

C’est au coeur de Maadi que l’on rencontre Yassin et Ramadan, les deux bawab de deux immeubles qui se font face. Ramadan arrose déjà les plantes qui souffrent de la canicule, quant à Yassin, il ouvre la porte courtoisement à un couple d’habitants de son immeuble, en les saluant comme à son habitude.

Yassin est bawab de cet immeuble depuis 20 ans. Quand il est arrivé d’Assouan, c’est un ami à lui qui lui a permis de trouver ce poste-ci.

Depuis il surveille les allées et venues, nettoie les parties communes, s’occupe du jardinet, nettoie les voitures garées devant, et aide généreusement les habitants pour porter leurs bagages ou de menus travaux.

Ramadan vient aussi d’Assouan, et ça fait « seulement » 10 ans qu’il est bawab de son immeuble. Avec un grand sourire, il nous raconte lui aussi comment il s’occupe des plantes, comment il aide les femmes à porter leurs courses tout en haut des 6 étages de l’immeuble et les services qu’il rend à ses habitants.

Bien plus que des portiers

Le bawab est une figure très cairote. Comme Ramadan et Yassin, ils viennent souvent des zones rurales de Haute-Egypte, et fuient une pauvreté certaine pour jouir d’une situation plus « aisée » en ville, là où les « tips » des habitants de leurs immeubles leur permettent de gagner jusqu’à 1.000 livres par mois (environ 120€) afin de faire vivre une famille parfois restée au village, parfois ayant emménagé avec eux.

Le nom de leur métier vient directement de « bewb », la porte. Mais ce sont plus que de simples portiers. Ce sont des hommes le plus souvent très dévoués, n’hésitant pas à faire une course pour les habitants de leurs immeubles. Avec l’arrivée de nombreux étrangers, certains bawabs sont malheureusement devenus un peu cupides, mais travaillant rarement seuls, il n’est pas rare de voir ces bawabs mal intentionnés se faire réprimander par des bawabs plus anciens et acquis à leurs valeurs.

On demande à Yassin et à Ramadan s’ils seront bawabs toute leur vie. Ils répondent que oui avec le sourire. Mais quand on leur demande s’ils ont envie que leurs enfants reprennent le flambeau, c’est avec un autre sourire, empli d’espoir pour la génération future et de lucidité quant à leur propre précarité qu’ils répondent franchement « Non ».

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

BBC Radio 4 - World at One, 11/08/2015 Nick Reeves speaks about Nefertiti's tomb

Nick Reeves paper on the doorways in Tutankhamuns tomb is now beginning to hit headlines , I suggest you ignore the more sensational news reports and stick to his paper

However this BBC report is worth listening too as there is actually an interview with Nick,. he started speak around 43 minutes in the program. 

BBC Radio 4 - World at One, 11/08/2015

Monday, 10 August 2015

July in South Asasif Part II | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

I take my hat off the the staff and volunteers working in the heatwave we are having at the moment. Do read the entire blog. 

July in South Asasif Part II | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog: This season our main conservation efforts are concentrated in the Second Pillared Hall of the tomb of Karakhamun.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Dr Moustafa Wazery and KV2 Valley of Kings

I just met with Dr Moustafa  Wazery who is head of the mission responsible for the new work at KV2 Ramases IV, in the valley of kings. It was so good to see him again as the last time I saw him was in 2010.  The most important thing to know about his work is that it will not affect access to the valley. It is taking place high up on the valley.

The purpose is to remove the debris from old missions and restore the valley to its appearance in ancient times.  In the past whenever an excavation took place the debris was just moved to the nearest empty place. This has affected the topography of the valley. By removing this fill and restoring the ancient look it will protect the valley from flash flooding as the ancient Egyptians had allowed for this.

We also talked about Nick Reeves paper on Tutankhamun. He had heard about this but has not yet read the paper (I promised him a copy) he agreed it needed through investigation and analysis as any physical investigation would be destructive to the Tutankhamun burial chamber. Even a tiny fiber optic cable would be destructive. He promised if he heard what the decision was he would let me know.

The last thing we discussed was the letter I sent to to Dr Mostaf Ameen back in February. It is good to see some progress on this. 1) Mut and Deir el Shelwit are both being charged in Egyptian pounds 2) the dewatering projects are working well. The various directors were in the office and they confirmed this. Dr Moustafa promised to follow up with the other points I raised, fingers crossed we might get our lectures back.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Archaeological sites in Luxor open to tourists at night .......NOT

Archaeological sites in Luxor open to tourists at night to beat the heat | Cairo Post

The sites opened for 2 days and then closed. The police said it was not the right time to stretch their resources

A visit to the Egypt Centre, Swansea - A hidden gem of child friendly AND scholarly Egyptology

UK Holiday | Jane Akshar: At the Egypt Centre, Swansea. A hidden gem of child friendly AND scholarly Egyptology

Day 9 Egypt Centre at Swansea

I was getting ready in the morning and suddenly Amira is asking for help. She has a bad asthama attack(problem 5) and has been advised to go to hospital. So I drive her to Cardiff, the nearest one. Once she had been given a nebuliser and was stable she let me go to my planned visit to Swansea. So glad because it was great.
The only downside of my visit was the lack of signs at the university but once I made it there it was excellent. You can read more about how it came into being They are very proud of their museum and rightly so. I have never come across a more child centered museum.
They had this excellent mummification demo with a dummy, dressing up, toys, senet games, handling table weighing of the heart. There was so much but combined with a proper displays, with drawers of objects. 25% of the collection is on display and there are excellent brochures given FULL details of the objects. I saw some names/people I recognised; on the lables Ken Griffin, Syd Howells gave me a guided tour and Lauren was on reception.
It is totally disabled friendly (I was using my mobility scooter) and I suspect little known. I really recommend it for families and scholars alike. There is also a Facebook page with a picture of yours truly

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Recreating Karakhamun’s Second Pillared Hall | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

Image008Recreating Karakhamun’s Second Pillared Hall | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog: The reconstruction of the Second Pillared Hall of the tomb of Karakhamun is one of goals of the 2015 season. This work has already been going on for a number of years but now with our new stonecutting machine continuously cutting blocks for pillars and slabs for walls we believe in the success of this ambitious plan. The Second Pillared Hall is the least-preserved room in the tomb of Karakhamun. Used for years as a quarry it did not have left much in situ when we finished its excavation in 2010.

Monday, 6 July 2015

A part of Tutmosis Karnak column arrives home from London - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

A part of Tutmosis Karnak column arrives home from London - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty explained that the piece was in the possession in a British citizen who bought it from the market without knowing that it was a stolen piece. Upon his knowledge, the British citizen agreed to return the piece back to Egypt.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Superpowers of the Ancient World: the Near East - University of Liverpool

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Egypt's Karnak temple theft claims 'unfounded': Officials - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Egypt's Karnak temple theft claims 'unfounded': Officials - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: Sultan Eid, head of Luxor Antiquities, has denied media reports that artefacts have been stolen from Karnak temple galleries.

He told Ahram Online that all the artefacts are safe and sound.

The car which was parked at the western gate of Karnak temple, he continued, belonged to the archaeological mission of the American Research Centre in Cairo which is working in Khonsu temple and tomb number 110 at Assassif on Luxor's west bank.

The car, Sultan asserted, was not filled with artefacts, as claimed, but with samples of rubble, sand and cement that were transported to the restoration laboratory inside Karnak temple for study.

If these samples prove a success, Sultan explained, they would be used in the restoration of tomb number 110 at Assassif.

The car transported these samples a month ago, not a week ago as reported, and it was done after taking all security and safety measures and under the supervision of the Tourism and Antiquities Police.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Egypt sees sandstorm and earthquake on the same day

Apparently my 4th floor guest felt it and yet I (2nd floor) didn't nor did my ground floor guest. :)

Egypt sees sandstorm and earthquake on the same day: Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions Saturday as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.

The epicenter of the quake was 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) southeast of the beachside town of Nuweiba in the Sinai, and about 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of Egypt's border with Israel, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Festival to be held in Karnak Temple Thursday

State Information Services Festival to be held in Karnak Temple Thursday: A massive festival will be held in Karnak Temple in Luxor on Thursday 23/6/2015 to convey a reassuring message after a failed terrorist attack a week ago, undersecretary of the Youth and Sports Ministry in the city said.

Medhat El-Sayyed said that Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdullah agreed with Luxor Governor Mohamed Badr to invite 250 tourists from different nationalities in Hurghada to a one-day trip to Luxor.

The Red Sea governor will lead the tourists in their trip to Luxor, he added.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Valley of the Kings Opening at Night — NILE Magazine

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The Valley of the Kings Opening at Night — NILE Magazine: In a terrific move, no doubt designed to entice visitors back to Egypt, the Valley of the Kings will be opening at night - until 11 pm.

The late closing time begins on Saturday July 25.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Ancient Egypt: A history in six objects - University of Manchester | Coursera

There is now a start date for this FREE course which can be taken by anyone all over the world.

Ancient Egypt: A history in six objects - University of Manchester | Coursera: This course provides an introduction to ancient Egyptian history, using six items from the collections of The Manchester Museum. These items have been carefully chosen to reflect the development of the dynastic age through their origin, manufacture, decoration, and use. Week by week we will examine a different artefact and place it in its social and historical context. This will allow us to journey from Predynastic Egypt and its first king, Narmer, to Greco-Roman Egypt and its final queen, Cleopatra.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Luxor bomb: Should tourists still visit Egypt? - Telegraph

Luxor bomb: Should tourists still visit Egypt? - Telegraph: “After a bomb is always the best time to visit Egypt. Atrocities mean less tourists, tighter security, and lower chance of a follow-up.”

It’s a cynical remark, but perhaps it reflects something about the British attitude to travel and danger. Today’s suicide bomb at the Karnak site near Luxor will no doubt put off some people – but they would probably not have gone anyway.

Update on Karnak Temple #luxor #egypt #karnak

To confirm there was no damage to the monuments and Karnak temple is unharmed. The only people killed were the attackers.

Police foil attack at Karnak

Reports are still very hazy and unclear but it appears the brave Egyptian police stopped an attack at Karnak temple today, shooting dead two attackers and the third blew himself up. Everyone I know and all my guests are safe and well

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Egypt's winemakers seek to revive ancient art - Yahoo News

Egypt's winemakers seek to revive ancient art - Yahoo News: Kouroum of the Nile, an organic winery based in the Red Sea resort of el-Gouna, has planted 120 acres of Bannati grapes, an indigenous variety used for its premium Beausoleil white wine, in central Egypt. The vineyard is an hour's drive north of Beni Hassan, the site of well-preserved 3,600-year-old pharaonic tombs.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Aswan Discoveries

Generous discovery in Aswan!

Egypt's Antiquities Minister, Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty declared the discovery of SIX Late Period tombs (26th Dynasty) at the Aga Khan Mausoleum perimeter, west of Aswan. This magnificent discovery came within the framework of the excavation works performed by the Egyptian Mission in Aswan and Nubia.
Eldamaty clarified that a group of stone and wooden sarcophagi containing the mummies of their owners as well as fiance statues representing the four sons of Horus, a group of amulets and small wooden statues of Horus the Falcon were also discovered.
Eldamaty further added that this discovery is extremely important because it is the first Late Period discovery at the Ancient Cemetery in Aswan. The previously discovered tombs at this area date back to the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.
On the other hand, General Director of Aswan and Nubia Archaeological Area, Nasr Salama said that most of the discovered tombs begin with a 30 steps stair leading to the tomb's main entrance. Each tomb is divided inside into three or four rooms with no inscriptions. Salama also pointed out that the technique used in digging the newly discovered tombs is completely different from the tombs of the same area.
Head of the Egyptian Mission working at the area, Mostafa Khalil finally added that this discovery will help in recognizing the architectural style of that period pointing out that the area was subjected to illegal digging lately and some burials were unearthed by thieves at the area.


Six photos belonging with the press release:

Cairo to Luxor cruises return after two decades - Telegraph

Cairo to Luxor cruises return after two decades - Telegraph 

Wonderful article on the cruise, only one point I would take him up on. You can do all that by road! You see even more and there are some great hotels. I have done the trip and sent guests on it.

Cairo to Luxor cruises return after two decades