Saturday, 27 August 2016

Nobles Tomb Map Google Earth file available

If anyone wants a Google Earth file of my map please send me your email address and I will send it to you

Multi faith Luxor

Spotted on Facebook, this wonderful photo by Mustafa Karim. All faiths all eras, this is the Luxor I love

Friday, 26 August 2016

Maps of the Nobles Tombs

Maps of the Nobles Tombs

  • TT192 TT44 Assasif Tombs and TT279 Pabasa
  • Valley of the Nobles – Gurna
    • TT55 Ramose, TT57 Khaemhet, TT56 Userhet
    • TT96 Sennefer and TT100 Rekhmire
    • TT69 Meena TT52 Nakht TT41 Amenemopet called Ipy
    • TT51 Userhet, TT343 Benia and TT31 Khonsu
  • Khokha Tombs TT178 Neferronpet, TT296 Nefersekheru, Dhutmosis
  • TT110 Djehiuty
  • Dra Abu Naga TT255 Roy TT13 Shu Roy TT148 Amenemope
The first map is the entire Valley of the Nobles and the second image is the Qurna area alone. I would normally resize them to fit the page but thought you would prefer the full image 

Nobles Tombs Map

Gurna Nobles Tomb Map

Private sector looks to boost tourism to Luxor, Aswan - Daily News Egypt

Private sector looks to boost tourism to Luxor, Aswan - Daily News Egypt: Heidi Hemaya, the media planning manager at J. Walter Thompson Cairo (JWT), the advertising company responsible for Egypt’s promotional campaign abroad, said that the company will give Luxor and Aswan great attention in their promotional campaigns that will begin in September for the coming winter season.

She explained that there are certain markets that seek the type of cultural tourism present in Luxor and Aswan.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Burial chamber discovered in Asasif on Luxor's west bank - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Burial chamber discovered in Asasif on Luxor's west bank - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: During excavation and cleaning work carried out in the tomb of the 25th Dynasty Thebes Mayor Karabasken in south Asasif, on Luxor's west bank, the Egyptian American South Asasif Conservation Project discovered his burial chamber and sarcophagus.


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Sunday, 21 August 2016



I was sent this link by the owner and I must admit I really enjoyed the photos

I am a French photographer who has carried out several photo-shootings
in Upper Egypt. So far, I’ve been to Egypt 20 times. I am contacting you
today to present my web site to you. It is entirely dedicated to black
and white silver bromide photography. It includes four links focused on
Upper Egypt (Egypt – Muse – Portraits – West bank). Most of the pictures
were taken to Luxor or around Luxor and on the west bank. When visiting
this web site you might even recognize a few familiar faces you have
come across or people you know personally. Please note that this web
site doesn’t work on a smart phone. A PC / Mac is required as well as a
flash player. ( and - both links provide the same content
from two different servers) This web site also offers other links to the
viewer among which, another one on south Devon (Torbay) and one on Los
Angeles downtown. Fell free to forward me any comments you may think to
be relevant regarding this work Best regards,

BBC Radio 4 - Fantasy Festival, Chris Beardshaw Egyptian Garden

The Egyptian death garden. the beginning of this program wonderfully describes the gardens shown in Egyptian tomb paintings. BBC radio is available worldwide so you can all listen, Very lyrical

BBC Radio 4 - Fantasy Festival, Chris Beardshaw

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Luxor Museum Opening Hours and Prices

From TripAdvisor: The museum opening hours have changed. It's now open from 09:00 - 14:00, last admission 13:30, and again from 17:00 - 21:00, last admission at 20:30.

The museum still costs LE100 to enter, but the LE50, non-flash, photo
tickets are definitely available. Keep it handy as
you can guarantee at least one museum employee will want to see it, if
you're seen snapping away There's an LE100 immediate fine if you're
caught taking photos with no ticket and I dare say your memory card will
be wiped.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Did you realise just how big Amenhotep III temple is?

Have you explored the west bank on Google Earth? You really get a sense of things. Like the enormous size of the entire temple of Amenhotep III (behind the colosus of Memnon) and the relationship with the tiny temple of Merenptah tucked away in the north east corner

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Hidden Luxor – Colossus of Memnon

Hidden Luxor – Colossus of Memnon

Colossus of Memnon


The very first site you see on the west bank is the Colossus of Memnon. I am sure you have all seen this on your first visit to Luxor and it is hardly hidden but there is a lot here that is missed by the casual visitor.
04 in the car park

Today I explored the site on my mobility scooter. The only part a disabled person would not be able to get to is down the steps to view the pedestals at close quarters. But that is hardly a problem when the main point of the statues is their grandeur which is better viewed from the car park.
The trip along the road was enjoyable it reminded me of donkey rides. The pace is slower and you feel more connected to people and you most definitely notice things you would miss in a car. There were biblical scenes of farming, with flooded fields and newly planted crops

 01 Newly Planted Fields02 Flooded Fields

This is the very front of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III which is under excavation by Dr Hourig Sourouzian. Initially this site looked very unpromising but over the years the wealth of discoveries she has made has been extensive.

05 Three pylons

There were actually 3 pairs of statues in front of the three pylons not just the colossus. They have started work putting the others in place.

 03 Steps

You can see the third one in between to the original two in the photo above. As you go along the main road from the colossus to the ticket office there are a number of story boards explaining the entire site with viewing areas.

 05 Story Boards08 Storyboards and viewing area

 This is looking at the courtyard behind the third pylon

 06 Courtyard

At the northern entrance there were a pair of standing statues which have been reassembled and re-erected. Not quite in their original position as that is not available but closer to the road and visitable.

07 Northern Colossus in the Background

Turning right along the road that goes past the temples you can see the Northern colossus and again they have story boards explaining their story of discovery, reassemble and re-erection. One thing is strange, they are wearing the white crown of southern Egypt, now conventionally statues facing the north should wear the red crown of northern Egypt.


It is worth noting the size of this temple and how small the temple of Merenptah is in comparison. It is tucked away in the corner behind the northern statues. If the northern statues have been found there is a strong likelihood there is a set of southern statues and they might be across the road and in the middle of the field to the south. They may also answer the conundrum of why the northern colossus are wearing southern crowns. It is all very interesting.

By this time I was very hot and very thirsty and I came across on of the road side water stations. These are put by locals for the refreshment of passers by. It is part of the hospitality of the Egyptians and it was icy cold and very refreshing.

10 Cold drink

Mysteries of Irtieru | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

Mysteries of Irtieru | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

Mysteries of Irtieru

The tomb of Irtieru (TT 390) is among the most
intriguing tombs of the Theban necropolis. Irtieru’s titles, Chief
Attendant to the God’s Wife Nitocris and Female Scribe place her among
the highest elite of her time. The wife and mother of Viziers of Upper
Egypt, she did not mention the names of her husband Nespamedu (buried in
Abydos) or her son Nespakashuty D (buried at Deir el Bahri) in the
decoration of her tomb. Few women even among the higher-ranking elite
had tombs that reflected this level of personal career orientation..........

Friday, 12 August 2016

Hidden Luxor Update - can I have your views

So what would you like to see in the new revised Hidden Luxor?

My guide book Hidden Luxor has been hugely popular over the years and I am planning a big update. There are lots of new sites to include as described on my post "What is new to see in Luxor" also I have some serious mobility issues and have recently got myself a mobility scooter and I thought it would be helpful to other people to know which sites are suitable for those of us with those kind of issues.

Please contact me with any ideas

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 cafĂ©. 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