Saturday, 31 May 2014

Restored-tombs-reopen - Al-Ahram Weekly

Restored-tombs-reopen - Al-Ahram Weekly

..............Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim this week inaugurated two
tombs in the Valley of the Queens and Deir Al-Medina on Luxor’s west

The first tomb belongs to queen Tyti, wife of the Pharaoh Ramses III,
and the second is that of Inerkhaou, a senior official during the New
Kingdom reigns of Ramses III and IV..............

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Luxor square named after Shaikh Khalifa

Luxor square named after Shaikh Khalifa

A major square in Luxor, Egypt, has been named after the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

New Ptolemy II temple discovered in Beni Suef

Our very own Mansour Boraik has been excavating in the Middle Egypt and would you believe it he has found a new temple. He sent me a message and has promised some photos.

New Ptolemy II temple discovered in Beni Suef - Daily News Egypt

Friday, 16 May 2014

Animal Boarding for Pets and Rescue Animals

What an excellent idea and it is my neighbour too. Luxor needed boarding kennels. The website is very sparse (underconstruction)

animalrooms | Animal Boarding for Pets and Rescue Animals

but the Facebook page has loads of details

Animal Boarding centre for pets and rescue animals - Luxor West Bank
of the animals gets flea, tick and worming treatment, and are given a
flea/tick collar to protect them in the future. When we think they are
at least 8 weeks old, they are inoculated against Parvo and Rabies.

We would love to keep all of the animals, but there are so many that
need help. Therefore, we would like to rehome some of the puppies, dogs
and kittens, but only to people who really care for animals and who will provide a good home for them.

If you are interested in coming to see the animals just email us on or ring Ali on 010 9832 7210.

We would love to see you, especially if you could give one of them a
good home. If you can’t give an animal a home, we would still like you
to come, especially if you can donate some dog/cat food or treats!

If you already have your favoured pet with you in Luxor, but need to
take a trip, then come and talk to us about us looking after your pet
while you are away. We will provide a safe and comfortable environment
for your pets, and the boarding fees will help the abandoned animals

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Pyramids in Luxor

Are the pyramids in Luxor?

Well yes and no. The Giza pyramids are not in Luxor and to visit them will require a 50 minute flight to Cairo but if you look carefully you can find Luxor's pyramids.

There is no evidence what kind of superstructure Mentuhotep built on top of his temple at Deir el Bahri.
However depending on which reconstruction you believe in there might have been a pyramid on top of the temple.

At Deir el Medina the workmans village they built pyramids on top of their tombs.

At Dra Abu Naga above the tombs of Roy and Shu Roy the 17th Dynasty kings built mud brick pyramids and their pyramidions have been discovered by Daniel Poltz. website If you look to the right and slightly up you can see the straight lines of the mud brick on the hillside.

At Gurnayou can clearly see a large pyramid on the hill from the ramaside period
Pyramid in Luxor

The Belgiums have found evidence of another Ramaside pyramid as detailed in a lecture

So yes there are pyramids in Luxor....but not the Giza ones

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Tomb of royal messenger and guard of army archives dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt

Tomb of royal messenger and guard of army archives dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt: CAIRO — Archeologists have found a tomb dating back to around 1100 B.C. south of Cairo, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said Thursday.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the tomb belongs to a guard of the army archives and royal messenger to foreign countries. Ibrahim said the Cairo University Faculty of Archaeology's discovery at Saqqara adds "a chapter to our knowledge about the history of Saqqara."

Monday, 5 May 2014

Ameneminet, Imeneminet, TT 277 ; TT277 ; Louxor ; Thebes ; tombe Egypte (1)

A new tomb from those lovely people at Osirisnet Ameneminet, Imeneminet, TT 277 ; TT277 ; Louxor ; Thebes ; tombe Egypte (1)

This represents a small irregular chapel whose decoration is
well-preserved although it is incomplete. Ameneminet was a priest in the
service of the god Ptah-Sokar in the Temple of Millions of Years of Amenhotep
III. There are a few very rare scenes, such as the transportation of the mummy
to the burial chamber.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Egypt travel advice - GOV.UK Visa now $25 USD

My advice to buy the visa yourself at the airport, do not get it from a travel rep as they often over charge. Queue up at the bank, if you have dollars hand over the exact amount. If you are paying in another currency like sterling or Euros make sure you are charged the exact equivalent, find out what $25 is before hand.

Egypt travel advice - GOV.UK: For visits of up to 30 days, you can get a visa on arrival by payment in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros. From 1 May 2014 the visa fee will be US$25. Alternatively you can get a visa from an Egyptian Consulate outside Egypt before you travel.