Thursday, 27 July 2017

HELM and Disabled Access in Luxor

I have just had a meeting with Helm(dream in Arabic) 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:
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