Tuesday, February 28, 2006
The full analysis of how he came to this conclusion continues in Spanish at the above website, or can be found in translation (also quite rough) at the following web address, on the General Stuff forum on the Rowley-Regis website:
A description of the ancient Egyptian collections in the Turn museum of Egyptology, which has opened a new gallery in time for the 2006 Winter Olympics, and has one of the biggest collections outside Egypt: "Opened in 1824 in a 17th-century Jesuit building, the Museo Egizio has about 6,500 artifacts on display and more than 26,000 in storage. The massive collection was started by Bernardino Drovetti, a Turin-born French diplomat who amassed a hoard of artifacts during his time in Egypt. Later, pieces came from Italy's share in joint archaeological projects with Egyptian authorities, while the museum's latest acquisition, the rock-cut Temple of Ellesija, was donated by the African country. Most of the insight the museum offers into the daily lives of the Egyptians comes from what they left behind for their dead."
Monday, February 27, 2006
"Archeologists discovered a pharaonic sun temple with large statues believed to be of King Ramses II under an outdoor marketplace in Cairo, Egypt's antiquities chief said Sunday. The partially uncovered site is the largest sun temple ever found in the capital's Aim Shams and Matariya districts, where the ancient city of Heliopolis — the centre of pharaonic sun worship — was located, Zahi Hawass said. Among the artifacts was a pink granite statue weighing 4 to 5 tonnes whose features 'resemble those of Ramses II,' said Dr. Hawass, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Also found was a two-metre-high statue of a seated figure with hieroglyphics that include three tablets with the name of Ramses II — and a 3-tonne head of royal statue, the council said in a statement."
Also covered by:
Third part of the story describing the discovery in Bahariya of Djed-Khonsu-ef-Ankh, the Governor of Bahariya by Zahi Hawass:
"We know about the governor Djed-Khonsu-efankh from the temples of Ain-El-Meftella where he built chapels with his brothers to the kings Apries and Ahmose II of the 26th Dynasty.
Parts one and two are located on the blog as follows:
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Thanks to Geoffrey Tassie for the following news item. The preservation of the valuable collection of Description de l’Égypte has been completed by the International School of Information Science (ISIS) at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The 11 plate volumes, owned by the BA, and nine text volumes, owned by l’Institut d’Égypte, have been fully digitized, integrated on a virtual browser and are available in DVD format to the public through this pioneering endeavor. Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, stated that the importance of this project stems from this collection being considered a rich reference for researchers and scholars. He added that digitizing such a collection is an achievement toward the preservation of heritage . . . .The Description de l’Égypte DVD is available at the BA Bookshop for EGP 120."
The background story to the creation of the Description can be found on the Tour Egypt website at:
Your bullet points are about right except that the article doesn't say anywhere that the tomb "contained one internment"
Here goes my attempt:
It deals with the tomb of Wahibra-neb-pehty, a priest contemporary with Harwa. It's entrance is by the east side of the entrance portico of the very monumental tomb of Harwa and the scholars had to remove a considerable quantity of debris to enter it. In the process of which they found evidence of the activities of tomb robbers. Thus came to light the wall that had sealed the tomb, in part already removed by the robbers. And beyond was a short corridor giving onto a room with diagonal walls , (one of which) uniquely formed a common wall the the earlier(constructed) well known tomb of Kheruef. Inside was the first great discovery after millennia of oblivion: the remains of a decoration [relief?,painting?,sculpture?] with the complete figure of a sacred calf and the posterior part of a bull which precede it [I think this is the key part: a bull not a cow]. A substitution of great importance for a greater understanding of the rich mythological pantheon of Ancient Egypt. In addition a preliminary analysis of the plastered ceiling of the entrance [here I'm not sure if 'soffitto dell'entrato' simply means that or more specifically what we would call the soffit of the doorway] - [painted] plaster of a curiously floral character (similar decoration is scarcely attested in the entire history of Egypt). It was possible to ascertain that the very beautiful fragment of ceiling with a lotus flower and papyrus plant found in the courtyard of the tomb of Harwa had it's origin in the new(ly found) tomb. At the end of the exploration of the entire funerary complex were found two funerary masks of painted wood. Dating from the early Ptolemaic period (IV-III centuries B.C.) and made in the "Phoenician" style (so-called because the the form of the eyes, which resemble the faces of Phoenician statues and masks) they constitute the first true examples of the passage from the classic "hieratic" mask style (used from the first dynasties) to the "anthromorphic" (style) which reproduced the appearance in life of the face of the dead exemplified by the Fayum portraits of the Greco-Roman period.
Thanks again Bob. MUCH apreciated.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
"The recently discovered catacomb in Luxor is the first intact tomb to be discovered in over 80 years. The tomb, unearthed by an American team of archaeologists, lies very close to the tomb of King Tutankhamun, making experts wonder why the Ancient Egyptians collected so many mummies in one place, known as a catacomb.
- The new tomb was found near the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and in the immediate vicinity of the tomb of Harwa, which is itself the focal point of a funerary complex
- The team that found the tomb was headed by Francisco Tiradritti, in the course of excavating the tomb of Harwa who was an important official of the 25th Dynasty
- The new tomb, which had not been explored previously by archaeologists, contained one interment
- The tomb was robbed in antiquity
- The tomb was behind a wall that sealed the interment, which had already been partially removed by the above-mentioned tomb robbers
- A short corridor leads to a wall, which is unique in being shared with the well known tomb of Kheruef.
- On the inside of the tomb there are the remains of decoration, including the complete figure of a sacred year-old calf and the posterior part of a bovine
- The exploration of the entire funerary complex also revealed two funerary masks in decorated wood dating back to the Ptolemaic period (IV-III century to C.)
There are many other references which I simply couldn't decipher, including one to a ceiling with lotus and papyrus depictions - but I couldn't work out if this was the new tomb or the tomb of Harwa.
"Though flowerpots are thought to have existed as early as 2000 BC, the first concrete evidence of sustained potted plant growth seems to have developed in Egypt at the bequest of Ramses III, born in 1198 BC. The Egyptians at this time were avid gardeners though very practical and systematic in their layouts. Rather than waging wars, Ramses III engaged in building palaces, temples and gardens. He was actually responsible for the creation of no less than 514 semi-public gardens. The walkways of these gardens were lined with great decorative earthenware pots planted with dazzling flowers and shrubs as well as papyrus. These stimulated the use of flowerpots in many temples and palaces not just in Egypt but also in nearby Greece".
Book review (fiction): The Season of the Hyaena
http://tinyurl.com/p5k77 (Monsters and Critics)
"Set in Ancient Egypt during the tumultuous times when the govenment is in the hands of a Royal Council acting on behalf of the boy king Tutankhamum. All on the Council are jostling for power, and strains are emerging between those advocating a return to old forms of worship and those supporting the Aten. Then news comes that the Pharaoh Akenhaten has returned, together with Nefertiti. But all had thought Akenhaten & Nefertiti were dead? Or were they? When armed supporters start arriving at Akenhaten's side, the Royal Council has to investigate. Who better to send than Mahu, Chief of Police & Keeper of the Secrets of the Heart along with the priest and fervant Atenist Mery-Re?" See the rest of the review on the above page.
The Luxor, Las Vegas
http://tinyurl.com/jlayd (Sydney Morning Herald)
There's a super photograph of the sphinx and pyramid, features of The Luxor casino and hotel in Las Vegas, accompanying this short bulletin (one of five reviewed casinos in Vegas): " A giant sphinx with a flawless nose guards the entrance to this 30-storey pyramid, which should have any self-respecting pharaoh turning in his sarcophagus. Slot machines and decor compete for tackiness: there are Egyptian statues, hieroglyphics on the walls and a re-creation of Tutankhamen's tomb. Despite being unpopular with Asian tourists - historically, the design is that of a grave - the 4408-room Luxor is mostly filled to capacity. At night, a beam said to be visible from space shoots up from the pyramid's tip while inside, signs ask guests to save electricity and switch off room lights. Viva the hypocrisy of Las Vegas. See http://www.luxor.com."
Bricks of Egypt
Tutankhamun at the Olympics
It was only a matter of time: "Having seen the sarcophagus of the Boy King years ago in London, I know Tut was a little guy. He was born at a time when there were no steroids, no human growth hormone, no Victor Conte, no affordable home gyms to give you the body you've always wanted in just 20 minutes a day, three times a week. Research suggests Tut was about 19 years old at the time of his death, in the neighborhood of 5-foot-6 and slightly built. That makes him an ideal candidate for ski jumping."
Friday, February 24, 2006
"An up-to-date storehouse, similar to the ones at the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London, has been built on site. Egyptologist Ayman Abdel-Moneim, who is directing the project, told Al-Ahram Weekly that such museological storage, with a very sophisticated security system connected directly with the police commissariat, was the first of its kind to be built in Egypt. . . . A laboratory to restore pieces in the museum's chosen collection was also among the achievements in the first phase. . . . The planned four-storey building -- of which the first two floors will be devoted to exhibits, the third to a documentation centre and the fourth to an archaeological and historical library -- has an exceptional architectural design to integrate with its surroundings as well as to symbolise the ages in Egypt's past."
See the full story by Nevine el-Aref on the Al Ahram website, above.
"In August 2001 I took a balloon flight over the west bank at Luxor, starting from a field across the main road in front of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahari. The balloon went south towards the collossi of Memnon statues of Amenhotep III, then the pilot managed to do a U-turn and back-tracked from where we had came from, but a little nearer to the Nile. When nearly in a straight line between Hatshepsut's temple and Karnak temple I looked down in a cultivated field and couldn't believe what I was seeing - see attached photo. This building is parallel to the Nile, or in other words on a north-south alignment like Luxor temple. Maybe worth posting it to get views on it I think?. I'd be curious to know what others think."
An article looking at past reports in the Al Ahram Weekly newspaper concerned with the identity and image of Cairo, including some suggestions for improving Cairo's museums: "On the front page of Al-Ahram 's 11 September 1937 issue was a long article under the headline City of Museums. The article included an interview with 'the prominent antiquities expert Atienne Dritone, director of the Egyptian Antiquities Department'. The most significant part of the article was a call to establish a museum city within the Egyptian capital that would include a museum of art history, a museum of antiquities, the palace of Tutankhamen, and a tomb for mummies. The argument of the prominent French antiquarian was that the museum at that time had become piled up with antiquities, causing them to lose their splendour and glory. This occurred because the original design had not taken into consideration the success excavations would have. Not a year passed without the museum acquiring new treasures, and the department grew perplexed as to whether to exhibit or store them. When the latter choice was taken, 'some treacherous hands reached out and stole.' "
Thursday, February 23, 2006
KV63 on the University of Memphis website
The University of Memphis page dedicated to the KV63 excavation, with a list of links to news articles and photographs, together with brief details of the team.
A blog written by Sharon Nichols, one of the student team members from the KV63 excavation, with as-it-happens accounts of the dig.
KV63 Official Page
National Geographic Summary
http://tinyurl.com/e2uy8 (National Geographic)
The Temple of Mut
First, Jane has been lucky enough to visit the Temple of Mut, next to Karnak, where excavations are being carried out by two teams: " I had to get special permission from the SCA and felt a bit like Prime Minister Chamberlin with my bit of paper in my hand. It certainly worked it’s magic. The dig inspector was expecting me and conducted me round the site."
Lecture by Jose M Galan
Second, a summary of a recent lecture by Jose Galan at the Mummification Museum in Luxor: "They have been excavating TT11 the tomb of Djehuty and TT 12 the tomb of Hery. These two tombs are connected at the transverse rooms yet at the front are separated by TT399. The tomb was recorded by Champollian in 1829 and shows whippet like dogs hunting in the desert and a superb funnery scene where the mummy of the deceased is being transported across the Nile by boat." See Jane's full summary, above.
See the museum's website for details about the collection:
A photo gallery showing some of the photographs in the collection is at:
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
On this page there are some excellent views of the valley showing KV63, one of which is helpfully annotated to provide a very clear view of precisely where the site is located.
The European Fine Art Fair, taking place at the MECC in Maastricht (The Netherlands) from March 10th to 19th 2006, is to feature some Egyptian items, including a winged scarab pectoral from the Third Intermediate Period from a private collection in Paris, and a wooden and bronze ibis from the Late Dynastic period, formerly in an American private collection.
In the light of recent legal cases against the Getty and the Met, together with requests for items obtained as a result of illegal trading to be returned, fairs like this are presumably under mounting pressure to vet both the dealers and the artefacts traded.
The article is quite long (too long to translate in full here) but the gist of it is as follows. Díaz-Montexano. Neither of the above-mentioned royal wives have been found to date. He believes that the mummies represent five members of the royal family, directly related to Tutaknkhamun, whether an ancestor or successor.
In another longish article, at the above URL (also in Spanish), Georgeos Díaz-Montexano adds some other details to support some of his speculations, including confirmation of the 18th Dynasty date from the fact that the colour of all the sarcophagi is predominantly black with dark green toning (the colours of Osiris resurrected), which correspond with New Kingdom practises, particularly in the 18th Dynasty. He points out the damage to the mummies, which he says lends support for the idea that this is a cache, placed here for safe keeping after receiving damage elsewhere by tomb robbers. Finally, he points to holes or cracks in a mummy which he believes is male, one of which is right by the forehead, where a Cobra or Ureus could been have inserted, one of the symbols of the Pharaoh.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Dear friends and colleagues
Because of various rumours now circulating I think it's best I respond to events formally on the Valley of the Kings Foundation/Amarna Royal Tombs Project website: http://www.valleyofthekings.org/vofk/
The site will continue to be updated over the course of the next few weeks and
With all good wishes
The ARTP website has comprehensive details of previous seasons's work, details of the team, articles, and promises of more pages to come.
A short piece about team member Earl Ertman and the work being carried out at the site: "Ertman and other team members will move slowly into the single chamber, cleaning, photographing and cataloging everything as they go. So precise should the work be that they can put everything back where they found it. . . . Unfortunately, team members can see several termite trails near the wooden sarcophagi, even though they were covered with a black resin that was supposed to protect them. Conservators will determine what can be done to preserve the sarcophagi; staff will reconfigure bits and pieces of pottery into complete-as-possible vessels. Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities will determine what will happen to all of the finds. Probably, Podzorski said, they will go to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Some pieces may eventually go on tour."
Monday, February 20, 2006
To see the entire Explorator newsletter (a weekly updated list of worlwide archaeology news headlines, with links to full articles on the web) see it at its new web location:
Second part of the story of the discover of Djed-Khonsu-efankh, the Governor of Bahariya (Part 2) by Zahi Hawass (reproduced here in full due to a lack of archive on the site)
"After the re-discovery of the three tombs, we searched everything that Fakhry referred to in his work on the oasis; I felt that there had to be another room on the other side. If so, it was an area that had never been excavated. Could it be the missing tomb of Djed-Khonsu-efankh for which Fakhry had searched?April 20, 2000 I went to bed and dreamed of what would happen in the morning. In my dream I saw a room with end. It was full of smoke and I could not see anything. I was afraid and I called for help but no one came. Suddenly, I saw a face coming toward me. I was ready to fight but I could not move my arms or legs. The face came closer, and then I screamed, screamed again ...at that moment, I woke up-my face and body were sweating...I could not understand the meaning of this dream.At 5:30am, I took part of my team to Sheikh Soby, the town built over the archaeological remains. I decided we would work on the consolidation and restoration of this tomb. Before we could open the burial chamber I first had to meet with the old lady who owned the house above the tomb. She agreed to demolish her house and we told her we would build her a new house made of stone, not mud brick, and that we would electrify it. All this would be done at our expense. I oversaw the construction and made sure it was everthing that I had promised. She was pleased with her new house and we did the demolition and started excavating the site.During the work, I kept thinking of Ahmed Fakhry's work written in his book about Bahariya. He said he hoped that the tomb of the governor of Bahariya, Djed-Khonsu-efankh, would be discovered. We were close..."
Speaking from personal experience, the air conditioned buses from Tahrir Square are great if you speak the language and can ask where the bus stop is, but the stops aren't maked and are sometimes in the most improbable places. It is much easier on the return journey because the bus for Tahrir Sq departs from outside the Mena House and is easy to identify - and Tahrir Sq is easy to identify when you want to get off.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
As ever, I'll be posting more news as I find it, or as people update me (thanks guys, please keep it coming).
"A top Egyptian antiquities official is demanding the St. Louis Art Museum return the museum's mummy mask amid allegations that the mask (one of the museum's most prized antiquities) was stolen from Egypt in the late 1980s. In a letter dated Feb. 14, Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, writes that the 3,000-year-old mask was 'clearly stolen' from a storage room near the site where it was excavated in 1952 . . . . Hawass, who could not be reached for comment, threatened in his letter to contact Interpol if the museum does not begin returning the mask within two weeks. The museum bought the mask in 1998 from an international antiquities dealer for $499,000, and museum Director Brent Benjamin said that the museum at the time checked with Interpol, a stolen art registry and the director of the Cairo Museum to ensure the piece wasn't reported stolen. And, while the museum has great respect for Hawass' Supreme Council of Antiquities, Benjamin wrote that the museum wants proof, including copies of inventory listings and notations when the mask was first reported stolen."
- Mummies found in the basement
- Egypt: tombs found at Saqqara
- Amarna: the rock cut tombs
The website also features a number of short articles about ancient Egypt, in PDF format, on their Resources page, including :
Saturday, February 18, 2006
The paper looks at one of the world's oldest trades - the theft of heritage and artefacts in Egypt. It starts with the robbing of tombs in antiquity: "So serious was tomb-robbing considered in Dynasty XX and XXI that many other papyri record the statements of convicted robbers."
Tass then takes us on a tour of historical theft and smuggling: "Egypt’s royalty lay relatively undisturbed for many thousands of years, with only the odd Luxor West Bank villager, particularly those from Qurna, using the mummy wrappings, old furniture and papyri as good burning material for their cooking fires. However, with the influx of Western tourists after the Napoleonic Expedition, the local West Bank villagers, many of whom actually lived in the tombs, found that they could make a small fortune by selling items from the tombs that they lived among. The trade in antiquities soon caught on, with every visitor wanting a souvenir of their visit." He goes on to explain the role of the notorious Abd el-Rassul family.
Bringing us up to date, the paper looks at some of the more recent issues regarding this subject, including the vexed subject of the St Louis Mask, the SCA's laudible and pivotal attempts to resolve the situation, and the role of organizations like ECHO in helping to investigate in an impartial way: "Hawass’ attentions are now focused on the St. Louis Art Museum and the repatriation of the Mask of Kanefernefer. . . . ECHO has been very proactive in following the rights of legal ownership of the mask of Kanefernefer, and in co-operation with Dr. Zahi Hawass (Secretary General of the SCA), Dr. Hany Hanna (Elected Chair, ICOM and General Director, Department of Conservation, SCA), and a legal representative in the USA are now convinced that there is a legal case for the Egyptian Government to pursue."
This informative paper raises important issues. See the URL at the top of the page to read the entire article.
Thanks to Tass for permission to publish the entire paper, and to post extracts from the paper here.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Thanks very much to Jane Akshar for pointing me at the official website for KV63. The site is under construction, and will be updated when Otto Schaden returns to the States. Details of how to donate to the project are shown on the page.
Previously located by geophys?
I have been sent a press release, by email, and have no idea to what extent it is or is not based on fact. The magazine that the press release says is making the claim is not a conventional scientific, historical or archaeological publication, and is not one that I have come across before, but the edition shown on the site's home page has a picture of a silver alien on the front, which isn't exactly encouraging (www.mysteries-magazin.com). However, I don't speak a work of German, so I can't honestly assess it. The press release claims that respected British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves and the Amarna Royal Tombs Project team first located the tomb during the course of a ground-penetrating radar survey of the area in 2000 and that the American team were provided with copies of the radar data in mid-2005. Unfortunately, I don't have a URL for the above claims, the source of which the email says is Luc Buergin (Editor of the above magazine). I daresay something else will be published soon, either to confirm or deny the claims.
Thanks to the EEF newsletter for the above article, which I had missed: "Ya son varias las momias egipcias que han vuelto a su lugar en el Museo de El Cairo, en el Salón N° 56. Estaban amenazadas por la inexorable descomposición, razón por la cual no se permitía visitarlas desde 1980. Pero gracias a la labor de un reconocido científico, Nasry Iskander, esos tesoros arqueológicos pueden ser exhibidos nuevamente."
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Who owns the St Louis Mask?
The Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organization are currently taking an interest in the fate of the mask and further information should be available shortly.
"King Tutankhamen, the teenage king of ancient Egypt, headed into the afterlife with the help of a rather decent white wine, the British weekly New Scientist reports in next Saturday's issue.University of Barcelona researchers in Spain used liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry to get the chemical "fingerprint" of residues found in six wine jars found in Tut's tomb. All six contained tartaric acid, which is characteristic of grapes, but only one contained syringic acid, which is only found in the skin of red grapes and gives red wine its colour.Their conclusion is that the other five jars must have contained white wine - a surprise, given that until now the first evidence of white wine in Egypt dated from the third century AD, about 1 500 years after the young pharaoh died."
- A preliminary view on the appearence of Canaanites at Chalcolithic Buto I, Lower Egypt - by Sava P. Tutundzic
- On the post-firing incised potmarks with human figures form Nagada - by Marcelo Campagno
- Explorations and excavations in the mines of the Timna Valley (Israel): Palaeomorphology as key to major problems in mining research - by Beno Rothenberg
- Notes on the cemeteries of Tell Beit Mirsmim and some reminiscences at the site - by Eliot Braun and Leticia Barda
- Further remarks on the Montevideo Mummy - by Juan Jose Castillos
- The coffin of Nesmin: Construction and wood identification - by Branislav Andelkovic and Maria Victoria Asensi Amoros
- REVIEW: [The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Serbian edition] (B. Andelkovic, in Serbian)
- REVIEW: Joseph G. Manning, Land and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt: The Structure of Land Tenure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. XXI + 335 pp. (O. Pelcer, in Serbian)
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Thanks very much to Ancient Egypt magazine editor Bob Partridge for emailing me the following. The latest issue of “Ancient Egypt” is now out (February/March 2006) and includes the following articles:
- Featured Pharaoh: Neferhotep I. Following the discovery of a statue if this king in the foundations of the temple of Karnak, Wolfram Grajetzki looks at what is known about the reign of this Thirteenth Dynasty king.
- Supporting Egyptological causes 2006: The Friends of Nekhen. AE brings you the first of a series of reports on the work being done at the site of ancient Hierakonpolis. The Director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition, Renée Friedman, introduces the town and its houses and temple.
- Past Articles and News Re-visited. The Headless statue of Rameses III at Medinet Habu, has its head located. News on the moving of the statue of Rameses II in the centre of Cairo and more information on a lion of Amenhotep III.
- Ancient Egypt in Madrid. Cathie Bryan discovers a fascinating Egyptian collection and visits a genuine ancient Egyptian temple.
- Granite? Gneiss? Greywacke? ... What stone is that? Geologist Birgit Schoer examines some of the different rock types used by the ancient Egyptians for their buildings and sculptures.
- Archive Image: Egypt Then and Now. The Colossi of Memnon.
- The Cleaning of “Cleopatra’s Needle” in London. The obelisk of Thutmose III on the Thames Embankment has recently been cleaned. This is a full report by Iain McLean, the Director of the specialist cleaning company who explains the process and also the results of a study of the condition of the monument.
- Per Mesut: for younger readers, looks at “Sons and Daughters”.
Plus the usual:
- News from the world of Egyptology, “From our Egypt Correspondent” Ayman Wahby Taher
- “Netfishing” – exploring the World Wide Web for good sites on ancient Egypt.
- Listing of Egyptology Societies and meetings. Lectures and exhibitions.
- “Tutankhamun – Speak my Name”, a novel by Anthony Holmes
- “Egyptology: The Missing Millennium, Ancient Egypt in Medieval Arabic Writings”, by Dr Okasha El Daly
- “The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Egypt” by TGH James
- “The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt” by Toby Wilkinson
- “Francis Frith’s Egypt and the Holy Land” Frith’s own account of his pioneering photographic journeys.
- “Mereruka and his Family. Part 1, the Tomb of Meryteti” by N. Kanawati and M. Abder-Raziq and others
- “Amenemone the chief Goldsmith: A New Kingdom Tomb in the Teti cemetery at Saqqara” by Boyo Ockinga and others.
- “Pocket Dictionary: Pharaohs and Queens” by Marcel Maree
- “The Pocket Timeline of Ancient Egypt” by Helen Strudwick
A special readers trip to Egypt in 2006 with the magazine Editors
A subscriber’s competition in every issue, with the chance to win a book.
Some of the articles coming up in future editions - NOTE, the news of the new tomb in the Valley of the Kings arrived too late to be included in the current issue. In April the magazine will feature the latest news on this important discovery.
- Vivant Denon and a Cache of Mummies: Marianne Luban looks at Denon’s time in Egypt at the end of the Eighteenth Century.
- The God’s Father, Ay: Marshall Hindley examines what is known about the pharaoh who succeeded Tutankhamun.
- Tombs at Heirakonpolis: The Director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition reveals the discoveries at the site of many very early burials, which can tell us much about the formative period of ancient Egyptian history.
- A New Museum at Saqqara: Dr Zahi Hawass reports on the opening of the “Imhotep Museum” at Saqqara.
- Ancient Egyptian Wine: New scientific investigations by Dr. Maria Rosa Guasch Jane have revealed the nature of Egyptian wine.
- Byzantine Egypt: Crucible of Christianity: Sean Mclachlan looks at the Egyptian origins of Christianity and how some ancient Egyptian thoughts and traditions still affect the way millions worship today.
- Egypt and Malta: Anton Mifsud and Marta Farrugia investigate ancient links between Egypt and Malta.
- The Late Roman Army in Egypt: Ross Cowan tells the story of Sinful barbarians and part-time Legionaries in the Aswan area of Egypt.
- Restoring a painting in the tomb of Anen: Lyla Pinch-Brock describes her work in restoring a damaged painting in the important Eighteenth Dynasty tomb of Anen at Thebes.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
"Zahi Hawass is to open the First Conference on Encroachments on Archaeological Sites tomorrow. 'The conference will tackle the problem of encroachments and their impact on antiquities,' said Hawass, stressing the need for the concerned bodies to play an active role in this. Hawass noted that the conference will also discuss the possibility of introducing new laws and legislation to stop the encroachments, which are increasing all the time. 'The conference aims to decide on a plan to deal with the problem,' added Hawass, who is expected to suggest that participants adopt a bilateral protocol between the SCA and the concerned bodies, different governorates, the Antiquities and Tourist Police and local councils, in a bid to expedite the removal of the encroachments and preserve the country's archaeological heritage. The conference will also focus on enhancing archaeological and the cultural awareness of public and non-governmental organisations, as well as the role the media can play in preventing encroachments."
No new information, but this is a short, nice piece about the discovery of KV63 by the team Amenmesse team from Memphis: "Led by institute research associate Dr. Otto Schaden, the team was there for their annual excavation of the tomb of King Amenmesse. They got sidetracked after a team member, Irish archeologist Alistair Dickey, unearthed a precisely cut corner stone. He cleared more earth away and found the start of a vertical shaft. Other team members gathered around. They watched the shaft get deeper as more earth was cleared. . . . The door, about 20 feet below ground level, was blocked by limestone chips. The diggers cleared an opening about 6 inches high. Dickey and team photographer Heather Alexander peered inside. In the darkness, they saw forms. Alexander, flat on her stomach, aimed her flashlight inside."