Thursday, October 29, 2009


Pamela Rose's Quest to Save a Dark Age Settlement in Qasr Ibrim, Nubia
Heritage-Key (with photos)
Owen Jarus

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a 3,000 year old site in Nubia that dates to an ancient 'Dark Age' - a time when the Egyptian Empire had collapsed and civilizations around the Mediterranean had been conquered by a group called the 'Sea People'.

The settlement was found in the lowest layers of Qasr Ibrim, a site well known for its medieval era remains. Today what's left of Qasr Ibrim is an island on Lake Nasser - a man-made lake created when the Aswan Dam was built in the 1960’s.

The discovery was made by an Egypt Exploration Society expedition team led by Dr. Pamela Rose. Fieldwork at Qasr Ibrim stopped in 2006 although study (lab) seasons continued until 2008 when the funding situation in the UK forced a halt to work.

In an interview with Heritage Key, Dr. Rose shared her team’s findings. She also gave a lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum in September. The society and Dr. Rose have released several photos to Heritage Key that are shown in this article.

This following is based on the interview, lecture and photographs. It is the first time this discovery has appeared in a journalistic publication.

Hawass interviewed by Spiegel Online re Nefertiti bust
Spiegel Online
She's been dead thousands of years but she's still causing trouble. The bust of Queen Nefertiti has taken pride of place in Berlin's New Museum, re-opened this weekend after 70 years. Now Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, says Berlin should give it back.

With photographs.

Bob Brier's work with Mummies

Greenwich Citizen

Ann W. Semmes

Not really an interview, but I was lost for a simple word to characterize this piece! This iis an account of chat with the eminent paleopathologist at a pre-lecture dinner at the Bruce Museum. The author of the articles recounts what Brier's discussions of mummies, obelisks and the identification of his turncoat son the prince Pentaweret who was thought to have led a coup against his father Ramesses III.

Myriam Seco: "Aún nos falta mucho para aprender de los antiguos egipcios" La Vanguardia

Dicen de él que fue el Napoleón de Egipto. Dicen de ella que es una arqueóloga perseverante. Más de 2.500 años separan Tutmosis III, el faraón conquistador de la XVIII dinastía, y Myriam Seco, una egiptóloga que no dudó en lanzarse a la aventura y aterrizar en El Cairo hace 11 años con las manos vacías. Ahora lidera su propio proyecto: recuperar el templo funerario de Tutmosis III en Luxor. Solo ha necesitado una campaña para lograr importantes descubrimientos, una suerte que ya hubiera querido para si Howard Carter.

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