Saturday, 6 February 2016

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project


Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project:

Welcome to the BLOG of the 2016 Field Season of the Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project. The Project is addressing several tombs in Egypt's New Kingdom (c.1500 - 1000 B.C.) royal cemetery.

Apart from the typically large and colorfully decorated tombs of the pharaohs, there are a few dozen smaller tombs without decoration which have received very little attention since their discoveries in the 19th or early 20th centuries. In some cases, their locations have been lost. These tombs were virtually ignored until our project began in 1989 and we have since found them full of unanticipated surprises.

And guess who is the lucky place where they are stay Flats in Luxor! This is their second year with us

Nicholas Reeves in Luxor

Mahmoud Jahlan has heard that both Nick and the Prime Minister are in Luxor today to look at KV62 Tutankamun's tomb. I hope there will be some announcement

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Newsletter Osirisnet January 2016

Newsletter Osirisnet janvier 2016 - January 2016
The Minister of Antiquities changes its policy : new exhibitions will be held periodically to show new finds of foreign archeological missions. Thus, the public will not have to wait for years before to see them. The first exhibition of 2015 field campaign by a Spanish team at the mortuary temple of Thutmosis III was held in the Luxor Museum. The next two will be Alexandria in February (Polish mission) and Momification Museum at Luxor (Italian mission).
Osirisnet warmly supports this change of policy.

Friday, 29 January 2016

New Review of Hidden Luxor - I strongly recommend this superb book Reviews: Hidden Luxor: If you want to know far more about the 'hidden' gems in Luxor, I strongly recommend this superb book. I've been to Luxor 6 times and am currently living there but even if you 'think' you know a lot, you will find in this book a host of knowledge that only years of expertise and 'hands-on' exploring in the area can uncover. It is from Jane's book that I first discovered - amongst many other things - the beautiful Botanical Room of Tuthmosis III at Karnak. The book is small enough to fit in a rucksack and take with you on explorations but it is HUGE on info!

Buy it direct or through Amazon

Monday, 25 January 2016

Luxor hosts fourth edition of Egyptian and European Film Festival - Daily News Egypt

Luxor hosts fourth edition of Egyptian and European Film Festival - Daily News Egypt: The fourth annual Luxor Egyptian and European Film festival—dedicated to Egyptian actor Lobna Abdel Aziz—will be held from 30 January to 5 February, despite the political and economic unrest in the country. Actors, directors and film critics from around the globe will be in attendance when the festival screen lights up for its opening night

Sunday, 24 January 2016

From Suzanne Onstine

Facebook turns up some treasures at time, if you check Suzanne Onstine's profile there is a gorgeous piece of wall decoration she has found in the tomb. (1) Facebook

Thursday, 21 January 2016

State Information Services Egypt, China agree to establish opera house in Luxor as symbol of cultural cooperation

State Information Services Egypt, China agree to establish opera house in Luxor as symbol of cultural cooperation: Culture Minister Helmy Namnam said on Tuesday 19/1/2016 that Cairo and Beijing agreed on building an opera house in Luxor as a symbol for the strong relations linking both countries.

The minister made the remarks during a meeting with his visiting Chinese counterpart Luo Shugang in Luxor.

The ministers discussed preparations for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Sino-Egyptian Culture Year, which marks the 60th anniversary of joint diplomatic relations.

The celebration is scheduled to be held at Luxor Temple.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Shrine for Ancient Power Couple Found in Egypt - artnet News

Shrine for Ancient Power Couple Found in Egypt - artnet News: Shrines devoted to Neferkhewe, who was an important politician during the rule of Pharaoh Thutmose III, and his wife Ruiuresti have been found near the Nile River in Upper Egypt.

The statues were found inside two cenotaphs (empty tombs erected in honor of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere) at the Gebel el Silsila site, where a total of 32 cenotaphs have been found along the Nile.

The historically significant area is also where many of the sandstone blocks used to build Egypt's temples were quarried.

Statues of Neferkhewe and Ruiuresti, found at Gebel el Silsila.<br>Photo: via Gebel el Silsila Survey Project.

Welcome to Egyptian Marathon 15 Jan. 2016

Welcome : The 23rd Egyptian Marathon will be taking place at Luxor City on January 15th 2016

Details of Luxor African Film Festival's 5th edition announced - Film - Arts & Culture - Ahram Online

Details of Luxor African Film Festival's 5th edition announced - Film - Arts & Culture - Ahram Online: Details of Luxor African Film Festival's 5th edition announced
This year's edition is scheduled to run between 17 and 23 March

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Two different Egypt’s – Crochet amid the temples #ThisisEgypt

Sometimes I find the way Egypt is reported truly puzzling. The media is full
of dramatic stories of death and destruction and at the same time I am shopping
for crochet wool. I have recently learnt to crochet at the ripe old age of 60
from a friend and videos on YouTube. Having used up all my remnants from
knitting and tapestry I was delighted to find an excellent haberdashers in
Luxor where I could lots of gorgeous wool and cotton. It is located in Station
St about a third of the way up from Luxor temple.

Albair 01224297954 is a charming gentleman with some really weird open hours. I have found it best to phone before I go but he says he opens at 5pm. Today I went and found the shop
front closed and shuttered. Phoned him and he was in the shop!!! I spent about
an hour there browsing his stock, I was like a kid in a sweet shop, and spent
far too much. I now have loads of wool to keep me occupied. Luxor around this
time is bustling and busy, the streets were full of families. There was an
increased police presence at the checkpoints

In the meantime the media is full of awful stories of a completely different
Egypt. French tourism has not been affected by terrorist attacks in Paris and I
would recommend to anyone not to let Egyptian tourism be affected either. Don’t
stop your holiday to anywhere because of terrorists, nowhere is completely safe
and we should not let the terrorist win. As the British embassy website travel says

Egypt travel advice - GOV.UK: We are aware of an incident that took place at the Bella Vista Hotel on Sheraton Road in Hurghada, Egypt on 8 January in which a small number of foreign tourists were injured. British Nationals are advised to stay alert and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Egyptian Chronicles: The so-many versions of What happened in Hurghada's Belle Vista Hotel Friday evening

Well worth reading to understand media distortion. Egyptian Chronicles: The so-many versions of What happened in Hurghada's Belle Vista Hotel Friday evening:

Now whether it is a terrorist attack or a robbery or just a fight that gone mad and sadly, there is one fact : It is another blow to tourism industry in Egypt.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Happy New Year

Just got sent the nicest New Year card from Hourig so I thought I would share it

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

King Tut's Beard Is Back, With Help From a Little Beeswax

Picture of a conservator working on the restoration of King Tutankhamun's maskKing Tut's Beard Is Back, With Help From a Little Beeswax: Concern over Tut's beard dates back to 1922, when Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered. “The study of the mask showed that its beard was detached and was not fixed back till 1946” says Christian Eckmann—the German expert who lead the mask’s restoration team—in a press conference that unveiled the mask after restoration. Eckmann is a conservator with a specialization in glass and metal, the two main components of the golden mask. He had previously restored and conserved several Egyptian artifacts, notably the two copper statues of King Pepi I, and the golden head of Horus.

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“The 2014 damage was exaggerated, since the beard was previously detached as the examination showed," says Friederike Fless, the president of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, one of the German and Egyptian bodies that cooperated in the restoration process.

Sun illuminates sanctuary of Egypt's ancient Karnak Temple - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Sun illuminates sanctuary of Egypt's ancient Karnak Temple - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online: A shaft of sunlight illuminated on Tuesday the usually dark sanctum of the Karnak temple, an ancient complex in the southern city of Luxor, in a rare astronomical phenomenon that happens twice a year.

Around 1500 tourists gathered to watch the spectacle that has endured for thousands of years of Egyptian history.

Photos showed a golden beam of light piercing the centre of the avenue of Sphinxes that lead to the Temple of Amun at the Karnak temple, one of the most popular sites from the Pharaonic era.

Karnak temple

Thursday, 17 December 2015

(1) Ministry of Antiquities Press Office - more on the mask plus lots of photos.

(1) Ministry of Antiquities Press Office... - Ministry of Antiquities

From Facebook

A new discovery in the Golden Mask of King Tut

A huge press conference was held yesterday at the Egyptian Museum to
announce the results of the restoration process of King Tutankhamun' s
famous Mask. Antiquities Minister Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty who is also the
head of the scientific team responsible for restoring the Mask after a
false restoration last August declared that the Mask will be on display
starting from today 17-12-2015 in its original place in the Museum.

The restoration process revealed, added Eldamaty, a new archaeological
discovery related to the original technique used in manufacturing the
Mask; a gold tube was found inside the royal beard that was used to
install it in the Mask. Another secret was also revealed; the original
material used to fix the royal beard into the mask was the beeswax, the
same material used in this process.

Eldamaty also added that a
scientific study is being prepared now and a book will be published soon
tackling the whole restoration process and the detailed scientific
studies related to the Golden Pharaoh's masterpiece.

In his
presentation, professor Christian Ekmann, head of the scientific German
team has displayed the mechanical technique used in removing the resin
used in the false restoration saying that wooden tools were used in
order not to scratch the gold mask. He also emphasized that no chemical
solvents were used to remove the "epoxy" and separate the royal beard
from the Mask. Then the beard was refastened using beeswax, the same
material used by ancient Egyptians, so that it will be easy to remove in
the future.

© Ministry of Antiquities, Press Office
Wrote Eman Hossni

Tomb of Tutankhamun’s wet nurse to be open to public | Egypt Independent


Tomb of Tutankhamun’s wet nurse to be open to public | Egypt Independent: Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damati will open the tomb of Maya, King Tutankhamun's wet nurse, to the public for the first time on Sunday since it was discovered in 1996 at Saqqara.

“This comes in conjunction with the examination of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Luxor, which may shed more light on the king’s secrets,” the minister said, adding that more archaeological sites will be open to the public in order to encourage tourism.

Smuggled Ancient Wall Carving Returned to Egypt - Yahoo News

Smuggled Ancient Wall Carving Returned to Egypt - Yahoo News

From a Seti I temple, I wonder if it is a Luxor one

Repaired King Tut Mask Back on Display in Egypt - The New York Times

 It might have been a disaster but actually it gave an opportunity for further study.

Repaired King Tut Mask Back on Display in Egypt - The New York Times: Luckily, the damage appears to have been reversible after all.

Egypt’s antiquities minister, Mamdouh el-Damaty, told reporters on Wednesday that the mask was repaired by a joint German-Egyptian team that studied the best ways to remove the epoxy and reattach the beard.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Proyecto Djehuty . Excavación en Egipto

The official website of the Spanish Mission working at
Dra Abu el-Naga, led by Dr. Jose M. Galán (Spanish National Research Council,
Madrid), has been entirely redesigned and updated.
The new format adapts itself to different devices
(computer, tablet or cell-phone). The so-called "Djehuty Project"
shares plenty of photos, videos, articles... You can find the summary of each
campaign also in English and Arabic. We invite you to browse through it… and
don't miss the Digging-Diary.

via EEF

Proyecto Djehuty . Excavación en Egipto

Winter Solistice at Karnak 22nd Dec

Monday, 14 December 2015

Reeves-determined-to-prove-his-theory - Al-Ahram Weekly

After three days of radar investigation to test his theory locating
Queen Nefertiti’s crypt inside Tutankhamun’s tomb, Nicholas Reeves was
standing next to Tutankhamun’s mummy. He wandered over, exhausted but

Reeves-determined-to-prove-his-theory - Al-Ahram Weekly

Reeves determined to prove his theory

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Eternal Thebes part 2

From Myriam's facebook page

"Thebes eternal", An exhibition at the Luxor Museum that displays objects of great value discovered in the temple of millions of years of Thutmose III.

The inauguration ceremony has counted with the presence of dr. Elham salah el din, director of the museums department of the ministry of Egyptian Antiquities, Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, director of the department of Antiquities of the pharaohs, Dr. Sultan Eid, territorial director of Antiquities of Luxor, Dr. Sanaa Ahmed Ali, director of the museum of Luxor, and political authorities of the local level. The sample exhibits some of the most relevant special pieces until now found in the above-mentioned field.

I encourage everyone to visit this museum and enjoy the exposure to meet the discoveries of the project of excavation and restoration in the temple of Thutmose III

"Eternal Thebes"
During the 8 campaigns in the Temple of Millions of Years of Thutmosis III in the West Bank, the Spanish-Egyptian archaeological mission has undertaken important discoveries such as those of gold jewelry and other beautiful objects found in funerary assemblages, foundation deposits, parts of statues and of stelae, lintels and many fragments of sandstone and limestone which show beautiful reliefs, some of which with polychrome, and interesting inscriptions.

The exhibit, which opens to public on the 12th of December 2015 in the Luxor Museum, shows some of the most relevant masterpieces found until now.

Eternal Thebes at Luxor Museum

A new exhibition was inaugrated at Luxor mseum today. A group of artefacts from the excavations at the Tuthmosis III temple was put on temporary display. the website of  the dig is The dig director Dr Myriam Seco Alvarez explained that when they had come to the site in 2008 it was just buried under sand. Excavations revealed that the Memorial temple of Tuthmosis III was built on a large middle kingdom necropolis which had been robbed in antiquity. Part of the temple was still operational in Ramaside times under a priest called Khonsu. They had found many interesting objects and some of them were on display. We were allowed to take photos ( I did also grab some of the museum itself).

 Luxor museum is a great museum and well worth looking at, here are some shots on my way out

Even the view as you leave is wonderful