Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Congratulations to DOCTOR Mansour Boraik

Just got a phone call from Mansour letting me know and I know many readers of the blog will wish to join me in congratulating Mansour on the completion of his PhD and wish him all the best in the future.
Doctor Mansour Boraik

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Gebel el Silsila Survey Project: Seven weeks in - Stela of Amenhotep IV, Easter daredevils and Sham el Nessim

Gebel el Silsila Survey Project: Seven weeks in - Stela of Amenhotep IV, Easter daredevils and Sham el Nessim



Lots and lots of great info and pictures from our Luxor girl Maria

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Certainly the sight and documentation of the stela was worth the
trouble! With a clear due-north orientation and situated some 14 m above
the current ground level, this piece has captured the interest of
Amarna researchers and Akhenaten fans for generations, and thankfully it
is one of few monuments that has been protected by any modern
interference mainly due to its inaccessible location. However, as is the
case with many pre-Amarna scenes of the Atenist ruler, the depictions
of Amun, the king himself, and selected parts of the text have suffered
from the doom of damnatio memoriae. Thankfully for us, some of the
outlines of the previously deep carvings have survived the harsh
treatment of atenists, and a full reconstruction will be possible due to
our photographic documentation, acetate copies, and Dr. Martinez’
digital epigraphic skills.
Also, while being in this beautiful northern part of the
site, it was natural to record in detail the gorgeous Predynastic rock art
panels that are located nearby. Giraffes, hunter scenes, boats and other motifs
that have captured the essence of our Predynastic ancestors’ everyday life, all
came to life through the work of a good camera combined with acetate drawings!......................

Monday, 21 April 2014

Really weird April weather here in Luxor | Jane Akshar

Really weird April weather here in Luxor | Jane Akshar



We don’t normally expect hot weather to start until the end of May but
the last few days have been around 42/43 c and VERY HUMID. Really weird.
Add to that no blue sky’s and sunshine as it is hazy and overcast I am
wondering if I am still in Luxor.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

New discoveries at Deir el Medina

One of my guests got talking to an Egyptologist at Deir el Medina who told her that he had found a shrine dedicated to Nut and also the Opet festival. I have no more details than that but worth keeping your eye out for news

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Fit for a king: Tutankhamun’s replica burial chamber - FT.com Opening 1st May

I have been told this will open 1st May



Fit for a king: Tutankhamun’s replica burial chamber - FT.com: The proof of all this, soon, will be in the pudding. Although the closure of the original tomb of Tutankhamun was announced by the Egyptian authorities in 2010, it will remain open for a while, in tandem with the facsimile. “I want people to come in and actually say, ‘My goodness, I can’t tell the difference!’” Lowe says. More importantly, those lucky enough to be able to compare the two versions will be able to pronounce on what is becoming a controversial issue: can any imitation hope to capture the spirit and magic of an original experience? And indeed, can it be called an imitation at all when it so closely resembles the original that no one can tell the difference?......................

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Two Coptic Lions Stolen from Luxor Temple

Two artifacts have been stolen from the open air museum at Luxor temple. This blog has pictures of them, if you see them please let the authorities know.



Dorothy King's PhDiva: Two Coptic Lions Stolen from Luxor Temple

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Resurrection-at-Thebes- - Al-Ahram Weekly

Resurrection-at-Thebes- - Al-Ahram Weekly: At Wadi Al-Hittan on Luxor’s west bank, the two lonely Colossi of Memnon are seated, greeting visitors to the Theban necropolis. However, last week things were different from usual, as the temple that the monoliths once safeguarded is progressively re-emerging from oblivion for the first time since its collapse 3,200 years ago after a massive earthquake...............

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Animal Welfare of Luxor - Newsletter

I just received the newsletter from this wonderful charity, they really do sterling work and they are the only animal charity on the west bank where I live. There are heartwarming stories about the animals, updates on the centre and even a new trustee! I do encourage you to get in touch with them and give them your support (even money if you can). You can sign up for the newsletter here http://www.awol-egypt.org/newsletters.html and the main website is Animal Welfare of Luxor - Animal Welfare of Luxor Egypt

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Egyptian site may contain treasure that rivals Tutankhamun's | Business Standard

A British archaeologist has claimed that an ancient Egyptian burial
ground contains relics that could outshine even those found in
Tutankhamun's tomb.


John Romer, 72, said he believes cliffs on Luxor's west bank
contain the burial site of three priest kings: Herihor, Piankh and
Menkheperre.


He claims to have evidence that burial treasures stripped from
the nearby Valley of the Kings were also placed here for safekeeping......................... 




Egyptian site may contain treasure that rivals Tutankhamun's | Business Standard

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Egypt's govt to demolish NDP HQ, give land to Egyptian Museum

Restoration of the Ramasseum - Part 2 comments and links

My blog gets published to Facebook and there has been a good number of comments about the previous post regarding the restoration at the Ramasseum, a couple of which you will find interesting as they point to more information.

One is the blog of the restoration team, this is a link to an English post but most of the blog is in French http://www.mafto.fr/2011/05/the-recent-excavation-and-restoration-works-at-the-ramesseum/

The second is a link to a virtual reconstruction of the colossus http://www.insightdigital.org/colossus.htm

Comments have range a lot, 2/3 appear to be against more reconstruction and are concerned about destroying the ambiance of the site, one has raised the issue of protection against the rising water table.

Francois Tonic has also shared this link http://pharaon-magazine.com/actualites/actualit/ramesseum-mission-arch-ologique-2013#.UzZwqdpf5oQ.facebook 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Restoration at the Ramasseum good or bad?

These two photos were taken 3 years apart, as you can see the feet of the statue have been moved from the ground to the pedestal and the area generally tidied up. I am really not sure what I feel about this, it seems to be changing the look of the place and making it new and fresh, a restoration too far?

This was taken 2011, you can just see me at the top of the ramp which gives you an idea of scale. The photo is taken from the top of the first pylon by Colette Mason.


This photo was taken this week by Linda Verhulst same location.

After asking the question on Facebook I was reassured by Francoise Tonic that Christian le Blanc has no plans to restore the colossus itself, I hope that is true, that would be a step too far for me.

Gold treasure found in Luxor - probably a hoard

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/97597/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Byzantineera-gold-coins-found-in-Luxor.aspx



A collection of 29 golden coins from the Byzantine era has been found on Wednesday at Draa Abul Naga on Luxor's west bank.............


one of the coins discovered

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Press Release from Dr Hourig

It wasn't just the third colossos that got revealed today but also a red granite statue, an alabaster colossus, the northern striding colossus and the third colossus!!!! I have scanned the entire press release as I know my readers will want every bit of information.
















Revealing the third colossus

Have to share these shots from the event today.







Thursday, 20 March 2014

Drinking from the river of life Pashedu v Irynefer

Ibeca Francisco Jose Neves just put some photos of Iryner TT290 on his Facebook page and it struck me that the painter of that tomb had taken the same decision I had and I wonder if it is for the same reason.

The tomb of Pashedu has a scene of the deceased drinking which shows a date palm in front.of the deceased.

Now when we decorated the flats we had this huge wall to decorate and needed a picture. As it was above the swimming pool, next to a palm tree I chose a picture from the British Museum - Ancient Egyptian Designs, not wanting the standard pictures on buildings. I thought it was Pashedu and gave the painter a colour picture of that scene from another book. As the painter was doing it he queried the position of the palm tree. One picture showed palm tree in front and the other palm tree behind. We decided it was very boring to cover up the man and although it made the perspective wrong we would put the man in front as he was the most important part of the picture.




It was only after it was finished I realised how wrong it looked but hey ho left it like that.

Now when this picture from Irynefer was put on Facebook I realised they (they being Irynefer/his painter) had chosen palm tree behind, even though the perspective is wrong, they preferred man in front.. I suspect they saw Pashedu's original and rejected it.  Which one do you think looks better?

Edited Dr Ken Griffin has told me that "It seems Pashedu should be dated earlier, based on Davies and Kitchen. Kitchen seems to put him in the reign of Seti I" so it is possible that Irynefer saw his version but preferred man in front.....just like me

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Gods Road between Karnak and Luxor Temples - Mansour Boraik

I just got sent a complimentary copy of this book from Mansour although it is mainly in Arabic it does have an English abstract. It describes the excavation of the Sphinx Road and the discoveries made there It is copious illustrated with some excellent photos. A great addition to my library.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Weather Extremes : Record March Heat in Germany/Heavy Rain in Egyptian Desert | Weather Underground

Weather Extremes : Record March Heat in Germany/Heavy Rain in Egyptian Desert | Weather Underground: Extremely rare heavy rainfall has soaked portions of the Upper Egypt Nile River region, one of the driest places on earth. Luxor (home of the world-famous Valley of the Kings) picked up an astonishing 30 mm (1.18”) of rain on March 9-10, of which 21 mm (0.83”) fell in just the course of a few hours. The annual average rainfall for Luxor is just .04” (a little over 1 mm).



Climate data for Luxor. Note the paltry average annual rainfall of .04”, just over 1 mm. Only portions of Chile’s Atacama Desert are drier.



Aswan received 15 mm (0.59”) also on March 9-10 (Aswan’s average annual precipitation is 1.4 mm/.06”). It was the first measurable rainfall in Aswan since October 2012. The rainfall in Aswan and Luxor was accompanied by thunder and hail according to news reports. The last major flood disaster in the region occurred in early November 1994 when torrential rains in Luxor caused serious flooding and in Durunka (about 100 miles down river from Luxor) a flood caused a bridge to collapse on two fuel storage tanks which then exploded. The fiery flood that resulted killed over 500 in the city of 20,000.

Monday, 10 March 2014

A lecture on Medamud at Bolton

A few years ago I arranged a trip to Medamud for a gentlemen who was doing research, Ibrahim Soliman kindly gave us permission. Today I got an email from him, BTW how exciting to have helped in his research. He is now in a position to present his findings



Dear Jane


We visited Medamud together, you picked me up at the Sheraton. After all this time my research on the site is nearing conclusion, I am presenting some of my findings in a lecture to Bolton Archaeology & Egyptology Society next Tuesday 18th March. I am pleased to tell you that I have uncovered secrets from the 1st Intermediate period and early Middle Kingdom that will shed new light on architecture and geometry at that time. I am only giving one lecture because I am still a long way from publishing anything but I feel that my discoveries should be shared so that if I am hit with the proverbial bus they will not be lost. After all it has taken 4,000 years for them to be uncovered. (I'm talking provable facts not mere theory or conjecture). If you have any friends in the Manchester area that could be interested please let them know - I assure you they will not be disappointed.

7.30pm Tuesday 18th March 2014  (coffee/tea at 7.15) 
Revelations of Secrets Forgotten for 4000 years The Friends Meeting House, Silverwell Street Bolton BL1 1PP

Non-members £5.00  Members £1.00

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Rain in Luxor

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This morning in Luxor everything is vibrant, shiny and green. The last two days have seen thunderstorms, hail and rain. More rain is forecast today. Coming from the UK where rain is part of daily life to see the reactions of the Luxorians to rain is so funny. They get all excited, don’t take in stuff out of it and the electrics go as many are outside. However those in the know would have been out on the hillside search to see what had been washed down or revealed. 

 
One hopes that all the monuments are safe but even more that nobody has been hurt or even died.

History for March 9 - On-This-Day.com

History for March 9 - On-This-Day.com: 1905 - In Egypt, U.S. archeologist Davies discovered the royal tombs of Tua and Yua.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The third colosus

Got sent this picture of the third colossus at the temple of Amenhotep III, fantastic.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Another XVIII dynasty tomb found in Luxor

 This press report is in Arabic but it does have pictures.











اليوم السابع | بالصور.. اكتشاف مقبرة أثرية ترجع للأسرة الثامنة عشر بالأقصر



 "Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Antiquities announced today a

new discovery in Luxor. The discovery is a tomb of an high official

called "Maai" from the 18th Dynasty, it was discovered by the

Spanish-Italian mission working in Sheikh Abd Qurna on the

West Bank. The team found a funerary cone made of pottery shows

the titles of the deceased including, The Secret Keeper of the God,

the Supervisor of the cattle, Overseer of the fields, Overseer of the

King's horses, the Mayor,  Distinguished of Osiris and the Prince.

The tomb was discovered during the mission's work in tomb TT109

where they made a hole in one of the walls which led to get to the

newly discovered tomb. The team is still working on removing the

debris from the tomb. The inscriptions and scenes found so far are

important in terms of showing the details of the daily life of the

deceased beside his relation with his family. It also shows the

luxury were available to high officials at that time. Abd El Hakim

Karar, director of Upper Egypt Antiquities said " The scenes in

the tomb include one of "Maai" and his wife who called "Nefert"

as well as scenes of banquets, hunting and making offerings.

Dr. Mila Alvarez Sosa, the head of the mission said " I am happy

with this discovery especially it is her first season of the concession

in this site." She added that there were different expertise cooperated

in the excavation between the Egyptian and Foreign archaeologists

of different specialties."

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Recently Opened Tombs - TT41 Amenemopet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Another tomb that has recently opened is TT41, this is on the Nakht and Meena ticket and costs 30LE, 



TT41 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Theban Tomb TT41 is located in Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, part of the Theban Necropolis, on the west bank of the Nile, opposite to Luxor. It is the burial place of the Ancient Egyptian Amenemopet called Ipy, whose title was Chief Steward of Amun in the Southern City. He dates to the time of Ramesses I, Sethi I and Ramesses II from the Nineteenth dynasty of Egypt[1]