Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

There seem to be suggestions that Andrea and I know the affiliation of
those who hacked us. We don't and by policy I haven't speculated. Part
of the reason for my reticence is that some, although not all, of the
hackers have been polite to us. In particular, at no point did the hackers claim association.with any religion.

We have also made no public assessment of our Web host for
Egyptological. Were the site to reappear it would be with a different
host, but we needed to swap hosts anyway on grounds of capacity/economy.

We are grateful for the offers of assistance, thank you. I will share
those emailed to me with Andrea next week. I am however reluctant to
share any further details of what has happened with anybody to avoid
the risk of a third party politicising the issue. By policy
Egyptological was apolitical and respectful of all religions. If there is to be any future, we will retain those principles. And perhaps the times when principles matter most are in the face of adversity.

Thanks for all the best wishes. If it is possible for News From the
Valley of the Kings to return it will, but if nothing else the time
taken up by the hack has made posting here impractical over the next
couple of months and my study time is likely to be devoted to Web
security rather than Egyptology over the next several weeks. If there
is a major discovery I would probably break my silence but otherwise I
would expect this blog to be quiet in terms of news until the summer at
least while I catch the rest of my life back up.

Best wishes

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, January 17, 2013

Following on from the problems at Egyptological I have taken the reluctant decision to close this blog as well for the foreseeable future.  Many thanks for your support over the years.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, January 12, 2013

This is something new to me.  For about two generations between 190BC and 130BC some people volunteered to become temple slaves, says Dr Kim Ryholt -see Sci News.  Apparently it was preferable to conscription as forced hard labour by the king.  Apparently most of those who volunteered as temple slaves were unable to name their fathers.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, January 12, 2013

Italian archaeologists have had an unexpected find while working at the Temple of Amenhotep II.  By the Serapeum they have discovered five tombs from the Third Intermediate Period.  The highlight seems to be the find of canopic jars - picture on Ahram with a few more details.

(Sorry I have been quiet.  As I mentioned before Christmas, Egyptological was targeted by mistake during the tit-for-tat hacks of Egyptian and Israeli government sites.  I took Christmas off then had to completely wipe my laptop to be certain no esoteric malware was lurking unseen by my anti-virus programmes.  My laptop is back in commission now but I still have things to reload.  We are also in the process of restoring Egyptological and security hardening it.  We hadn't expected an Eyptology site to be a political target for hacktivists but the experience has show how easy it is to get caught up in the crossfire.)

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, December 14, 2012

Kate and Andrea are very sad to announce that Egyptological will be unavailable for the forseeable future.  It has been targeted by a professional hacking group as part of an onslaught on Egypt-related web sites during the current unrest in Egypt.

Although we have been in negotiations with the hackers, which seemed to be going well, they have now announced their intention of resuming hostilities against us.  They apparently see Egyptology sites such as ours as representing a form of political threat.

Until we have been able to assess the level of damage inflicted upon our backup solution, and have been able to devise a new strategy for the future security of Egyptological, our site will remain unavailable.  We do not expect it to be recovered until the end of January.

Please be aware, however, that we are fully committed to restoring Egyptological to its former state, together with the latest unpublished edition of the Magazine, and we are investigating the possibility of publishing a temporary archive at an earlier date.

We recommend that anyone with similar web sites should upgrade their own security arrangements, as you may now be interpreted as representing a political or religious affiliation.

Kind regards from both of us

Andrea Byrnes and Kate Phizackerley

(PS sorry about the format. Copy and paste issue.)

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, December 09, 2012

Just a warning to sat that Egyptological is down and is likely to be down all day and quite possibly tomorrow too.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, December 06, 2012

Just a quick note to say that the next edition of Egyptological Magazine should be out on Monday all being well.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, November 18, 2012

Al Masry Al Youm reports the recovery of more items stolen from the Egyptian Museum along with others allegedly stolen from archaeological sites.  See

There are no details of the objects and be warned: the photo is an old one showing items recovered 18 months ago.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, November 06, 2012

As predicted, KV62 is to remain closed to tourist access in a move many will see as sensible. The replica tomb is presently on display in Cairo but will be erected in Luxor in due course to take over as the destination for tourists.

Sad in so many ways but inevitable and sensible too.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, November 03, 2012


Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jane Akshar and a guest have just visited this Theban noble's tomb to photograph the outside. See for photos and explanatory text:


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