... about KV64 is the latest article by Dr Hawass. His site has moved and is now located at http://dr.hawass.com/ rather than at the Plateau. At present the new site is just a rework of the material from the Plateau but crucially it has an RSS feed. When I get chance on Sunday, I'll add a filtered feed on the sidebar here so that any news from the Hawass site about Luxor, Amarna or the Valley of the Kings is available in the sidebar here. For anybody who prefers to quickly scan one site for Egypology news, I've added it to http://www.pageflakes.com/Egyptology/ along with this blog, Andy's and Jane Akshar's. If there are others that people scan, I can easily add them there as well.
There are a flurry of stories on Dr Hawass's site from yesterday. Perhaps as a reaction to this site and what Nicholas Reeves has been saying, Hawass indicates specifically that the central area excavation has explored several of the ARTP radar anomalies and found ... nothing other than the huts (which he believes were for storage): he has not found a tomb in the central area. It will be interesting to see Nicholas Reeves' reaction because on the latest photos displayed here the excavation doesn't seem to have covered Feature 5 and, at least one of the anomalies Reeves reported at that location is below the level of the current excavation.
Of the cliffside excavation, Dr Hawass says
That makes no mention of the two tombs which in December he claimed to be opening "within the next month". It is possible that those tombs have proved not to be tombs but Hawass concludes...
"In 2007, the first all-Egyptian archaeological team ever to work in the Valley of the Kings began excavations under my direction. We have been digging in the area between KV7, the tomb of Ramesses II, and KV8, the tomb of Merenptah. The objects that have emerged at this site include a large amount of pottery, as well as a number of beautifully decorated ostraca (painted limestone flakes, often used by artists to practice drawing or by scribes to write letters and other texts). Excitingly, one of these ostraca bears the name of a previously unknown queen. "
For those of us who have relied on Hawass's hints for years, that seems to suggest there is something further for an Egytian archaeologist to announce in due course. Reports from Luxor also seem to suggest that the guards seem relaxed about people photographing the central excavation but have been deleting photos taken on the cliffside excavation. Equally, we should conclude that a news announcement isn't scheduled for the next few weeks.
"Perhaps we will soon spot the real KV64 deep below the paths where tourists walk today. Only archaeology will tell."
While it is good to have a better blog from Dr Hawass, and I have hopes it may develop into something more interactive, for news remains parsimonious. For that reason, I intend to continue this blog as a community reporting effort relying on both news releases and personal observations.