Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, March 07, 2009

All of the news we have had so far about excavations had centred on the Eastern Valley. As fewer tourists visit the Western Valley (when I visted the tomb of Ay I was the only visitor in the entire valley), news is less forthcoming. Jane Akshar reports that she has just visited the Tomb of Ay and found the area busy with archaeologists.

Jane was talking with the geophysics chappy and he said they are looking for Amana era tombs. She also reports "dozens of people excavating". Why not pop over to her blog and have a read for yourself.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh dear this is really bad news! While i really welcome them digging in the Eastern Valley i had really hoped that the beauty and quiet of the Western Valley would be preserved for ever. Sincerely hope they do not find anything and any secrets it contains remains secret. It is so great to walk up in solitude to Ays tomb hate the amount of people in the Eastern valley!

Colin Lea said...

whilst I agree with the anonymous writer about solitude, with repsect that could be managed if the authorities wished to. but if there are tombs to be found that increase our knowledge of the ancient egyptians, their culture, religion etc then I feel we shoul strive to find it.

Anonymous said...

I dont totally disagree with your view point Colin as i am as keen as any one to gain increased knowledge esp of the 18th Dynasty. Its just that the Western Valley is such a special place! Its hard to see how the discovery of a special tomb or two could be managed! The SCA may impose restrictions and charge a premium for entry after a few years of investigation but ultimately it would mean significantly more people in the Western Valley.

Anonymous said...

Uh oh, do I sense some desperation creeping up? I visualize it, 'We must find two tombs, no matter how, I told the media!!!'.

Geoff Carter said...

It's turning into the Amana Royal Tomb Hunt.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that some people think it's turning into a mad circus to find something. I, personally don't think so and here are a few of my reasons. First, to get a "permit" to dig anywhere in Egypt, that party has to submit an application with the "SCA". Which in turn reviews the requset before granting the go ahead or not. This can take a few weeks or, in most cases, a few months. However, this permitting can be surcomvented if you're the head of the "SCA" and can write your own permit as Dr. Hawass can do. The timing of the "Western Valley Dig" just happened to be granted during Hawass' excataving efforts. So I don't think it's a frantic search. I also think something is going on in the "Valley of the Kings", because of the lack of photos & information at present. There have been photos posted during the last week of February, showing posted signs that read "NO PHOTOS". That tells me, Dr. Hawass has found something and I would guess we'll hear about it in late spring around May or June of this year. He, Dr. Hawass, needs time to make room in the tomb or tombs, for all the press that will be crowding in to "Cover the Discovery of the Century". That's my take on what's going on for now.

REM

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if you are right REM but if Hawass has found something then why on earth is this activity going on now in the Western Valley so late in the digging season. This seems more like the actions of a man who has not found what he is after so is frantically widening his net!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

The discovery & reporting of the digging in the "Western Valley" only came about because Jane Akshar happened to go to that area on that day. 1) She doesn't know how long they've been there digging. And, 2) I doesn't appear that this excavation team is part of the "Egyptian Excavation Team" that Dr. Hawass oversees. In other words, they may have started their work at the beginning of the digging season and had not found ant thing by the time Jane saw them. I still think, because of the "News Blackout", something or things, have been found by Dr. Hawass. Think about how the news of the Saqqara discovery played out. There was a brief statment last Novermber of the find and it's only now we are detailed information as to what has been found. Look for a big anouncement in tow months from now.

REM

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the "MISSPELLED" words.

REM

Kate Phizackerley said...

I used to think that spelling mattered than I had a boss who took the view what matters is getting the message out - an extra 5 minutes spent on the message is better than worrying about typos. His emails were full of typos. So now need to worry about them. I make hundreds of slips as well.

So far as the Western Valley is concerned, I thought the interesting part was the the radar operator specifically said they were looking for "Amarna" tombs. That suggests to me this is more than some last-ditch effort to find a tomb, any tomb. It sounds more like an effort acting on intelligence that there are Amarna era tombs in the Western Valley. Now that could be that the Site Director things its worth a try, but it could also be that something has been found) perhaps in the Eastern Valley) which has documented that there are tombs in the Western Valley. It could also be that Hawass is now certain that the missing Amarna tombs aren't in the Eastern Valley so by process of elimination they must be in the Western?

I'll close the poll soon and start a new one.

Also, this is the 10th comment on this post. Great. I really do welcome people expressing their views. When I get chance I'll make it easier for those who read in s a news reader to subscribe to comments.

In the meantime, I've set up a new Facebook Group. I'll announce it formally in a post when I swap the polls over so this is an advance heads up for those who read the comments! There's a link for it in the blue sidebar. I only started it today so don't expect loads of content from day one - these things take time to grow. But hopefully it will be a good way to meet people who share our common interest - and more people means more and fresher news too! So feel free to pass on invitations.

Kate

S. Stockwell said...

I'm just wondering if the recent ban on balloon activity over the valley has any connection to the digs?

Anonymous said...

I was not aware that the balloons went over the valley anyway. They always go from the back of the ramesseum and go with the wind past Median Habu and eventually land in the desert.

Geoff Carter said...

. . S stockwell

"I'm just wondering if the recent ban on balloon activity over the valley has any connection to the digs?"

Do you have a source for this assertion, if true it could be significant.

s. stockwell said...

Here is the post?

Egypt Tourism stops flying of balloons in Luxor Archeological AreaShare
Sat 3:59am
Transport and communications 06/03/2009 05:31:00 PM


Cairo - 6-3 (KUNA) - Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority today to stop all activities of companies operating in the area of tourism balloon flying south of the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt, in order to protect the elderly, which is replete with them.
The head of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority pilot Emad peace in a press statement that the decision was made at the request of the President of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass, for fear of the dangers of any collapse or fall when the plane suddenly balloons on special effects and is increasingly deployed recently.
He said he will form a joint committee between the civil aviation and the Supreme Council of Antiquities, to assess the situation and develop alternatives in case of resumption of the activities of the balloon so as not to compromise effects.

Kate Phizackerley said...

I did hear of one accident and there are rumours that there have been more which have been hushed up. It could be more to do with air accidents than worries about overflying excavations.

There could also be worries a baloon coming down and damaging a temple.

Kate

Geoff Carter said...

Thx
Interesting . .
These are some facts as best as I can google them
Tourists injured in balloon crashlandings:
3 in Jun 2005
8 in March 07
7 in Feb. 08 (3 separate crashes one day)
7 in April 08

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