Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I had two business blogs which pre-dated this one, and set up elsewhere. Over the past couple of weeks, I have lost them due to hosting problems. Rather than try to restore them from backup, I have opted to bring them to Blogger which seems much more secure. It also means I can bring them within the same template so that I get a consistent layout - after all marketing is one of my areas of professional expertise so branding is something I'm focused on.

So you'll now be seeing a new link on the navbar to a Business blog. Rather than set up two blogs, I've decided to consolidate them. If you are interested - and there is no reason you should be - I would wait 2 or 3 weeks while I get some content up. As of today the blog is empty. The main template is set up (which is why the link is now in place here) but I still need to sort out the sidebars before I think too much about content.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, June 29, 2009

Jane Akshar reports of her visit to the Valley of the Kings to enter tomb KV57 (Horemheb). She shows a nice photo of the watercourse alongside KV8 (Merenptah). She also mentions that the Inspector's Office by KV55 has been demolished and theorises that excavations there are about to start.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, June 29, 2009

When I posted about that the tomb of Amun-em-Opet had been found, I said that the finds of mummies had been fragmentary. As can be seen from the new photo on Dr Hawass's site, the mummy shown isn't in great condition, but the source which had described it as fragmentary clearly got it wrong.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, June 28, 2009

This video has only recently been posteded on YouTube but is several months out of date; however, given the ban on video cameras in the Valley of the Kings it's a rare video of the excavations earlier in the year.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jane Akshar reports that tomb KV57 is open. One of the tombs I really would like to see.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, June 21, 2009

With thanks to Ali Gata who sent me the link, here's a video documentary about Tutantankhamun. I've only watched the first couple of minutes so far as Minority Report has just started on television and if I miss the start it won't make sense - I happen to rather like Tom Cruise! But Alison has described it well herself:

Have watched it all & is quite interesting. Are a couple of scenes in it the Valley of Kings showing excavation area that was in the central valley & also the Tomb of Seti I. Other thing that was great was that they showed scenes inside Tutankhamun's Wet Nurses tomb at Saqqara that I had never seen before.
I'm looking forward to catching the rest in a couple of hours!

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, June 20, 2009

Somehow when I was going through photos the other day, I missed this one by splazz27, taken on 29th May.

Somebody must be able to identify the building on the skyline to pinpoint where these excavations are taking place. Please?

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, June 19, 2009

Dr Hawass has announced that an SCA mission under his leadership has found three new tombs at Dra Abu el-Naga on the West Bank of the Nile near Luxor. Two undecorated tombs have not been opened, but they have opened one shaft tomb:

Dr. Hawass stated that the newly discovered tomb belongs to the Supervisor of Hunters, Amun-em-Opet, and that it dates to shortly before the reign of King Akhenaten (1372-1355 BC).

They are not linked in the main article, but there is also a photo of the top of the shaft and an interior photo showing a conservator working on the ceiling of the tomb which has a small patch of decoration. Remains of two mummies have been found but are too fragmentary to be identified.

The team has also found funerary tomb seals for Amenhotep-Ben-Nefer, the Supervisor of the Cattle of Amun.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, June 14, 2009

I can't get this photo on the blog, so you will have to jump over to Flickr to see it. It's from 25th May and shows excavations are continuing up on the shoulders of the Valley of the Kings. There's no tomb in shot so it's hard to be sure to the exact location. My guess is that it's in the region where Dr Hawass first announced he had found KV64? - which will no doubt fuel speculation that he may have done as some have suggested and waited until after high season.


Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, June 08, 2009

Just a quick note to say that the automatic domain renewal worked so this blog is securely at (or if you prefer) for the foreseeable future.

I just need some news to cover!

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I'm still here but there's very little news. About the only thing is a suggestion that the results of DNA testing on the mummy of Tutankhamun and others won't now be announced until February 2010. (((sigh)))


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