Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, April 30, 2010

There's a photo on Flickr which has piqued my interest.  It's labelled "Valley of the Kings" but I'm not sure quite where it was taken.  One set of cliffs looks much like another - although it's either well up the Valley of the Kings, the Western Valley or Deir el-Bahri from the look of the cliffs. I've written to ask of course.

It definitely seems to show the wearing of a new path to an opening in the cliffs with lots of workers.  Intruiging.


Aaron Miller who took the photo confirms it was taken at Deir-el-Bahri and has expanded the description on Flickr.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

... there's just nothing worthwhile to report at present.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, April 14, 2010

An article has appeared on a Spanish site which duplicates much of my eariler article showing that KV55 is probably not Akhenaten including extrapolition of the DNA to cover Nefertiti (although I am not credited); however the author comes to a different conclusion than me and opines that KV55 is Akhenaten. In coming to this conclusion it theorises that there was a genetic mutation between the two generations. Unfortunately the author, Juan de la Torre Su├írez, President Andalusian Association of Egyptology doesn't cite any evidence for the frequency of mutation in the allele concerned.  Personally I think somatic mutation is unlikley and continue to believe that the evidence points against KV55 being Akhenaten, but when I re-write my article for our new magazine I'll address the mutation point directly and research what is known about mutation frequency in this allele.  (Some alleles are more susceptible to mutation than others.)

However, the article does confirm my view that KV55 and KV35YL need not be siblings.  They identify KV35YL as Beneretmut, the sister of Nefertiti.  

My thanks to Monkia and Andie Byrnes for sending me the link.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, April 11, 2010

With a huge thank you to Stewart Herring, here are his photos of the cable trenches running across the Theban hills.  Since these are taken outside the Valley and the Kings they are outside the area of the photo ban I think so I have no problem in showing them.

Stewart has listed them as follows:

0970  is looking over the temple at the workers village.
0974  looks over the Theban hills towards the valley of the Queens.  I took it as a hell of example of a test trench!
0978  is looking from the ledge almost above Hatshepsuts mortury temple.  You can see two, one has already appeared in 0970 (background) and one on the nearer hill which carries on in 0979  (top of frame) and carries on to appear in 1030  which was taken from the first level at Hatshepsut (top left corner)

I have somewhat reduced the size of the photos Stewart sent me but if you click on them they should display at about twice the size shown.


Stewart has kindly resent copies of a couple of these images which seems to have fixed the earlier display problems.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, April 08, 2010

The documentary was in fact about KV63, something I didn't know existed, although it is apparently a repeat. I wish they'd put the tomb number in the blurb. I've got it on disk so I'll do a proper write up. I'll also contact Five and ask about plans for further repeats. It drew 1.18m viewers which was pretty decent.

For the new site Andie and I are planning a Diary/Events section. That can easily include TV programmes if people wish to post them up. I miss all sorts because a) I don't have satellite and b) I don't usually check listing other than for something to watch there and then.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, April 06, 2010

There is a documentary on Five at 8pm Tuesday 6th (today) about KV5.  The guide says:

Documentary telling the story of the discovery of an ancient Egyptian tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 2005 - the first ancient tomb to be discovered in the valley since 1922.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, April 05, 2010

Jane is reporting that tomb QV43 in the Valley of the Queens is open as a replacement for QV44 Khaemwaset  which is shut for renovation.  As she says, how long it remians open remains to be seen.  I was excited when I heard KV57 (Horemheb) was open in the Valley of the Kings was open last year but it shut again within weeks.

QV43 is the tomb of Sethherkhopsef who reigned as Ramesses VIII (Ramesses Sethherkhepshef Meryamun)  and was buried in the Valley of the Kings ... At least that is what we believe as his kingly tomb has not been found although it was one of the tombs Dr Hawass indicated in November 2008 that he had found in the Valley of the Kings.  As recently reported, his latest press release has poured cold water on that but not everybody is convinced that no tomb has been found.


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