Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Actually rediscovered would be more accurate and it has a twin nearby which so far has not been uncovered again.  Still a big find and the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep is becoming increasingly interesting.


The press release adds:

Archaeologist, Abdel Ghaffar Wagdi, the supervisor of the excavation, stated that the new mission has also discovered two other statues, one depicting the god Thoth as a baboon and one of the lion-headed goddess, Sekhmet. The Sekhmet statue is formed of black granite,
There seems to be little to no independent reporting of this story and all coverage is the same short press release.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, April 16, 2011

For several months, Andie Byrnes and I have been working on our new site.  The first two sections are now publicly available:

Egyptological –  journal, magazine, photo albums, discussions etc
Hieropaedia – The World of Hieroglyphs has been re-launched

We have initial, sample articles on Egyptological, but we hope that other people will contribute articles as well.  We intend to publish the magazine and journal sections every 2 to 3 months; less formal, shorter articles will be posted whenever they are ready.  We aim to support people who know their subject but have little experience of publishing articles, or students of Egyptology looking to establish a reputation and presence .  As well as articles, we would welcome volunteers to help - or just donations to help with hosting charges.  Further sections of the site are planned over coming months.  Our intention – hope – is a large site of quality material about ancient Egypt. 

I have also been busy with my hieroglyph plugins – re writing the code from scratch again!  This time I am happy with the parsing method, but I want to improve the standard of the code before I make the new version available to download for use on other sites.  Underneath the engine, the new version is lighter and faster.  I will write an article on displaying hieroglyphs as none of the material I could find was particularly helpful.   For writers, it means that we offer a fairly full implementation of the Manuel de Codage – and I will work on adding the rest over the new few months.  The User Guide gives a good flavour of its capabilities.  Uniquely, hieroglyphs are also available in comments.  So if you are discussing an inscription, you can drop sign codes into the comment within [hieroglyph] … [/hieroglyph] tags and it will display the actual hieroglyphs in the published comment.   As soon as I can, I will add a sandbox for people to check their entry before they post a comment. Over the coming months, we hope we can teach people about hieroglyphs as well as offering somewhere for more studious discussions of inscriptions.

We hope to see you at Egyptological but don't worry, it is an addition not a replacement for News from the Valley of the Kings.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, April 16, 2011

I've noticed an uptick in the incidence of comment spam.  I'm trying to delete it as I find it but I am reluctant to add pre-moderation of comments as it stifles discussion. 

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Apparently Zahi is launcing a new clothing line and set up a photoshoot to promote it.  You can see it here in the Google cache.  The original article seems to have vanished.  Maybe because that has stirred up something of a storm?  For instance here is what Zienobia had to say about it.  I'm not going to comment either way - but since she was kind enough to promote the Egyptological Looting Database I thought I should return the favour.  Whatever, I do feel significant disquiet about Egyptian national treasures being used to promote Zahi's clothing line. I am unaware of any other similar use - and I assume brands like Cartier would have paid handsomely for such an opportunity. It is worth recalling the line Zahi took in 2007 when promoting the new law which effected the photo ban.  An excerpt from National Geographic at the time sets the scene:

Lawyers who drafted the bill also said they plan to seek royalties from those who use images of antiquities commercially in photography, television, and movies—but not those images used for educational purposes.
Funds generated by the proposed law would go toward the preservation of historic sites, Hawass said.
"We want to protect Egyptian antiquities. We want to protect our values. This is the most important thing," he said.

Hopefully the Ministry will be benefiting from a very strong royalty stream from this new clothing line promoted on the back of the Tutankhamun treasures.

Zeinobia's article is also worth reading because she links to some material in Arabic which I hadn't seen mentioned on English-speaking blogs.  I'm afraid neither my Arabic nor Google Translate is good enough for me to form an opinion, but some of it does make interesting reading.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dr Reeves knows I am interested in the mask of Tutankhamun and kindly emailed me to say that his recent lecture at the Met Museum had been posted on YouTube. My thanks.

The lecture starts with an introduction to Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, followed by a biography of Tutankhamun was we now understand it, illustrated by slides. Interestingly, Dr Reeves believes that Akhenaten was Tutankhamun's father and was buried in KV55.

[The Internet as slowed to a crawl with kids out of school when I was just 10 minutes in.  I will complete the review later when I have manage to watch this, but didn't wish to delay posting a video I know many people will enjoy - Kate]

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Luxor Times has much better photographs of the recovered items which clearly show the condition they are in.
  The article also has the story of how they were found on a subway train.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Richard Sellicks has published a great set of pictures of tomb KV35 in the Valley of the Kings.  You will find them on Jane Akshar's site.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

With the bronze trumpet from Tutankhamun's Valley of the Kings tomb in the news, Christine Finn has caught the moment and recorded a BBC radio documentary on the music of ancient instruments.

Christine hears an account of the 1939 recording from Peter Tappern, son of the original bandsman, himself a professional trumpeter. And from archive of Rex Keating, who recorded the event for the BBC in Cairo.
The documentary also looks at other ancient instruments:
Christine also considers how archaeology has revealed other 'ghost music'. Richard Dumbrill talks about his reconstruction of the Silver Lyre of Ur, discovered by Leonard Woolley in modern-day Iraq around the same time that Howard Carter was excavating Tutenkhamun's tomb.
If you are interested, the full programme details are on the BBC site ahead of broadcast on Tuesday 19th April.  I would expect the recording to be available online within Europe for a week or so after that.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dr Hawass reports the recovery of four items missing from the Egyptian Museum, including three of the missing Tutankhamun objects. A press conference was held so there are reports in many of the international papers as well.  No details of the recovery operaton have been reported so far. 

Generally the objects are in better condition than could be expected.  The Statue of Tutankhamun harpooning is largely intact, although part of one leg is missing and should now be presumed lost.  There is also minor damage to the crown. 

The shabti is in sufficiently good condition that it will go back on display immediately.  The reference ties back to the original catalogue of stolen items so we know that it is  a "Wooden Shabti of Yuya with Ten Lines of Inscription in Yellow".

One face of the fan (shown) is intact and undamaged.  The other face as fragmented into over a dozen pieces of which 11 have been recovered.  Some are still missing and again their recovery is now unlikely.

The figure ofTutankhamun being carried by the goddess is till unaccounted for (only the figure of the king itself is missing).

The trumpet is also in good condition and will go back on display.  Confusingly, the picture of recovered items shows two trumpets, although only one was reported stolen.  If you are interested in the trumpets, Charles Ellwood Jones wrote about them at the Ancient World Bloggers site a few weeks ago and has the links to the sounds of when the trumpet was played.

Ahram Online has a couple of extra photos of the recovered items.

Photo © Rania Galal - I am assuming this is the official press photo for the recovery.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Nothing in the main media yet, but this report suggests Hawass has announced the recovery of four items and the creation of a new police force to protect sites.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

According to Ahram, Dr Hawass is about to announce the recovery of more of the items stolen from the Egyptian Museum including one piece from the Tutankhamun collection.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Patrick Philpott has kindly summarised the Amarna updates the latest Journal of Egyptian Archaeology (in case you don't take it) pp. 1-31 "Tell El-Amarna 2010", Barry Kemp et al.....

1) Faience scarab inscribed with 'Neb-Maat-Re' ( = Amenhotep III, proving yet again the strong spiritual - probably not physical - presence of Akhenaten's father at the new city)
2) A mummy case with garbled inscriptions, further proof that those who wrote the texts did not always know what they were doing - a sobering thought
3) a nice stela with three very Amarnesque figures, text undecipherable
4) from the many burials studied, more evidence of malnutrition, work-related injuries and early deaths among the working classes: no, it was not Xanadu!
pp. 191-205, "New Light on the Amarna Period", Hoffmeier and Van Djik - excavations at Tell el-Borg in nortern Sinai -
  • 1) evidence of strong military presence during the Amarna period
  • 2) series of seals and scarabs from Queen Tiye through to Horemheb, including Tutankhamun, Ankhkheperure Mery-Waen-Re ( = probably Smenkhkare) and one of 'Neferneferuaten Akhet-en-Hys ( = useful to her husband), a title unearthed some time ago by Marc Gabolde, and proof, if proof were wanted, that this person was a woman.

Thanks Patrick

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, April 01, 2011

It's official. Zahi's confirmed it. It's April Fools Day. Enough said really.

I wanted someone new, someone who has a more inclusive style, more transparent communications. But the vacuum has been very bad for sites and an appointment was needed.

It is only for 6 months of course until the next election when we will probably go round the circus again.


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