Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Reconstructions always seems to be popular, so here is another.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, January 28, 2012

There is a short note on the KV63 site to say that the 2012 season is cancelled because Dr Otto Schaden is suffering from ill health.  My best wishes to him.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, January 28, 2012

There is a new photo set of the Tomb of Maya the Overseer of the Treasury at Saqqara by Kate Gingell on Egyptological.

Kate has also kindly provided a photo album of Horemheb's tomb at Saqqara as well which is also on Egyptological.  I'm sure most people can find it by browsing but I will add a link when I do a longer Horemheb post later on today, or maybe tomorrow.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, January 27, 2012

With thanks to the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities for spotting it, here is the first video on the latest find in the Valley of the Kings.  It is only short and is in German but shows that the sarcophagus, and when it is opened, the mummy, are in fine condition.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, January 20, 2012

Dr Hawass has updated his blog.  It's mostly a personal post - and good to see him writing for his blog.  Other than some recent ill health, he seems to be content.

He did, however, slip in one piece of real news I have not seen covered elsewhere (my emphasis):

I talked to them about what happened at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo during the Revolution, and how the young people protected the Museum with their bodies.  Although one piece that was stolen, an 18.5 cm statuette of the cat-goddess Bastet, has been returned to the Museum recently, we are still missing around 28 objects. Most of them are bronze statuettes dated to the Late Period (about 500 B.C.).
He is also writing a book about antiquities and the revolution, which will be published in English and Arabic.  That may tell us things about that happened that have not appeared in print before.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The University of Basel has issued a couple of brief reports which give us more information.  I have added an addendum to the article on Egyptological which has the links.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, January 15, 2012

KV64 article on Egyptological

I wanted to be(among?)  the first with an article on this subject so I have gathered what is known for an article on Egyptological.  I will keep up with developments here over the next few days.

My thanks to Andie Byrnes for reviewing it so quickly.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, January 15, 2012

Seattlepi has further news of the new find in the Valley of the Kings

Boraiq told The Associated Press that the coffin of the female singer is remarkably intact.
He said that when the coffin is opened this week, archaeologists will likely find a mummy and a cartonnage mask molded to her face and made from layers of linen and plaster.
The singer's name, Nehmes Bastet, means she was believed to be protected by the feline deity Bastet.

My thanks to Andie Byrnes for the link.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, January 15, 2012

The identity of KV64 has been announced.  It is the tomb of Temple [Karnak] Singer [the Lady] Ni Hams Bastet.  It dates to the 22nd Dynasty and is located on the pathway to Tomb KV34 (Thuthmosis III) in the main Valley of the Kings, which is why KV34 is presently closed to visitors.  It was found by Dr Elina of the University of Basel and the feeling is that there are more tombs to be found.

There are few other details at present than the Ahram story.  It seems to be a shaft tomb with a single chamber.  It contains an intact wooden sarcophagus, pictured in the Ahram story.

There is no definitive news but the impression is that it might be an undisturbed tomb, albeit a non-royal one.  It is believed that it is a re-used 18th Dynasty tomb, based on finds.  That suggests there may be remnants of an earlier burial -see this version of the announcment.  There are good reasons to hope that a 22nd Dynasty tomb will be undisturbed because it was committed after the consolidation into the caches which took place during the 21st Dynasty.

I know this is not the tomb people were hoping for, but I think it is brilliant, especially if it is intact.  I am very interested in the Third Intermediate Period and have long suspected there are undiscovered, and probably intact, tombs in the Valley of the Kings from that period.  This adds to that impression.  It is also great to have a tomb from this period investigarted under modern archaeological standards.

There is a back story to this announcement.  As many people will know, Andrea Byrnes and I were filtering all the archaeological news during the Egyptian revolution last year, and I was responsible for the Egyptologcal Looting Database.  We heard rumours that a new tomb had been found in the Valley of the Kings by the University of Basel.  At that point, the Valley was unprotected because the security police had been withdrawn and news of a new tomb could have drawn looters to the valley like bears to honey.  Dr Thomas Schuler of Blue Shield helped us to warn the University of Basel of the growing rumours - it is another example of the work of Blue Shield in protecting Egypt's heritage.  They rushed out a report about KV40b as a minor feature and I carried that here as news to pooh-pooh rumours of a new tomb.

I am not certain yet whether KV64 had been found in spring 2011 but it seems likely (if not then the rumours were assuming that KV40b is a tomb when it probably isn't).  My apologies to readers that I didn't carry the story at the time but  the safety of the tomb in such uncertain times was paramount. I know others like Jane Akshar also helped in damping down expectations and rumours in that critical period.

Whatever, I look forwards to further reports about KV64 in the coming days and weeks, and yes I am convinced that there is a KV65 out there as well.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, January 14, 2012

Woops, sorry - that was supposed to be on my personal blog! Now moved

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On Monday, August 15, 2011, a monumental statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenemhat II (ca. 1919--1885 B.C.) was installed in the Met's Great Hall. It is a special loan from the collection of the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin -- Preussischer Kulturbesitz. It will remain in the Great Hall for one year and will be on loan to the Met for ten years.
It's not new news, but Joan Lansberry posted it on Facebook.  I watched the video and it portrays to me just how much effort must have gone into transporting large statues in the Middle and New Kingdoms. 

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The generally reliable Luxor Times Magazine is reporting that "The Minister state of Antiquities, Mohamed Ibrahim said that a new discovery in the Valley of the Kings will be announced within few days."

My thanks to Heidi Kontkanen for spotting this.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, January 09, 2012

The museum boasts a display of forty mummified crocodiles, ranging from two to five metres long, along a crocodile foetus and eggs. Also on show is a collection of wooden and granite crocodile statues and replicas of crocodile holes in rocks.

More from Ahram Online.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, January 09, 2012

Both teams are now on site at Amara West and regular reports are appearing on the blog.  Neal Spencer of the British Museum is reporting on his teams work excavating houses, and in particular the unusual E13.7.  This is a radially organised house, unlike most of the other excavated which have an axial plan.  It is also a neighbour of the Residence of the Deputy of Kush, suggesting that its owner was also a man of considerable importance.  There is also a painted wall motif.

Meanwhile Michaela Binder of Durham University is providing commentary on her team's excavation of the cemeteries, this year mostly cemetery D.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, January 09, 2012


A set of 9 photographs of the Valley of the Kings in December 2009 by Heidi Kontkanen has been published on Egyptological. My thanks again to Heidi.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, January 07, 2012

Not great on archaeological detail but actually a really lovely photo and thoroughly recommended.  For those interested, I found it via Chris Naunton's Twitter feed.

PS I will be adding a set of recent photos of the Valley of the Kings on Egyptological over the next two or three days.  I just need to resize them.   I will post here as well then they are available.


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