Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, March 31, 2012

We were planning an edition of Egyptological at the end of April but we are pleased that Dr Joyce Tyldesley has given one of our writers an interview about the new Manchester online diploma.  Since that is very interesting to anybody considering signing up to the course, we wanted to publish it as soon as possible.

It has been a scramble but we are planning to publish an edition on 3rd April.  As always it will be free.  There is much more in it than the interview so make sure you look out for it.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Now I know why I prefer to write about Upper Egypt.  I have several commitments for the next Edition of Egyptological (which is why I have been quiet here) including a brief article for publication on 1st April.  I ought to have know that was not propitious.

I thought to write an article about the city of Hermopolis Parva in the Delta.  Only where is it? Wikipedia identifies it confidently as the capital of both the 7th and 15th nomes.  Margaret Bunson in her Encyclopaedia of Ancient Egypt places it on three "tells", without recognising that one of these is tens of miles from the others.   Worse, writers since Greek times have been confusing Hermopolis Magna with Hermopolis Parva, often confusingly referring only to "Hermopolis". 

Having spent an evening, I also don't know the age of the city.  Some texts insist it was Ptolemaic only.  Others have it founded by Ramses II in the New Kingdom.  Others reasonably suggest that as one of the two chief cult centres of Thoth it as an important site in the Middle Kingdom and one text seemed to push it back into the Old Kingdom.

There is a huge need for a definitive article: I may write it but it wasn't the quick article I was hoping for with a 1st April deadline.  I may look to write something on the Nubian Pharaohs instead.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Canadian team led by Professor Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner has unearthed (July 2011 but reported now) a rare wooden statue of a Pharaoh, suspected to be King (Queen) Hatshepsut, unusually portrayed in a feminine fashion with narrow waist and delicate jawline.  My thanks to Ric Schuller for the news.

Unfortunately at present every Canadian web link I try is down, so I can only find the link to (what is possibly) a secondary report.

The statue was found in an elite (non-royal) offering chapel but associated with a larger structure, possibly royal, and dating to the 19th Dynasty.  Having seen a picture of the statue on the link, unless there is more in the primary sources, the designation of Hatshepsut seems as though it is based primarily on a process of elimination - it cannot be anybody else.  Possibly, but while it could be Hatshepsut, it seems a somewhat tentative identification at best.  

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, March 04, 2012

An inscription of an (almost) unknown king of the 17th Dynasty has been found in the Temple of Karnak by a team working in the Temple of Ptah.  His name is  Senakht-en-Re and this is the first mention of him found in Egypt, although there were some Greek mentions of him apparently.  This has implications for the chronology. For a king to be unknown also suggests his tomb remains to be discovered.

My thanks to Andrea Byrnes for a better link that Luxor Times.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, March 01, 2012

We now know the height of the new mummy found in the Valley of the Kings from a news report (my thanks to Andre Byrnes) was 1.55m including wrappings.  She was buried in an oversize coffin of 2m.


The only other new details is that the tomb was found by accident ("stumbled upon" to use a phrase I was criticised for using when the tomb was first announced) when the University of Basel was building a low wall to protect KV40 from flash floods.  The announcement also repeats that Nehemes Bastet is the first woman without an obvious connection to the royal family found in the Valley of the Kings. 

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