Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, June 22, 2012

Many of us fear that reports out of Egypt might be downplaying damage to sites. That certainly seems to be the case with the Merenptah Stela at Gebel Silsileh. There's a photo of the damage on Egyptological. This is certainly an important photo so please bring it to the attention of your contacts.

Reminder: please do not repost the photo without permission.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Another images from the Mussées Royaux des Beaux Arts in Brussels, this time a face of Akhenaten.

(Photo:  © Kate Phizackerley, 2012)

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I have just come across a set of photos of KV20 in the Valley of the Kings - the tomb often associated with Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis I.  They were taken by Juan R. Lázaroon 17th June 2012.  Quite how he came to be allowed into the tomb with a camera, I don't know, but he took a lot of shots of the passageway which is rarely seen.  Not a pretty tomb, but these are rare photos so well worth a look.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

While it is quiet I thought I would add a photo of a head of Tutankhamun from the Musee des Royaux d'Arts in Brussels. 

(Photo:  © Kate Phizackerley, 2012)

Posted by Andie on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

There is a new article by Julian Smith on the Archaeology Magazine website about the January discovery of KV64 by the University of Basel in the Valley of the Kings.  It is free to view and contains information abut the discovery, the contents of the tomb and the work that has been carried out since the objects were removed from the tomb for inspection under laboratory conditions.

Tomb of the Chantress
Archaeology Magazine, Volume 65 Number 4, July/August 2012

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tim Reid has written extensively about the mummy found on the boat in tomb KV35 in the Valley of the Kings.  KMT Magazine has just published two new photos and Tim analyses the extra information.

(Not hyperlinked as I am still on mobile.)

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, June 11, 2012

She also says Tutankhamun's tomb is in the basement so not sure the credibility factor is high!

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, June 10, 2012

I'm on mobile only this week so posts will be brief but the John Hopkins 2012 season at the Temple of Mut is underway:

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Susanne Bickel and Elina Paulin-Grothe have published a provisional 2012 report for the University of Basel Kings' Valley Project.  The 18th Dynasty debris has now been removed from KV64 (Nehmes Bastet) and the most revealing statement in the report so far as the New Kingdom is concerned is:

It remains uncertain whether a small wooden tag naming a royal daughter along with wooden splinters belonging to a piece of furniture with the name of king Amenhotep III stem originally from this tomb or whether these elements entered accidentely with the debris filling. Similar inscribed fragments were found near the tomb of Siptah by Howard Carter and by the Basel team of Mission Siptah – Ramses X, as well as by our team during this season outside tomb KV 29. This dispersion of material seems to result from looting in antiquity.
There are remains of a very badly damaged mummy (probably) from the original burial.

The team has continued their work on the undecorated tombs of the Valley of the Kings.  Likewise they report that KV40 shows signs of burials in both the 18th Dynasty and the Third Intermediate Period.   The tomb has been looted and fired.  Further work was only carried out in Tomb KV33.

Salima Ikram (Department of Egyptology, American University Cairo) and Frank Rühli (Centre for Evolutionary Medicine/Swiss Mummy Project, University of Zurich) have also been investigating the human remains in Tomb KV31. These are now revealed as the remains of five, not four, people.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Egypt Independent is reporting that an attempted theft has been foiled at Silsileh quarry near Kom Ombo.  Very pleasingly the guards who prevented the theft have been rewarded, definitely a welcome development.

Allegedly those arrested were trying to steal a bas-relief panel of King Merenptah presenting Mayet.  The panel suffered some scratches and holes but remains in situ.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, June 02, 2012

Thanks to a comment on the blog we now have the main site for the expedition, the Dayr Al Barsha Project:

The press release reads:

During its 2012 spring campaign, the archaeological mission of Leuven University in Dayr al-Barshā, directed by Harco Willems, has discovered an important burial dating back to the beginning of the Middle Kingdom (approx. 2040 B.C.). Although the burial has been robbed at least twice, and has suffered extensive damage, a large amount of objects were still found in their original position, providing unique information on the scenario of the funerary ritual. The tomb must have belonged to a nomarch (i.e. a provincial governor) or to a person belonging to the close family of a nomarch. It is for the first time in over a century that a relatively well preserved burial of this kind has been found.
The Dayr Al Barsha Project page also has a much extended version of the press release as a PDF.  Apparently the tomb of Nomarch Ahanakht I discovered in 1891-1892 (Tomb 5) was excavated by George Andrew Reisner in 1915 who got distracted by a nearly intact nomarch burial in a neighbouring tomb and failed to excavate a burial pit in Ahanakht's tomb, believing - correctly it had been robbed.

The robbers however left quite a lot behind and the burial has been identified as Djehutinakht, probably the father of Ahanakht and who was the last nomarch of the Hare Nome of the First Intermediate Period.  The badly damaged coffin bears coffin texts, pushing the origin of these back before Ahanakht.

There is more information about earlier (2002 - 2004) by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven work at Deir el-Barsha here and here if you wish to know more about the site.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, June 02, 2012

Raymond Betz reports that Dr. Christian E. Loeben has identified a quartzite bust as Nefertiti. See EEF page which for once has great photos. I am just a bit worried that this might be one of those stories where somebody suggests the head "could be Nefertiti" but which grows in each telling so I would prefer to see original material from Dr Loeben, especially since the EEF links includes no details as to why the head is believed to be Nefertiti. I am not saying it isn't Nefertiti, just expressing some caution that the available material is somewhat scant on details.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, June 02, 2012

Breaking news that the former President has been found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. It should help Egypt move on - we all hope.


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