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Egyptian princess tomb discovered

antichamber of Princess Shert Nebti tomb

Egypt’s antiquities minister announced on Friday the discovery of a princess’s tomb dating from the fifth dynasty (around 2500 BC) in the Abu Sir region south of Cairo.

“We have discovered the antechamber to Princess Shert Nebti’s tomb which contains four limestone pillars,” Mohamed Ibrahim said.

The pillars “have hieroglyphic inscriptions giving the princess’s name and her titles, which include ‘the daughter of the king Men Salbo and his lover venerated before God the all-powerful,’” he added.

Ibrahim said that the Czech Institute of Egyptology’s mission, funded by the Charles University of Prague and directed by Miroslav Bartas, had made the discovery.

“The discovery of this tomb marks the beginning of a new era in the history of the sepulchers at Abu Sir and Saqqara,” Ibrahim said.

The Czech team also excavated a corridor in the southeast of the antechamber, which leads off to four other tombs, two of which have already been discovered separately.

The two tombs belonged to high-ranking officials including a “grand upholder of the law” and an “inspector of the servants of the palace,” according to their inscriptions. They date from the fifth pharaonic dynasty.

The discoveries have all been made during the excavation season, which began in October, said Usama al-Shini, director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities for Giza.

The corridor contains four limestone sarcophagi that contain statuettes of a man, a man accompanied by his son, and two men with a woman.

Reference: Alarabiya.net English
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Parts of Amenhotep III’s double statue uncovered in Luxor

Six missing pieces belonging to the double statue of 18th Dynasty’s King Amenhotep III were uncovered at his funerary temple in Luxor

Dr,Zahi Hawass ans the uncovered fragments

Dr,Zahi Hawass ans the uncovered fragments

130 years after the discovery of the colossal of King Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye, six missing statue pieces have been uncovered at the king’s funerary temple on Luxor’s west bank. The colossal double statue is currently the centerpiece of the main hall at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The fragments were found during excavation work carried out by an Egyptian team under the directions of Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

At the excavation site, Culture Minister Farouk Honsi stated that the parts were discovered130 years after French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette unearthed the double statue in Medinet Habu on the west bank of the Nile.

Hawass explained that when the statue was first discovered in 1889 an Italian team restored it, filling in the missing pieces with modern stonework. Several of the newly discovered pieces belong to the figure of Amenhotep III’s, making up the right side of the chest, nemes headdress, and leg. The pieces belonging to the statue of Queen Tiye include a section of her wig and pieces from her left arm, fingers and foot. A small section of the base of the double statue was also found.

The measurements of the six missing fragments range from 47cm to 103cm. These pieces are currently being held at the site of Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple on the west bank, but will soon be relocated to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where they will be restored and fitted into the colossal.

Amenhotep III’s double statue

Amenhotep III’s double statue

Archaeologist Abdul Ghafar Wagdy, the supervisor of the excavation at the site in Luxor, said that these pieces were found as part of a project to lower the ground water on the west bank of Luxor. These fragments are only a few of nearly 1,000 pieces that have been found dating from the Pharonic era to Coptic era

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The face of Tutankhamun

Every time I go to the Egyptian Museum with visitors or a film crew, I always love to take them up to the room of Tutankhamun’s treasures and show them the boy king’s golden mask. This beautiful treasure, which was unfortunately cut from the face of Tutankhamun with hot knives, is one of the most beautiful and stirring images of ancient Egypt. I have worked so much with Tutankhamun and his family over the past several years and we continue to look for the tomb of his wife, Ankhesenamun, in the Valley of the Kings. In addition to the search for her tomb, we are working on a full-scale, exact replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb, which will hopefully be installed soon next to Howard Carter‘s rest house in Luxor. Tut’s replica tomb will be the first in a new “replica valley” that will include the tombs of Seti I and Nefertari, which have long been closed off to the public.

King Tut Mask in the Egyptinan Museum

King Tut Mask in the Egyptinan Museum

The Deminsion of the Golden Mask of king Tut is 54 cm Height and 39.3 cm Width. The death mask of King Tut is a magnificent sight, gleaming with hammered gold and semi-precious stones. King Tut was buried in three golden coffins, two wooden ones with gold overlay and the third of gold. The well-known artifact, the golden mask, covered the head of the mummy on the third and most elaborate coffin.

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Cache of Demotic Ostraca Found

A Roman cache of demotic ostraca has been discovered at the Greco-Roman site of Soknopaiou Nesos/Dime es-Seba, located two kilometers north of Qarun Lake in the Fayoum.

Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny, announced today that the cache was uncovered during an excavation carried out by an Italian archaeological expedition from Università del Salento.

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said that 150 ostraca were found. Each ostracon was inscribed with the name of a priest who worked at Soknopaiou Nesos in a temple dedicated to the god, Soknopaios. The texts written on the ostraca date back to the Roman period and have been very helpful in illuminating the religious practices and the prosopography of Greco-Roman Egypt.

Dr. Mario Capasso, Director of the mission, suggests that the newly discovered ostraca were originally kept in a storeroom situated in a courtyard in front of Soknopaios’ temple. Dr. Capasso believes that the ostraca were thrown out of the temple during a clandestine excavation at the end of the 19th century.

Soknopaiou Nesos is very important for the understanding of Greco-Roman society in Egypt because of its excellent state of preservation and the amount of papyri and other inscribed material found at the site. Civilization at the site reached its peak during the first and second century AD as it sat along a major trade route. In addition to the Ptolemaic temple of Soknopaios, the site is well known for a collection of sphinxes, as well as Roman and demotic papyri.

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Statuary fragments uncovered in Luxor

Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny announced that these objects were found during a routine excavation carried out by an Egyptian team on the northern side of the temple. The team has been working to uncover the ruins of the funerary complex, which was once the largest temple in ancient Egypt.

Two red granite statuary fragments found at the site of Amenhotep III's mortuary temple on the west bank of Luxor (Photo: SCA)

Two red granite statuary fragments found at the site of Amenhotep III's mortuary temple on the west bank of Luxor (Photo: SCA)

Unfortunately, during the Late Period, the temple was destroyed and its blocks were reused in the construction of other temples.

 

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), explained that the first newly discovered artifact is a 2.73m tall head of the god Hapi. Hapi was one of the four sons of Horus and is depicted with a baboon face. The second object is a fragment of a larger statue of King Amehotep III, which features two legs that measure 30cm tall. Excavation is now focused on unearthing the rest of these statuary fragments.

 

Due to the large number of statuary found in this area, Hawass believes that the northern side of the temple may have served as a burial spot for broken and damaged statues. Because the statuary were ritually significant they could not be destroyed, instead Hawass believes that the ancient Egyptians gathered the fallen statues and buried them in a cache beside the temple.

 

Abdel Ghaffar Wagdi, supervisor of the excavation team, said that excavators are working now on uncovering more statues from the agricultural land surrounding Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple. In the past two archaeological seasons five double statues of King Amenhotep III accompanied by the deities: Re-Horakhti, Khepri, Horus, and Hapi have been found.

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New Discovery of double Statue of Amenhotep III

A close-up of the newly discovered double statue of Amenhotep III and Re-Horakhti. The statue was found during SCA excavations at the site of Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple on the west bank of Luxor. The statue was beautifully carved out of Aswan red granite, but interestingly it has inclusions of a darker solid stone that can be seen in the faces of the two figures.

Amenhotep III and Re-Horakhti

Amenhotep III and Re-Horakhti

Amenhotep III enjoyed the distinction of having the most surviving statues of any Egyptian pharaoh, with over 250 of his statues having been discovered and identified. Since these statues span his entire life, they provide a series of portraits covering the entire length of his reign.

Another striking characteristic of Amenhotep III’s reign is the series of over 200 large commemorative stine scarabs  that have been discovered over a large geographic area ranging from Syria (Ras Shamara) through to Soleb in Nubia. Their lengthy inscribed texts extol the accomplishments of the pharaoh. For instance, 123 of these commemorative scarabs record the large number of lions (either 102 or 110 depending on the reading) that Amenhotep III killed “with his own arrows” from his first regnal year up to his tenth year. Similarly, five other scarabs state that the foreign princess who would become a wife to him, Gilukhepa, arrived in Egypt with a retinue of 317 women. She was the first of many such princesses who would enter the pharaoh’s household.

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A New avenue from Luxor to Karnak

Mr. Farouk Hosny, Minister of Culture, announces that the expedition of the Supreme Council of Antiquities at the Avenue of the Sphinxes found today twelve new sphinx statues from the reign of Nectanebo I (380-362 BC). These sphinx statues were found in the last sector of the Avenue of the Sphinxes.

Reconstructing Nectanebo sphinx

Reconstructing Nectanebo sphinx

Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, said the discovery is not located within the known road of the Avenue of the Sphinxes between Karnak and Luxor Temples, but instead at the end of the newly discovered road of Nectanebo I. The Avenue runs from Luxor to Karnak, where it connects to the temple of the goddess Mut.


Mansour Boraik,
Supervisor of Luxor Antiquities, indicated that this is the first time a new road that runs from east to west, toward the Nile, has been found. The most interesting

New road of Nectanebo

New road of Nectanebo

part of this new discovery is that the 20 meters thus excavated is built from sandstone from the quarries at Gebel Silsila, north of Aswan. The total length of this road to the Nile is about 600 meters. Dr. Hawass mentioned, too, that along this way the sacred boat of Amun, king of the gods, traveled on the god’s annual trip to visit his wife, Mut, at Luxor temple, and the king used it as well for religious processions. This discovery marks the first time that archaeology has revealed this route, which is mentioned in many ancient texts. Besides the sphinx statues, which are inscribed with the name of Nectanebo I, the excavation team also recovered Roman period objects, including an oil press and pottery. Excavations remain ongoing.

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Pharaonic inscriptions near Taima, KSA

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities announces discovery of Pharaonic inscriptions near Taima
Professor Ali Ibrahem Al Ghabban, vice president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) announced the discovery of the first Pharaonic archeological finds in the Arabian Peninsula recently. The relics date back to the twelfth century BC.

Professor Al Ghabban stated that the discovered item is a hieroglyphic inscription, which is the Pharaonic. The inscription was discovered on a rock near the oasis of Taima, carrying the royal signature (double cartridge) of King Ramses III, who ruled Egypt between (1192-1160 BC), adding that Saudi archeologists have discovered this inscription near the famous historic oasis Taima – one of the largest archaeological sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula where the remains of its archeological walls reaches 13 kilometers in length.

Professor Al Ghaban added that, the relic which was found four months ago beside Taima in Tabouk Province, has raised the big question about its existence in the northwest of the Arabian Peninsula.

Archaeologists from Saudi Arabia have conducted field surveys and studies. According to which they found out that there was an ancient trade route, which linked the Nile Valley directly to Taima. The ancient trade route was used during the reign of Ramses III in the 12th century BC over which Egyptian trading caravans carried precious and luxury goods, like incense, gold, silver, and copper from Taima.

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New statue of Amenhotep III uncovered

The upper portion of a red granite double statue featuring King Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC) with the falcon-headed sun god Re-Horakhti was found today on the north western side of Amenhotep III’s funerary temple on Luxor’s west bank.

Double statue of Amenhotep III and the sun god, Re-Horakhti. The statue was uncovered at the site of Amenhotep III's mortuary temple complex on the west bank of Luxor (Photo: SCA)

Double statue of Amenhotep III and the sun god, Re-Horakhti. The statue was uncovered at the site of Amenhotep III's mortuary temple complex on the west bank of Luxor (Photo: SCA)

Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny announced that the statue was found during a routine excavation carried out by an Egyptian team from the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), directed by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA.

Hawass remarked that the statue is one of the best new finds in the area because of its expert craftsmanship, which reflect the skills of the ancient Egyptian artisans. Dr. Hawass pointed out that King Amenhotep III is well known for his overwhelming amount of statuary, particularly group statuary featuring the king with deities such as: Amun-Re, Re-Horakhti, Bastet, Sobek and Sekhmet, the goddess of healing. Hawass pointed out that the Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project, directed by Dr. Hourig Sourouzian, has unearthed more than 80 statues of the goddess Sekhmet during their excavations at the temple. It has been suggested that the Sekhmet statues were erected because Amenhotep III was very sick during his final years.

 

The Egyptian mission has found several statues depicting King Amenhotep III with the solar god, Amun-Re and a granite colossus featuring Thoth, the god of wisdom, in the form of a baboon. “This is the first time that we have found a standing statue of the god Thoth,” asserted Hawass.

According to Mansour Boraik, General Supervisor of the Luxor Antiquities Department of the SCA, a number of group statues of Amenhotep III are still partially buried under private farmland that surrounds the temple. Dr. Samir Farag, governor of Luxor, and the SCA are now trying to reach an agreement with the farmer to buy this section of land so that the statues can be fully excavated. In the future, this area will be converted into an open-air museum that will display the objects found in the mortuary temple complex.

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Alexandria International Book Fair in Action in Egypt.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt:

Alexandria library

Alexandria library

The first International Book fair of Alexandria opened on September 16 and runs through the September 26 in Egypt’s second largest city. Set in the new fairgrounds in the Seyoof area on the outskirts of Alexandria, the fair has been characterized by major absences of people and a limited number of participating countries, with only Saudi Arabia and the host country being present.

The new fairgrounds in the Seyoof area did not ease things for people, placing the fair at a large distance from where average citizens can reach the location. For many it is simply too far.

While the place is smaller than the book fair held in February at “Kouta” fairgrounds, next to Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) and the gathering of faculties, it is more organized and more peaceful.

Ahmed Osman, a student at the faculty of law, commenting on the location told Bikya Masr that “it’s far of course, that’s why it’s slow. But you are sure that those people here are avid readers and didn’t show up by mistake.”

Omar Tarek, an engineer, said “a book fair should always be near people. When the book fair in Kouta is far from people from Seyoof, the one in Seyoof is far from everyone. Books should be made accessible as much as possible.”

Still, the Book fair is holding musical and cultural events, inspired by Alexandria mainly, considering the independent Alexandrian bands playing such as Massar Egbari and Station or the seminars influenced mainly by the status of Alexandria as a rich cultural city.

It’s worth mentioning that, The International Book fair of Alexandria is one of the three biggest book fairs that take place in Alexandria, along with the Book fair held in Kouta Fairgrounds and the one held in Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Most people agree that this book fair is slow in attendance and poor in content, and they will wait for the one in Kouta or Bibliotheca Alexandrina for a better experience.

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