Recent descoveries in Egypt

Egyptian-American team Found Tomb of Karakhamun !

Entrance to tomb of Karakhamun (Photo: SCA

Entrance to tomb of Karakhamun (Photo: SCA

Painted ceiling of Karakhamun's burial chamber. This scene depicts the sky goddess, Nut. (Photo: SCA

Painted ceiling of Karakhamun's burial chamber. This scene depicts the sky goddess, Nut. (Photo: SCA

An Egyptian-American expedition has found the burial chamber of a priest named Karakhamun (TT223). The tomb dates to Dynasty 25 (c. 755BC) and was uncovered during conservation and restoration work on the west bank of Luxor.

Farouk Hosny, Minister of Culture, announced this discovery today and added that the restoration work of this tomb is part of a much larger initiative, known as the South Asasif Conservation Project (ACP). The el-Asasif area is a very important site, which contains nobles’ tombs from the New Kingdom as well as the 25-26th Dynasties.

Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said that the team found the burial chamber of Karakhamun at the bottom of an 8m deep burial shaft. The chamber is in very good condition and contains beautifully painted scenes. The entrance to the chamber is decorated with an image of Karakhamun and the ceiling is decorated with several astrological scenes, including a depiction of the sky goddess, Nut.

The leader of the expedition, Dr. Elena Pischikova, said that the tomb of priest Karakhamun was discovered in the 19th century in an unstable condition. It continued to deteriorate, and only parts of it were accessible to visitors in the early 1970s. It later collapsed and was buried under the sand. Dr. Pischikova’s team rediscovered the tomb in 2006 and has been carrying out conservation work since then. She believes that the tomb of Karakhamun could be one of the most beautiful tombs from Dynasty 25 because of the preservation of the color and the unique quality of the scenes.

Reference : drhawass.com

Posted by : Yasmine Aladdin.

Memphis Tours Egypt since 1955.

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Archaeologists uncover 3,500-year-old Egypt city.New settlement discovered in Kharga Oasis

View of an excavated bakery at the settlement (Photo: courtesy of expedition)

View of an excavated bakery at the settlement (Photo: courtesy of expedition)

The American-Egyptian mission from Yale University has stumbled upon what appears to be the remains of a substantial settlement. The city is a thousand years earlier than the major surviving ancient remains at the Umm Mawagir area in Kharga Oasis.

Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny, announced that the settlement is dated to the Second Intermediate Period (ca.1650-1550 BC) and was discovered during excavation work as part of the Theban Desert Road Survey. This project serves to investigate and map the ancient desert routes in the Western desert.

Dr. John Coleman Darnell, head of the Yale mission, said that during excavations remains of large administrative mudbrick structures were found. These buildings consisted of rooms and halls similar to administrative buildings previously found in several sites in the Nile Valley. These sites may have been used as a lookout post as part of the administrative center of the settlement. Part of an ancient bakery was also found with two ovens and a potter’s wheel, used to make the ceramic bread molds in which the bread was baked. The amount of remains from the debris dumps outside the bakery suggest that the settlement produced a food surplus and may have even been feeding an army.

Excavating bakery complex at Umm Mawagir (Photo: Courtesy of the expedition)

Excavating bakery complex at Umm Mawagir (Photo: Courtesy of the expedition)

Dr. Deborah Darnell, co-director of the mission, said that early studies on the site revealed that the settlement began during the Middle Kingdom (2134-1569 BC) and lasted to the beginning of the New Kingdom (1569-1081 BC). However the site was at its peak from the late Middle Kingdom (1786-1665 BC) to the Second Intermediate Period (1600-1569 BC)

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Memphis Tours Egypt since 1955.

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Campaign to release a 37-million-year-old whale skeleton detained at Cairo Airport – Egypt.

37-million-year-old whale skeleton

37-million-year-old whale skeleton

Three environmental NGOs have launched a campaign demanding the release of a 37-million-year-old whale being held in Cairo Airport’s cargo village. The skeleton was returned to Egypt from the US after it underwent restoration at Michigan University for no charge.

Al-Masry Al-Youm reported yesterday that customs are asking the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) to pay LE200,000 in duties.

National Geographic’s August issue publishes the story of the whale’s discovery and information on other ancient animals who lived in Wadi el-Hitan, or the “Valley of the Whales,” in Fayoum. The publication compares the importance of the information revealed by this discovery to that written on the Rosetta stone.

Mahmoud Abdel Moneim el-Qaysooni, environmental tourism minister adviser, said two problems face the skeleton after its restoration. The first is the fact that the Egyptian Geology Museum was demolished 28 years ago to make way for the first of Cairo’s metro lines. Another museum was built in Maadi, Cairo, but is unsuitable for showcasing the whale skeleton. A new museum in Wadi el-Hitan natural reserve has been designed, but is not yet built.

The second problem el-Qaysooni referred to is museum financing: The EEAA is expected to establish the museum even though it doesn’t have the necessary resources.

According to el-Qaysouni however, a suitable museum can be built in 60 days using the environmental resources of the nature reserve, with a medium budget.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

Reference: almasryalyoum.com

Posted by: Yasmine Aladdin

Memphis Tours Egypt since 1955.

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