Thursday, July 20, 2017
unsubstantiated speculation that Akhesenamun's tomb may have been found. Glenn
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As the popular press is now picking it up (see 2nd entry below),
I suppose it cannot be blissfully ignored anymore -- but please
note the lack of MoA confirmation and the excess of speculation:
* Press report: "King Tut's Wife May Be Buried in Newly
Discovered [sic] Tomb"
"Famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass and his team say they've
found evidence of a tomb that could belong to King Tut's
wife. The archaeologists eventually plan to excavate the
new tomb, which is located near the tomb of the pharaoh Ay
(1327-1323 B.C.) in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Hawass told
Live Science. "We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do
not know for sure to whom it belongs," Hawass told Live Science
in an email. On July 7, National Geographic Italia published
an article in Italian suggesting that a team led by Hawass had
found a new tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and Hawass confirmed
that discovery to Live Science. "We are sure there is a tomb
hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits,"
Hawass said, explaining that the foundations are "caches or
holes in the ground that were filled with votive objects such
as pottery vessels, food remains and other tools as a sign
that a tomb construction is being initiated." "The ancient
Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever
they started a tomb's construction," Hawass said. Additionally,
"the radar did detect a substructure that could be the entrance
of a tomb."(...) Hawass said he will direct the future excavations
at the site. (..)"
[Submitted by Kat Newkirk]
* Other English press reports, based on the above press report
(adding nothing extra):
"(..) In a follow up update to Livescience however, Hawass cautions
that there might not be a tomb there, and that further excavations
are required to be certain."
* For the mentioned Italian press report of National Geographic
Italia that started all this, see EEFNEWS (986):
It seems to have been taken down since...; you can refind it at
"(..) accanto alla KV23, (..) I test effettuati tra febbraio e
maggio dai tecnici di Livorno con l'ERT hanno rilevato anomalie
conduttive nella roccia lì dove Hawass ha individuato i foundation
deposits di un'altra tomba reale che potrebbe appartenere ad
* The Minister has hinted at "an important archaeological discovery
that will astonish the whole world, (..) a graveyard dating
dating back to the Pharaonic era" being in the pipeline, but
without giving any details:
* Please note that MoA has NOT issued any official press releases
yet about the scanning results, making the Italian interview
Also note that no tomb has been found yet, depite the headers of
the press reports; a scanning anomaly does nót make a discovered
tomb and speculation about any owner is even more premature.
* The foundation deposits mentioned seem to be those found in
2007-2011 by a team with Afifi Rohim Affifi as field supervisor,
and might belong to an unfinished tomb; their report with photos
and plans can be read online (with thanks to Jan Bailey for the
Afifi Rohim Afifi and Glen Dash, "The Discovery of Intact
Foundation Deposits in the Western Valley of the Valley
of the Kings", Proceedings CRE 2014 (2015), pp. 1-12
On 07/20/17 05:30, Charles Jones wrote:
Open Access Journal: エジプト学研究 - The Journal of Egyptian Studies (Ejiputogaku kenkyū) [First posted in AWOL 24 April 2014, updated 20 July 2017]
エジプト学研究 - The Journal of Egyptian Studies (Ejiputogaku kenkyū)
雑誌名 号数 刊行 判 Page 備考 エジプト学研究 第１号 1993.3 B5 100 絶版 エジプト学研究 第２号 1994.3 B5 116 エジプト学研究 第３号 1995.3 B5 116 エジプト学研究 第４号 1996.3 B5 160 エジプト学研究 第５号 1997.3 B5 132 エジプト学研究 第６号 1998.3 B5 112 エジプト学研究 第７号 1999.3 B5 172 エジプト学研究 第８号 2000.3 B5 184 エジプト学研究 第９号 2001.3 B5 180 エジプト学研究 第10号 2002.3 B5 156 エジプト学研究 第11号 2003.3 B5 128 エジプト学研究 第12号 2004.3 B5 136 エジプト学研究 第13号 2005.3 B5 126 絶版 エジプト学研究 第14号 2006.3 B5 70 エジプト学研究 第15号 2009.3 B5 133 エジプト学研究 第16号 2010.3 A4 136 エジプト学研究 第17号 2011.3 A4 222 エジプト学研究 第18号 2012.3 A4 104 エジプト学研究 第19号 2013.3 A4 178 エジプト学研究 第20号 2014.3 A4 156 エジプト学研究 第21号 2015.3 A4 114 エジプト学研究 第22号 2016.3 A4 234 エジプト学研究 第23号 2017.3 A4 181
ISSN: 2187-0772 （定価：各1,200円 PDF版は無料）
The Journal of Egyptian Studies Vol.23, 2017
Preliminary Report on the Waseda University Excavations at Dahshur North: Twenty-third Season
(in Japanese with English summary)
…Sakuji YOSHIMURA, Ken YAZAWA, Jiro KONDO, Hiroyuki KASHIWAGI, Keita TAKENOUCHI, Shuhei MATSUNAGA and Seria YAMAZAKI
Note on the current research tools for Sudanese archaeology (in Japanese)
Preliminary Report on the Ninth Season of the Work at al-Khokha Area in the Theban Necropolis by the Waseda University Egyptian Expedition (in Japanese)
…Jiro Kondo, Sakuji Yoshimura, Takao Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Kashiwagi, Nozomu Kawai, Kazumitsu Takahashi, and Risa Fukuda
Nondestructive Chemical Analysis of the Pigments Used in the Wall Paintings of the Tomb of Khonsuemheb (in Japanese)
…Yoshinari Abe, Eri Ogidani, Haruka Hidaka, and Izumi Nakai
The Report on the Feasibility Works for the Conservation of the Wall Paintings of the Tomb of Khonsuemheb (in Japanese)
…坂上 和弘・馬場 悠男
Anthropological Study of the Human Skeletal and Mummified Remains from TT47 at al-Khokha Area in the Ninth Season (in Japanese)
…Kazuhiro Sakaue, Hisao Baba
【調査報告】2016年 太陽の船プロジェクト 活動報告
…黒河内 宏昌・吉村 作治
Report of the Activity in 2016, Project of the Solar Boat (in Japanese)
…Hiromasa KUROKOCHI and Sakuji YOSHIMURA
Preliminary Report on the Twenty-Fifth Season of the Waseda University Excavations at Northwest Saqqara, 2016 (in Japanese)
…Sakuji Yoshimura, Nozomu Kawai, Jiro Kondo, Izumi Takamiya, Hiroyuki Kashiwagi, Kazumitsu Takahashi, Yuka Yoneyama, and Nonoka Ishizaki
A Preliminary Report of the First Season of the Archaeological Survey at North Saqqara (in Japanese)
…Nozomu Kawai, Sakuji Yoshimura, Jiro Kondo, Kazumitsu Takahashi, Yuka Yoneyama, and Nonoka Ishizaki
A Preliminary Report of the Second Season of the Archaeological Survey at North Saqqara (in Japanese)
…Nozomu Kawai, Takeshi Mitsui, Sakuji Yoshimura, Jiro Kondo, Hiroyuki Kashiwagi, Kazumitsu Takahashi, Yuko Umeda, Yuka Yoneyama, and Nonoka Ishizaki
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Ancient Egypt's Animal Mummies Are Hiding Secrets Beneath Their Wrappings
Millions of animal mummies have been found in Egypt, but experts are only beginning to understand their true purpose
Egypt is world famous for its mummies, especially those with royal ties. However, while the ancient empire's pharaohs Tutankhamun, Hatshepsut and Ramses II rank among its most prominent archaeological discoveries, lesser known but equally significant finds include millions of mummified animals.
Now, an exhibition opening at the Brooklyn Museum this September, titled "Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt," will reveal answers to some of the long-standing mysteries behind the cultural and religious mummification of animal species—the remains of which happen to be "the most numerous type of artifact preserved from ancient Egypt," according to Brooklyn Museum senior curator Edward Bleiberg.
"[The Egyptians'] attitude toward animals was quite different than their neighbors who were contemporary with them," Bleiberg tells me by phone. "Egyptians considered that they also had souls—unlike the Hebrews, Greeks and Romans."
"Soulful Creatures" will spotlight exceptional example's from the museum's renowned collection, dating back to 3,000 B.C. and excavated between the 19th and 20th centuries. The show, which first debuted at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California and traveled to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, is drawn entirely from items in the Brooklyn Museum's vast collections in storage, and is the first major exhibition on the subject.
On display will be 30 animal mummies, such as dogs, cats, snakes, rodents, reptiles and birds—including examples of the now extinct species the sacred ibis. Mummies will be shown alongside more than 64 objects related to or used for ritual, either as food offerings in the afterlife or as messengers intended to carry requests to corresponding Gods, like Thoth and Abubis who were frequently depicted by an ibis and dog.
Animals who became mummified were likely raised from birth specifically for ritual purpose and never eaten, says Bleiberg. The Egyptians, who were unique from other ancient cultures that also practiced ritual sacrifice, carefully prepared animals for the afterlife in much the same way they did their human dead, enshrining each creature with layers of simple linen strips or in some cases more elaborate dressings with carved wooden faces and details.
The museum, along with Dr. Anthony FIschetti of the New York Animal Medical Center, used CT scans to look beneath each mummy's wrappings, in the process uncovering new clues about the complicated, and in some cases corrupt, practices of the priests who oversaw the mummification process.
"Animals are wrapped in particular shape, and the shape in theory tells what's inside. But that's not necessarily true," says Bleiberg. "Sometimes you find substitute animals, ones slightly easier to catch found inside wild bird animal mummies. Or only parts of certain animals when you'd expect to find entire animal. Sometimes, there is more than one animal inside the wrappings."
The use of CT scans is a game changer for scientific research, according Bleiberg. "Before the tech was available the only way to find out what was inside was to unwrap it, which meant you were gathering and destroying evidence at the same time."
Recent excavations in Egypt have proved fruitful for the recovery of new mummies, but with so many animal specimens already catalogued in museum collections—"The numbers are so astonishing, there are millions of these things," says Bleiberg—the Brooklyn Museum's exhibition is proof that experts need not look too far for new discoveries.
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On 07/20/17 14:04, rss-Arts & Culture wrote:
Culture Ministry-owned museums to open for free on July 23 CAIRO - 20 July 2017: Egyptian Ministry of Culture announced on Thursday free access to ministry-owned museums nationwide on Sunday July 23, according to the ministry's released statement.
This comes as part of the nation's celebrations of the 1952 revolution led by Gamal Abdel Nasser to overthrow the kingdom. The ministry will also organize several artistic and cultural segments through next week at various culture venues across the country.
The Minister of Culture Helmy el-Namnam confirmed that the July 23 revolution is still alive in the hearts of Egyptians who follow its goals and principles including social justice, equality, and freedom, which are the same principals portrayed in the revolutions of 2011 and 2013.
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On 07/20/17 12:49, rss-Travel wrote:
Best places in Egypt for breakfast CAIRO - 20 July 2017: There is no way better to start your day off than a breakfast with beautiful scenery. And here is a list of 11 places to enjoy breakfast at Egypt to name a few.
North coast is well known for its beautiful weather at summer time. Enjoy a breakfast overlooking the sea during your summer stay.
Breakfast at the north coast – Best places in Egypt
Aswan is the beauty of Nile, rock formations and plants. Here you can enjoy a breakfast overlooking the Nile, nourish yourself before starting your tour in Aswan.
Breakfast at Aswan – Best places in Egypt
Mena house in Cairo offers both an astonishing view over the pyramids as well as a great breakfast style. Get ready for discovering the greatest wonder of Egypt right after your morning coffee.
Mena House at Cairo – Best places in Egypt
Metropol Hotel Alexandria, a sea view over the old authentic city. Enjoy the sea breeze along with a beautifully made breakfast.
Metropol Hotel Alexandria – Best Places in Egypt
Here is the place to ask for your breakfast overlooking the city of Cairo, beauty as it should be.
West el balad at Cairo – Best Places in Egypt
Qatameya is a high place at Cairo that gives you an open view as well as a tasty breakfast.
Qatameya Cairo – Best Places in Egypt
Aswan again never seizes to surprise us with its mixed beauty.
Aswan – Best Places in Egypt
Luxor is not only for great Pharaohs antiquities' tours, it will also take care of your meals.
Luxor – Best Places in Egypt
Luxor- Best Places in Egypt
We can never have enough of Aswan, really.
Grand Hotel Aswan – Best Places in Egypt
Movenpick Aswan – Best Places in Egypt
These Photographs were originally posted on Best Places Egypt Facebook Page.
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