Monday, September 16, 2019

Restoration begins of more King Ramses II statues at Luxor Temple

Restoration begins of more King Ramses II statues at Luxor Temple

Statue of Ramses II. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 September 2019

  • The remains and blocks of these statues were discovered between 1958 and 1961 during the excavations of the archaeologist Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Kader.

CAIRO: Egypt has begun a new international project in Luxor with the collection, restoration and reinstallation of two statues of King Ramses II.

The plan follows the restoration and assembly during the past three years of three statues of the ruler at Luxor Temple.

During his recent visit to Luxor, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani gave the green light for the restoration of two more statues of the pharaonic king at the western side of the temple.

Ahmed Arabi, managing director of the temple, said the statues belong to the 19th Dynasty and are made from red granite.

The remains and blocks of these statues were discovered between 1958 and 1961 during the excavations of the archaeologist Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Kader.

The statues, which fell apart years ago, have raised controversy after their restoration. This arises from the fact that one of the recently restored statues stands in the Osirian position, the "death position" of the ancient Egyptians, in which the statue's feet are equal. That runs contrary to the tradition followed in all Egyptian temples, which is not to put the statues of kings in this position.

Director of the temple Ahmed Arabi said that his department had presented the idea of restoring the three statues. "We recently found pieces of the two other statues of Ramses II in the western facade of the temple. They will also be installed in the same place where they were found." 

Arabi said that the statues will be renovated in cooperation with the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Dr. Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, under the supervision of Ahmed Badr El-Din, of Luxor Temple, and the Chicago Institute of Oriental Archaeology headed by Dr. Ray Johnson. Work has already begun by studying the two statues, assembling their blocks, and documenting and photographing them. Each statue is seven meters high, again in the Osirian position.

Dr. Waziri confirmed that the two new statues have been placed next to the other statues in preparation for restoration, pointing out that there is writing on one of the pieces bearing the name Ramses II. The pieces include the upper half of a statue, two parts from the shoulders overlapping each other, the dress and the statues' necks. It also has parts of the face.

King Ramses II is one of the most famous monarchs of ancient Egypt, ruling from 1279 to 1213 BC.

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Schoolmaster in Sohag uncovers Ptolemaic temple beneath house - Egypt Independent

Schoolmaster in Sohag uncovers Ptolemaic temple beneath house

A school headmaster on Sunday uncovered a Ptolemaic temple beneath his house at al-Mansha in Sohag, after he and another six people were illegally excavating antiquities, according to the Tourism and Antiquities Police in Sohag.

The police raided the house following a notification on the excavation, arresting the head master and his six accomplices.

The police then discovered a hole one meter and 60 cm wide, and nine meters deep, leading to two basements containing limestone floors and walls stacked in a systematic manner, one of which contained a limestone room with drawings, writings and decorations.

The prosecution seized the house and filed a report to the police to complete investigations.

There are several sanctions and penalties under the Egyptian antiquities law.

Article 43 states that any person who traffics an antiquity is to be sent to prison in addition to fines minimum LE5000 and maximum LE50,000. The law stresses that all antiquities are strictly regulated and considered property of the state.

Areas in Egypt that are frequently the site of illegal excavations and trafficking include Sakkara in Giza, Akhmim in Sohag and different districts in Luxor among others.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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Tutankhamun Opera to debut with inauguration of Grand Egyptian Museum: Zahi Hawass - Museums - Heritage - Ahram Online

I think I'll wait for the movie version. Glenn

Tutankhamun Opera to debut with inauguration of Grand Egyptian Museum: Zahi Hawass

Salma Hamed, Sama Mamdouh, Monday 16 Sep 2019
King Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum
King Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum
Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass has finalised the script for the opera Tutankhamun, which is set to debut during the inauguration of the new Grand Egyptian Museum in late 2020.

In a press conference in Venice this Friday, Hawass revealed that following the opera, a viewing will be held on 22 November 2022 in Egypt's Valley of the Kings to celebrate the passage of 100 years since the discovery of the boy-king's ancient tomb. 

Hawass said that the date has been determined given that 1.5 million tourists visited the tomb between 23 March to 15 September this year, making this the most suitable date for the event.

Hawass also explained during a phone in with MBC Masr's Hekaya with Amr Adib that the new opera was created as a way to move beyond the famous Opera Aida, which first premiered 148 years ago. 

Hawass pointed out that one of the most notable scenes revolves around Nefertiti's attempt to assassinate Tutankhamun and seize the throne for one of her six daughters. 

He added that this December will mark the completion of the opera's score, which is composed by Zamboni.

Tutankhamun's tomb, discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, first gained worldwide recognition for its spectacular and invaluable treasures found by Carter's team after breaking the tomb's seal, which had been untouched for 3,245 years.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

AWOL - The Ancient World Online: On-line Geographical Information System for the Theban Necropolis (OLGIS-TN)
On 09/15/2019 10:55 AM, Chuck Jones wrote:
On-line Geographical Information System for the Theban Necropolis (OLGIS-TN) [First posted in AWOL 15 October 2012, updated 15 September 2019]

On-line Geographical Information System for the Theban Necropolis (OLGIS-TN)
By Peter A. Piccione and Norman S. Levine
The OLGIS-TN database and maps run--both in the field and the office--on any computing device that receives Internet data, including: desktop and laptop computers, tablets, iPads, notebooks, smartphones, etc. To navigate through the Theban necropolis in real-time fashionalso requires GPS capability in the same device. However, users of smartphones might find that their small screens are not as convenient for mapping and searching as devices with larger screens. Users working in the field might find the screens of iPads, tablets, notebooks, and 2-in-1 laptops to be more useful.
Instructions:   Click each of the topics below to access the following Help and instructional pages in a new window. Close window when finished.
Access complete documentation and help, including: menus, utilities, searching and selecting features, help index, data tables, policies, contacts, etc.

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AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Open Access Journal: Sudan & Nubia: The Sudan Archaeological Research Society Bulletin
On 09/12/2019 01:57 PM, Chuck Jones wrote:
Open Access Journal: Sudan & Nubia: The Sudan Archaeological Research Society Bulletin [First posted in AWOL 9 November 2012, updated 12 September 2019 (new URL)]

Sudan & Nubia: The Sudan Archaeological Research Society Bulletin
ISSN: 1369-5770
Sudan \& Nubia No.17
Sudan & Nubia is published each autumn. It contains much of interest on recent archaeological fieldwork in Sudan, including many articles on surveys and excavations only undertaken during the previous winter.

The bulletin is an ideal way to keep abreast of current British activities in Sudan, and also contains contributions by eminent foreign scholars. It is profusely illustrated with line drawings and monochrome and colour photographs.

Sudan & Nubia is free of charge to Society members, who receive it a year in advance of online release … JOIN THE SOCIETY >

Individual articles can be read (free) through the online reading service ISSUU by following the links below. If a download is preferred, sign up to ISSUU, which will then provide download links (free).
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 Anderson, J., Abdelrahman Ali Mohamed, Amani Nureldaim Mohamed and Elghazafi Yousif Eshag. Royal Regalia: a sword of the last Sultan of Darfur, Ali Dinar  download [ 441k ]
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 Ward, C. Durham University's Sudan Archive – An overlooked resource in current archaeological research?  download [ 980k ]
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 Yvanez, E. Textiles and Funerary Rituals. The Wrapping of Offerings at Meroe and el-Hobagi  download [ 636k ]
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