Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Recreating Karakhamun’s Second Pillared Hall | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

Image008Recreating Karakhamun’s Second Pillared Hall | South Asasif Conservation Project Blog: The reconstruction of the Second Pillared Hall of the tomb of Karakhamun is one of goals of the 2015 season. This work has already been going on for a number of years but now with our new stonecutting machine continuously cutting blocks for pillars and slabs for walls we believe in the success of this ambitious plan. The Second Pillared Hall is the least-preserved room in the tomb of Karakhamun. Used for years as a quarry it did not have left much in situ when we finished its excavation in 2010.

Monday, 6 July 2015

A part of Tutmosis Karnak column arrives home from London - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

A part of Tutmosis Karnak column arrives home from London - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty explained that the piece was in the possession in a British citizen who bought it from the market without knowing that it was a stolen piece. Upon his knowledge, the British citizen agreed to return the piece back to Egypt.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Superpowers of the Ancient World: the Near East - University of Liverpool

Fabulous ANOTHER FREE Egyptology course. Book up now 

Superpowers of the Ancient World: the Near East - University of Liverpool: Superpowers of the Ancient World: the Near East

Experience the world’s first international age, 3,500 years ago in the ancient Near East, with this free online course.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Egypt's Karnak temple theft claims 'unfounded': Officials - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Egypt's Karnak temple theft claims 'unfounded': Officials - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: Sultan Eid, head of Luxor Antiquities, has denied media reports that artefacts have been stolen from Karnak temple galleries.

He told Ahram Online that all the artefacts are safe and sound.

The car which was parked at the western gate of Karnak temple, he continued, belonged to the archaeological mission of the American Research Centre in Cairo which is working in Khonsu temple and tomb number 110 at Assassif on Luxor's west bank.

The car, Sultan asserted, was not filled with artefacts, as claimed, but with samples of rubble, sand and cement that were transported to the restoration laboratory inside Karnak temple for study.

If these samples prove a success, Sultan explained, they would be used in the restoration of tomb number 110 at Assassif.

The car transported these samples a month ago, not a week ago as reported, and it was done after taking all security and safety measures and under the supervision of the Tourism and Antiquities Police.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Egypt sees sandstorm and earthquake on the same day

Apparently my 4th floor guest felt it and yet I (2nd floor) didn't nor did my ground floor guest. :)

Egypt sees sandstorm and earthquake on the same day: Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions Saturday as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.

The epicenter of the quake was 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) southeast of the beachside town of Nuweiba in the Sinai, and about 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of Egypt's border with Israel, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Festival to be held in Karnak Temple Thursday

State Information Services Festival to be held in Karnak Temple Thursday: A massive festival will be held in Karnak Temple in Luxor on Thursday 23/6/2015 to convey a reassuring message after a failed terrorist attack a week ago, undersecretary of the Youth and Sports Ministry in the city said.

Medhat El-Sayyed said that Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdullah agreed with Luxor Governor Mohamed Badr to invite 250 tourists from different nationalities in Hurghada to a one-day trip to Luxor.

The Red Sea governor will lead the tourists in their trip to Luxor, he added.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Valley of the Kings Opening at Night — NILE Magazine

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The Valley of the Kings Opening at Night — NILE Magazine: In a terrific move, no doubt designed to entice visitors back to Egypt, the Valley of the Kings will be opening at night - until 11 pm.

The late closing time begins on Saturday July 25.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Ancient Egypt: A history in six objects - University of Manchester | Coursera

There is now a start date for this FREE course which can be taken by anyone all over the world.



Ancient Egypt: A history in six objects - University of Manchester | Coursera: This course provides an introduction to ancient Egyptian history, using six items from the collections of The Manchester Museum. These items have been carefully chosen to reflect the development of the dynastic age through their origin, manufacture, decoration, and use. Week by week we will examine a different artefact and place it in its social and historical context. This will allow us to journey from Predynastic Egypt and its first king, Narmer, to Greco-Roman Egypt and its final queen, Cleopatra.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Luxor bomb: Should tourists still visit Egypt? - Telegraph



Luxor bomb: Should tourists still visit Egypt? - Telegraph: “After a bomb is always the best time to visit Egypt. Atrocities mean less tourists, tighter security, and lower chance of a follow-up.”

It’s a cynical remark, but perhaps it reflects something about the British attitude to travel and danger. Today’s suicide bomb at the Karnak site near Luxor will no doubt put off some people – but they would probably not have gone anyway.

Update on Karnak Temple #luxor #egypt #karnak

To confirm there was no damage to the monuments and Karnak temple is unharmed. The only people killed were the attackers.

Police foil attack at Karnak


Reports are still very hazy and unclear but it appears the brave Egyptian police stopped an attack at Karnak temple today, shooting dead two attackers and the third blew himself up. Everyone I know and all my guests are safe and well

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Egypt's winemakers seek to revive ancient art - Yahoo News

Egypt's winemakers seek to revive ancient art - Yahoo News: Kouroum of the Nile, an organic winery based in the Red Sea resort of el-Gouna, has planted 120 acres of Bannati grapes, an indigenous variety used for its premium Beausoleil white wine, in central Egypt. The vineyard is an hour's drive north of Beni Hassan, the site of well-preserved 3,600-year-old pharaonic tombs.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Aswan Discoveries

Generous discovery in Aswan!

Egypt's Antiquities Minister, Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty declared the discovery of SIX Late Period tombs (26th Dynasty) at the Aga Khan Mausoleum perimeter, west of Aswan. This magnificent discovery came within the framework of the excavation works performed by the Egyptian Mission in Aswan and Nubia.
Eldamaty clarified that a group of stone and wooden sarcophagi containing the mummies of their owners as well as fiance statues representing the four sons of Horus, a group of amulets and small wooden statues of Horus the Falcon were also discovered.
Eldamaty further added that this discovery is extremely important because it is the first Late Period discovery at the Ancient Cemetery in Aswan. The previously discovered tombs at this area date back to the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.
On the other hand, General Director of Aswan and Nubia Archaeological Area, Nasr Salama said that most of the discovered tombs begin with a 30 steps stair leading to the tomb's main entrance. Each tomb is divided inside into three or four rooms with no inscriptions. Salama also pointed out that the technique used in digging the newly discovered tombs is completely different from the tombs of the same area.
Head of the Egyptian Mission working at the area, Mostafa Khalil finally added that this discovery will help in recognizing the architectural style of that period pointing out that the area was subjected to illegal digging lately and some burials were unearthed by thieves at the area.
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Cairo to Luxor cruises return after two decades - Telegraph

Cairo to Luxor cruises return after two decades - Telegraph 



Wonderful article on the cruise, only one point I would take him up on. You can do all that by road! You see even more and there are some great hotels. I have done the trip and sent guests on it.

Cairo to Luxor cruises return after two decades

Egypt Ranked the World’s Second Cheapest Country for Tourists | Egyptian Streets

Time to see the wonderful sites in Luxor.



Egypt Ranked the World’s Second Cheapest Country for Tourists | Egyptian Streets: Egypt has officially been ranked the world’s second cheapest country for international tourists in this year’s “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report” (TTCR) issued annually by the World Economic Forum.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Ancient Egypt: A history in six objects - University of Manchester | Coursera

Another free online course from Manchester Uni.  

Ancient Egypt: A history in six objects - University of Manchester | Coursera: This course provides an introduction to ancient Egyptian history, using six items from the collections of The Manchester Museum. These items have been carefully chosen to reflect the development of the dynastic age through their origin, manufacture, decoration, and use. Week by week we will examine a different artefact and place it in its social and historical context. This will allow us to journey from Predynastic Egypt and its first king, Narmer, to Greco-Roman Egypt and its final queen, Cleopatra.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Model caleche for sale







You may have seen these advertised on Facebook so apologies if this a duplicate. Mr Hag Bedwey is 63 years old, married with 5 children. He used to be a caleche driver but due to the lack of tourists he sold his horse and he now makes models, it is all he can do. He is a Luxor resident, lived here all his life.

The big carriage is 2500LE and the smaller one 800LE.  It took him 3 months to make the big one (30cm by 70cm by 35cm). He can also make to order... however, please remember that as each is hand made they are all different. Please phone  0952280981 / 01091361544 if you are interested. Or contact https://www.facebook.com/mia.tripodi.5 via Facebook as he lives on her street and she is trying to help him.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Egypt targets 20 million tourists by 2020: Tourism Minister - Daily News Egypt

Egypt targets 20 million tourists by 2020: Tourism Minister - Daily News Egypt: Regarding the expected launching of electronic visas, Rami stated that the Egyptian Authorities have decided to continue granting individual visas upon arrival until the beginning of work with electronic visas in the upcoming months.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015

Curator’s Diary 20/05/15: Discussing & Displaying Tutankhamun | Egypt at the Manchester Museum

Curator’s Diary 20/05/15: Discussing & Displaying Tutankhamun | Egypt at the Manchester Museum: Last week I attended a conference on the complexities of moving and displaying objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun. These world-renowned artefacts, from perhaps the greatest archaeological find in history, have already begun to be moved from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to a new home in the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza,

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Gebel el Silsila Survey Project: Amazing discovery!

Congratulations to Maria, John and especially Freya 



Gebel el Silsila Survey Project: Amazing discovery!: Gebel el Silsila is back in the news after the amazing discovery of the "lost" temple of Kheny! Now you can probably understand what kept us busy during the spring season, and why we were not able to share more regular and detailed updates with you at the time.




Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Free and paid courses from Manchester Uni

Fantastic news for all you Egyptology addicts, especially the poor ones!
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From Mummies to Microchips
Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July, 2015
To mark the 10th anniversary of the online Certificate in Egyptology, we are organising a two-day event at The University of Manchester. Our speakers have all been associated with Egyptology Online, either as lecturers or examiners (or, in some cases, both); they have been invited to speak on subjects that interest them. They include Professor Rosalie David, Dr Steven Snape, Dr Roland Enmarch and Dr Ashley Cooke. The two-day event will end with a buffet reception, which should be great fun.
The event is open to anyone with an interest in Egyptology – you don’t have to have been on one of our courses. For details of fees and speakers, and to book this event, please click here:

Blue: a free symposium exploring aspects of life in ancient Egypt
As I know that many of you are unable to visit Manchester, I have organised a free Symposium as the on-line equivalent of our regular February study day. I am very grateful to the Egyptologists who made this possible. Please click on the link, register, and enjoy “Blue”.  This symposium will be permanently on-line. I hope to add more speakers soon and, fingers crossed, may be able to add a new colour for discussion next year:

A History of Egypt in Six Objects
Egyptology Online will be delivering a free course (MOOC) later this year, based on the collections of the Manchester Museum: click here for more details and to register your interest:

Certificate Course in Egyptology
We are now recruiting students for our Certificate and Diploma in Egyptology courses. Please, if you know anyone who would be interested in applying, pass the details on to them:

Digital Atlas of Egyptian Archaeology | LEADR

Digital Atlas of Egyptian Archaeology | LEADR: The Digital Atlas of Ancient Egypt is a digital cultural map of archaeological sites in Egypt (ranging from the Predynastic to the Roman period). Collaboratively produced at Michigan State University during the Fall 2014 semester by the students registered in the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt class (ANP 455), the Digital Atlas of Ancient Egypt represents an experiment in applied digital archaeology undergraduate learning.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Luxor camel race starts, 6 Arab countries participate | Egypt Independent

Luxor camel race starts, 6 Arab countries participate | Egypt Independent: The Luxor camel race has begun and includes the participation of 80 riders from six Arab countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Sudan, Bahrain and the UAE.