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.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Tourism Ministry delays offering investors 95,000 metres in Luxor until 2016: Official - Daily News Egypt

I hope they bring back EasyJet!   

Tourism Ministry delays offering investors 95,000 metres in Luxor until 2016: Official - Daily News Egypt: Vice-Chairman of the Chamber of Companies in the South Valley, Mohamed Othman, said that they will work to unite efforts between the governorate and the tourism sector in Luxor to speed up the return of foreign flows to the region soon.

Al-Agamy demanded intensifying incentives for charter flights next winter in order to increase the flights movement in the region.

Tourism Minister Khaled Rami said that the ministry is reconsidering the charter flights incentives programme.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Spain, Egypt to study Cairo-Luxor bullet train link - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Ola! Well it might take a few years but what a great initiative. Lets keep our fingers crossed.

Spain, Egypt to study Cairo-Luxor bullet train link - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online: Spain and Egypt have agreed to study the feasibility of a bullet-train link between the Egyptian capital of Cairo and the ancient southern city of Luxor.

The agreement was signed Thursday by the countries' economy ministers during a one-day visit to Spain by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Spain's Economy Ministry said.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Deir el Shewit

It was confirmed today that the ticket office is selling tickets for 40LE

Egypt’s President Cancels Daylight Savings | Egyptian Streets

Great decision, they should do it in the UK too. If you are coming to Egypt remember this as often the airlines get it completely wrong.

Egypt’s President Cancels Daylight Savings | Egyptian Streets: esident Cancels Daylight Savings


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-sisi has issued a Presidential decree cancelling daylight savings.

The decision comes after a poll conducted by the government reportedly found that moving the clock one hour forward during summer was unpopular among Egyptian citizens, said the Presidency’s spokesperson.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Lotus Boat Day Cruise from Luxor to Dendera restarts

My favourite way of visiting Dendera the cruise boat Lotus, is restarting this Sunday. The price is 500LE which includes entrance to the temple, a guide, lunch and afternoon tea. It will be running every Sunday

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Carter House v Stopplaere House

I have reblogged this as I have been asked twice in the last month about the house on the TOP of the hill. That is the Stopplaere House which was built in the 50's. The Carter House is the one at the BOTTOM of the hill in the grove of trees.

Luxor News - Jane Akshar: Which one is the Carter House?

I hope my photo makes it clear. The one at the very top of the hill is
the Stopplaere House and below is an excellent description. Also on this
website you can find many photos.

Stopplaere House, which dates from the year after New Gourna was
completed, was designed as both a guest house for the Department of
Antiquities and the headquarters and apartment of Dr. Alexander
Stopplaere who was the chief restorer of the Department at that time.
The architect's drawings of the house, which went through several
revisions, all convey the difficulty of combining these two diverse
entities into one, showing how the architect was struggling with the
duality of functions involved.

The first scheme he attempted uses a
square plan to group both sectors around two perfectly balanced parallel
courtyards that are divided by a bisecting wall. The demands of a
ridge-like, linear site, however, which is strategically located at the
summit of a step ridge overlooking the main entrance into the Valley of
the Kings and Queens at Luxor, eventually forced the opening up of the
plan into an elongated rectangle. A skylit gallery, of a kind that first
appeared in the Hamid Said house, is used to join both sides of the
residence, and the bisecting wall of the original concept finally
emerges as a fully expressed buttress in the finished building,
effectively separating the main entrance and its garden from the private
quarters of Dr. Stopplaere.

In spite of the fact that no "as-built"
drawings for this project exist, the small collection of initial
sketches that have survived provide a rare insight into the creative
thought processes of the architect, and show how actual site conditions
began to inform a beginning design idea. The photographs of the actual
building are equally important in that they include interior views of
both the rooms and the courtyards. As is the case with so many of
Fathy's surviving works today, access into the Stopplaere house is now
very restricted, which gives these interior views added significance."

house in the grove of tree at the bottom is the Carter House, so called
Castle Carter 2. He had previously had a house at Medinet Habu called
Castle Carter 1. According to TGH James in the winter of 1910/11

had by them been working for Carnarvon for two seasons and it must have
become clear to both that there was to be a future in their
association….A gesture in the direction of putting down roots in Thebes,
presumably with an eye to future work, was the building by Carter of
Castle Carter II. It was designed by himself along vernacular line –
solid, roomy, four square, with a central hall with a dome…. In no time
he would be receiving guests, there was much to be admired ‘Carter has
built himself a delightful house at the north end of the necropolis and
moves in soon’ (Weigall): ‘Theo and I had a charming afternoon with Mr
Carter in his new house – so well built and arranged and pretty – it
looked like the abode of an artist and scholar (Mrs Andrews); By noon we
had reached the new house that Carter had built for himself… and it
being very warm, we determined to call upon Carter and take drinks off
him. I was glad to have an opportunity of looking over his house, which
is delightful, simple mud walls, not rendered conspicuous by any
plaster, very little furniture but what there is artistic (Gardiner).”
. Many years later after the discovery and clearance of the tomb it would be described

“ very comfortable, a house much above the standard of field bases and of frequent champagne”
also taken from James’s excellent biography of Carter.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Warfare and Weapons in Ancient Egypt

I have just started this FREE course from Manchester Uni, strongly recommend it if you want some quality Egyptology teaching.

Warfare and Weapons in Ancient Egypt: Warfare and Weapons is a self-paced introductory course which covers a little-explored yet fascinating aspect of life (and death) in ancient Egypt. The course is presented as a series of four short learning modules plus a bonus learning module of introductory material.
Together we will explore the technology, art and archaeology of Egyptian warfare and weapons from the Predynastic Period (Dynasty 0) to the end of the New Kingdom (Dynasty 20). We will examine specific weapon-types, take an in-depth look at selected artefacts in the Manchester Museum, and meet the mighty warrior king Tuthmosis III and the self-proclaimed hero king Ramesses II, who claims to have single-handedly won the Battle of Kadesh.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Newsletters - Animal Welfare of Luxor

The April newsletter is out with lots of pictures showing the good work done by this wonderful charity. The only west bank animal charity. Please support them not just by reading the newsletter but donating. The price of your next cup of coffee buys a heck of a lot out in Luxor and they are grateful for ANY donation no matter how small.

Newsletters - Animal Welfare of Luxor

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

On-arrival visas to be scrapped within 6-8 months: Egypt's tourism minister - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

On-arrival visas to be scrapped within 6-8 months: Egypt's tourism minister - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online: On-arrival visas to be scrapped within 6-8 months: Egypt's tourism minister
Individual tourists will be required to obtain a visa via a new system before they come to Egypt when the changes are implemented.

This makes a lot more sense, lots of warning and a proper system in place to get the visa in advance. This will accommodate NGO volunteers, archeologists, students, independent and business travelers and charter people can get it through their travel agent.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Shocking Discovery: Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Be a Fake

Shocking Discovery: Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Be a Fake: Francesco Tiradritti

Recent research suggests the "Meidum Geese" painting on plaster (in the
Egyptian Museum of Cairo) is a fake created in the 19th century and that
a real Pyramid Age painting may be hidden underneath it.

The "Meidum Geese" painting on plaster in the Egyptian Museum of Cairo

Do read this article, Francesco is someone I respect highly and I have heard him lecture on art. He really knows his stuff so I think his remarks should be taken very seriously. I look forward to the peer review of his paper

Monday, 30 March 2015

Free Egyptology Course Blue symposium

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The world has always been a colourful place. But
do we see the colours of our modern world in exactly the same way that
the people of ancient Egypt saw the colours of their land? This course
will help you to consider how the ancients viewed their world by
introducing you to a remarkable, vibrant time and place: a place where
the sea was not blue, but green.

See the Ancient World Through Different Eyes

·Learn how the ancient Egyptians regarded the colours blue, green and “grue”

·Examine the technology of ancient glass making

·Explore aspects of ancient art and sculpture

· "Meet” some ancient Egyptian letter-writers

Contents and Overview

This course takes the form of a symposium which presents a
series of lectures given by world-renowned Egyptologists.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Isis Temple at Deir el Shewit

Deir el Shewit 004 View through gateway

Isis Temple at Deir el Shewit

To the S, on the road to Armant (footpath from Medinet Habu, 50 minutes), is the well-preserved Temple of Isis
of the Roman period, now known as the Deir el Shewit. It dates from the
reigns of Hadrian and Antonious Pius, and the ruined pylon has
inscriptions of Vespasian, Domitian and Otho. The cella is surrounded by
a number of smaller chambers, in one of which (far left from the
entrance) is a staircase leading to the roof.......................

Because I can put up galleries on word press all the photos are on my website Isis Temple at Deir el Shewit. I have put both mine and Michaels.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Two sections of Sphinxes Avenue in Luxor to open - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online


Two sections of Sphinxes Avenue in Luxor to open - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: After five years of restoration the first and fifth Sphinxes Avenues, which once connected both Karnak and Luxor temples in ancient times, are to be opened tomorrow night for the first time.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Egypt to end visas on arrival for all foreign tourists as of May 15 | Cairo Post

Egypt to end visas on arrival for all foreign tourists as of May 15Egypt to end visas on arrival for all foreign tourists as of May 15 | Cairo Post: CAIRO: Egypt’s Tourism Promotion Authority office in New York announced Friday Egypt would no longer offer visas upon arrival to any non-Egyptian wishing to travel to Egypt for tourism effective May 15, 2015.

“Individual tourists must obtain visas (from the Egyptian Diplomatic Mission) prior to their arrival to Egypt. No visas will be issued upon arrival to the country,” according to the statement.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Please ignore previous post saying visa restrictions lifted

I neglected to check the date of the article.


Sorry old article

Apologies this was an old news report, ignore this post

Changes to tourism visa regulations suspended: Egyptian ministry of tourism - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online: Egypt will suspend the decision requiring tourists to get visas in advance, says the ministry of tourism.

The Assistant Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zazou announced that the Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour has agreed with the Council of Ministers to suspend the decision. Zazou added that tourism companies and offices were already notified of the suspension of the decision.

Last Thursday the cabinet had announced that it was going to change the visa regulations and visitors could no longer get their visa upon arrival in Egypt. Previously, tourists from Europe, the US and other select countries could simply purchase a one-month visa at the airport upon arrival, which helped promote tourism in the country.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Exclusive update from the Valley of Kings on the undecorated tombs

The Pacific Lutheran University Valley
of the Kings Project directed by Dr. Donald P. Ryan conducted a busy study
season during the month of February (and the team stayed at Flats in
Luxor!)  The work this year consisted mostly of documentation and
conservation work on the several undecorated tombs they have been
investigating.  Among their tasks, the team placed new informative signs
in front of each of the project tombs (a real help to tourists wandering about
the Valley wondering what all these obscure shafts and doors are!), and
installed a sturdy new door over the entrance of controversial tomb KV 60.

The small corridor tomb KV 21 serves as a "base-camp" and laboratory for the project.

Archaeologists Rose Campbell and Mojca Jereb working outside KV 27.

Reis Mohammed Farouk and Denis Whitfill install a new sign outside of KV 44.

A new protective door is installed over the steep entry stairs of KV 60.

Project director Don Ryan with a new sign and door for KV 60

 If you want to know more about the project there is lots on the website Ryan-Egyptian Archeology

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Egyptian Economic Development Conference (EEDC).

There are LOTS of reports coming out of this conference which are exciting residents in Luxor.  So not strictly Luxor News but certainly good news for Luxor residents and all of Egypt. 

$45 Billion in Foreign Investments Pledged For Egypt | Egyptian Streets: Egypt’s state media has reported that as of noon on Saturday, $US 45 billion in foreign investments had been pledged for Egypt at the Egyptian Economic Development Conference (EEDC).

Egypt Announces Plans to Build New Capital - ABC News:
Egypt's government announced Friday plans to build a new capital
adjacent to Cairo, in a massive new project that in its first phase
would cost $45 billion and take up to seven years to complete.

BP signs $12 billion energy deal in Egypt | Reuters:
(Reuters) - Oil company BP has signed an agreement to invest $12
billion in Egypt that will produce 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent, a
joint statement from the company and the government said on Saturday.

GE signs $1.7 billion order with Egypt - Times Union:
General Electric Co.'s Schenectady-based Power & Water unit
announced a $1.7 billion deal with Egypt that was secretly signed in
December to provide 43 electric turbines.

Friday, 13 March 2015

American archaeologists unearth Egyptian tombs in Luxor | Daily Mail Online

Some great photos in this report.

The tombs were found earlier this month near the Sheikh Abd el-Qurna dig site, situated at the feet of the Theban mountains

American archaeologists unearth Egyptian tombs in Luxor | Daily Mail Online: American archaeologists unearth stunning Egyptian tombs in Luxor featuring intricate and colorful murals unseen for thousands of years

New Visa Rules from mid May - Luxor Forum - TripAdvisor

I  have no idea of the truth of this but for what it is worth I spotted it on Trip Advisor. If planning to come to Egypt I suggest you check with the Egyptian Embassy in your country BEFORE traveling. I know the London Embassy turn these round really quickly, 48 hours has been the experience of my guests. 

New Visa Rules from mid May - Luxor Forum - TripAdvisor: This message is on the Facebook page of: Consulat d'Egypte à Paris…

Nouvelle réglementation en matière de visas

A dater du 15 mai 2015, nous vous prions de noter que toute personne désirant se rendre en Egypte devra obtenir son visa avant le départ.

Cette réglementation s’applique à toutes les nationalités, aucun visa ne pourra être obtenu à l’arrivée en Egypte.

New regulations on visas

A date from the 15 may 2015, please note that any person wishing to Go in egypt will have to get his visa before departure.

This regulation applies to all nationalities, no visas can be obtained at the arrival In egypt.