Monday, July 4, 2016

Nefertari's Tomb ANCIENT EGYPT





The tomb was created for Nefertari, the great royal wife of Ramses II, and is the finest decorated tomb in the queen's valley of the Theban necropolis. The tombs decoration is also an exception in that its complete unlike most ancient Egyptian tombs which are notorious for having the decoration incomplete, even in the tombs of the king's. Nowhere in the tomb decoration is Nefertari's husband the great king Ramses who out lived her by a number of decades.

Recently it was announced that Nefertari's tomb will reopen this fall for tourists again. Anyone visiting Egypt this fall should see the tomb even though it will cost a little extra, as I would suspect it will have a limited time to be open to the public. See it while you can

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Great Lopsided Pyramid of Giza



The Ancient Egypt Research Associates recently took measurements of the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau. The pyramid was built for the tyrannical King Khufu around 2560 BC and is the only surviving wonder of the ancient world.

In a report by archaeologist Glen Dash the survey found that the west side of the pyramid was off in comparison with the east face. The search continues to discover how the great pyramid was built in such a remote period of ancient history and with only the simplest of tools.

Notes:

Arial photograph taken by Eduard Spelterini from a balloon November 21, 1904

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Another Skull from Valley of the Kings tomb KV55


This is a short article to announce funding for a study of hundreds of gold sheets found in this box in the storage of the Cairo Museum. The contents originally were found in Egypt's Valley of the Kings controversial tomb KV55. More remarkable are a couple of fragments of someones skull which are attributable to that burial even though the skeleton found in that tombs coffin is not missing parts of its skull.

So whose this? Could these two fragments actually be the remains of Akhenaten instead of the mummy found in the coffin of that tomb? Or could they be all that remains of the ephemeral Pharaoh Smenkhara? The pieces could also be of later intrusive material, whether in the tomb or while in museum storage.

This study has some real potential to add to the knowledge of the reign of the heretic king and the Amarna period king's that followed him from the 14th century BC.


Notes:

 Article by Nevine el Aref
Image: Ministry of Antiquities