Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Newly Discovered False Doors

A recent discovery of old kingdom tombs destroyed during Egypt's first intermediate period.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/bigphotos/42821293.html

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Akenaten Found?

An article from Dr. Hawass on the possible identification of the KV55 mummy as being the heretic King Akenaten.

A recent ct scan apparently shows the age of the skeleton at death may be as high as 60.

Dr. Hawass also makes the Ramesses VIII prediction while announcing his valley of kings expedition, the first all Egyptian dig.

Good picture of the newly renovated Amarna room at the Egyptian museum as well as the KV55 mummy.

Most interesting is the picture of the only two surviving planks from Queen Tiye's Shrine found in tomb 55.

http://guardians.net/hawass/articles/Mystery%20of%20the%20Mummy%20from%20KV55.htm

25 Years of Australian Egyptology

A well written story with a number of fine pictures.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/885/he2.htm

Friday, February 22, 2008

Warrior Tomb

This short from Al Ahram has some pictures with it but only the picture of the vessels is new.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/885/he1.htm

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Oldest Christian Manuscript

A Christian codex written in 411 a.d. has had its missing last page found in a monasteries ancient olive oil storeroom.

In the 11th century a monk worried that the last page of the codex would become lost so he recorded the inscription on the last page into the middle of the document.

The codex was collected in 1839 for the British museum minus its last page.

Recent reconstruction work on the tower which contained the storeroom has revealed hundreds of fragments of documents and when a number of pieces were flattened out the missing last page of the 411 codex was found and restored.

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/article.asp?id=7562

Article with picture of fragments:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/found-at-last-the-worlds-oldest-missing-page-783378.html

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Dr. Hawass Please Clarify

Perhaps in the spring edition of KMT Dr. Zahi Hawass will clarify his Hatshepsut discovery of last summer as many loose ends are lying about.

Has his discovery made it into any serious scientific journals and been properly reviewed by unbiased experts in these fields. The fields being, DNA, X-ray and CT scan as well as experts in the field of mummification.

The people at Discovery channel are clearly not experts, not to mention the exaggerations and fabrications that Discovery used to tell its story.

Without a doubt Dr, Hawass's discovery of the mummy of Hatshepsut was last years greatest discovery and most important in decades.

Dr. Hawass please verify your claims.

Friday, February 15, 2008

A Wealth of Lunacy

All kinds of nuts have theorized the meat of the construction of Giza's great pyramid from Aliens to Jewish slaves.

A recent show called "Digging for the truth" had its host spend an hour debunking the theory that the people of Atlantis built them.

What a waste of an hour and of course Dr. Hawass was there as usual. The good doctor sure appears in a lot of crap.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/884/heritage.htm

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Who's out

With the advent of tomography, CT scans and DNA very little is left private. The naked bodies of ancient Kings lay for the most part in the lands where they lived but some journey after their dead.
Leaving Egypt 140 years ago to house in a Niagara sideshow the mummy was first thought to be none other than Nefertiti herself. Museum staff pulled down the covers from her mummy and discovered Nefertiti had a penis.

The high quality mummification and remarkable preservation of the body, usually these things are broken. The body smell of aromatics is distinctly royal.

A carbon test suggested that the mummy might belong to the new kingdom. With its crossed arms exposed Egyptologist's began going down the list of missing new kingdom Kings and came up with 3 consecutive Kings from the end of the 18th dynasty to the first King of the 19th dynasty.

These were Aye, Horemheb and Ramesses I. King Ramesses I was the father of King Seti I and grandfather to King Ramesses II both of who's mummies faces are beautifully preserved and resemble that of the hung Nefertiti mummy and so it was decided that no this is not the old girl but rather it is King Ramesses I.

Since then calibrations of carbon 14 readings have now shown the mummy is hundreds of years younger than that of King Ramesses I.

In a previous story I suggested it may actually be the mummy of the High priest of Amen, Smendes III.

http://timothy-reid.blogspot.com/2007/08/not-that-king.html


Michael C. Corlos Museum:

http://carlos.emory.edu/RAMESSES/

Intact Middle Kindom Burial

Recent excavations at Luxor have turned up a coffin and a mummy with vessels and arrows.

http://guardians.net/hawass/discoveries/middle_kingdom_burial_is_found_i.htm

Monday, February 11, 2008

Vindicating Qurna

The ongoing death of the town of Qurna.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/883/feature.htm

The Temple of Min

Here we have the latest in Dr. Zahi Hawass's " articles known as "Dig days". The article centers around the town of Akhmim and its large temple dedicated to the God Min.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/883/he3.htm

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Brooklyn's Mummies

The 5 human mummies including the mummy of Demetrios from the Brooklyn museums collection are receiving a full exam before the museums travelling exhibition begins.

http://egyptian-history.suite101.com/article.cfm/brooklyn_museum_examines_mummies

Here is the Brooklyn museums website, the dig diary is excellent. Check it out:

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Excavating the Fayum

Dr. Hawass's latest report with a beautiful picture of an arrow head.

http://guardians.net/hawass/discoveries/New_Dicovery_In_Faiyum_2_08.htm

View of the Tomb of Senenmut TT71

The large and grand hill top tomb is explored here by Jane Akshar with excellent photo's.

http://touregypt.net/teblog/luxornews/?p=712

Monday, February 4, 2008