Archive – Dec 2010

Egyptology news – Archive news from December 2010

Valley of the Kings glows at night with new lighting system installation
New lights on the West Bank at LuxorA new lighting system on Luxors’ West Bank has been completed, allowing people to visit various tombs in the evening and presenting a dramatic nighttime scene visible from the East Bank. Among the sites illuminated are the hills of the west bank, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Noblemens’ tombs, the northern side of Al-Quma and Hatshepsuts’ Temple. The thousands of tourists that daily visit the sites will now be distributed throughout the day, from 07:00 am to 20:00, thus reducing humidity inside the tombs and helping to preserve the wall paintings. For more information visit Dr Zahi Hawass website

Roman cache of demotic ostraca discovered
Photograph of Roman ostraca cacheA Roman cache of demotic ostraca has been discovered at the Greco-Roman site of Soknopaiou Nesos / Dime es-Seba, located two kilometers north of Qarun Lake in the Fayoum. Soknopaiou Nesos is very important for the understanding of Greco-Roman society in Egypt because of its excellent state of preservation and the amount of papyri and other inscribed material found at the site. For further information read the Discovery news article

New statuary fragments uncovered in Luxor
Red granite statue of Amenhotep IIITwo red granite statuary fragments of King Amenhotep III have been unearthed at Amenhotep III’s (1410 – 1372 BC) mortuary temple on the west bank of Luxor. objects were found during a routine excavation carried out by an Egyptian team on the northern side of the temple. The team has been working to uncover the ruins of the funerary complex, which was once the largest temple in ancient Egypt. For more information visit Dr Zahi Hawass website…

‘Coptic Art Revealed’ new exhibition opens
Coptic Art Revealed exhibition posterA new exhibition opens at Al-Amir Taz Palace in Cairo that will display over 200 artifacts from the Coptic era and is organised to celebrate the centennial of the Coptic Art Museum, which was renovated and reopened in 2006. ‘Coptic Art Revealed’ is the first locally curated exhibition on Coptic art. The show focuses on the splendors of the Coptic era and highlight the Copts’ outstanding contribution to Egypt’s diverse and rich heritage. Visit the exhibition website for more details…

Company appointed to preserve the Step Pyramid of Djoser
View of the Step Pyramid at SaqqaraStructural repair and reinforcement systems company Cintec has been appointed to grand task of preserving the Step Pyramid of Djoser after an earthquake in 1992 caused damage to the burial chamber. The pyramid was built in the 27th century BC for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser by the mystical architect Inhoptep, but a major earthquake in 1992 has caused serious faults in the famous archeological structure. For more information visit the Talking Pyramids website

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