Archive – Nov 2010

Egyptology news – Archive news from November 2010

A delicately carved wooden hand, broken off from a piece of statuary.

Al Ahly Bank returns 200 Egyptian objects
The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) received 200 artifacts from Al-Ahly National Bank and have now stored them in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo for restoration and documentation. The recovered collection has been stored in the treasury of the bank since the early 20th century and and includes objects from the ancient Egyptian, Ptloemaic, Coptic and Islamic eras. More on this story from the Dr Zahi Hawass website

Photograph of Sphinx Avenue Luxor

Ancient road uncovered in Luxor
Twelve new sphinx statues from the reign of Nectanebo I (380-362 BC) have been found in the last sector of the Avenue of the Sphinxes. the discovery is not located within the known road of the Avenue of the Sphinxes between Karnak and Luxor Temples, but instead at the end of the newly discovered road of Nectanebo I. The Avenue runs from Luxor to Karnak, where it connects to the temple of the goddess Mut.To read the full story visit the official Dr Zahi Hawass website

Bronze figurine of a dog with a painted gold collar - Credit Metropolitan Museum of Art New York19 objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun to be returned to Egypt
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be returning 19 ancient Egyptian objects that have been in its collection since the early 20th century to Cairo. All of these small-scale objects, which range from study samples to a three-quarter-inch-high bronze dog and a sphinx bracelet-element, are attributed to Tutankhamun’s tomb, which was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings. For more information on this story visit the official Dr Zahi Hawass website

Photograph of a tomb painting of the Book of the Dead‘Ancient Egypt Book of the Dead’ exhibition opens at The British Museum
Follow the ancient Egyptians’ journey from death to the afterlife in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition focusing on the Book of the Dead. The ‘Book’ was not a single text but a compilation of spells designed to guide the deceased through the dangers of the underworld, ultimately ensuring
eternal life. For more information about the exhibition visit The British Museum website

Photograph of the beautifully carved wooden tabut (casket) of Al Hussein Islamic Art Museum in Cairo reopens
After eight years of restoration and refurbishment costing $10 million, the Cairo-based Museum of Islamic Art – the world’s largest of the type – has finally re-opened to the public after a $10 million restoration. The museum’s collection includes rare manuscripts of the Koran and a gold-inlaid key that opens the Kaaba, among more than 100,000 items in the museum’s 25 galleries. For more information visit the Tour Egypt website

Photograph of falcon-headed sun god Re-Horakhti part of a double staue with Amenhotep IIIA new statue of Amenhotep III uncovered in Luxor
The upper portion of a red granite double statue featuring King Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC) with the falcon-headed sun god Re-Horakhti was found on the north western side of Amenhotep III’s funerary temple on Luxor’s west bank. The statue is one of the best new finds in the area because of its expert craftsmanship, which reflect the skills of the ancient Egyptian artisans. For more information visit the SCA website

Photograph of the cover of the Al-RAWI magazine November issue

‘Al RAWI – Egypt’s Heritage Review’ new magazine is launched
RAWI is a new quarterly bilingual magazine published in Egypt focussing on Egyptian history and heritage. The magazine covers Egyptian history from the early days of Narmer and the Pharoanic period, through to the early 20th century and the last days of the Mohamed Ali Dynasty. For more information visit the Al RAWI website

Film records released of the excavations at Tell el-Amarna from the Egypt Exploration Society


Among the many treasures kept in the Egypt Exploration Society’s ‘Lucy Gura Archive’ is the ‘film record’ of excavations at Tell el-Amarna, which was made over the course of three seasons from 1930 to 1933. The excerpts used here were selected for what they show of the character of the expedition Director, John Pendlebury and his love of athletic competition and play-acting. For further information on the film see the following recently published article in the November issue of KMT on their website…

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