Archive – Oct 2010

Egyptology news – Archive news from October 2010

Photograph of the entrance to the tomb - Credit SCATomb of ancient Egyptian priest Rudj-Ka discovered at Giza
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a 4400 year old tomb, south of the cemetery of the pyramid builders at Giza in Egypt. The ancientEgyptian tomb was unearthed during routine excavations supervised by the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) near the pyramid builder’s necropolis. The tomb belongs to a priest named Rudj-Ka who was a purification priest serving the mortuary cult of Khafre (2520-2494 BC), the 4th Dynasty pharaoh who built the second-largest pyramid at Giza. For more information visit the Heritage Key website

3D laser scan of The Ramesseum on the West Bank at Luxor - Credit CyArkDigital laser scanning project by CyArk of The Ramesseum on the West Bank at Luxor
‘CyArk’ aim is to digitally preserve cultural heritage sites by collecting data created by laser scanning and digital modeling. A recent comprehensive laser scan for the entire Ramesseum area was acquired along with detailed close-range 3D scans within the stone temple itself. The project was designed to achieve an accurate sampling of the Ramesseum’s ground plan for use in publication and conservation of the monument. Take a look at the project and some amazing 3D scans and photographs on the CyArk website

Roman Tombs at the Marina el-Alamain archaeological site - Credit SCAMarina El-Alamein Archaeological Site Opens for Visits
Following years of restoration and development, the Marina el-Alamein archaeological site opened in mid-September 2010 as part of a new initiate to develop archaeological sites along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast for tourism. Once the most important and well-known port during the Graeco-Roman era, it is the largest archaeological site on the north coast, stretching a length of 189 feddans and includes Roman villas and baths, Graeco-Roman markets, the remains of a church, tombs, streets and a Roman theatre. Marina el-Alamein archaeological site – a Hellenistic-Roman town – is located about 5 km East of el-Alamein. For more information about the site opening visit the Heritage Key website…

Photograph of the ceiling decorated with several astrological scenes, including a depiction of the sky goddess, Nut - Credit SCAAncient Egyptian tomb of Priest Karakhamun found at el-Assasif on the West Bank of Luxor
Archaeologists have rediscovered the ‘lost’ tomb of an ancient Egyptian priest at the Theban Necropolis in Egypt. The tomb is located at Qurnet Murai, south of Assasif, on the west bank of the Nile opposite to Luxor. It belonged to a priest named Karakhamun and dates to the 25th Dynasty. The el-Assasif area is a well known archaeological site, containing nobles’ tombs from the New Kingdom, as well as the 25th-26th Dynasties. The SCA team discovered the burial chamber of Karakhamun at the bottom of an 8m deep burial shaft. It is in a very good condition and contains beautifully painted scenes. For the full story about the new discovery visit the Heritage Key website…

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