“Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim announced the discovery of 5 royal statue heads in Armant temple, about 25 km south of Luxor.
The limestone heads were discovered today have the crowns of Lower & Upper Egypt.
According to the Minister, the heads are probably dated back to Middle Kingdom. Each of them measures 50 cm height.
Dr. Mohamed Abd El Maqsoud (Director of the Ancient Egyptian department) said that Egyptologists are working on studying the heads, trying to determine if they belong to any headless statues which were found in the past years. Hoping this will help to identify the statues owners” – via Luxor Times.
One of the statues (Source: Luxor Times).
“The Minister of Antiquities announced the discovery of two Ramasside statues in Armant temple by the mission of IFAO and University of Montpellier.
The first statue is limestone and of a temple scribe called Imen Hep. The other one is diorite rock of a high priest.
According to Ali El Asfar, Vice director of the Ancient Egyptian antiquities department.
The first statue is 69cm height, 48cm width showing the high priest in a worshipping position on his knees carrying an offering table holding two Falcon heads representing the god Montu.
The second statue (Source: Luxor Times).
The second statue is 92 cm height and 62 cm width shows the scribe sitting and between his hands, on his lap, a sarcophagus and niche which has a statue of God Montu inside holding an Ankh. The sides of the niche show different scenes of one of the family members of the statue owner.
The sides of the statue show a repeated scene of a woman holding ritual tools” – via Luxor Times.
“The last great discovery of Czech Egyptologists at Abusir, the tomb of Pharaoh’s doctor, Shepseskafankh, offers a unique perspective on life in the ancient empire.
Shepseskafankh was an influential practitioner of the Pharaoh, in addition to other positions held in several of the temples. Signs on the walls and the analysis of the examination of the skeletal remains of pottery has enabled the image of the man who helped determine the direction of the ancient empire in the mid-Third Millennium BC to arise before the eyes of Czech scientists.
“He was also the King’s confidant and a pure ‘wab’ priest. His titles indicate that he was actually one of the most important officials of the Royal Court”, says the head of archaeological excavations at Abusir, Miroslav Bárta.
The power of the family of Shepseskafankh had been increasing at a time of the pyramids builders. The stone tomb was undisturbed in antiquity, but the cult of the buried began to decline soon after their death. A large necropolis documents in detail the rise and fall of an influential family in the background of the crumbling empire. In the richly decorated tomb of vizier Qara, which is about a century younger, a sharp decline is also evident.
Despite the recent financial cuts, the exploration of South Abusir with fifty years of tradition remains the biggest project of Czech science abroad. And while it has not yet managed to reveal a tenth of the whole territory, Egyptologists believe that the ancient burial site still retains nearly all of its secrets” – via ceskatelevize.cz (translated by The Egyptiana Emporium).
You can view two videos about the discovery (in Czech), with footage inside the tomb, here.
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The bust of Nefertiti (Source: Archaeology.com).
“French Egyptologist Alain Zivie believes he may have discovered the tomb of the artist Thutmose, the official sculptor of Pharaoh Akhenaten’s court and the genius who is thought to have created the famed bust of Nefertiti.
That iconic sculpture was found in a studio belonging to Thutmose in Akhenaten’s capital of Amarna in 1912. In 1996, Zivie’s team was excavating in a subterranean gallery in the necropolis of Saqqara thought to hold only mummified animals. To their surprise, the archaeologists uncovered a small tomb holding the remains of a man identified as Thutmose and his wife dating to the Amarna period (ca. 1353–1336 B.C.).
The rich depictions of Thutmose and his wife together on a double coffin, as well as the discovery of a colorful ivory palette similar to one discovered in Amarna, fueled Zivie’s suspicion that the Thutmose of the Saqqara tomb and the Thutmose of the Amarna studio were one in the same, and that the master was responsible for the exquisite art in his own tomb.
Still, Zivie allows that his case is not ironclad, saying ‘the story is unfinished’” – via Archaeology.com.
Inside the tomb (Source: SCA press release).
“Through its excavations in Abusir archaeological Cemetry at Giza, the Czech mission discovered the tomb of Shepseskaf ‘ankh, Head of the Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt who dates to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom. This is the third tomb of a physician to be discovered in Abusir Cemetry. The importance of this tomb lies in the importance of its owner who is one of the most distinguished physicians of the Pyramids builders Era who were in close relation with the kings as Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim clarifies.
Ali ALasfar, vice head of the Ancient Egyptian Sector said that the tomb is among the “huge” tombs for its lengths are 21×14 m. and height of 4m.. The walls were constructed from limestone. A huge false door inside the offerings’ chapel was discovered in the eastern part of the tomb and it carries the names and titles of the tomb owner like “Priest of Re in the Temples of the Sun”, “Priest of Khnum” and “Priest of Magic” in addition to other titles that show the high social and official status that he obtained inside the kingdom as one of the most important royal physicians in Ancient Egypt” – via SCA press release.
The full press release and more photographs can be found here.
Newly unearthed statue of king Ramsess II in Tel-Basta suggests that Nile Delta town was home to great nineteenth dynasty temple (Source: Ahram Online).
“A German-Egyptian excavation mission in the Nile Delta town of Tel-Basta unearthed today a life-size statue of the nineteenth dynasty king Ramses II carved in red granite.
The statue, at 195cm high and 160cm wide, was found accidently during a routine excavation carried out by the joint mission. It was discovered in the so-called Great Temple area’s eastern side, inside the temple of cat goddess Bastet in Sharkiya’s Tel-Basta.
Antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim explained that the newly-discovered statue depicts king Ramses II standing between the goddess Hathor and the god Petah. On its back, Ibrahim continued, a hieroglyphic text and the cartouche of the king are engraved.
“This is a very important discovery that sheds light on the history of Tel-Basta in general and on this area in particular,” Abdel Maqsoud told Ahram Online. He added that the discovery, in addition to previous finds in the area, suggests that Tel-Basta was once home to a New Kingdom temple dedicated to King Ramses II, which might be uncovered in the future” – via Ahram Online.
Read more here.