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NEWS: Tomb with pyramid entrance excavated in Egypt

20140331-201808.jpgSource: Archaeology.org).

“A 3,300-year-old tomb that had a 23-foot-tall pyramid at its entrance has been excavated at an ancient cemetery in Abydos.

The underground burial chambers of the elaborate tomb, which was looted as least twice in antiquity, still held a red-painted sandstone sarcophagus for a scribe named Horemheb in one chamber, and Shabti figurines for a man named Ramesu in another.

The disarticulated skeletal remains of three to four men, 10 to 12 women, and at least two children were also recovered. Radiocarbon dates of the bones should help Kevin Cahail of the University of Pennsylvania determine if the women had been wives of the men, or if the tomb had been used over multiple generations by the same family. It is even possible that the tomb was reused without permission at a later date.

Cahail and his team also discovered a broken heart amulet carved from red and green jasper. “It’s a beautiful object and possibly one of the best carved examples of these very rare type of amulets. It was probably on the chest of one of the deceased individuals and there probably would have been some sort of necklaces and gold and things like that,” he told Live Science – via Archaeology.org.

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NEWS: Archaeologists race to secure ancient burial site of three Egyptian kings that will make the treasure of Tutankhamun’s tomb look like a ‘display in Woolworths’

20140331-075041.jpgRace: Archaeology teams are racing to find the tomb of three ancient Egyptian kings in Luxor’s west bank (Source: The Daily Mail).

“An archaeology race is on to secure the ancient burial site of three Egyptian kings which contains relics that will outshine even that of Tutankhamun’s, it has been claimed.

British archaeologist John Romer, 72, believes he has discovered the site where three ancient Egyptian priest kings – Herihor, Piankh and Menkheperre – were buried in Luxor, Egypt, almost 3,000 years ago.

He claims the burial ground will yield such magnificent treasures that those discovered in the nearby tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings will seem like a ‘display in Woolworths’ in comparison.

Like a plot out of an Indiana Jones movie, experts are now racing to secure the site called Wadi el-Gharbi, located in the cliffs on Luxor’s west bank, before the arrival of so-called treasure hunters and tomb-raiders” – via The Daily Mail.

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EVENT: The British Museum – Ancient Lives: New Discoveries

20140324-192500.jpgCT scan 3D visualisation of the mummified remains of a Sudanese woman (Source: The Telegraph).

“Wrapped in bandages and caricatured as figures of terror in Hollywood movies, Egypt’s mummies have long captivated and bewildered scientists and children alike.

Now a new exhibition at the British Museum will disclose the human side of the mummies of the Nile.

Eight have been – scientifically speaking – stripped bare revealing secrets taken to the grave thousands of years ago.

Subjecting the corpses to the most advanced scientific techniques, including sending the mummies to hospitals around London for CAT scans – the museum’s Egyptologists have been able to build up the most detailed picture yet of what lies beneath the sarcophagi and bandage-wrapped bodies.

The exhibition called Ancient Lives: New Discoveries, which opens in May, will show mummies in a new – and often ordinary – light.

The new analysis has unearthed evidence that, just like modern man, ancient Egyptians suffered from high cholesterol and agonising toothache. They even had tattoos” – via The Telegraph.

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Read more about the Ancient Lives: New Discoveries exhibition here.

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NEWS: Fifth Dynasty coffin opened

20140324-182629.jpg(Source: Luxor Times).

“The Czech mission working in Abu Sir directed by Dr. Mirislav Barta discovered a skeleton of a high official called “Nefer” from the time of King “Neferirkare” of the 5th Dynasty. The tomb was discovered last year in November and this season the excavation continued.

The mummy was found when the stone sarcophagus was opened to find the skeleton and a stone headrest under the head.

Ali Asfar, head of the ancient Egyptian department said “The tomb of Nefer is an unfinished stone tomb in a funerary complex of four corridors. The eastern corridor belong to Nefer and a family member; it includes 5 shafts and a false door with inscriptions of Nefer’s titles.

Nefer was the priest of the funerary complex of King Neferirkare, and he held many titles include “Overseer of Scribes of the Royal Documents, and “Overseer of the Golden House and Secret Keeper” – via Luxor Times.

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NEWS: Statue of Egyptian pharaonic princess found in Luxor

20140309-084441.jpgEgypt has announced Friday, March 7, 2014, that a team of European archaeologists have found a nearly 2-meter- (6 ½-foot-) tall alabaster statue of a pharaonic princess, dating from approximately 1350 B.C., outside the southern city of Luxor (Source: Washington Post).

“Egypt has announced that a team of European archaeologists have found a nearly 2-meter- (6 ½-foot-) tall alabaster statue of a pharaonic princess, dating from approximately 1350 B.C., outside the southern city of Luxor.

Minister of Antiquities Mohammed Ibrahim said in in a statement Friday that the statue was once part of a larger statue that was nearly 14 meters (456 feet) tall and guarded the entrance to a temple.

Ibrahim says the statue is of Iset, the daughter of Amenhotep III, and is the first found that depicts her without her siblings. Archaeologists uncovered the statue next to the funerary temple of Amenhotep III, who was worshipped as a deity after his death” – via Washington Post.

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NEWS: Eighteenth Dynasty tomb discovered in Luxor

20140305-195559.jpgScenes decorating the interior of the tomb (Source: The Min Project).

“Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Antiquities announced today a new discovery in Luxor.

The discovery is a tomb of an high official called “Maai” from the 18th Dynasty, and was discovered by the Spanish-Italian mission working in Sheikh Abd Qurna on the West Bank.

The team found a funerary cone made of pottery showing the titles of the deceased which include the Secret Keeper of the God, the Supervisor of the Cattle, Overseer of the Fields, Overseer of the King’s Horses, the Mayor, Distinguished of Osiris and the Prince.

The tomb was discovered during the mission’s work in tomb TT109 where they made a hole in one of the walls which led to a view of the newly discovered tomb.

The team is still working on removing the debris from the tomb” – via Luxor Times.

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The Min Project’s blog post can be read here.

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NEWS: 17th Dynasty Rishi coffin discovered in Dra Abu El-Naga

20140213-123228.jpg(Source: Luxor Times).

“Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Antiquities announced the discovery of a 17th Dynasty (ca. 1600 B.C.) wooden coffin in Dra Abu El-Naga.

The sarcophagi has the mummy of its owner in a good state of preservation. The lid bears a hieroglyphic inscription shows the name of the deceased.

The Minister said “This discovery is important because this type of coffin is rare, it is called Rishi coffins (Rishi is the Arabic word for ‘feathery’) as it is decorated with a feather design which is typical type of the Second Intermediate Period.” – via Luxor Times.

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