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NEWS: New Kingdom Egyptian army headquarters discovered in the Sinai


(Source: Luxor Times).

Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty announced the discovery of the remains of the eastern gate of the Tjaru fortress in Sinai which served as the Egyptian army headquarters in the New Kingdom.

The discovery was made by the Egyptian team working at Tell Habwa in the east bank of the Suez Canal.

The discovery also includes a mud brick royal warehouse belong to “Ramses II and Thutmoses III” and a 26th Dynasty cemetery – most of the graves are mud brick and group tombs containing human remains showing battles injuries. 

(Source: Luxor Times).


The discovered part of the eastern gate of the Tjaru fortress comprises three fragments of limestone with inscriptions of Ramses II of 3 meters length and 1 meter width. The fort is on the famous Horus military road which was the way to secure the eastern Egyptian borders” – via Luxor Times.
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NEWS: Rare old Kingdom statue discovered in Aswan


The lower part of a royal statue showing the name of the pharaoh Sahure (Source: Luxor Times).

Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Minister of Antiquities, has announced the discovery of lower part of a royal statue showing the name of King “Sahure”, second King of the 5th Dynasty in the Old Kingdom.

The statue block was unearthed during the excavations of the Belgian mission at El-Kab (15km north of Edfu) in the Aswan governorate. The mission is directed by Dr. Dirk Huyge (Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels).

Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Egyptian Antiquities department, said ” The discovered limestone statue base measures 21.7cm in height and is probably part of a 70cm high statue.”

The minister emphasised the importance of the discover as there are only two statues of King Sahure, one of which is on display at the Metropolitan Museum in the USA  and the other at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir” – via Luxor Times.


NEWS: British archaeologists discover Old Kingdom mastaba in Delta


(Source: Luxor Times).

“The Egypt Exploration Society mission has unearthed King Khaba of 3rd Dynasty’s (ruled for 6 years) mastaba in Quesna, Minufiya governorate in the Delta.

Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Minister of Antiquities said “It is the first time to discover an Old Kingdom tomb in Quesna which is known for Roman period antiquities.”

(Source: Luxor Times).


Dr. Joanne Rowland, director of the mission (EES Delta Survey) said “In 2010, a mud brick structure was discovered to the north of the site which the team suggested was a mastaba and then the excavations continued until in 2014, a seal with the King’s name was found and confirmed it was his tomb.” – via Luxor Times.
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NEWS: Russian archaeologists unearth ‘white walls’ of ancient Memphis


The Head of the Russian archeological expedition Galina Belova expressed hope that “other archeological witnesses of this early period of Ancient Egypt’s history dated back to nearly 3200 B.C.” will be discovered (Source: Sputnik News).

A team of Russian archeologists working in Saqqara near Egypt’s Cairo discovered the remains of the so-called “The White Wall” of the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis. Its Ancient Egyptian name was Inbu-Hedj which is translated as “The White Walls.”

According to Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damati, the finding of the great historic site was made near the town of Mit Rahina, 20 kilometers south of Cairo and near Saqqara which was the necropolis of Memphis.

In addition to the parts of the wall, well-preserved remains of stoves and bronzes were found.

“We hope this finding will enhance our knowledge of one the most important cities of Ancient Egypt. Memphis played a significant political, religious and economic role in the history of the country. One of its names was Inbu-Hedj, or the White Walls,” the minister said.

The Head of the Russian archeological expedition Galina Belova, in her turn, explained that now scientists are finishing excavation on the site and will search for other parts of the wall in the coming days. She also expressed hope that “other archeological witnesses of this early period of Ancient Egypt’s history dated back to nearly 3200 B.C.” will be discovered.

Egyptian authorities are taking efforts to maintain free and secure conditions for Russian archeologists on the site. The tourist police and Giza security office have boosted security measures. The administration is helping clear the excavation site of modern constructions.

Memphis holds a special place in the history of Ancient Egypt and is believed to the oldest capital of Egypt. The city was founded more than 5,200 years ago by the pharaoh Menes. Memphis was capital of Egypt during the period of the Old Kingdom. Now it is listed as a world historic heritage site. Located south of Cairo, Saqqara and Mit Rahina have already delivered several important archeological findings. Among them are the stepped pyramid of Djoser and the famous statue of Ramses. Meanwhile, Egyptian and foreign archeological teams continue their work in the area in a bid to uncover new unique monuments” – via Sputnik News.

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NEWS: Royal chapel discovered in Heliopolis

(Source: Luxor Times).

“Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Minister of Antiquities, announced on 14th April 2015 that the Egyptian-German mission working at Heliopolis temple discovered the lower part of a chapel dated back to the reign of Nectanebo I, 30th Dynasty. 

The chapel lower part is a group of inscribed basalt stone blocks beside a part of a royal statue bears the cartouch of King Nectanebo I.
“This discovery is important because it is the first time to find a chapel within the temple. Lowering the underground water levels is ongoing at the moment to resume the excavations in one of the biggest and most important temples in ancient Egypt.” Minister said.

Dr. Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Egyptian team of the mission, said “The part of the unearthed statue depicting King Merneptah of 19th Dynasty while making an offering to goddesses. The excavations showed layers of settlements including pottery and other archaeological elements dated back to predynastic periods.


(Source: Luxor Times).

Dr. Dietrich Raue, head of the mission, said that it is expected to discover the remains of the chapel during the next excavations seasons. Dr. Raue also pointed out that the temple mud brick wall of 15meters width was discovered and hope to find more elements in the temple area in the future” – via Luxor Times.

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Egyptomania #1

The first post for a new feature which will bring you a glimpse of our obsession with ancient Egypt from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Today’s post takes a look at some of the many artistic tourism posters that were popular from the 1920s to the the 1950s.

  Source: (https://www.pinterest.com/ilanakapra/actully-on-my-wall/).


Source: (http://art-canyon.com/tag/egypt-posters/).


Source: (https://www.pinterest.com/maureenfritsch1/travel-posters/).


Source: (http://ericbrownportfolio.com/illustration).


Source: (https://www.pinterest.com/waywardhen/vintage-travel-posters-places-ive-been/).  

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NEWS: German archaeologists find 2 statues of goddess Sekhmet in southern Egypt

“A group of German archaeologists found two statues of Sekhmet, the Ancient Egyptian goddess of war and destruction, during work at a dig in the ruined city of Luxor, in southern Egypt, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry reported Sunday.

The two black granite statues were discovered by the German team making excavations at the funerary temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep III (1410-1372 B.C), which is located on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor, 700 km (435 mi.) south of Cairo, the ministry said in a statement.

The first statue, measuring 174 cm (68.5 in.) high and the lower portion of which is still buried at the site, represents the goddess Sekhmet seated on a throne.

Meanwhile, the second statue in the head of a lioness, which is how Sekhmet was often depicted by the ancient Egyptians, measures 45 cm (17.7 in.) high.

The announcement of the find said that the two pieces were discovered in the southwestern portion of the Hall of the Large Columns in the temple of Amenhotep III, which is a huge patio covered by ruins.

According to the communique, the area was hit by a strong earthquake about 1200 B.C., some 150 years after the temple was built, and builders used stones from the previous construction to erect several new temples there” – via The EEF.


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