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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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NEWS: Hieroglyphic – Demotic stela discovered in Taposiris Magna

“The SCA Archaeological Mission in collaboration with the Catholic
University of Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic – working at
Taposiris Magna Site – North Coast succeeded in discovering a
limestone stele inscribed with Hieroglyphic and Demotic inscriptions.

The Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Eldamaty stated that the discovered
stele contains 20 Hieroglyphic lines with royal cartouches of king
“Ptolomy V” whom the stele was inscribed during the seventh year of
his reign. Cartouches of Ptolomy’s wife and sister, Queen “Cleopatra
I”, his father, King “Ptolomy IV” and his wife “Arsinoe III” also
appear.

The Demotic inscriptions that lie at the bottom of the stele consist
of five lines of a text that seem to be a translation and a copy of
the previous Hieroglyphic lines. Eldamaty added that the stele is
a 105 cm. length, 65 cm. width and 18 cm. thick.

The Antiquities Minister stressed that the importance of this discovery
lie in the different scripts forming it, resembling the Rosetta Stone
which was inscribed in the ninth year of king “Ptolomy V” ‘s reign
which means two years after this Stele was inscribed.

The stele is an exact copy of the stele of Philae Temple – Aswan which
dates back also to king “Ptolomy V” that reflects the king’s offering
a huge area of Nubia to the goddess Isis and her priests.

On the other hand, Chief of the Dominican Egyptian Mission, Dr.
Kathleen Martinez added that the mission has been working for six
years at Taposiris Magna Site and made a lot of important discoveries
concerning the history of Alexandria in general. Some of the major
discoveries are tombs of Nobles and a number of statues of the goddess
Isis in addition to many bronze coins belonging to Queen ‘Cleopatra'” – via The EEF.

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NEWS: Graeco-Roman necropolis discovered in Alexandria

2015/01/img_2366.jpgPots that have been discovered (Source: Ahram Online).

“Illegal excavations carried out by tomb raiders underneath a residential house in Alexandria have uncovered a Graeco-Roman necropolis.

Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh Eldamaty, told Ahram Online that the necropolis, in the Gebel Mahran area, includes a collection of tombs called loculi, which are holes engraved in a rock-hewn wall.

The tomb raiders unearthed a collection of artefacts including 20 clay lamps, 18 glass bottles and a large number of clay pots.

Eldamaty said the pots give us a view of the pot industry during that period.

The Ministry of Antiquities is to send an archeological mission to the site to continue excavations and reveal more of these tombs.

The Tourism and Antiquities Police caught the criminal red-handed and they are now under investigation” – via Ahram Online.

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