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Currently you have to go to the 5 ticket office so 5 should save some people time. Apparently it will be opening after Ramadam Posted by Administrator: - 8:08 pm - Edit| 2 Comments » September 6th, 2007 Progress at Karnak
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This amiable relationship has been the case during past seasons with KV-10 and during the clearance of KV-63, so this closer affiliation with the SCA should be beneficial to all concerned.
With the exception of transferring the name of our affiliation, no other changes are expected.
I will continue as Director of the mission and Earl Ertman as Associate Director.
Mudir Schaden I bet the team are glad to be returning in winter rather than the heat of the summer and I hope to get together with them for a beer as soon as they get here and here all the news and if there is anything I can report I will pass it on.
Posted Кошелек Samsonite Administrator: - 1:37 am - Edit No Comments » September 10th, 2007 Update on the American School Got a phone call from Doris today give an update on the plans to have a school here.
They were hoping that with co-operation form one of the existing schools here they could start this school year.
This has not been possible.
So she is looking for premises, if any one can help please get in touch with her.
She is very interested in hearing from people who wish to teach or enrol children in the school.
I did ask when this would be finished but they had no idea.
Although the ticket used to be for Meema and Nakht and now there is only one tomb open they have not reduced the price it is still 20LE Posted by Administrator: - 9:20 pm - Edit No Comments » September 7th, 2007 ACE hits the streets!
ACE Animal Care in Egypt have just published a leaflet on caleche horse and carriages.
With safety tips and how you should select your animal.
Tonight staff were handing out leaflets to the tourists and getting a great response.
Always remember it is YOUR choice which carriage you use so do not be bullied.
Tell him you will not pay him if he uses his whip!
Posted by Administrator: - 8:45 pm - Edit No Comments » September 7th, 2007 Ticket Office at Medinet Habu Although unmanned at the moment there is a new ticket office building at Medinet Habu.
Currently you have to go to the main ticket office so this should save some people time.
I was shown round the site by one of the inspectors, Momen, and he could hardly contain his excitement.
You may have heard reported in the press that they have found an embankment and Nile silt indicating that the lake mentioned in the tomb of Neferhotep TT39 was in the area of the second pylon not in front of the current нажмите чтобы перейти />Subsequent excavations have revealed 1 large and 1 small ramp and a second small ramp.
They are speculating that the second small ramp having the identical dimensions of the first small ramp indicate that there is a second large ramp.
I was shown some of the artifacts found and there were some lovely pieces of pottery together with fragments of stone.
One bearing the name of Horemheb.
All these discoveries may well change the entire front entrance of karnak.
The part the Ministry of Tourism controls is being developed into a plaza and car park but where the SCA are how discovering this embankment will alter how the land they will control is presented to the public.
Posted by Administrator: - 7:30 pm - Edit No Comments » September 1st, 2007 Timings for the Sound and Light Show at Karnak during Ramadam The offiical site has been updated and shows the current and Ramadam timings Karnak Sound and Light.
I also find it a good idea to phone to check and the number is +20 95 2372241 BTW the price went up recently and it is now 75LE per person Posted by Administrator: - 1:53 pm - Edit No Comments » September 1st, 2007 Visiting the Tomb of Nefertari Previously I reported on this blog that you could visit for 20,000Le, judging by this article the price had now gone up to 25,000LE Concierge.
Personally I was extremely encouraged by the number of Egyptian people that was there and their level of interest.
Hamida who runs the nursery on the West Bank had read about it and was there as well as another Egyptian lady teacher and some men teachers.
There were 2 Brits there, myself and Dr Ron and my daughter.
So no parents or potential teachers.
Obviously she would love to hear from people who wish to place their children there or who would like to teach.
You do not have to be a teachers more about that later.
Doris has is employed to help schools obtain American standards; she has established several schools and manages several schools.
She saw that was no British or American school in Upper Egypt.
During her time in Luxor she is investigating if it is possible to start a program this school year.
In order to do this she needs to make use of an existing school and use them, once established she will hope to have her own school.
The aims are this year 1 using foreign people who speak English and give them appropriate support that they can start teaching children in the areas of English, Maths, Science etc 2 train Egyptian teachers so that next year they have both the English and the teaching methodology to teach the Arabic subject 3 start attracting students The American system of SATS is different from the Egyptian as children have 12 chances 6 per school year between 11 and 12 years old to obtain their SATS, they can keep repeating it until they are satisfied with the results.
American SATS are accepted by both foreign and Egyptian school systems.
Only in the Egyptian areas of Medicine and engineering do you need further testing in the Egyptian system.
Another difference between American and Egyptian teaching methods.
In Egypt you focus on a book and once you have taught the contents of that book you have finished.
In the American system you have a certain benchmark to reach and you can use different resources to obtain that benchmark.
There is a requirement for Egyptians to teach certain subjects such as Arabic, Social Studies, Religion etc and of course support staff but all must have a certain level of English in order to communicate with foreign students.
Native English speakers are preferred where the subject is taught in English Science and Maths and for English itself.
The very good news is that she already has approval from the Egyptian Education Ministry for Conversation Courses and Teaching methodology course 1 the conversation course will be for Egyptians to learn enough English to be able communicated clearly and easily 2 Teaching methodology course which will support those people whose level of English is high enough or that are native English speakers in teaching Both these courses will result in International Education Research Centre certificates accepted by the Egyptian Education ministry and abroad.
Those people undertaking the second course would be supported on a week by week basis with lessons planning, resource acquisition and reviewed.
So on a 2 week basis she would come to Luxor and go through what the teacher will teach and how, then next week she would come back and review how they were doing and give them additional support.
By using St Joseph to start at they are doing a ministry approved course, they are ministry approved and the school is ministry approved.
This means that the child will be in the Egyptian Education system and can take exams in that system and transfer between schools.
The would take children form KG1 to grade 9, they can not take children in past grade 9 as for a child to be able to take the American sats and get accepted at university they have to have done 3 years of the America SATs system.
Religious education would follow the guidelines of the Egyptian ministry of Education.
Up until 2 по этой ссылке ago there was no framework for a school to читать далее to be an international school in Egypt which made it very difficult this is starting to change and also by working with an existing school, the school has ministry approval.
And is within the education framework.
This will just be a different division of the school.
She is already working with her course within the framework of the Ministry of education so this makes is possible to avoid the problems that other people have had trying to set up a school here.
Conversation course Applicants for the conversation course would be interviewed and then assigned a course appropriate to their existing English language skills Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
The aim is to get the Egyptian staff up to a 5 level so they can communicate well enough in English to communicate with non Arabic speaking pupils and parents How she operates She works a 2 weeks cycle with a school and visits once a week.
In the first week she visits for 1 продолжить 2 days.
She does no admin her work is all academic about teachers and resources.
She goes through what you will teach, 5 you will teach it and where you will get the resources.
The following week her visit is seeing what the teacher is doing and offering support to the teacher.
After a year of this kind of training the teachers are able to work on their own.
This would mean that the standards at St Josephs would improve.
At some point in the future this might mean a complete American school.
Currently it will be a second division within St Josephs and the fees would be different but not outrageously so She would welcome foreigners with no teaching experience as with her level support they will be ale to manage.
She is looking for foreign people for English, Science and Maths.
She is looking for Egyptians for PE, Music, Arabic, Religion, Social sciences and managerial, admin and support functions.
At other schools she is involved in there are often 2 headmasters or equivalent one foreigner for the parents and one Egyptian for the Ministry of education.
One of the questions that came up was that parents that send their children to private nurseries often have difficulty in placing the children in another follow on school.
Doris said she had no problem in accepting children from another nursery and would even help the nursery make sure the children reached the acceptable level.
Posted by Administrator: - 8:04 pm - Edit 2 Comments » August 20th, 2007 Teachers and Teaching I got this from another site luxor4U but being as I know there are people out there who are desperate for info about this I am passing it on.
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During a recent visit to Cairo, Mr.
She is responsible for the Diploma in English in all Egypt.
The education in Luxor has been brought to her attention and she is looking at ways to improve this, possibly with a view to setting up a school in Luxor.
Before she can do anything in regards setting up a school she needs to be able to assess the interest, qualifications and abilities available.
If you are not qualified she would be able to arrange the training for you.
I believe she would also be interested in hearing from parents about their hopes and concerns regarding schools and educational facilities in Luxor.
I am hoping to have an email address for this lady shortly which I will post.
If I do not get it today I am happy to act as go between, and if you are interested in knowing more, but unable to attend, please pm me your email address and I will pass it on.
I am sorry if this all sounds a bit vague but I am not directly involved in this venture.
I am sure that all your queries will be addressed at the meeting or by email response from Doris.
Posted by Administrator: - 10:38 pm - Edit No Comments » August 8th, 2007 Desert Safaris Desert Safaris Our great friend and regular driver Rageeb has just acquired a flashy new jeep for desert tours, with air conditioning.
He has been doing desert tours for us for some time but having only a minibus has had to keep to the regular roads.
Now with this, the latest model in land cruisers, he can go any where.
So if you want a trip in the Western Deserts please contact us and we can arrange Rageeb for you.
Oasis, Great Sand Sea, Uwaynat Desert, Gilf el Keber, Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, Bahariya, Siwa, Areg, Qara, Baris, Dush, Darb al Arbain Desert, Forty Days Road, Wadiryyan Fayoum are all places you can visit by desert safari.
You can experience everything from a one day tour to 2 weeks or more depending on your desires.
Below is an example of a 1 day and 5 day tour.
Trips can be arranged from Alexandria to Abu Simbel through the desert.
One Day Luxor — Baris - Dush — Kharga - Luxor The tour starts in the early morning from the new road and takes the ancient caravan tracks.
This is a short cut between Luxor and Kharga where you are free to wander in desert, see a real oasis, met local people and see places of beauty.
The route takes you via the Black Valley, Crystal Quarry, Deers Valley, Alabaster Valley, sand dunes and the Temple of Isis at Duch.
Visit one of the oldest Christian necropolises in the world at Bagawat home of the oldest Basilisk church, the Exodus Chapel and Peace Chapel.
Then onto the Temple of Hibis built by the Persian king Darius in the 26th Dynasty.
The best preserved temple in the Western Desert built for the God Amun Ra.
You will see many different types of sand and rock formations with plenty of wild life birds and reptiles together with a hit spring swim.
Five Day Tour Kharga, Dakhla, Qasir, Sand Sea, Farafra, White Desert, Bahariya, Black Desert, Valley of the Golden Mummies Day Твердотопливный котел STALMARK Stalmark Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition PSP 54 кВт одноконтурный Depart Luxor for Kharga, Visit Bagawat the oldest Christian necropolis and Ptolemaic temple of Hibis.
Camp beyond the Roman fortress under the desert sky Day 2 Drive to Dakhla where you will experience traditional Bedouin hospitality and have a hot spring swim.
Day 3 Experience the beauty of Qasir, the oldest inhabited Islamic town, just outside Dakhla.
Visit the old city of Mut and Balalt, one of the earliest Pharaonic sites.
Our drive takes us deep into the Western Desert and close to the great Sand Sea.
Visit Farafra Oasis for lunch and head into the magical White Desert to look for fossils and black по этому адресу />The White Desert is the largest I the world, there are beautiful formations such as mushrooms and ice cream cones!!!
The to the chalk and limestone formations in the desert for dinner and an overnight camp sleeping under the stars.
Day 4 — On to Bahariya oasis via the Crystal Mountain where you can hunt for quartz.
Take a hot spring swim close to the black desert and its pyramid shaped mountain of Visit the Valley of the golden mummies Day 5 Leave for Cairo, se the pyramids, sphinx and Egyptian museum Posted by Administrator: - 2:55 pm - Edit 1 Comment » August 1st, 2007 Malqata Art Palace is dead I have just heard from Antje that she will not be reopening.
I know lots of you will be disappointed, finding it a haven of peace and tranquility in Al Gezira village.
I am off on holiday on a trip of a lifetime to Japan, courtsey of Legal and General.
Who said endowment policies were a bad idea See you again mid July, hopefull there will be some news to report as things have been very quiet here lately.
Posted by Jane: - 1:01 pm - Edit 1 Comment » June 27th, 2007 Hatshepsut?
It all seems to hinge on a tooth found at TT320, the royal cache.
Talk about excited, she is over the moon.
Can anyone give me any more details?
A high priest was considered to be the most important man after the king, performing duties, religious rituals and offerings on his behalf.
Other mummies were found during the excavation, including one with a brain tumour, a foetus, a female mummy wrapped in plaster and others which appeared to have suffered from arthritis, Hawass said.
The Valley of the Kings was used as a burial site for royalty and nobles to the west of present day Luxor, some 700 kilometres 450 miles south of Cairo.
Hawass said a report on the findings would be presented to Culture Minister Faruq Hosni, in order to allocate resources for continued excavations in the area.
Sennefer of TT99 was an Overseer of Sealbearers, I think, not High Priest?
So is this nót the mummy of the tomb owner?
The find is not yet announced on the above site, nor on the Cambridge site, nor on Dr.
The day I went I could only get access to the French side but I know people who have been in the British side.
It was a very peaceful little place.
Posted by Jane: - 12:58 pm - Edit 2 Comments https://chmall.ru/100/barex-joc-style-flyuid-blesk-modeliruyushiy-moringa-amp-pantenol-200-ml.html June 18th, 2007 Luxor Heritage Centre This recently building was recently opened by Susan Mubarak and is situated at the junction between the airport road and sphinx avenue.
If fact it actually overlooks the Sphinx Avenue which was an added bonus when visiting.
Over three floors and built with a mixture of donations and government funding it is a very impressive building.
I was shown round by a member of the staff Mona, she spoke excellent English, and she and the rest of the staff could not do too much to show off their new building.
The Egyptology Library on the first floor is decorated with photos donated by Mr Gaddis showing Luxor as it used to be but the books inside are up to date modern editions.
Although there are some classics as well.
There is computer access all over the building where people can research, catch up with current affairs or play as the example of the children.
Also on this floor is a large map room where both historic and current maps are stored.
It was quite fun finding my own house.
This room also has facilities for video conferencing The Arabic library on this floor seemed to have a large range of reference books, videos and tapes.
I could see the Dummies Guide books in Arabic, Guinness World Records and was told there were also books on law, religion, and physiology.
And 100 Брошюровщик GBC CombBind and lots of kids having fun.
Computers, a green corner for environmental studies and internet access at 1LE per hour.
There was a second adult Arabic library with Agriculture, Business studies, Chemistry and Geography.
I also saw a complete range of Naguib Mahfouz books so there must be fiction in there as well.
Also a computer teaching room and language hall.
Downstairs in the basement there was a Star Riders exhibition where some of the compasses, time keeping devices and other wonderful devices from the past were displayed.
There is an area with a huge screen where you can explore to Eternal Egypt Website, Animation halls are planned and there will an interactive Culturama.
With disabled access, clean toilets and coffee shop this is a centre to be proud of.
Posted by Jane: - 12:53 pm - Edit No Comments » June 18th, 2007 Happy 2nd Birthday Luxor News I can not believe I have been doing this blog for 2 years today.
A big thank you to all my readers and there are a lot of you.
Some days I get 2500 unique visitors.
My English teacher would die laughing that any one wanted to read my grammar and spelling.
I do love hearing from you so please keep the comments coming.
Posted by Jane: - 12:01 am - Edit 1 Comment » June 6th, 2007 Nubian Cultural Village I had noticed this centre on the East Bank by the bridge for a few months now and decided to take a look around.
I was greeted by Gamal who explained the place to me.
There is a Nubian village on the outskirts of Luxor and it was felt by the authorities that they should have a place where the Nubian life could be preserved, enjoyed and celebrated.
This cultural center is not finished but he was quite happy to show me round and see how they were getting on and what was planned.
On the left as you go in there is a large workshop area, the bottom floor is workshops and the first floor will be shopping outlets.
One shopping outlet was finished and had carpets, wall hangings, cushion covers and bags.
It looked very interesting and the articles on show were lovely.
The ground floor is dedicated to the production of the goods.
The people could work there or in some circumstances be trained and them take work home.
I was particularly pleased to see many women there and on questioning found they were both married and unmarried ladies.
Some Egyptian ladies are not allowed out of the family homes by their husbands and fathers but these were obviously quite liberated ladies.
The first workshop was dedicated to products made of palm leaves.
These are plaited together in long strips and then sewn to make useful articles.
Bags, hats, document wallets etc.
There was also a wood turning lathe that produce the turned rods to make tissue box holders.
They call this work Arabesque, I must admit I was pleased to see it being used by a lady, although there were men there as well.
Apparently in July some Japanese trainers are coming to the workshops and a great deal of support has come from the Japanese for this village.
Dr Samir Farag is also extremely supportive of the endeavour and they were very conscious of the opportunity he was giving them.
As I understand it there is a general who has made a large donation to get it going and the Social Development Fund are also heavily involved.
The next workshop was where they are taught to weave carpets, at the moment the training only takes place 3 times a week but I was able to see work in progress.
At another workshop looms were set up for the production of scarves and the colours were so pretty.
There are 15 girls being trained in this workshop 3 days a week.
What interested me is that apparently they will assist the workers in putting looms in the homes once they are trained as well as having looms at the centre.
This means economic independence for the workers.
This workshop was a fun one, the ladies were chattering and gossiping, it was great to see.
They were making various articles by beaded crochet, this again is something that can be done in the home.
The pottery workshop was the biggest one with both men and women working.
First of all they knead the clay and it was the messiest thing you ever saw, they offered to get me have a go but I declined.
The clay is then molded and the range of styles and articles was huge.
They have a very sophisticated привожу ссылку and it is fully automatic.
As you can the finished product is lovely, ashtray, tealight holders, jars and they all told a story or linked to the Nubian culture is some way.
One that Gamal showed me was the story of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.
Outside there is an example of a Nubian house, a restaurant with attached oriental bakery with traditional ovens, coffee shop and shish, Nubian tattoos and a dressing up area where you will be able to wear the traditional clothes and be photographed and take it away on CD.
These areas are in the early stages but you can see a great deal of thought has been put in and it looks as though it will be a popular place for tourists.
All nationalities are welcome!!
We are looking forward meeting you - and please bring your children along!!
Posted by Jane: - 9:57 pm - Edit No Comments » June 2nd, 2007 Toutankhamon Magazine Bonsoir, Since few days, the new issue of Toutankhamon Magazine is available.
Stan Kurowski one of the ex pats here has decided to start an Egyptology group in Luxor.
Something we truly need and I am sure having seen the interest at the Mummification Museum lectures it will be very popular.
First bit of exciting news is that the team from KV63 led by Dr Otto Schaden will be at the first meeting.
Not sure when that is going to be as we have to wait on Otto getting here.
Hopefully we will also have other members of the team like Earl Ertman, Roxanne Wilson and Betty Schneider in attendance.
So quite an auspicious start for Luxor Egyptology Group.
Here are some photos from there showing the extent of the structures that have been found.
Here a small kiln has been have excavated Here is a large flight of stairs and finally in this arch way you can the plaster layer he talked about they have found lots of objects as well Posted by Jane: - 8:56 pm - Edit No Comments » May 30th, 2007 Suzanne Mubarak to visit Luxor on Saturday The men are painting the kerbstones and the gardeners are tidying the shrubs.
Yes Mrs Mubarak is coming to town to open the new Heritage Centre on Saturday.
I have heard their will be books in English in the new library so I for one am looking forward to it.
Sorry for the lack of news otherwise.
Luxor is in summer mode, all the archaeologists are going home for the summer and the heat is rising.
It was a fabulous way to see the sites so much better than in a huge group and I really felt like a pharaoh the way they looked after you.
The Assasif is a very rich area for archaeologists and there are teams working at Petamenophis, Harwa and Puimra.
If you do decide to visit I suggest Ankh Hor first, this is not the best of the three but still very interesting.
It is well documented inside as you can see from this picture.
There are scenes of bee keeping and a very lively bull, together with subterranean corridors to explore.
Not normally a fan of the late period I was totally impressed by this tomb.
During his lectures on Harwa, Francesco stated that the tomb of Pabasa had give them lots of clues to the decoration of Harwa.
However Kheruef is definitely the best for me, an 18th dynasty tomb and very high quality.
It shows the jubilees of Amenhotep III which this individual seems to have been very involved with.
These pictures of foreign captives were the highlight of the tomb for me.
There were pictures of dancing girls with their hair hanging down and the quality of the carving was exactly like Ramose.
As well as the dancing girls there were female musicians.
And some male dancers, there was also some graffiti there that looked Pharaonic.
All these tombs are totally unvisited and it is almost spooky to emerge from one of them and see the hordes going to Hatshepsut who never cast an eye in your direction.
Posted by Jane: - 9:35 am - Edit No Comments » May 7th, 2007 Safety in Luxor Just like to reassure anyone the bomb in Luxor is the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas, nothing to do with Читать больше />We are perfectly safe here.
Our condolences to those affected.
Posted by Jane: - 8:36 pm - Edit No Comments » May 7th, 2007 Mummification Museum Lecture - Chicago House Report - Ray Johnson Chicago House Report The last lecture of the season took place 15th April; I was very surprised that it was so poorly attended especially as Ray Johnson was speaking.
I do want to thank the SCA and Mr Mansour Boraik for putting on these lectures, I thoroughly Лак электроизоляционный REXANT KO-921 30 мл them and I know my readers do as well.
We look forward to them resuming in the autumn, probably after Ramadam.
Founded in 1924, to continue Napoleons work of documenting, by James Henry Breasted.
Dr Johnson then went to explain the methods used today 1 They start with large format photography which is then scanned.
Some pictures can be published straight away but with others further work is needed called the Chicago House method.
The sun is assumed to be top left.
At a point in its history Habu was the centre of Christianity and had a cathedral, other temples in the complex were used as residences which preserved them better.
Ptolemy VIII put up the lintel which gave the temple a more impressive entrance.
The temple is covered with ancient and modern graffiti.
There are minor officials and priests who carved their names on the roof.
Everything from Ramses III to the modern day.
There is even one saying Flo Nightingale.
All this has to be documented Additionally there is a great need for preservation and conservation.
When the temples were built Egypt had a dry climate and a low population, now it has a wet climate and a much higher population.
They were able to get a grant from the US government for conservation which ends now and they used this to seal the roof against rain.
In doing this conservation work on the roof they activated the Ptolemaic roof drains.
Then they started desalination and cleaning.
There was lots of soot, these have cleaned up well and they will have some colour plates in the publications showing these.
This was in a bad state as Christians would often pull statues over looking for crypts, then they would fill in holes with the broken statues.
The team found lots of pieces of the statues.
Akhenaton probably attacked the Amun part of the statues, perhaps the head is in the scared lake.
The granite naos was inserted into the sanctuary through the back wall in the time of Ptolemy IX.
There was considerable effort to put it in but then they decide not to finish it.
It was so heavy the floor could not take it and sunk between ¼ and ½ a metre.
So the team decide to move it out record the walls and then put it back.
They created a new footing at the right level.
And put it back properly.
At one pint in its life it had been tipped on its side and used as an oven.
The walls of the sanctuary were in a terrible state and the team had to clean, strengthen and infill with lime mortar.
Adel Azziz from the SCA is heavily involved in this work.
Outside the lower courses of blocks had crumbled to such an extent they had to get new blocks from Silsila in some cases.
Some were redeemable and they were treated with poultices to remove the salt.
Sepiolile clay removes the salts but this is only a temporary solution as it needs doing every year.
A dewatering project is needed for the entire West Bank.
They are also trying to train others in these techniques.
The southern well is in the worst state with foundation blocks that have completely turned to sand.
They have to take it to pieces and rebuild it up again.
The process is 1 take loads of photos 2 consolidate using gauze and chemicals 3 build scaffolding and mastabas to house the blocks 4 dismantle 5 put into protective storage They are moving the storage away from the temple palace are and sorting the blocks as they go.
Progress Report on Luxor Temple Publication of the Opet procession by Tutankamun where Amun travelled from Karnak to Luxor.
In 1958 modern Luxor was right up to the walls of the pylons and when the houses were removed from the temple are many blocks were found that had been incorporated into the house structure.
In the 19th centenary these were not considered that important and blocks were piled on the ground where they are now decaying as a result of contact with the damp ground and it is quite possible that the corniche is built of left overs.
So the team is building mastabas with damp proofing so these can be stored properly.
This has enabled them to sort the pieces.
There is a hospital platform as contact with a decaying block can damage a healthy block like a virus so they must be kept apart.
There are some oddities like blocks found at Luxor of Ptolemy XII who did not build at Luxor but at Karnak.
All these blocks need conservation and eventual restoration.
There are plans for an open air museum.
There is a block of Thothmosis 5 who also did not build at Luxor temple.
It is important to identify the blocks that came from the East Garden which are in the block yard and Ted Brock is working on that.
The Eastern spur wall was like the leaning tower of Piza so they decide to buttress it with a brick core which would stabilise it but be very ugly although light.
So they decide the make a façade of sand stone and put a fragment group back which is how the Khonsu wall came about.
Salts used to be washed down to the Med at inundation but no longer.
The destruction and wear that used to take 1000 years now only takes 5.
The groundwater is only 3 meters below the surface.
Money has been allocated to monitor the effects of the conservation.
Diocletian built a huge defensive wall around Luxor temple and the great Eastern gateway is part of this.
Some of it is of stone but unusually some is only brick and mud brick.
The northern bastion is not as good quality.
The old park wall was built on the medieval wall and clipping the bastions.
Dr Адрес Farag kindly agreed to move it.
They have found blocks of Nectanebo and thousands of pieces of sphinx.
Because of them it was started now as Chicago house had it planned for about 10 years time.
It commemorates a state visit of Diocletian.
During the 19th century it was thought to be a church.
Nothing like these frescos survives not even in Italy.
Next season the rest of wall will be cleaned.
The first group includes the following four volumes.
These are very large pdf files - so be prepared with a fast connection and patience to download them.
Uvo Hölscher, with Foreword by J.
Temple of Khonsu, Volume 3.
Well this time we went out in a big group of 6 on a chartered boat.
The weather was much cooler than Luxor we have had 44 recently and being on the sea was really refreshing.
We did this about three times and eventually one of the crew caught a small fish.
Then a big one.
I was so chuffed.
I do like Hurghada, not for long, a couple of days is fine for me as I am not a beach or water sports person.
The seafood is wonderful, we ate at El Mina twice and at Shahrazad near our apartments.
Posted by Jane: - 12:15 pm - Edit No Comments » May 5th, 2007 Mummification Museum Lecture - TT39 Puimra - Dr Gabirela Arrache TT39 Puimra — Dr Gabirela Arrache Dr Gabirela is from the Mexico mission and brought so much excitement and enthusiasm to the lecture.
Puimra was a second prophet of Amun and his tomb is located in the Assasif area.
Theirs is the first mission from Mexico in Egypt and she felt there was a lot of similarity in cultures.
The team started by using Goggle Earth to view the area of the Assasif and they also had a 1923 publication to compare with.
They are using the very latest technology in their work, Puimra had a lot of titles Inspector of the Cattle of Amun, Inspector of the Fields of Amun, One who the king has confidence in.
Howard Carter found some statues of his and from these we know he was involved in the construction of Deir el Bahri and also served under Thothmosis III.
He shows an obelisk with cartouches.
Puimra had two wives; his principle wife was Senseneb a daughter of the 1st prophet of Amun and divine Adorotrix.
His son Smenkephrera was also another import priest of Amun.
Dr Gabirela showed a slide of the tomb with the Gurna houses above it and commented that she was glad these houses had now gone as they had lost objects to tomb robbers while they were there.
There was a 17 sqm courtyard in front of the tomb and they are still excavating looking for the edges of this courtyard.
There was graffiti from Norman Davies 1920.
There were 18 shafts in the area and a big 26th dynasty sarcophagus.
The outside of the tomb had a complex exterior of a false door, Steele, entrance, Steele, false door with palace façade niches.
Subsequent reuse of the tomb had changed these and one was cut out.
The carving is of high quality into limestone.
Inside there was a pillared hall with 3 chapels.
There is good colour on the reliefs.
There is evidence of different artists at work.
The depiction of foreign people is the most popular relief from this tomb; it also shows gold being counted.
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Scenes show a funerary procession, travel to Abydos, lots of offerings and a barrel vaulted ceiling.
The false door from this chapel is in the Cairo museum and Dr Gabirela hopes that the restoration of the tomb will include putting this back in situ.
They are extremely concerned about the cracks in the tomb, they are trying to consolidate them and also hope the removal of the houses will help.
Central Chamber They found 400 stones, perhaps put there by Davies, that are not documented.
Lots have colour and hieroglyphics.
These pieces are now safe in a storage area.
There are lots of poor people in the area and these stones mean money so they have to be stored carefully.
The team is planning to publish the graffiti and exterior hieroglyphics.
They also did some tests to see what cleaning would do.
This season the first thing to do was to safe guard the roof as the fallen houses had put weight on the chambers.
Previously they found that the iron beams supporting the roof had moved by 7cm in 2005.
They tried to support them.
The quality of the concrete on the roof was awful with no structural steel inside.
They were able to put a boot through so had to remove and replace.
While this work was going on the protected the walls 5 wood.
They also raised the height of the protective wall.
They have found more parts of the courtyard and expect to take another 5 — 6 years to complete their work.
I just went on a 2 day trip to Hurghada, yes I am having a lot of time off recently We went with my normal mini bus driver Rageeb but new restrictions mean only tour companies can bring people from Hurghada to Luxor so he was unable to bring us back.
So we decided to take the scheduled bus.
Firstly we were given wrong information about departure time so got to the station at 3pm only to be told by one person that the next bus was at 5 and another it was at 7.
We returned at 5 and yes there was a bus at that time but it was going to Cairo!!!!
So we had to wait until 7.
So we went into the rather grotty cafe there.
It was swarming with flies and I did cause a sensation by getting a can of fly spray out and spraying the cafe.
That made our stay a lot more pleasant.
So at 7 we exit cafe and go outside to wait for bus.
Lots of buses arrived but none of them were going to Luxor.
Eventually at 8:20 the Luxor bus arrived, no air con, dirty but at least it arrived and there were seats.
The price is good 30LE but it takes for ever.
We eventually got to Luxor at 1:30am.
The bus does not go into Luxor so then you have to find a taxi or service car to get you into Luxor proper and that can cost as much as the ticket did.
We were met by Rageeb who I had phoned along the road, which was a total relief.
There were also lots of touts try to get people to go to hotels.
So great for the backpackers.
This lovely temple has been suffering badly from the the rising water table and I reported and photographed massive pieces of decoration falling of the pedestals located by the first pylon.
Today I went there and I was the happiest Egyptologist in Luxor as I walked in to see a team at work.
Working under the direction of Rainer Stadelmann, Elena sorry I didnt get her surname from Madrid University was directing workman to remove the pedestal blocks.
She very kindly explained what was going on.
They arrived there 10th April and are due to leave 10th May.
The idea is to put all the endangered blocks away from the water table.
First they are doing emergency stabilization work, then the blocks are being moved onto wooden rails to keep them out of contact with the ground.
During the summer then will dry out and when the team returns in October they will do more long term restorations and eventual reassembly.
Elena had recently been working at the Amenhotep III temple and her team of Egyptian workman also.
As a result she told us thye need little supervision and were totally familiar with the kind of work they had to do.
Whilst we were there they were removing one block and she pointed out the totally saturate soil around the block.
This is the same view today and you can see how much work the team have done remove the crumbling blocks This is elena in front of one of the pedestal blocks, you can see how fragile it is, some of the blocks had lost decoration before she arrived as I have reported but where ever possible she has retrieved these fragments and hopes to piece them together.
Some of the team are working on piece these pieces together and here is one member mixing material to the right colour some other team members are removing salts from the blocks here are the team removing the blocks from the second pedestal, I hope you can see how wet the earth is surronding the block Back in March 2004 there was a lecture about this temple and although not written for publication this was pre my blog here are my notes from the lecture.
Seti I by Ссылка на продолжение Stadelmann The mortuary temple of Seti I is a direct line from Karnak and the 1st station on the road to Del el Bahri as used by the Feast of the Valley.
Mortuary temples, in order to ensure worship continued at that them, became station temples in this feast.
They wanted to be temples of millions of years and have endless offerings.
By using the Feast of the Valley they did ensure worship fir 1 ½ thousand years.
The barques of the Gods would stay at Del el Bahri for a few days.
The feast took place in the second month of summer approx May.
The king had to attend this feast or at least the first part.
It dates from the Middle kingdom as there was graffiti at Mentuhotep about it.
Then the barque of the God was transferred by Royal barge to the West Bank.
It went along a canal until it got to the first station Seti I temple.
The main part of the temple is for this feast.
The king desired endless offerings and this was his way of getting them.
Not only Amun was carried in procession but also Mut and Khonsu.
When the procession got to the temple it would be taken to the barque room and from there to a shrine.
The God is shown standing before the King with Thoth and Horus purifying.
The dead king them became identified with Amun in this temple and sort of transfigured into the God.
The king is shown sitting receiving offerings and holding the sign of life indicating that he had become a God.
There is a goddess with a temple on her head called Merien Ptah and besides her it says I am the temple mother, you are reborn as Amun.
Each side of the steps there is a chapel to Hathor and to Put.
These are divine chapels where you enter the world of the Gods.
The temple of Seti I has been rather neglected by modern scholars.
Wilkinson and Hayes were there.
In 1842 the Prussian expedition of Richard Lepsius drew up plans and showed the sphinxes of the first pylon.
A plan of 1932 showed the extensive magazines and very houses in the area.
Petrie excavated for 3 days and found jars and sealings.
In 1970 it became part of the German excavation work in Egypt and Willy Brandt even came to visit and see progress.
In 1994 a huge thunderstorm hit the site and destroyed half the temple area including the first pylon and place area.
Fortunately enough of the foundations remained for the team to reconstruct.
There is a tremendous problem with salt destroying the temple like so much of Egyptian antiquities and although they have cleaned a lot it comes back very quickly and the temple is in danger like every where else.
The problem is exasperated by the fact the land has chemicals on it since the Nile no longer fertilises the land and this is seeping into the water table.
At the excavations at Amenhotep III temple the water came into a hole they excavated like a shower.
In the West of the temple there is false door which they also had in palaces.
This enables the spirit of the dead king to enter and leave.
Amun could also use it in order to do his night journey before getting up in the morning.
The Seti I temple at Abydos was like a mortuary temple for all the Gods of Egypt.
Abydos had been used for Old Kingdom burials and cenotaphs in the Middle Kingdom.
Ahmoses of the New Kingdom was buried there.
This proved to be of Steele from Seti and Ramses laid face down.
So the team have been able to recover these and put them on display.
And in late Roman times it was used by a rich person we know this as not only ceramic but glass has been recovered.
After it stopped being used as a mortuary temple it was quickly inhabited by the priest that worked there.
Hence the number of magazines used to store offerings.
Medinet Habu was unique because the high secondary walls protected a large population.
There would have been a peristyle court at Seti I.
The first court is not like Ram III it might have been an open court The architraves of the first door are displayed along the processional way.
The pylon gate could not be saved Inside there is a scene of the goddess Seshat writing the names of Seti At the Ramesseum and Medinet Habu there is a temple place to the south but Dr Stadelmann does not believe it was inhabited because there were no kitchens.
Seti I temple place had the same dimensions with a 12 pillared hall, steps leading to a window of appearances, a throne room, bathroom and a false door.
The statue of the King would appear at the window of appearances.
Before Seti all the temples were supplied by Karnak but from him onwards all temples have their own magazines to store offerings.
In front of the pylon there are pedestals for sphinxes, these must have been huge.
There are scenes of the feast of the valley on the walls, the barque being carried by priests using 6 poles.
Also the barque of Amens Nefertari.
The barques are shown inside a shrine on the royal barge.
There was a wide open court with an altar.
The niches were thought to be late additions but they have been found to have royal cartouches so are contemporary.
The kings offers flowers a big part of the feast.
Ordinary people would also bring flowers and then have taken them to their family tombs.
There is s sacred lake with 2 staircases and a room so it would have been used for Nile offerings.
перейти на страницу found were bricks of Ram I the head of Queen Tuya wife of Seti and mother of Ram II The team have planted the holy tree persea.
This species had dies out in Egypt but now there are 2 in the garden of the Cairo museum.
The Seti tree came from Abyssinia.
Posted by Jane: - 11:33 pm - Edit No Comments » April 24th, 2007 I am back after my visit to the UK.
I have 2 sets of lectures to write up for you and some emails to catch up on.
At the same time, Egyptian authorities are encouraging tourists to educate themselves about the tombs, and experience the art within them, without visiting the fragile sites in person.
A new visitor center opening later this month will feature a large plastic model of the valley, showing the location of each of its 63 tombs.
Computers and large visual displays will also be available.
New imaging technology can detect and even revive faded paintings.
Each photograph consists of four shots clarified by special noise-eliminating software.
It is really an amazing journey.
For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century B.
Ironically, узнать больше sacred burial site has become one of the world most popular tourist attractions, visited on most days by an average of 5,000 people, with peaks of nearly 10,000 a day.
That figure is expected to rise to 25,000 per day by 2015.
This moisture becomes salt, which erodes the plaster and paint of the murals.
According to Hawass, such restrictions are not enough.
Crowds need to be diverted to less popular sites, he said, unless they are willing to pay more.
Posted by Jane: - 9:19 am - Edit 2 Comments » April 7th, 2007 Rare Pictures of Hassan Fathy Prototype Fans of Hassan Fathy will find these photos a real treat.
Thanks to the Normand family for letting me have them.
My guest Heather actually lived in Cairo in her childhood and in correspondence said that Hassan Fathy had made a prototype for the New Gurna houses in their garden and it had been used as a Wendy House when she was a child!!!
There was a canal now filled in at the back of the house and the bricks were made on the banks.
When they left it was pulled down so I begged for any photos they might have and they brought them to me today.
Those of you that have been to the village in Gurna will recognise many features.
I thought they deserved a wider audience so decided 5 publish them on the blog although they are not exactly Luxor News.
I shall be framing my copies and putting them on display.
I know many of you know him D, Richard, Marty and others and were waiting to here this news.
The sandstone door way was crumbling, the floor was covered in weeds.
Now as you can see the doorway has been stablised with concrete, the weed cleared.
The floor covered with non moisture retaining pebbles.
I presume this has been done by Chicago House as they are working in the temple.
Posted by Jane: - 2:13 pm - Edit 1 Comment » April 4th, 2007 Mummification Museum Lecture - Nefermenu TT184 Dr Zoltan Fabian Nefermenu TT 184 and the southern slope of El Khokha — Dr Zoltan Fabian Hungarian Mission Dr Zoltan concentrated on TT184 but mentioned in passing a number of other tombs to save typing I will just refer to them by their TT number in the text.
It is 46m wide site and there is a modern building built on the courtyard.
There are 19th, 18th, Middle Kingdom and Old kingdom remains.
There are 6 tombs that are very similar where everyday topics disappear from the rock cut parts of the tomb to the open courtyard.
Three of the sanctuaries have religious scenes only.
It used to be that the first transverse room was where the ceremony of the opening of the mouth took place but this has now moved to the open courtyard.
Chapter 145 of the Book of the dead appears, known as proceeding to the underworld where small genies ask the deceased if he is purified and has his equipment.
Usually the lower register shows offering scenes.
The pleats of the garment are in light grey and over the body in pink.
Dr Zoltan has identified one of the artists Zerkespie can anyone help with spelling and similarly although he does not know this artists name he thinks he is also responsible for some scenes in Merenptah when he was younger but by this time he had more experience and was responsible for the entire tomb.
The dado line had 3 black, 1 red and 1 yellow line and these are all the same width, usually the black line is thinner.
Sitaph and Tawert also have thick lines and these are characteristic of late 19th dynasty.
The background is light grey at the bottom and white at the top.
Other important features are the short wall of the transverse wall has a double false door with a figure of the deceased holding a djed pillar.
Another feature is that at the entrance of the second sanctuary flanked by statues of the deceased.
Harpers songs usually by the doorways.
Dr Zoltan then went on to explain the methodology he uses to record the scenes.
First appearance of the litany of Sokaris which is shorter than the one at Deir el Medina.
There are 3 subsequent chambers.
At the end there was a doorway that had been blocked around the time of World War I.
In the time of Nefermenu this tomb was under debris which is why they had to construct an artificial ceiling on the third room.
The burial chamber had an unfinished granite sarcophagus and masses of debris with loads of object in it e.
Behind the blocked entrance they found a naos in the post Amarna period these cease to be those of страница deceased and his family and become various gods.
So the tomb stops being a mortuary temple for the deceased but rather a divine temple for the gods.
In TT32 they found an Osirus triad.
TT263 has a Hathor and TT38 meryptah.
In another side chamber there is evidence of a change of statue, maybe they started to do a family member but that was dismissed old fashioned and replaced with a divine statue.
TT32 had a mud brick superstructure and he looked for one above Nefermenu.
There is evidence of pyramids of the Luxor hills from the 17th dynasty discovered by Daniel Poults and the high priest pyramids.
Deir el Medina had little pyramids.
There was no epigraphic evidence so he had to find the context of the remains.
They found a saif tomb from the Middle kingdom and another Middle kingdom monument standing on a 15 cm high podium.
There was evidence of 18th dynasty objects reused and a Middle Kingdom side wall.
There was a ramp.
He has also discovered that the current TT206 is not correctly identified and will attempt to find the correct tomb He is looking forward to the removal of the house above the tomb as there are cracks inside that might be relived once it was gone.
I am sorry about the quality of these notes Dr Zoltan was a little challenging to take notes from and as ever I would appreciate any corrections.
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Posted by Jane: - 2:11 pm - Edit No Comments » April 2nd, 2007 What was that about?
At the temple of Hatshepsut the other Гель для Issey Miyake FEU DIssey this band was playing.
Nobody I spoke to had any idea why?
Nobody important was expected, nothing was going on.
I didnt even know Luxor had a brass band, where to they perform, where do they practice.
A mystery even better than the curse of Tutankhamun Posted by Jane: - 2:07 pm - Edit 1 Comment » April 1st, 2007 the sugar cane train You may have wondered what the narrow gauge railway lines on the West Bank were used for.
As you can see the grip needs adjusting and the man on the front of the train is pouring sand on the track so the wheels will grip properly.
As the train goes along both adults and children sneak sticks of cane to munch on.
I love it but it is dangerous and expensive, the last time I tried it I broke a crown!!!!!
It is really long and goes all the way to Esna where the cane is processed Posted by Jane: - 1:43 pm - Edit No Comments » March 31st, 2007 Sanctuary of Thothmosis III chapel at Medinet Habu I maanged to get this photo during a visit to Habu.
Posted by Jane: - 1:23 pm - Edit No Comments » March 30th, 2007 Mummification Museum Lecture - North karnak survey - Dr Sally Ann Ashton North Karnak survey — Dr Sally Ann Ashton This survey has been conducted over 2 years and is in the general are of the Montu temple.
The site was first excavated in 1949 when the gateway of Hatshepsut was discovered.
They discovered more in the West than the North.
After one year on checking the various features and objects they discovered little change apart from on column base that had been moved up near the police hut.
Pottery Dr Ashton went into quite a lot of detail but you could tell there was a lot more scientific methodology behind her remarks.
For example she mentioned in passing the difficulties of deciding what was on the surface.
What exactly that tern meant.
She described the technique that they had used of marking 1 meter circles every 20 meters and thoroughly investigating that circle.
They had to clear the areas of thorns.
Objects within the circle were brought to her for identification.
They looked at pottery on the surface only no digging.
They found many rims and were able to date these from the fabric in the pottery.
This has all been recorded in a database.
They found mainly domestic ware and ceramic wasters.
After these were recorded the team put them back in the circles so that any subsequent team could pick up from where they left off.
After one year these piles had not been disturbed.
The pottery was from the 3rd Intermediate Period, late Ptolemaic, Roman with minority being New Kingdom.
There were a few fine wear pieces, some brick wasters but mainly domestic wear.
There were Aswan, oasis and Canaanite amphora.
Nile silt predominates in Roman areas.
This year the methodology went further using 1 meter приведу ссылку but the results show that the 20m circles were representative.
They also did a complete clearance of one area and the methodology held up.
There was not enough time to investigate properly.
This was used all over the site except certain points like the police hut and from these they were unable to locate various structures of the New Kingdom, 3rd Intermediate Period, Ptolemaic and Roman periods.
Area A Largest structures had mud brick walls; from the magnotmeter results it looked possible it was a kiln area.
Area C Had mud brick near the gateway of Hatshepsut In areas L and M there was a substantial stone wall, 15 sandstone blocks indicating a large stone structure and explains why there is no pottery or mud brick in that area.
Evidence of early enclosure wall, an auger went 3.
The area that showed as a possible kiln was cleared down to 30 cm and sieved using a 5mm sieve.
Looking for beads and faience which are very helpful with dating.
Initially it looked quite promising and found at a lower level evidence of living but 30 cm down they found a mud brick wall with 2 stones.
They did find kiln associated material cones, saggers, wasters, types of pottery reused and dumped.
So kiln material but not a kiln, it looks like holes were dug and stuffed dumped in it.
The alignment fits with the revechan trench, there were 7 dumps within the 30 cms with large quantities of materials.
They only recorded material bigger than 2 cm.
They found mud seals, a Ptolemaic terracotta face, 1 Greek fragment, tripod from a kiln, a very little amount of Middle Kingdom debris and some New kingdom at the lower levels most stuff is late period and Ptolemaic Posted by Jane: - 1:23 pm - Edit No Comments » March 29th, 2007 Hadana Ibn Rushd - nursery school El Из пророщенных семян Чесночные кориандром 100 г, West Bank Luxor part 4 Hi Jane Hope you are well.
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My son Sam and his mate Josh are doing a 100 mile walk over Easter weekend and hope to raise more money for more equipment.
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Judging by the guide books no travel writer has ever been there because only a paragraph or two is written about the place and yet there is so much of interest there.
We drove to Edfu to pick up the boat and start our Nile cruise.
As this is a sailing boat and we had opted not to be accompanied by a tug we were reliant on the wind to get us to our destination.
It is interesting that in ancient times the hieroglyph for south was a ship in full sail.
To go north the Ancient Egyptians used the river current.
In fact there was no wind so we hitched a ride of a passing barge who took us all the way from Edfu to Gebel Silsila.
We arrived there at night and to our pleasant surprise the site is floodlit and accessible.
The actual Подробнее на этой странице of Horemheb is closed at night but as it was protected by metal grills it was easy to see in.
The area around it was also floodlit and ancient quarry work and rock cut tombs and chapels litter the site.
In the morning we awoke to a direct view as we were moored right outside the chapel.
So we breakfasted with the speos as a backdrop.
On land the ticket cost 20LE and according to the ticket number over 2000 people had been here since they had been issuing tickets.
So although not a popular site by any means, the Valley of the Kings for example can get 9,000 in a day, it is not totally unvisited.
We had the place to ourselves and the guardians and policeman took great pleasure in showing us round, especially when they could see we were really interested.
In fact the policeman seemed to know quite a lot about the site and was a very helpful guide.
The speos of Horemheb is a rock cut chapel in the side of the mountain, t shaped with the top of the T facing the river.
It has 5 openings and all wall surfaces are decorated.
The end of the down stroke of the T has statues of Amun and five other Gods at the end and according to the guardian it gets lit up by the sun, similar to Abu Simbel, at certain dates in the year.
The policeman related a story of a traveller or archaeologist named Castex discovered this phenomena and that is why there is graffiti there with this name on.
One of the pillars had also been excavated and had statues inside them.
On the walls Horemheb is seen making offerings to various Gods, Ptah, Sehkmet, Amun, Mut, Khonsu, Thoth, Hathor, sucking from Tawsert.
In many of the offering scenes Horemheb seemed to be followed by his wife or members of his court.
He had two wives but Amenia died before his accession as pharaoh so his queen was Mutnodjmet possible sister of Nefertiti.
We found a hieroglyph new to me, which seems to shown foreigners similar to that depicted on the temple of Medinet Habu, with hair sticking straight up from their head and a head band.
Maybe an early punk rocker.
In front another servant was busy waving a large fan.
There were servants preparing the offerings and the relief work although often damaged showed this presentation of legs of beef clearly.
There was a large inscription which looked like hieratic high up on one of the walls.
Next to it was a scene of a court official offering to Pharaoh.
Graffiti on the outside included a mention of the British Army and Egyptian Camel Corp; Winston Churchill actually served in this corp.
Leaving the speos and мне Дип-спрей FFEM Baits Pineapple 50 мл Ананас посмейте along the path we came across many inscriptions carved into the rock by later pharaohs.
The area is very clean and the sand is like beach sand.
There were beautifully preserved stele carved into the side of the hill along the path.
Also there was lots of evidence of ancient quarry which was awe inspiring, the clean sharp lines left by the removal of the stone, dwarfed you.
There were other chapels cut into the rock with paint remaining and the men helped us clamber through into the chapel where you had a lovely view of the Nile.
There were 9 statues in this chapel.
Further long we came to yet another chapel that had lost its top but the feet and legs of the statues remained together with two rectangular holes which looked like graves.
The policeman told us they were tombs.
There was one place which had a number of large holes cut into the rock and we were told this was where the ancient boats used to tie up.
We did not go over to the other side of the Nile but apparently there is more to see there as well.
We shall certainly be going back and sailing the Nile on a traditional sailing boat, is the ideal way to enjoy both the Nile and this site.
And these larger vessels with proper facilites are perfect.
They look wonderful and all credit to the Chicago House team pictured below for a superb job.
Posted by Jane: - 6:37 pm - Edit No Comments » March 11th, 2007 Sir Derek Plumbly, the British Ambassador holds reception in Luxor Following the Consular roadshow the British ambassador Sir Derek Plumby held a reception at the Winter Palace Hotel.
There were many people there from tourism, government, local residents and consular officials.
Dr Samir Farag the governor of luxor was there together with his press secretary Rania, who has been featured on this blog.
Sir Derek spoke in both Arabic and English of his thanks to the Egyptian authorities for their services to the many British tourists that come to Luxor.
Over 1 million Britains visit Egypt and 1 million tourists provides 200,000 jobs for Egypt.
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Many old photos of the town were taken by Mr Gaddis senior.
Posted by Jane: - 10:08 am - Edit No Comments » March 10th, 2007 British Embassy Roadshow in Luxor - Today Went this morning to this excellent event and met the Ambassador and his staff.
I even met the Visa officer that gave my husband his visitors visa to the UK last year which was most amusing.
They are really making an effort to help the residents of Luxor and this road show was the first in a series of initiatives.
I had all sorts of suggestions for them and who knows they might even take notice of some of them.
They had loads of leaflets, advice sheets and even some goodies.
Posted by Jane: - 1:08 pm - Edit No Comments » March 9th, 2007 An American eye view of WaMu Remember my lovely American family and their fabulous blog, well they had their credit cards stolen and the card company WaMu have behaved appalingly towards them.
Mr Mansour was also a very good lecturer, speaking without notes, and I hope we see him on stage again hint, hint.
Mansour Boraik was introduced extremely wittily by one of his colleagues.
He started his career as an Inspector on the Giza Plateau and was the right hand man of Zahi Hawass for many years.
He found the Valley of the Workers where the pyramid builders lived.
He moved from Giza to Aswan to Sohag and came to Luxor 15 months ago.
He explained that when he arrived here there were many national projects going on and it was a challenge for the Inspectorate to manage all of then.
At that time these were mainly on the East Bank but recently they have had the added challenge of the removal of Gurna Village on the West Bank.
There is a budget of 600 million pounds for these projects.
He arranged for Mark Lehner to come to Luxor and to train the Inspectors.
Also Ray Johnson of Chicago House has contributed in to professional development of the Inspectorate.
Mansour gave a big thanks to all his colleagues in the inspectorate and foreign missions and it is was worthwhile noting the respect shown to Mansour by the extremely high turnout.
The first place they excavated was the public gardens that were next in the line of the avenue after the police station.
As this was SCA land that had been loaned to the government for a garden this area was politically easy to excavate.
They found that the sphinxes were mostly destroyed, partly by inhabitations that go back to Roman times and also by tree and vegetation damage.
The East side of the avenue had a canal dug next to it probably in the medieval period which had pushed over many of the sphinxes.
They found lots of pottery dating to the Roman period.
Eventually the police station will be demolished to make way for the connection between this area and the end of the Luxor temple sphinxes.
Behind the Mubarak Library Excavating this land was much more problematic as it belonged to local farmers and they attacked the SCA.
The plan was to do some transverse sections and then to use machines to remove the highest level of the site.
Unfortunately some work by machines started before the trans-sections were done and the SCA rushed to the site and fortunately only 2 hours of work had been done and they were able to stop it.
It did damage some Roman remains.
There is a layer of alluvial silt on the pavement and this indicates that there was a big flood which affected the pavement and sphinxes.
The slides showed the wheel ruts of Roman vehicles which had dug into this pavement.
Nectenebo had constructed this area and used sand with the pavement laid on top.
In medieval times they decided to reuse the pedestals which were of a convenient size and structure and pushed the sphinxes of the pedestals.
The area was then flooded and the silt built up around the fallen sphinxes, pedestals and pavement.
A slide was shown of a reconstructed sphinx and its missing pedestal.
Mansour referred to the work of William Y Adam who studied the production of wine in Nubian and continually commented about the relationship between what they had found and the descriptions of Adams in his work.
They found a water wheel from medieval times and lots and нажмите для продолжения of Roman structures including wine presses.
There was evidence of 2 huge pots which would have been used for fermentation.
Next to the Твердотопливный котел STALMARK Stalmark 54 54 кВт одноконтурный used for storing the wine they found amphora.
There were three areas that had immense amounts of pottery and they found evidence of a pottery kiln.
This area was just behind the East side of the Avenue of Sphinxes.
There was a slide of an old 19th centenary photo graph shown of a kiln surrounded by pots which fits perfectly with the evidence they have found.
There is no evidence of settlements and this fits with the supposition of a canal alongside the avenue.
They have found 2 stele one of Tiberius in a traditional Egyptian pose wearing the double crown and offering to Amun, Mut and Khonsu.
It was perhaps taken from the Mut temple.
There was also one of Bakenkhonsou shown Sektnakht kneeling in front of Amun.
From its location found underneath a palm tree and nowhere near any other remains they believe that it could have been stolen and hid with its location marked by the palm tree and never recovered by the thieves.
This steel mentions Year 4 of Sektnakht and this is the first mention of such a high reignal year.
It says how he did work to the termous wall, rebuilt the hyperstyle hall and replaced many statues.
It is an extremely important piece expanding our knowledge of this time.
The army have built some retaining walls but before they go any further Mansour wants to excavate further away from the actual sphinxes as he believes there may be more behind them.
He intends to reveal the entire route of the sphinx avenue as they can see there is much to find by their current excavations but there will be problems removing the houses and sadly they will have to destroy some medieval houses.
In Front of Karnak From the tomb of Neferhotep we know that there was a large basin in front of Karnak temple but this was in the time of Amenhotep III.
And not in front of the Karnak we see today.
Before the area in front of the temple is tiled they want to do much more excavation.
They want to re-excavate the area of the wall where больше на странице think the Nile came to, there being no basin at this time.
Madrassa Area This was the area used by the SCA to park their cars after the school was removed.
They found an arch and at first thought it was a kiln but subsequently found it had been plastered.
So this was possible a basement which had been subsequently filled with pots.
They found 5 phases of occupation which the foundations of the old school had cut through.
Just one month ago they found a 29th dynasty block of King Basamates БВР Кепка рабочая think I must have got this name down wrong and it should be Psammuthis, как сообщается здесь anyone could correct me I would appreciate it the name was defaced but the Horus name left intact.
In order to make this area part of Karnak they have had the asphalt road moved so it goes around the outside edge Posted by Jane: - 11:57 am - Edit 1 Comment » March 5th, 2007 Visiting the Mut Temple - Special Permission Required I was lucky enough to go to the Mut temple the other day, my third visit but I was met by an extremelly frazzled Mary McKercher.
She had to fend off a group of unauthorised tourists who would not take no for answer when she explained they could not visit the temple.
You must get permission from the SCA.
In our case we were given our written permission and a guardian from the SCA accompained us.
So please do not give the archeologists a hard time when they say they can not let you in.
Apply to the SCA for permission in the proper manner.
Anyway here are a few photos for the unlucky people.
This is an overview of the main temple taken from temple D with temple B, Ramses III in the background.
He took a lot of advice from my penthouse resident and that made the whole thing so much better.
This time you could hear to place an order, there were two set menus so food came on time and there were enough glasses As you can see some of my guests really enjoyed the night and entered into the spirit of the thing.
Posted by Jane: - 9:38 am - Edit No Comments » February 27th, 2007 Richard and Mary have left the temple Yes the Mut temple team have now closed their work down and after tidying and a brief visit to Cairo will be winging their way back home.
Catch their website for that latest situation before they go.
Sadly not a good lecture to document without the slides.
However William Peck told me that he an article published in Kemet 5 or 6 years ago on the subject with every picture he sent them so that would be good to get hold of if you are interested in the subject.
Roberts often used people is his pictures but the scale was incorrect, perphaps this was done in order to make the picture even more monumental and this more saleable.
Posted by Jane: - 9:24 pm - Edit No Comments » February 27th, 2007 Taxi drivers honesty My guests have demanded that I record this in my blog as they were so impressed.
One lady had left her handbag behind whilst visiting the East Bank.
Actually she thought she had left it in a restaurant.
On returning to the East Bank 2 days later the driver of the taxi they had used spotted them and come running up with her bag.
He had been looking for her all that time.
I often hear stories like this and whilst some people are light fingered a surprising number are honest to the point of sainthood.
Posted by Jane: - 9:17 pm - Edit No Comments » February 27th, 2007 Mummification Museum Lecture - Forgotton Tombs of the Southern Assasif - Dr Elena Pischikova Forgotten Tombs of the Southern Assasif - Dr Elena Pischikova The idea of excavating the Southern Assasif came because the work the team did at Tomb of Nespakashuty TT 312.
After spending 6 years reconstructing the sandstone entrance which was a 6 m high structure.
They felt their next task should 5 to find his mother.
This tomb was known to be in the area known as Southern Assasif.
This area is nowhere near the Assasif tombs at Deir el Bahri, but that is the name it is known by.
It is actually just across the road from the Ramasseum, in southern Gurna and in the village of Abed Rassoul.
There are 3 tombs near each other.
Indeed TT391 was used as the summer house when the family slept outside due to the extreme heat.
It was a very complicated situation.
The tombs were being used for the housing of donkeys and dogs.
The team felt the removal of the village was good news but https://chmall.ru/100/elektrolobzik-einhell-te-js-100.html to be around when the houses were demolished as they could see fragments being used in the construction of these houses.
TT390 Lexius recorded that there 2 door frames but 150 years later these were hard to see.
The last person to see them was Dieter Arnold.
Even finding where they were in the village was difficult but eventual in 2001 they were traced to the home of Ahmed Mahmoud Abdul Rassoul.
The team were not welcome and they could not excavate as the family were there.
Eventually Ahmed did let them in, it should be noted that he died 2 weeks ago.
There was a 4 story house on top of the tomb and the family were using the open courtyard.
The tomb was covered in soot but although the ceiling was black they could see colour through it and it was a challenge to remove this soot without damaging the colour and pattern underneath.
Lots of fragments had also been cut out.
Prelimary cleaning revealed the colour, the whole tomb was painted and the Divine Adoratrice Nitocris Neitiqert was present in many scenes.
The old kingdom style papyrus columns were revealed to be painted in yellow.
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There are 4 sections to the vaulted ceiling which have different patterns.
The team found that the soot had actually preserved the colours.
There was a prelimary drawing of the kepher frieze.
All the tombs were left unfinished and Dr Elena knows that there is a related tomb at Abydos and wants to see if that is unfinished to.
There is an offering scene of the owner and father.
The second door frame was covered in mud and had to be recorded before cleaning.
In 2nd pillared hall the pillars are not in good condition, it is not finished and just has prelimary lines.
There was a niche with lost bits.
The carving is so shallow that without the painting you can адрес see it.
It has never been excavated and the burial chamber has not been found by archaeologists.
It was full of graffiti and the architectural elements had been destroyed.
They thought there was nothing there but after digging down 2 meters they found images.
The ground is very wet.
The images were in the style of the Old Kingdom.
There was an undecorated pillared hall and a 6 niched chamber.
It is being left for the future.
TT223 there is relief of Karakhamun, known in the Berlin museum.
At the 4 meter level they found carving including a figurine.
This tomb will take at least 10 years but the pillars might be able to be reconstructed at the end.
A 4 by 9 meter area was cleared.
There was a good example of Kushite carving including a hunting dog, priest with a sash and an image of the owner.
They found lots of fragments.
The name of the owner had gone but no new name had replaced it.
At least 2 pillars were decorated with offerings.
There is a painted procession of the Gods.
Dr Elena would love to try and reconstruct the ceiling from the fragments found but that is for the future.
They expect that these three tombs will take a long time to excavate properly; even the rest of their lives but the priority is TT390 In the question and answer session Mansour Boraik talked about the demolition of the houses.
Apparently 72 houses were chosen from old photos and were not going to be demolished.
They have found that the people are not cop-operative.
With regard to Ahmed Rassoul the SCA had got an agreement with him but now he has died they will have to get an agreement with his 2 wives and 10 children which complicates things.
They now intend to keep 65 houses.
We would like to encourage holiday company representatives and British Citizens, especially those resident in Luxor, to visit the temporary office at the Conference facilities of the Sonesta St.
George hotel from 09:00hrs to 17:00 hrs on Saturday 10 March.
DR Hourig Sourouzian The aim of the project is to preserve and eventually present these areas to the public.
The team is a huge one 230 workman and 28 team members.
There is a 40 degree difference between day and night and together with the vibrations from the car park and earthquake potential put a lot of pressure on the monument.
The team undertake regular soundings underneath the plinths and during this saw a protruding foot, a Greek inscription was found.
The bases have been left uncleaned for study purposes.
The team needed to know what was happening underground.
There has also been a study of the polychrome on the colossus.
The study of the torso of the northern colossus:- the original upper part fell in 27 BC, it was 700 tons, restored in Roman times with layers of blocks, some of which were reused stones.
A report on this will appear soon.
We were shown some slides one of which was taken from Goggle earth showing the temple and are therefore available.
During 2003 they managed to open it up and joined two parts of the nemes head cloth.
It was in a better state of preservation under the Nile silt.
They hope they find the face.
This process was very complicated technically.
Part of the foot remained underneath.
This has now been moved 11m 50 to the north leaving behind a mound of gravel and you could even see the negatives of the air cushions.
They need an aerial view of the site and to investigate why and when it collapsed.
The team have found literally thousands of fragments; they are going to leave the undecorated ones and will work on the decorated ones.
The brick pylon does exist and had 2 niches with granite foundation blocks for flag poles.
They have tried using various geo techniques but this has not proved useful.
There was a colonnade leading to a peristyle hall similar to Luxor temple.
They have a regular problem with water; the site is underneath the level of the surrounding fields.
There was 1 ½ steps up to the court which had many bases of colossus statues and columns.
They have a dewatering project for the peristyle and hypostyle halls using porous pipes and the water being pumped out into the nearby carnal.
In some cases because of the condition of the limestone blocks the trench line had to be moved.
In other the blocks could be removed and restored and then replaced.
They also removed the storage Mastaba and found artefacts underneath.
A brick wall was found near the peristyle hall similar to that between the temple and magazines at the Ramasseum and Merenptah indicating that there must have been magazines.
Last season the water level had reduced 3 meters revealing foundations and нажмите для деталей, There was a statue between each pillar, which were bunched papyrus bundles.
More foundations might be revealed as the water level drops further.
This temple has been neglected for 30 years but the current work is revealing more and more, things which had been lost are being returned including the eyes of a large head which had been taken out of the country.
Decided to re-erect the Northern Steele in the Eastern side of the peristyle hall.
It is possible that продолжение здесь the foundations are sorted this season this stele could be re-erected.
There is a ramp Смартфон Benefit S504 from the portico and it is possible that this lead to the stele.
Last year 62 Sekmet statues were found and they are still finding more, during the Ramaside period they took walls, foundations and pylons but not statues.
This removal left trenches and it is possible that the statues then fell in these.
They have removed architectural parts onto benches and covered with sand awaiting further funding.
I asked a question about the possibility of there been part of the temple under the road and if there was what would they do.
Dr Hourig confirmed that the road actually went through part of the peristyle hall and pylon.
Mr Mansour Boraik announced that the SCA had acquired 85 acres of land to the north of the colossus and there was now a chance to investigate further.
The road could be moved next to the Rameses canal, although there would still be problems getting to Habu.
This acquisition is very exciting and could mean a lot of changes in the infrastructure of the roads on the West Bank.
Posted by Jane: - 7:14 pm - Edit No Comments » February 16th, 2007 Reference Library at the Mummification Museum I have been told by the staff at the museum that they have a reference library which is open from 9 -1 every day except Friday and public holidays.
The books were donated by Dr Zaki Iskander and of course they would welcome more.
Posted by Jane: - 5:38 pm - Edit No Comments » February 16th, 2007 Egyptian Marathon 2007 Today was the Egyptian Marathon and all round the sites of the West Bank you could see runners and skaters.
The children were fascinated by these mad foreigners and kept on running along with them, sometimes holding hands.
Hi Jane Just an update for you.
We visited Samir Farag and he would not allow us a licence for Hamida to accept money from abroad due to extreme fundamentalists and terrorism etc.
However he gave us permission to give or buy Hamida anything that we want - from a Pen to a new Nursery.
We were really pleased as this means we can raise money and then either buy things here or in Egypt.
We need to keep a list and then the Mayor will just sign it off for us if there are any problems.
We were really pleased with the result and so was Hamida.
So on we go with our money raising.
I started a sponsored diet on 5 Jan and that should raise about £400 at the end of March.
I have lost 18 pounds already!!
Other events are being arranged as we speak.
I have nearly finished my new website but would it be at здесь possible for you to put my email address shazzahard aol.
The children made us a lovely poster and sang us a welcome song and they have improved so much in 3 months.
It is obvious that they all love being there and they have learnt so much.
We joined them at their end of term party and we were all dancing and it was absolutely wonderful.
Hamida has achieved so much and she has had a really positive feedback from the childrens parents.
We really want to help her and hopefully my new website and your articles will encourage more people to support her and her wonderful teachers.
Please feel free to put any of this on your site - we would really appreciate it.
Sharon So please get in touch with Sharon if you want to help the nursery.
They appear to have both horizontal and vertical elements, the vertical comprise the burial shaft and chambers, where there were coffins and offerings of food, unguents, cosmetics etc.
The horizontal went into the hill and resembled the layout of a temple.
Djehuty TT11, who lived under Hatshepsut, has statues of himself and his mother and father, an inner chamber found in the 6th season was decorated with rituals that would take place in the sanctuary.
The horizontal comprised elements that were covered and exposed to light.
The second element was where the opening of the mouth ceremony was performed in the open courtyard.
It was an area of transition, purification and consecration by incense and water.
The dressing of the mummy in front of Re.
The exposed courtyard contained rows of clay funerary cones, a statue in a niche and a mud brick pyramid.
Nature and human activity have destroyed them.
Dr Jose then gave a list of various tombs that had not had their courtyards investigated.
Kampp in his 1996 documented courtyards and external elements, there is a great scarcity of reliable data.
The external features depend on whether a tomb is in the valley floor or in the mountain or gebel.
During their 4th season the courtyard of Bakil was discovered 2 meters up the hill but connected with Hery.
It was painted not carved as it was not good stone.
There was a mud brick outer wall 1 ½ meters high with a 1 meter wide entrance.
There was a step to climb into the court.
During the 5th season they found the entrance of Djehuty.
There were 2 stele, one was autobiographical telling of the tasks her carried out under Hatshepsut and the second a hymn to Amun Re.
The courtyard was 34 meters long which was outstanding especially if you compare it with Rekhmire which was 19 m long.
The side walls were artificially extended with masonry, the mud brick was 3m high and 1 m wide, the team have covered the new wall to the same height as the façade.
The floor was carefully cut, filled and levelled with limestone chips and stones.
There area outside the pylon was at a lower level so a step was needed to get through the pylon.
There was a slight deviation to the East to take account of an older monument.
There did a test trench to see what the filling and found funerary deposits, some pottery and 41 bouquets, There was a discovery in the shaft of TT399 which it is next to TT12.
It was 7m deep with 4 chambers usually 2.
I found it really interesting that Luxor now has enough Russian tourists to make it worth their while.
There was a lot of excavation going on in the area of the Ptah temple and the boundary wall at the front.
Still lots more to discover at Karnak Posted by Jane: - 2:32 pm - Edit No Comments » February 5th, 2007 Update from Dr Otto Schaden I got this email from Dr Otto Schaden who had heard that I informed people about their late season on my blog.
As some of you may know Otto has not been well which has contributed to the delay.
Dear Jane —- Figured it might be best to give you an update directly.
Had a heart attack in late November.
Had several previous attacks in 1984 and 1996.
As before, the doctors will treat the damage with medications, no surgery.
A variety of issues led to a delays in planning for 2007.
The very long season of 2005-2006 alone moved our normal schedule back by many months.
Then I had to complete required reports, then I got sick, and now we finally have our paperwork underway so that we might be able to make some start by May.
And the need for some serious fund-raising is also a major concern at this time.
We have tried to work mostly in Jan.
The late start for 2007 means we will have to work during the hot months, but to our advantage, the bulk of the tasks awaiting us can be carried out INSIDE the relatively cool back rooms of the tomb of Amenmesse KV-10.
The coming season will emphasize restrictions and conservation work, plus the examination of the remaining 16 unopened storage jars.
We figure several more seasons will ultimately be needed due to the variety and quantity of the materials.
Trust all is well with you and your work!
Otto Schaden I am sure we all wish Otto good health.
As you can see they need money.
This would be a great time to get them some sponsorship so for those of you that would like to contribute towards the fund raising please see KV63 donations Checks may be sent to the University of Memphis Foundation Account 695.
Mariam Ayad, Institute of Art and Archaeology, at University of Memphis, Jones Hall 201, Memphis, Tennessee 38152.
Posted by Jane: - 9:25 pm - Edit No Comments » February 4th, 2007 News from KV63 I have heard from Roxanne Wilson of the KV63 team that because of lecture commitments they will be having a late season this year.
Pity the poor team working in the heat but it would be nice to see them back in Luxor Posted by Jane: - 8:28 pm - Edit No Comments » February 2nd, 2007 Thank you Visitors to this site are increasing all the time and for the last two days they have been over 2000 per day, I want to thank you all for your support.
During the excavation of Ramses X lots of fragments from the tomb of Seti I were found.
Seti I is an important tomb, discovered by Belzoni in 1817, because it is entirely decorated in all areas.
It was done in painted raised relief which takes a long time and maybe the reason why this method is rarely used.
When finding a fragment it is possible to identify which part of the tomb it comes from because different background colours are used.
The shaft has a blue background, the sarcophagus chamber yellow and the other parts of the tom white apart from the uncompleted outline areas.
At the time of discovery it was in very good condition as drawings done at the time show.
Some of this decoration has now been lost for a variety of reasons 1 the tomb was flooded a short time after Belzoni opened it 2 pieces were cut and removed, examples being scenes of Фанкойлы канального типа Daikin FWB08BTV king before Hathor which are respectively in Paris and Florence.
Other pieces are in private collections and museums 3 collapse of parts of the tomb, Howard Carter was involved in the restoration following the collapse.
The areas that have bricks are the result of his work and were done in 1905.
Sheik Abu Rassoul excavated this tunnel attempting to find the end and it is possible that these pieces Carter had placed inside the tunnel got moved outside during this excavation.
Ted Brock discovered 100 pieces and Otto Schaden found more during his excavations.
There are 4800 numbered pieces and these are two types.
Of the ceiling pieces some are from an astrological ceiling and some are stars.
Some fragments were found inside the chamber known as O on the old maps and GD in Kent Weeks plan.
These might have been put there by Carter.
The SCA let the team in to clear the room in 2005.
These fragments are now all stored in the tomb of Ram X.
There are some big pieces and Dr Florance did a great job of showing us how they worked out what they were and where they belonged.
Cartouches of Seti could be placed in an area by their background colour.
For example a cartouche on a yellow wall would have a white background.
This scene shows the Nubian not as an enemy but as the 4 kinds of human kind Egyptian, Asiatic, Nubian and Libyan.
This piece show the clothes of the Nubian - similar to above but an Asiatic this time - figure in a kilt standing in the middle of a twisted rope.
This is from the 6th division of the book of the gates and the rope represents the process of time.
Each twist of the rope and the person in it is an hour.
This was from above the door and was missing at the time of Belzoni - a piece in outline only showing a line of water and foot next to it of a figure lying on its side.
From the Imy duat the 10th division.
It represents the drowned people and was missing at the time of Belzoni - water lines in outline possible coming form the same scene - 4 fragments with lovely colour showing a winged disk flanked by 2 cobras which can from the 5th corridor antechamber - imy duat means what is in the underworld and is the night journey of the sun god in 12 hours.
Fragments relate to the end of the 1st division 9 columns and beginning of the 2nd division 2 columns.
There were approx 20 fragments reconstructed from GD together with some very small pieces found outside.
From the rear wall 5 the sarcophagus chamber.
Already missing at the time of Belzoni - set of fragments with another version of the same text including the biggest in the collection.
On the edge there were chisel marks so this was intentional removed from the rear wall to make the entrance for chamber GD.
Японская Хиросигэ 100 видов Эдо, Монастырь Кинрюдзан в Асакуса, 41x60 см, на х was done by the Egyptians There were 1000 fragments not belonging to the curved ceiling - 2 feet with red disks on the ankle which can only come from place but there is nothing missing there - part of a crocodile but neither of the two crocodiles on the ceiling was damaged These fragments indicate that there 2 different decorated ceilings, with stars and frames for astrological figures.
The solution is that there was a flat ceiling like Horemheb which was removed when they decided to vault the ceiling.
So they do belong to Seti.
So fragments come from 2 sources earlier stages in the decoration and cutting done during the 19th centaury.
The team has only been there 5 years and there has been no movement in that time Has the end of the tunnel been found?
One member of the team did go as far as he could, the tunnel goes into some very soft debris the shale layer and is difficult and unsafe to explore further Posted by Jane: - 10:05 pm - Edit No Comments » January 28th, 2007 An American eye view of Egypt We have have just had a most interesting family arrive at my flats and I thought readers of the blog, especially Americans might be interested to see what they have thought of Egypt so far.
This means existing taxi owners will have to sell their vehicles who to?
Chatting to the crew it transpires this is a totally different type of program.
The series is called Atlas and they will be filming all over the world.
In Egypt they are following the footsteps of 8 Egyptian people as they go about their daily lives.
The subject in Luxor was Mr Mansour Boraik who is head of the SCA here in luxor.
I suspect this will be a most interesting program, worth looking out for.
On another note Mr Mansour asked me about the reports in the press about the use of bulldozers being used round the tombs at Gourna.
As readers of this site know I have reported this myself but the earliest reports on the net back in Dec are on sites like the International Herald Tribune and Egypt Today.
Mr Mansour was at pains to state there was no danger to the monuments so I have offered Mr Mansour and opportunity to put the SCA side of the story and explain this odd choice of excavation tool.
Its members were known since the 22nd dynasty, between 946 and 720 BC.
Some of these were viziers, priests or prophets of the God Amun and month, also mayor of Thebes.
The father of Monthemhat, named New-Ptah, was the prophet of the God Month and also the mayor of Thebes.
In the so called Razam Cylinder he is mentioned as king of Thebes.
He is still alive during the reign of King Psametik I of the 26th Dynasty 664-610 BC.
He died about 648 BC after 30 years as a very important person of his time; one can say he was the real ruler of Upper Egypt.
As I said before, the tomb of Monthemhat is one of the great tombs in the West Bank of Luxor.
It has more than 55 rooms, 2 open courts and 2 pylons one to the East and one to the North.
It also has an enclosure wall of more than 177 m long There is a ramp from the North pylon to an entrance hall with 2 pillars is about 70m long.
To the south of it is a hall with 4 pillars and 3 side rooms.
Every room has a shaft which ended in a burial chamber.
From the west of the hall one can reach the first open court and also the other parts of the tomb.
The excavation works done at the tomb The tomb has been known about for 200 years and has been seen and visited by many people.
The excavation works at the tomb were started by Eisenlohr in the year 1855.
In 1888 Krall had written some subscriptions from the underground rooms.
In 1890 Scheil had published some chapels at the south side of the first open court.
Also it may be Lepsius and Champollian have visited the tomb.
The real work at the tomb began between 1949 and 1951 by Mohammed Zakaria Gomen, the chief inspector of the Antiquities department.
He excavated parts of the first hall and may be the side rooms off it and may be also parts of the first open court but I can not say exactly what he did because he died before the publication of the tomb, together with Leclant and Bargeut.
The Antiquities Department started its work again at the tomb between 1984 and 1986 with excavation and restoration of some parts of the tomb.
In 1988 the sarcophagus of Nes ptah, the oldest son of Monthemhat was found.
Till now I can not get any information about the works of the antiquities department done between 1984 and 1988 and what things were found there.
I know only that many mummies were found in the found in the tomb.
They are now in one of magazines.
Also there are no reports on the works done at that time, only one register volume about some objects like funerary cones, ushabities and offering tables.
On 3rd Jan 2006 the German — Spanish — Egyptian mission started work on the first season at the tomb.
During the campaign the work was limited to the entrance of the tomb to the end of the first court with its 10 side chapels.
All the fragments found in this part have been documented and photographed.
Also all the wall inscriptions were documented and photographed.
Most of them are in a bad condition but there are some exceptions.
Most inscriptions are biographically ones.
Some of them mention the name of king Psametik I 26th dynasty.
On the south wall of the first hall we can also read the name of King Tanwatamun, the last king of 25th dynasty.
The text mentions the name of Harsiese, the brother of Monthemhat and other members of the family.
One fragment found this year gives us more information about the family of Monthemhat and his Nubian wife Wda-rn.
Some parts of the walls of the rooms and the open court are restored and cleaned.
At the same time we have removed the debris beside a great part of the enclosure wall.
This part was also restored; some places of the Цилиндр с Festo DFM-32-125-P-A-GF had been rebuilt again.
During the second campaign, which started 5th Dec 2006 we continued to remove the debris around the other inside walls between the enclosure wall.
Also during the work of this season we have till now made the same thing in the part нажмите сюда the tomb from the first open court to end of the last room at the same level of this court.
This means that we have finished a great part of the 5 />This part is now excavated, documented and photographed, all fragments and the inscriptions, including the Karishe ones have been documented and photographed.
The only thing that has not been completed in these 2 seasons is the restoration.
In the two seasons of the work five shafts of the tomb were also cleared from the debris still inside.
In this debris we found some small objects.
Also during this season we cleared the tomb between rooms 40 and 43.
The burial chamber no 42 unknown until now is completely decorated.
The last thing to be mentioned is the documentation of some important objects found by the inspectors of the Antiquities Department between 1984 and 1988, which left by them at one side chamber of the tomb used as a magazine There is a fragment of a wooden sarcophagus with the name of Monthemhat II, the grandson of Monthemhat and his Nubian wife and the son of Pa hrd n Mut At the end of the lecture Dr Richard Fanzzini commented that the work being done by Dr Farouq was the most inportant in Egyptology at this time.
Mr Mansour Boraik agrreed with this statement Posted by Jane: - 2:40 pm - Edit No Comments » January 18th, 2007 El Basha Restaurant Re-opens under new management The management of the defunct Casablanca have taken over el Basha restaurant on the West Bank.
They have changed the menu to feature Red Sea fish and other specialties.
I have so far tried the Shrimp Curry and some grilled Hairy a white fishboth were delicious.
Ahmed the owner is keen to get his old customers back as he knows they loved his fresh fish and he expects to get a alcohol license any day Posted by Jane: - 11:44 am - Edit 1 Comment » January 17th, 2007 Gourna Updates This photo was taken just before the presidents visit to Luxor and shows the removal of one of the old houses.
It is very worrying to see bulldozers being used for this work as we had been told that the removal of the houses was because there were important archaeological remains under them.
I have not seen many archologists working with bulldozers as a preferred tool.
I also revisited New Gourna to find out how the lady I had seen just after she moved in was getting on.
She was still happy in the place but the other things she had been promised had not materialised.
It would seem only 4 houses are being provided with all the contents and these were being showcased to the media.
The rest are empty.
Houses are still being allocated on what seems to be a completely random basis.
In her family of 5 sisters, all alone through death or divorce 2 got houses and one got some land, the others nothing and are sharing.
We met her son and he told us that although he liked the house it was far from the alabaster factories where he sold his work.
He could not afford the service car so walked there, approx 3 kilometers.
I think they would feel a lot happier if they knew what was going on and if the allocation of the houses had followed some rules they could understand.
They also were concerned that after the president had visited all the contents would be taken away and I have heard this from other sources.
I shall continue to visit this lady and let you know what happens with her.
However the children seemed happy with their new playground.
I really hope that this move is positive 5 these people and that the governement provides some work in the area.
It was rescheduled for the following night but I was unable to attend.
However I do have lots of interesting updates gained a visit there on 13th.
There were several different mini projects going on in the Ramesseum that day all associated with Christen le Blanc but sourced from different places like Berkley and Texas.
Firstly there is a aerial team.
Using the model aeroplane shown in the picture they are photographing the site from the air.
The plane flies in highly controlled strips.
A hot air balloon is unsuitable for this work as it can not be controlled and is weather dependent but this little plane can do the job perfectly.
In fact this temple is currently the best documented temple in 3d there is and a lot of new techniques and equipment are being used.
They demonstrated the results on a laptop and they were spectacular.
Finally using a special light source that gives 3-d photographs the team is taking pictures which will further reveal the origins of the temple.
This light replaces the old fashioned way of waiting until the sun is in the right position and using a mirror to reflect the sunlight and give shadows.
A much better way of working.
It was all very interesting and I appreciate the time they took out to give me details.
If anyone can advise I would be grateful.
Also I saw some lovely blue glazed pottery that had been found, it looked just like Malqata wear, really beautiful.
There has been masses of work done on restoration and many areas have been dug round so wet earth is no longer touching the structures.
Many mastabas have been built and large blocks are displayed on they and again away from contact with the wet earth.
The paintwork in the hyperstyle hall has bee restored and there is still excavation going on to the right of temple palace.
Posted by Jane: - 12:05 pm - Edit No Comments » January 15th, 2007 Dr.
Sabry Abd El Aziz is in town Dr Sabry was at the temple of Merenptah today checking on the storage shed at the back.
He had been in Luxor during the Presidents visit making sure everything went well.
Posted by Jane: - 1:46 pm - Edit No Comments » January 13th, 2007 Tomorrow nights lecture is in French I spoke to Christen leBlanc who confirmed he was giving the lecture tomorrow 14th Sunday but that it would be in French.
He did say he would try and do little bits in English and I begged for as much as possible.
I did have a really interesting chat with many team members at the Ramaseum and will post these and loads of photos of the work when I get a moment.
Posted by Jane: - 11:08 pm - Edit No Comments » January 13th, 2007 Https://chmall.ru/100/fiksiruyushee-koltso-sr-120x4-frb-4120-timken.html Mubarak in Luxor The rumours have been going backwards and forwards but it looks like it is tomorrow.
I know this mainly because we have 4 policemen camped out in our flats.
There is only one house between us and the main road and our building is taller.
Last time the president was in town they stationed a policeman on the roof.
A few weeks ago we had some secret service people come by and record details about us.
Every where in Luxor you can smell new paint, road kerbs are being painted black and white.
Houses having brick wall covered in rendering but only on the side that can be seen from the road, by courtesy of the government.
Flowers are planted, lights are blazing and Luxor is looking trim and smart.
Sites are being landscaped.
Houses in Old Gurna torn down.
I hope he enjoys it.
Lets hope the people of Luxor benefit from all this, not just the tourists.
The stele had bee erected in front of the pylon in front of the first courtyard of temple A.
There were 2 steles and the rest was found in pylon 3.
It has been reconstructed in the open Air Museum, practically the first structure you see.
The stele now comprises the side walls of the chapel and the obelisks were needed for its integral support.
It was a compromise between the two structures should, which one should be on display and the shrine got the vote.
Doing this means you view the stele on its side.
You can see shadows of the previous inscription.
The stele was 4 m wide and 5 m high and had 18 lines of text; it is an abridged version of 5 other stele regarding the marriage which took place in year 34.
There is another version at Abu Simbel and the 9th pylon at Karnak.