Monday, December 30, 2013

NEWS: Enjoy Your Stay Catherine !!!!!

Welcome to Luxor Catherine, enjoy your holiday. 

Began, " Ashton Cathern " actress political and security of the European Union , visits to archaeological areas Friday morning and the Valley of the Kings area of the western mainland , is scheduled to visit the tomb of Hatshepsut and Nefertari , and concludes with visits in Western Bank .

She is staying in the Royal Suite of the "Old Winter Palace" which saw the tight security, the source said he was booked 15 rooms for the representative of the European Union's foreign policy and her companions at the hotel.

Happy New Year From Egypt

Friday, December 27, 2013

Egyptography Collection Vol. 04 - Aswan

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Following our Egyptography collection about the beauty of Egypt, we continue by launching the best luxury destination during the Winter season, the beautiful city of Aswan in Upper Egypt.

We hope you enjoyed Volume 01 for Abu Simbel TemplesVolume 2 for Abydos Temples, and Volume 03 for Alexandria.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Back Home: 26th Dynasty ushabti

Egypt is to recover a 26th Dynasty ushabti torso that was reported missing from the Egyptian Museum on 28 January 2011, in the throes of the January 25 Revolution.
Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said that the artifact was broken into two pieces. The lower part remained in the museum while the torso was stolen and smuggled out of the country and sold to a Belgian citizen.
A few days ago, continued Ibrahim, the Belgian citizen presented the torso to a French archaeologist to ascertain its authenticity and value. The French archaeologist recognised that the torso had been in collection the Egyptian Museum. He had studied it in 1989 at the museum.
The French archaeologist reported the find to the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), which in turn undertook the required procedures to recover it. The MSA contacted the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Egyptian embassy in Brussels, Interpol and UNESCO in order to help in the restitution of the artifact.
"The torso was among the pieces stolen from the Egyptian Museum on 28 January 2011, but regretfully it was not included in the report issued at that time about the missing objects," Ibrahim told Ahram Online.
Ibrahim added that he referred the case to the prosecutor general for investigation on why the torso was not included in the missing items report.
Ali Ahmed, head of the Antiquities Repatriation Department at the MSA, explained that the whole statue was found in the Memphis necropolis in 1858 and belonged to a nobleman of various titles, among them the holder of the north stamps.
The ushabti is 29 centimeters tall and is well known among archaeologists.
Source: Ahram Online by Nevein el Aref 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

NEWS: Ankhesom statue goes back to Egypt's Malawi Museum

Almost four months after being stolen, the statue of King Tutankhamen’s sister has been recovered by the authorities, Mohamed Ibrahim, the minister of state for antiquities, told Ahram Online on Sunday.

The 32-centimeter-tall limestone statue depicts Ankhesom, sister of King Tut and daughter of King Akhenaten, standing naked and holding an offering in her right hand
Ibrahim said that the statue's recovery had been undertaken along with the Tourism and Antiquities Police, after a gang of antiquities smugglers had been apprehended and one of its members tipped off the police regarding the statue's location.

The statue had been stolen from the Mallawi Museum in Upper Egypt, following widespread unrest sparked by the ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Looters broke into the museum and made off with 1050 artifacts. Ibrahim said that 800 of the items have since been recovered.
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New Discovery : Two Ptolomaic tombs uncovered in Al-Qantara East

The tomb is 6.5 meters high and 2.5 meters long. It is built of mud brick and has a vaulted ceiling and a burial shaft. One of the tomb’s walls is decorated with coloured paintings depicting Mina in front of the goddess Isis.
The second tomb, according to Ibrahim, is built of limestone but still not yet identified. It contains a collection of Ptolemaic clay pots and pans.
Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, head of the Ancient Egyptian Section in the MSA, said that the necropolis was subjected to illegal excavation, but the Ismailiya police caught the culprits.
He also added that the illegal excavation forced the ministry to immediate begin its own excavation there.
Al-Qantara East has a rich history, dating back to the pharaonic era. Ahmose I, a pharaoh who founded the 18th century, waged many important wars in the area, most notably against the Hyksos, Seti, and Ramses II.
In modern times, it was the site of numerous World War I battles between the Allies and Turkish forces, as well the main base of the Australian Light Horse operations in Sinai from 1916 until 1920.
It was also the site of a massive warehouse and hospital centre, which were used again in World War II.
Source : Ahram Online 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

News: Man discovers ancient cemetery under his house

A source in the Ismailia Antiquities Inspection Office said a report filed against a citizen turned illegal antiquities dealer led to the discovery of an ancient cemetery.
The cemetery is likely to date back to the Roman or late Pharaonic era and was found under a house in el-Qantara, according to the office.
The report was initially filed to the Touristic Police, after their neighbor began digging at the foundations of the building, which the neighbors feared would compromise its structural integrity.
The police discovered that the man had unearthed an ancient cemetery and was attempting to sell its contents.
“The discovery of the cemetery is completely new. It contains a coffin and animals bones. We are waiting for the arrival of a central committee from the Ministry of Antiquities in Cairo to decide on the excavation mission.” a source at the Ismailia office said.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kings & Queens: Queen Cleopatra Start & End

Cleopatra's family ruled Egypt for more than 100 years before she was born around 69 B.C. The stories and myths surrounding Cleopatra's tragic life inspired a number of books. The era began when Alexander's general, Ptolemy, took over as ruler of Egypt, becoming King Ptolemy I Soter of Egypt. Over the next three centuries, his descendants would follow in his path. At its height, Ptolemaic Egypt was one of the world's great powers.
Around this same time, the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey was consuming Rome. Pompey eventually sought refuge in Egypt, but on orders by Ptolemy, was killed.
In pursuit of his rival, Julius Caesar followed Pompey into Egypt, where he met and eventually fell in love with Cleopatra. In Caesar, Cleopatra now had access to enough military muscle to dethrone her brother and solidify her grip on Egypt as sole ruler. Following Caesar's defeat of Ptolemy's forces at the Battle of the Nile, Caesar restored Cleopatra to the throne. Soon after, Ptolemy XIII fled and drowned in the Nile. 

In 47 B.C. Cleopatra bore Caesar a son, whom she named Caesarion. However, Caesar never acknowledged the boy was his offspring, and historical debate continues over whether he was indeed his father.

Just like Caesar before him, Antony was embroiled in a battle over Rome's control. His rival was Caesar's own great-nephew, Gaius Octavius,Cleopatra had her own motivations, as well. In exchange for her help, she sought the return of Egypt's eastern empire, which included large areas of Lebanon and Syria. 

In the year 34 B.C., Antony returned with Cleopatra to Alexandria with a triumphant flair. Crowds swarmed to the Gymnasium to catch a glimpse of the couple seated on golden thrones that were elevated on silver platforms. Beside them sat their children. Antony antagonized his rival by declaring Caesarion as Caesar’s real son and legal heir, rather than Octavian, whom the revered Roman leader had adopted. Octavian, however, fought back, declaring he’d seized Antony’s will, and told the Roman people that Antony had turned over Roman possessions to Cleopatra and that there were plans to make Alexandria the Roman capital. 

In the year 31 B.C., Cleopatra and Antony combined armies to try to defeat Octavian in a raging sea battle at Actium, on Greece’s west coast. The clash, however, proved to be a costly defeat for the Egyptians, forcing Antony and Cleopatra to flee back to Egypt. 

Antony soon returned to the battlefield, where he was falsely informed that Cleopatra had died. Upon hearing the news, the despondent Roman leader committed suicide by stabbing himself. Cleopatra followed her lover’s demise by ending her life as well by being bitten by an Egyptian cobra. She died on August 12, 30 B.C. The two were buried together, as they had wished, and Egypt 
became a province of the Roman Empire.

Cleopatr's tomb:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Discovery, Aswan: Four mummies found in Aswan after attempted robbery

Aswan Tourism and Antiquities Investigation department was able to find four mummies and other archaeological articrafts dating back to the Roman and Greek eras in a mountainous area west of the Nile in Aswan.

The treasures were found after a group of thieves tried to steal them.

The other articrafts also include two stone pieces with Pharaonic inscriptions, also dating back to the same period, in addition to some wooden vessels.

The prosecution ordered that the findings be handed to Aswan antiquities department and to prepare a report about their archaeological value.

Authorities are in search for the thieves who attempted to steal the articrafts.

NEWS: Penalties imposed on two amateur German archaeologists

Egypt's ministry of antiquities has decided to impose penalties on two German amateur archaeologists who stole samples of King Khufu's cartouche from a small compartment above his burial chamber in the great pyramid.
During a meeting Sunday, the Permanent Committee of the Ministry of the State of Antiquities (MSA) condemned such action and described it as a great violation of Egypt's ancient heritage, and the great pyramid in particular - the only surviving monument of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Section at the MSA, Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, told Ahram Online that the committee has prohibited any archaeological cooperation between the MSA and Dresden University, who supported the work of the German archaeologists, as well as the scientific laboratory where the stolen and smuggled samples were analysed.
The findings of both archaeologists have been rejected, as they were carried out by amateurs not expert archaeologists, Maqsoud asserted.
The results cast doubt on the construction date of the great pyramid and consequently the pharaoh for which it was built. The results suggest that the pyramid was built in an era proceeding Khufu's reign.
"This is totally false and nonsensical," said Ahmed Saeed, professor of ancient Egyptian civilisation at Cairo University. He explains that accurate scientific research dates the cartouche within an era after the reign of Khufu.
He elaborates on the writing of the king's name in graffiti, maintaining it could have been written by the pyramid builders after construction, which might also explain why the king's short name and not his official title is inscribed. Alternatively, he suggests the cartouche could have been written during the Middle Kingdom era, due to the style of writing used.
MSA minister Mohamed Ibrahim referred the case against the two Germans to the prosecutor-general for further investigation, alleging that both amateur archaeologists had broken Egyptian law by entering the pyramid and taking the samples without permission from the MSA. They also smuggled the samples out of the country, in breach of international law and the UNESCO convention.
Ibrahim further requested that the Egyptian police and Interpol put the names of both German archaeologists on the airport watch-list.
The German embassy in Cairo responded to the incident in a press release, denouncing the actions of their two citizens and stating that the researchers are not affiliated with the embassy or the German Archaeological Institute, nor do they represent any official mission from Germany to Egypt.
Source: Ahram Online By Nevein el aref 

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Alexandria: The Sunken City

1,200 years ago the ancient Egyptian city of Heracleion disappeared beneath the Mediterranean. Founded around 8th century BC, well before the foundation of Alexandria in 331 BC, it is believed Heracleion served as the obligatory port of entry to Egypt for all ships coming from the Greek world.

Prior to its discovery in 2000 by archaeologist Franck Goddio and the IEASM (European Institute for Underwater Archaeology), no race of Thonis-Heracleion had been found (the city was known to the Greeks as Thonis). Its name was almost razed from the memory of mankind, only preserved in ancient classic texts and rare inscriptions found on land by archaeologists.With his unique survey-based approach utilising sophisticated technical equipment, Franck Goddio and his team from the IEASM were able to locate, map and excavate parts of the city of Thonis-Heracleion, which lies 6.5 kilometres off today’s coastline about 150 feet underwater. The city is located within an overall research area of 11 by 15 kilometres in the western part of Aboukir Bay.
Findings to date include:
- The remains of more than 64 ships buried in the thick clay and sand that covers the sea bed
- Gold coins and weights made from bronze and stone
- Giant 16-ft statues along with hundreds of smaller statues of minor gods
- Slabs of stone inscribed in both ancient Greek and ancient Egyptian
- Dozens of small limestone sarcophagi believed to have once contained mummified animals

- Over 700 ancient anchors for ships 
Research suggests that the site was affected by geological and cataclysmic phenomena. The slow movement of subsidence of the soil affected this part of the south-eastern basin of the Mediterranean. The rise in sea level also contributed significantly to the submergence of the land. The IEASM made geological observations that brought these phenomena to light by discovering seismic effects in the underlying geology.
Analysis of the site also suggests liquefaction of the soil. These localized phenomena can be triggered by the action of great pressure on soil with a high clay and water content. The pressure from large buildings, combined with an overload of weight due to an unusually high flood or a tidal wave, can dramatically compress the soil and force the expulsion of water contained within the structure of the clay. The clay quickly loses volume, which creates sudden subsidence. An earthquake can also cause such a phenomenon. These factors, whether occurring together or independently, may have caused significant destruction and explain the submergence of Thonis-Heracleion.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

See Egypt (8): Al Salamlek Palace, Alexandria

Al Salamlek Palace
The Royal Family Residence
King Farouk

NEWS: Egypt plans ambitious renovation for Cairo museum

Organizers said they want to return the dusty 111-year-old museum to its former glory by painting the walls and covering the floors in their original colors and patterns.

The lighting and security systems also will be upgraded to meet international standards, Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said, announcing the plan during a news conference in the museum's leafy courtyard. The displays also will be rearranged, although he did not give details about how.

One of the museum's most famous exhibits, King Tutankhamun's treasures, will be moved to a new Grand Egyptian museum that is being built near the Giza pyramids. It is scheduled to be completed in 2015. 

Along with the overall tourist industry, the museum has suffered in large part due to its location near Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protests and frequent clashes since the start of the 2011 revolution that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Violence spiked again after the 3 July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
But the interim government that has assumed power is struggling to regain control of the streets and bring back the visitors who long made Egypt a top tourist spot.

"From Tahrir, on a Friday, we are sending a positive message to the entire world: Egypt is doing well," Ibrahim said on the anniversary of the museum's inauguration in 1902.

Ibrahim also said his ministry planned to demolish the blackened former headquarters of Mubarak's National Democratic Party, which was burned during the anti-Mubarak uprising and stands between the museum and the River Nile, to create a botanical garden and an open-air museum. He said part of the new exposition area could be dedicated to the country's popular uprisings.

The minister declined to give an exact figure for the cost of the project, but said it would likely be at least $4.3 million.

Source: Ahram Online 
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NEW DISCOVERY: New findings at Tuthmosis III Mortuary temple, Akhnaton was found too!

According to Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Antiquities, the Egyptian-Spanish mission working in the site of Tuthmosis III mortuary temple on the West Bank of Luxor, found the lower parts of two black granite statues.

One of the discovered parts of the statues found bears an inscription of King Tuthmosis III name. The parts were found inside a mud brick structure in the northern part of the temple.

The mission also found parts of limestone doors of one of the temple buildings with texts and cavernous/sunken inscriptions of two cartouches of Tuthmosis III.

Dr. Mohamed Abd El Maqsoud, Head of the Ancient Egypt department, pointed out that the scenes and inscriptions carved very neatly and with maximum accuracy which is common for art in the middle of the 18th Dynasty. He also said that one of these doors has an inscription of the High Priest “Khonsu”, beside the discovery of a group of royal seals of Akhnaton and Ramses II.

Dr. Abd El Maqsoud referred that finding the name or Ramses II and Priest Khonsu confirms that a part of the temple was used till the time of Ramses II and Akhnaton seals shows that it was used for religious rituals in the beginning of King Akhnaton’s reign.

The site is under the management of the Academy of Fine arts of Seville, Spain. More about the mission Click here

Tuthmosis III(died 1426 ) Egyptian king of the 18th dynasty (r. 14791426 ), often regarded as the greatest pharaoh of ancient Egypt. He ascended the throne around the age of 10, but his aunt, Hatshepsut, ruled first as his regent and then in her own right for the next 20 years. On her death he began military campaigns to reestablish Egyptian supremacy in Syria and Palestine. Later he attacked and defeated the kingdom of Mitanni, a powerful Mesopotamian rival of Egypt. He subdued the Nubian tribes to the south and employed them in the gold mines that became the basis of Egypt's wealth. He consolidated his victories with more campaigns and established a system whereby native rulers would pay yearly tribute to Egypt and send their heirs as hostages to Egypt, where they would be educated at court. At home he enlarged the temple of Amon at Karnak. His mummy was discovered in 1889 and his mortuary temple in 1962.


Mummfication Museum lecture -Tuthmosis III funerary temple by Jane Ashkar 

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Source: Luxor times