Thursday, June 27, 2013

ABYDOS: Alien carvings between Reality & Myth

In 1848, an archaeological expedition working in Egypt discovered strange hieroglyphs on a ceiling beam at an ancient temple in Abydos, several hundred miles south of Cairo. The hieroglyphs were carefully copied and brought back to Europe. The mysterious images gave rise to heated debate amongst Egyptologists. Eventually, however, they were dismissed as bizarre objects that nobody could adequately explain and were forgotten.

In the mid 1990's photographs and videos, taken primarily by tourists who had visited Abydos, began to appear on the internet. They depicted the 'strange machine hieroglyphs' originally discovered in the nineteenth century. The temple in which they were found was built by Pharaoh Seti I around three thousand years ago. To the modern viewer it is clear that the strange machines, so mysterious to the Victorians, are in fact various types of flying craft and a tank. One of the aircraft is a helicopter. There is no mistaking it. It has a rotor blade, cockpit and tailfin typical of a modern battle helicopter. On the face of it, this is one of the most astounding discoveries ever to have been made in Egypt.

So accepting the fact that the ancient Egyptians did not have the technology to build helicopters or other aircraft, where did the images of the flying machines come from?

The history of the human race has been turbulent to say the least. Many of the fabulous ancient libraries, such as the library at Alexandria and the vast libraries of ancient China have been destroyed. Much of the priceless evidence of the distant past has been obliterated. Fortunately, however, ancient writings have survived, particularly in India. Amazingly, some of these ancient texts speak of highly sophisticated flying craft.

The compelling temple carvings at Abydos , and ancient texts from India and Tibet, speak of a bygone era when powered flight was highly advanced and even commonplace. They speak of a long-lost civilisation that was at least as advanced as our own. It was not a civilisation that existed three thousand years ago, but much further back in the mists of time; a civilisation that was suddenly wiped from the face of the Earth. Unfortunately, as has been seen all too often, history has a habit of repeating itself

For some other explanation & theory Click here 

Source from : Hall of the gods 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NEWS: The Spinning Statue Neb-senu Paranormal activities !!!!!!

Neb-senu spinning statue from Ancient Egypt is causing debate in a British museum. The 10-inch tall statue  has been on display at the Manchester Museum in Manchester, England, for 80 years but was recently captured on video rotating on its own.
ABC News reports that the museum's curator, Campbell Price, noticed one day that the statue had moved, though he was the only one with a key."But the next time I looked, it was facing in another direction-and a day later had yet another orientation," Price told The Sun. Price then put the statue back in its original position, locked the glass case, and set up a camera to film the statue over an 11-hour period.  The resulting time-lapse video, Price says, shows the statue moving on its own.

"I noticed one day that it had turned around," Price said. "I thought it was strange because it is in a case and I am the only one who has a key ... I put it back but then the next day it had moved again. We set up a time-lapse video and, although the naked eye can't see it, you can clearly see it rotate on the film."
Price explained the history of the Egyptian idol and how this could make some superstitious.

"The statuette is something that used to go in the tomb along with the mummy. Mourners would lay offerings at its feet. The hieroglyphics on the back ask for 'bread, beer and beef'. In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit. Maybe that is what is causing the movement," he said. "Most Egyptologists are not superstitious people," Price added.

However, other experts have found a scientific explanation for the movement, including vibrations from the museum that could cause the statue to move. "The statue only seems to spin during the day when people are in the museum," Carol Redmount, associate professor of Egyptian archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, told ABC News.  "It could have something to do with its individual placement and the individual character of the statue."
The hieroglyphs on the back of the statue read "bread, beer and beef," a "prayer for offerings for the spirit of the man," Price told the Sun.

Watch the video of the spinning statue below:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CANADA INTERVIEW: 'Indiana Jones' says !!!!!

The famous, and at times controversial, Egyptologist is free of legal charges, free to travel and is launching a worldwide lecture tour with the aim of getting tourists back to Egypt, he told Live Science in an interview.

Hawass also said that he believes there are some fantastic discoveries waiting to be made, including more tombs in the Valley of the Kings and a secret burial chamber, containing treasure, which he believes to be inside the Great Pyramid built by the pharaoh Khufu (also known as Cheops).

Hawass was head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities for nearly 10 years and became Egypt's first-ever antiquities minister near the end of Mubarak's regime. A revolution succeeded in tossing out Mubarak in February 2011 and Hawass was dismissed from his post a few months later. "All the accusations against me were dropped, were completely false, and this is why everything's finished, I can travel, I can do anything," he told LiveScience in an interview after a lecture held here on Monday at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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In the interview, and in his lecture, Hawass said that he is excited at the robot work that has been going on over the past two decades at the Great Pyramid. One chamber in the pyramid called the "Queen's Chamber" (although there is no evidence it was ever used for a queens burial) contains two shafts that go up into the pyramid but do not exist outside.

Robots have been up these shafts and found that both contain doorways with copper handles. When a robot drilled through one of the doors, they found a small chamber with what might be a sealed door behind it.

Ultimately, these shafts may point the way to a secret burial chamber where Khufu (Cheops) was buried, Hawass said. While the pyramid already has three known chambers (one of which contains a sarcophagus), he said the true burial place of the pharaoh has yet to be found.
More Images Inside the Pyramid

"I really believe that Cheops chamber is not discovered yet and all the three chambers were just to deceive the thieves, and the treasures of Khufu [are] still hidden inside the Great Pyramid, and these three doors could be the key to open this burial chamber," he said in the interview.

Source : Fox-news                              

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MINYA: Battle for Egypt’s ancient Roman site: Antinopolis

According to The Art Newspaper, leading archaeologists have denounced the poor state of conservation of the Roman remains at Antinopolis in Egypt, the city built by Emperor Hadrian, who ruled Rome from 117 A.D. to 138 A.D. The revolution that swept through the country in 2011 and the subsequent exit of its president, Hosni Mubarak, who is currently in jail facing corruption charges, have affected the security and conservation of many historical sites in the country, especially those that are far from major city centers. 

Antinopolis, located near the Nile over 30 kilometer south of the nearest large town, Minya, is a perfect target. Until recently, the Roman hippodrome there was still intact, although it has now been swallowed by the ever-expanding cemetery for the neighboring small town called Sheikh ‘Ibada. Out of the four hippodromes built by the Romans in Egypt, this was the only one that survived. Large areas are being prepared for redevelopment and parts of the ancient necropolis on the north of the site have already been converted into farmland, reported The Art Newspaper.

Egyptian authorities

According to The Art Newspaper, Rosario Pintaudi, an Italian archaeologist from the Vitelli Papyrological Institute, Florence, has raised the alarm and involved other leading archaeologists, such as Jay Heidel, from Chicago University’s Oriental Institute, to bring the issue to the attention of the Egyptian authorities. Pintaudi claims that, thanks to American involvement, he obtained a meeting with Mohammed Ibrahim, the minister of antiquities, who only promised to address the matter when he realized that a nearby temple, built by Rameses II, is also under threat. “It’s a battle,” said Pintaudi, “groups of children pass by us, grinning, armed with spades with which they dig out artifacts and sell them. People don’t like our presence here.” 

Raymond Johnson, the director of the archaeological mission from the University of Chicago in Luxor, said: “This is a disgrace, it’s a real tragedy. After the meeting with the minister they increased the number of guards, but many of them are from the same families as those that pillage the site.”

Minya famous sites : 
* The village of Bani Hasan houses 390 rock-cut decorated tombs and chapels from the Middle Kingdom (2000–1580 B.C., especially the sixteenth dynasty). 
more images for Bani Hassan Clickhere 

* Akhetaten (Tel Amarna) was built by Pharaoh Akhenaten and dedicated to the god Aten. Akhenaten lived there in isolation with his beautiful wife, Nefertiti, and daughters, devoting himself to themonotheistic religion that he preached. The glorious remains of the palaces, temples and tombs still exist today. 
more images for Akhetaten Clickhere 

* Other significant archaeological sites in the governorate of Minya includes: 
- Tuna el-Gebelmore images Click here
- Ashmounin (Hermopolis), more image Click here
- El Shiekh Ebada , more image Click here 

Monday, June 17, 2013

CAIRO, ABU SIR: Unchecked looting guts Egypt’s heritage, with one ancient site ‘70 percent gone’

ABU SIR AL MALAQ, Egypt — A wispy-haired mummy's head, bleached skulls, and arm and leg bones are piled outside looted tombs.A mummified hand with leathery-skinned fingers pokes from the sand.

Ancient burial wrappings from mummified bodies — torn apart to find priceless jewelry — unravel across the desert like brown ribbon, or tangle near broken bits of wooden coffins still brightly painted after nearly 3,000 years underground.With bones scattered everywhere, this 500-acre plot looks like the aftermath of a massacre rather than an ancient burial ground.

“You see dogs playing with human bones, children scavenging for pottery,” says Egyptian archaeologist Monica Hanna, stepping cautiously around grisly remains and deep pits dug into tombs by looters.
Salima Ikram, an expert in tombs and mummification who heads the Egyptology unit at American University in Cairo, gasps in horror in her home while examining Tribune-Review photographs of the site.“These scattered remains … brutally pulled apart in search of one shiny piece of metal,” Ikram says in disgust.

“This is most horrific — someone's ribs!” she suddenly exclaims. “Oh, God! It's like the killing fields!”
Thieves, explorers and archaeologists have raided Egypt's ancient sites for centuries. The Tribune-Review first reported in February that the looting had become a free-for-all after a 2011 revolution toppled one government and introduced continuing turmoil.The tomb raiding threatens some of Egypt's — and the world's — most revered and valuable heritage sites, many of which have never been properly studied or catalogued, experts say. A few experts privately accuse the Muslim Brotherhood-led government of President Mohamed Morsy of ignoring the threat.
Some Islamist religious leaders have contributed to the frenzy by ordering “pagan” antiquities to be destroyed, or issuing directives on the “correct” Islamic way to loot them.
Police and local authorities insist they are overwhelmed by lawlessness and outgunned by criminal gangs with heavy weapons smuggled from Libya.
Meanwhile, the threatened heritage is a low priority for many Egyptians beset by daily electrical outages, fuel shortages, higher food prices, rising street crime and political instability.
For others, that heritage is a chance to cash in. Looted objects are sold in dirt-poor villages near sites such as Abu Sir al Malaq; others go to wealthy collectors, particularly in the United States, Europe, Japan and the Middle East, experts say.
Last week, Egypt's new antiquities minister pledged to improve security “at all archaeological sites and museums.”
But that appears to be too little too late for the sprawling cemetery complex, or necropolis, in the governorate of Bani Suef. Of three sites examined by the Trib – the others are Dahshour and El-Hibeh – it is the most extensively ravaged.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

KING SETI I: Father & Son of Ramesses

Seti I was the father of perhaps Egypt's greatest rulers, Ramesses II , and was in his own right also a great leader.His birth name is Seti Mery-en-ptah, meaning 'He of the god Seth, beloved of Ptah.To the Greeks, he was Sethos I, and his throne name was Men-maat-re, meaning 'Eternal is the Justice of Re'.He ruled Egypt for 13 years (though some Egyptologists differ on this matter, giving him a reign of between 15 and 20 years) from 1291 through 1278 BC. In order to rectify the instability under the Amarna kings, he early on set a policy of major building at home and a committed foreign policy. Seti was the son of Ramesses I and his queen, Sitre. He probably ruled as co-regent, evidenced by an inscription on a statue from Medamud. Seti married into his own military caste. His first wife was Tuya, who was the daughter of a lieutenant of charioteers. His first son died young, but his second son was Ramesses II.

More images for the temple Click here 
This was truly a great period in Egypt, and perhaps the greatest in regards to art and culture. In the building projects that Seti I undertook, the quality of the reliefs and other designs were probably never surpassed by later rulers.He is responsible for beginning the great Hypostyle Hall in the Temple of Amun at Karnak , which his son Ramesses II later finished.Seti's reliefs are on the north side and their fine style is evident when compared to later additions.

However, at Abydos , he built perhaps the most remarkable temple ever constructed in Egypt.It has seven sanctuaries, dedicated to himself, Ptah , Re-Harakhte, Amun-Re, Osiris Isis and Horus .Interestingly, in this temple a part called the Hall of Records or sometimes the Gallery of Lists, Seti is shown with his son before a long official list of the pharaohs beginning with the earliest times.However, the names of the Amarna pharaohs are omitted, as if they never existed, and the list jumps from Amenhotep III directly to Horemheb .

Other building projects included a small temple at Abydos dedicated to Seti's father, Ramesses I, his own mortuary temple at Thebes, and his best building project of all, his tomb in the Valley of the Kings .This tomb, one of the few actually completed, was without doubt the finest in the Valley of the Kings, as well as the longest and deepest.

More Images for the tomb Click here 
The tomb of Pharaoh Seti I of the Nineteenth Dynasty, it is one of the best decorated tombs in the valley, but now is almost always closed to the public due to damage. It was first discovered by Giovanni Battista Belzonion 16 October 1817. When he first entered the tomb he found the wall paintings in excellent condition with the paint on the walls still looking fresh and some of the artists paints and brushes still on the floorThe longest tomb in the valley, at 137.19 metres, it contains very well preserved reliefs in all but two of its eleven chambers and side rooms. One of the back chambers is decorated with the Ritual of the Opening of the Mouth, which stated that the mummy's eating and drinking organs were properly functioning. Believing in the need for these functions in the afterlife, this was a very important ritual. A very long tunnel (corridor K) leads away deep into the mountainside from beneath the location where the sarcophagus stood in the burial chamber. Recently, the excavation of this corridor was completed. There was no 'secret burial chamber' or any other kind of chamber at the end. Work on the corridor was abandoned upon the burial of Seti. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Egyptography Collection Vol. 02 - Abydos Temples

Following our Egyptography collection about the beauty of Egypt, we hope you enjoyed Volume 01 for Abu Simbel Temples and we continue with Volume 02 for Abydos Temples, the most important and remarkable sight in Upper Egypt.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

LUXOR: Ding was here !!!!!!

Teen graffiti scrawled on a 3,500-year-old tablet at Egypt’s Temple of Luxor has triggered public outrage. Egyptian authorities say they removed the graffiti this week, but news of the tag “Ding Jinhao was here” (written in Mandarin) and the 15-year-old Chinese boy responsible continue to dominate social media and news reports.
The Global Times newspaper says the image of the defaced monument has been shared over 90,000 times on Chinese social media and triggered public outrage from embarrassed Chinese citizens.

According to BBC News China, the teen’s mother explained that the graffiti was scratched years ago when they were visiting Egypt and that the teen is now very sorry for his actions.
“We want to apologise to the Egyptian people and to people who have paid attention to this case across China,” the mother told Modern Express on Saturday.

This incident came in the wake of Chinese Official Wang Yang’s comment in state run media about Chinese tourists’ “uncivilized behavior” abroad. He singled out actions such as “talking loudly in public places, jay-walking, spitting and willfully carving characters on items in scenic zones”.

The Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities said that it had assigned an archaeological committee to investigate the incident and examined the damages caused. The committee has reported that the marks made by Jinhao are superficial and can be easily removed.

In order to prevent the repetition of such incidents in the future, the Luxor archaeological inspectorate to assign an archaeologist to escort any tourist delegations during their visit, and would increase the number of inspection tours carried out at the city's archaeological sites.