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A round up of news highlights from Issue 106


The Two Brothers ARE Brothers!

Analysis of DNA from the teeth of two mummies from the Manchester Museum has revealed the two men, found together in a tomb at Deir Rifeh are in fact half-brothers The new findings confirm that Khnumnakht and Nakhtankh, elite men who lived during the Middle Kingdom, c. 1800 BC, had different fathers, but shared the same mother.

Nobles Burials at Luxor

Two new Eighteenth Dynasty nobles' tombs originally discovered in the 1990s, have been opened for the first time, revealing a mummy and large collection of funerary objects. The tombs, known as Kampp 161 and Kampp 150 are at Dra Abul Naga on the West Bank at Luxor.

Ankhesenamun's Tomb

An Egyptian team led by Zahi Hawass has begun searching for the missing tomb of Tutankhamun's wife Ankhesenamun, in the Valley of the Monkeys (West Valley). Excavations are taking place at a site near to the tomb of Tutankhamun's successor Ay.

New Graeco-Roman Tomb Discoveries

A new Graeco-Roman tomb has been discovered at el-Alamein, 115 km to the west of Alexandria. One of the walls is decorated with a carving of a horn decorated with painted leaves. Hellenistic tombs have also been discovered in Alexandria's el-Abd archaeological site, together with a large stone false door slab decorated to represent the façade of an Egyptian temple, with a carved painted staircase leading to a set of double doors.

Old Kingdom Finds at Edfu and Kom Ombo

Two massive Old Kingdom mudbrick buildings have been discovered at Tell Edfu, one dating to the Sixth Dynasty, the other built during the reign of the Fifth Dynasty king Djedkara Isesi, the oldest building found at the site. The buildings, discovered by an American team, are thought to have been administrative centres for mining operations in the Eastern Desert.

Kom Ombo Discoveries

The Austrian team working at Kom Ombo has uncovered part of a First Intermediate Period cemetery containing a number of mudbrick tombs, built over the top of an earlier cemetery. The team also found a sealing impression of the Fifth Dynasty king Sahura and a limestone block inscribed with the cartouche of the Macedon king Philip Arrhidaeus, the half-brother and successor to Alexander the Great.

Child Burials at Gebel el-Silsila

The Egyptian-Swedish mission working at Gebel el-Silsila near Aswan, have uncovered four intact burials of children, dating to the Eighteenth Dynasty. The children's ages range from about two and nine years, with each found in its own rock-cut grave.

Syrian Axe from Elephantine

Two metal axes made of copper and bronze were discovered in a pit in the upper floor of a New Kingdom carpenter's workshop on Elephantine Island by a German-Swiss mission. One is an Egyptian style axe which is heavily corroded and cracked, but the second is a Syrian style axe, the first of its kind to be found in Egypt; unlike the Egyptian tools, this axe contained a hole for mounting on a shaft.

In Brief

·       The ruins of a Late Period temple has been uncovered at the site of Buto with a statue of Psamtek I

·       A new fortress structure has been discovered at Tell el-Maskhuta on the Ismailia Canal, northeast of Cairo

·       The oldest known cases of multiple myeloma and breast cancer have been discovered in two Egyptian mummies dating to c. 1800-2000 BC

·       A Ramesses II stela has been uncovered at San el-Hagar (Tanis) during work to convert the site into an open-air museum

·       The black granite feet from a statue of Amenhotep III have been found in a parking lot in Akhmin

And finally...

A giant sphinx and 35 foot tall statue of Ramesses II have been uncovered....in California! They are part of the submerged film set of Cecil B DeMille's 1923 epic The Ten Commandments.

For more details of these and more news stories, see the latest edition of Ancient Egypt Magazine!


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