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A round up of news highlights from Issue 92


Tutankhamun’s hidden chamber?

The tomb of Tutankhamun contains two hidden rooms, one of which may house the burial of Nefertiti according to Dr Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona. While examining the recently released ultra-high resolution scans of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber Dr Reeves noticed what he believes are the outlines of two doorways, one on the western wall (possibly a storeroom with more hidden treasure) and one on the north wall which could be a burial chamber.


New Saite period tomb in South Assasif

A Twenty-sixth Dynasty burial of Padibastet, Vizier of Upper Egypt and High Steward of the God’s Wife has been discovered within the tomb of Karabasken (TT 391), the Twenty-fifth Dynasty Mayor of Thebes and Fourth Priest of Amun, which suggests Padibastet may have usurped this tomb.


Kushite holy grail

Also in the Assasif area of Luxor, the team from the University of La Laguna (Tenerife) excavating TT 209 have just discovered a pottery cup or “grail”, which confirms the dating of the tomb to the Kushite Twenty-fifth Dynasty.


Glass Kilns and Magazines

Evidence has been found for the manufacture of glass vessels during the Late Roman Period at Kom el Ahmar at Tell Mutubis (in Kafr el Sheikh). The site (which includes a glass kiln area, buildings with limestone-tiled floors and plastered walls, large monumental walls and a bath house) was abandoned soon after the Arab conquest.


Other news includes:

·        The discovery of three Middle Kingdom stelae near the amethyst mines at at Wadi el-Hudi in the Eastern Desert

·        Stelae, Roman burials and an important Greek inscription discovered at Berenike on the Red Sea coast that confirms the town’s importance as a spice market during the Roman Period

·        The remains of 16 Kushite pyramids with tombs underneath have been discovered near Gematon, Sudan

·        The Champollion Museum in Figeac, France, has just acquired the unpublished letters of Salvador Cherubini, the illustrator who accompanied Champollion to Egypt in 1829


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