A round up of news highlights from Issue 94
Six New Kingdom Statues
Six rock-cut statues dating to the New Kingdom have been discovered in two inside two adjoining chapels in the Gebel el-Silsila, an important quarry site near Aswan.
A King In Hiding
A police raid on the house of a drugs and arms dealer in a village near Edfu led to a surprising discovery: a near life-sized statue of Amenhotep III.
Volcanic material from Santorini
An Egyptian team working at the fort at Tell Dafna (11km from the Suez Canal) has discovered volcanic material believed to be from the eruption of Thera. The volcano on the Greek island of Santorini erupted sometime between 1645 and 1500 BC and had a devastating impact on the Mediterranean world.
Is Maia Meritaten?
The Saqqara tomb of Maia in has just been opened to the public for the first time since its discovery in 1996. A scene in one of the three decorated rooms shows a young king, probably Tutankhamun, sitting on Maia’s lap, which suggests she was the boy king’s wet nurse. However Egypt's Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty suggested Maia could in fact be Tutankamun’s elder sister Meritaten.
The “Hong Kong” of 7th Century BC Egypt
The Delta town of Naucratis was twice as large as previously thought according to a major excavation project led by the British Museum. With up to 16,000 people living in tall three to six storey tower houses, Naucratis has been described by the team as the “Hong Kong of its era”.
· The gold mask of Tutankhamun is back on display after 9 weeks of restoration
· The world’s largest study of Egyptian mummies, the Warsaw Mummy Project, has just been launched
· A new digital database of objects in Egypt’s extensive public collections is being developed by the Ministry of Antiquities to help officials identify and recover smuggled artefacts.
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