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A round up of news highlights from Issue 112


Fifth Dynasty Tomb at Saqqara

The Egyptian team working at the sacred animal necropolis at Saqqara have opened the Fifth Dynasty tomb discovered last November (see news, AE111). The 10m x 3m tomb belongs to Wah-ty, a royal purification priest and "inspector of the holy boat" during the reign of Neferirkara (c. 2475 - 2455 BC), and was found to be well-preserved and beautifully decorated with coloured scenes and 24 rock-cut statues of Wah-ty with his mother Merit Meen, his wife Weret Ptah and other family members.


Tombs and Mummies at el-Assasif

There have been several important finds at el-Assasif, the West Bank necropolis near to Deir el-Bahri including the tomb of Thaw-Irkhet-If, overseer of the mummification shrine at the Mut temple. Coloured scenes depict Thaw-Irkhet-If with his wife (a temple singer) and other members of his family. The tomb dates to the Middle Kingdom but was reused during the Late Period. And in the nearby tomb of Padiamenope TT33 two intact sarcophagi were opened in front of the international media: an Eighteenth Dynasty white coffin with a well-preserved linen-wrapped mummy of a woman called Pouyou or Pouya, and a darker rishi-style coffin, inlaid with gilt, thought to date to the Seventeenth Dynasty.


Muddy Mass Grave at Gebel el-Silsila

The Swedish mission at the quarry site of Gebel el-Silsila has announced the discovery of an undecorated Eighteenth Dynasty tomb, 5 metres below ground. The tomb, where at least 50 individuals were buried, is partially submerged in water from a nearby spring, and has to be pumped out regularly to allow the team to sift through the mud by hand.


Rare Shrine at Tell Edfu

A large New Kingdom villa with a rare domestic shrine has been discovered by an American team working at the site of Tell Edfu. The villa consists of several rooms with columns and a large six-columned hall measuring about 10 by 8 metres. The well-preserved shrine was found in the corner of the villa's large hall and was dedicated to family ancestors.




*       An industrial and trade complex active during the Greek and Roman periods has been discovered in Alexandria.


*       A village dating to the reign of Ptolemy III (246 - 221 BC), thought to be the world's oldest perfumery, has been found at Tamei el-Amadeed in Dakahlia.


*       A collection of Roman period cylindrical pottery coffins has been found at Damietta together with more than 700 amulets with Roman motifs


*       After four years of restoration work, the Egyptian National Library and Archives in Cairo is to reopen in February


*       A pot of gold coins bearing the head of Byzantine Emperor Constantius II has been discovered in the Ain el-Sabil area (Dakhla Oasis)


For details on these finds and more Egyptology news see AE112!


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