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A round up of news highlights from Issue 93

 

Scanning Monuments

As we went to press, it was still not clear whether Tutankhamun’s tomb contains two hidden rooms, as proposed by Dr Nicholas Reeves. In a separate project called ScanPyramids,  a mix of non-invasive visualisation techniques is being used to look into the Giza pyramids of Khufu and Khafra, and the Bent and Red pyramids at Dashur. 

Newly discovered Hatshepsut Temple

A Polish team researching the poorly preserved wall reliefs in a two-room rock-cut chapel at Gebelein has found evidence dating it to the reign of Hatshepsut. The team were able to spot fragments of an inscription containing feminine word endings within a cartouche.

From storage to display

Six hundred objects from the Tomb of Tutankhamun, never previously displayed, are among the 3000 artefacts being taken out of storage in Luxor and examined by conservators ahead of their relocation to the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

22 Shipwrecks

A Graeco-British archaeological expedition has discovered the wrecks of 22 ships (dating from 700 BC to 600 AD) around the small Fourni archipelago in the Aegean (between Samos and Icaria), on the ancient trade route between Greece, Egypt and Cyprus.

World’s oldest “ABC”

An ancient alphabet primer has been found on a shard of pottery dating to the reign of Thutmose III (c. 1479 – 1425 BC). Written in hieratic, the text is an instructional list of words in alphabetical order, using the HalaHam order of ancient Egyptian and Arabian scripts rather than the ABC of the modern western alphabet.

Brutal punishment at Amarna

Proof that ancient Egyptians suffered corporal punishment for criminal activity has been discovered at Amarna. The skeletons of five middle-aged men have been found bearing stab injuries to the shoulder blade inflicted by a spear. The depth of the wounds suggests that the injuries would have not incapacitated the men, or prevented them from returning to work, which suggests a form of punishment.

In Brief

·        The Egyptian authorities have revived plans to develop an underwater antiquities museum in Alexandria with the backing of UNESCO

·        A German team is currently restoring the golden mask of Tutankhamun after the beard was accidentally knocked off and glued back on with epoxy.

·        Beach-loving tourists visiting the Red Sea coast near Hurghada can now tour the greatest sites of Egypt including Abu Simbel Temple, Karnak, the Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza in a new exhibition of 60 models called “Mini Egypt”

 

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