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A round up of news highlights from Issue 100

 

 

Newly Discovered New Kingdom Tombs

A group of twelve rock cut tombs dating to the reigns of Thutmose III and Amenhotep II have been discovered by the Swedish team working at Gebel el Silsila in Upper Egypt. The team also found three rock-cut crypts, a tomb containing multiple animal burials and three infant burials.

 

New Tombs at Qubbet el-Hawa?

A two-metre high ancient "encroachment wall" has been discovered in the northern part of the West Aswan cemetery at Qubbet el-Hawa. The wall appears to provide architectural support for the known Old Kingdom tombs of the upper terrace, separating them from a second terrace where the team believe there are lower-lying tombs waiting to be discovered.

 

New Ideas For Burial Pots

Ancient Egyptian pot burials were deliberate and symbolic rather than "make-do" burials for the poor according to new research from Australia. They believe that containers were chosen to represent the womb, symbolising rebirth in the afterlife.

 

5000 year old Nativity Scene

An image painted on the ceiling of a cave near to the Gilf Kebir Plateau may be the oldest "nativity scene" ever found, predating the Christian nativity by 3000 years. Painted in red-brown ochre, the damaged image appears to depict a man and woman with a baby floating above them; the position of the baby is thought to indicate birth or pregnancy.

 

A Cure for Ingrown Eyelashes

A Danish researcher translating a 3500 year old gynaecological text has discovered an ancient cure for trichiasis (ingrown eyelashes) on the other side of the papyrus. The remedy involves crushing bulls' fat, bat and donkey blood and (possibly) the heart of a lizard with a dash of honey.

 

In Brief:

*        Two mummfied knees from Turin's Egyptian Museum are "highly likely" to have belonged to Nefertari, Great Royal Wife to Rameses II according to new research by an international team.

*        The Amenhotep III Mortuary temple team have unearthed several more high quality statues of the lioness-headed goddess Sekhmet.

*        An Egyptian archaeologist walked into a butcher's shop in the northern city of el-Mahalla and discovered a large stone being used to chop meat was in fact part of a temple dating to the Thirtieth Dynasty.

*        The Bolton Museum has released concept designs for its new Egyptology gallery, due to open in 2018

 

 

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