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A round up of news highlights from Issue 96


KV62 Update

A second set of scans of KV 62 organised by National Geographic appear to contradict the earlier Japanese results, suggesting there are no hidden chambers in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

New Late Period Discovery at Heliopolis

A large number of blocks believed to be part of a sanctuary dating to the reign of Nectanebo I (c. 380-362 BC) have been discovered at el-Matariya, together with remains of colossal statues of Rameses II from a newly discovered temple site nearby.

Hatshepsut Barque Shrine discovered

A rare barque shrine dedicated to Khnum built in the early reign of Hatshepsut has been discovered on Elephantine Island, with depictions of the queen dressed as a female rather than male ruler.

Tombs found in Gebel el-Silsila

A group of rock-cut tombs and small chapel dating to the Eighteenth Dynasty and reused in the Nineteenth Dynasty have been discovered in the Gebel el-Silsila area near Aswan.

Inside the Bent Pyramid

The ScanPyramids project have released the results of their first Muon scanning investigation revealing the internal structure of the Bent Pyramid.

Other news in brief:

·        Infra-red imaging on the body of a woman from Deir el-Medina has revealed more than 30 unusual animal and plant tattoos on her torso, linking her with the cult of Hathor

·        Four newly restored tombs at Luxor, dating to the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Dynasties, have been opened to the public

·        The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is to be open to visitors at night time

·        A new project to restore the Horus Military Road in Sinai and open seven sites to tourists has been announced.


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