A round up of news highlights from Issue 108
No Hidden Chambers in KV62
The latest GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) results from
KV62 do not support the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent the
Tomb of Tutankhamun, according to a recent Ministry of Antiquities press
release. The original anomalies are thought to be rogue radar reflections which
bounced off the front of the walls instead of penetrating them.
Tomb of Ramesses II's General
The tomb of Iwerkhy, 'general of the great army of
king Ramesses II' has been discovered at Saqqara to the south of the Pyramid of
Unas. Iwerkhy, thought to be of foreign origin, began his military career under
Sety I, rising to rank of general under Ramesses II.
Western Desert Temples
The remains of a Graeco-Roman temple have been
uncovered by an Egyptian mission in the Western Desert. The team, working at the
Al-Salam archaeological site, some 50km to the east of Siwa Oasis, found the
foundations of the front part of the temple including the main entrance and
stones from one metre-thick outer wall. A second temple, dating to the reign of
Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, has been found in the al-Hag Ali village in Siwa
Osiris-Ptah-Neb Shrine at Karnak
An Egyptian team working south of Karnak Temple's 10th
pylon has uncovered the remains of a Twenty-fifth Dynasty shrine to
Osiris-Ptah-Neb, bearing the names of Taharqo and Tanutamani.
* A mummified head in the Boston Museum of Fine
Arts has been identified by forensics Experts at the American Federal Bureau of
Investigation, using advanced DNA extraction procedures.
* Mobile phone users may soon be able to text using over 2000 hieroglyphs,
thanks to a new set of coding standards created by the Unicode Consortium.
* A second colossal statue of Ramesses II has been restored and re-erected
in front of the first pylon of Luxor Temple
* A rare statue head of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius has been uncovered by
an Egyptian team working on a groundwater reduction project at Kom Ombo temple
* A large red building, possibly a bath house, has been found at San
el-Hagar together with objects including a gold coin depicting Ptolemy III
* Tutankhamun is set to become a tour guide in the form of a hologram at the
Egyptian Museum, Cairo; the boy king will introduce himself to visitors wearing
a virtual reality headset