A round up of news highlights from Issue 123
More Saqqara Discoveries
Following the discovery of 59 painted wooden Late Period coffins reported in
AE122, the Egyptian team at Saqqara has now revealed another 100 intact
painted wooden coffins in three 10 to 12 meter deep burial shafts. Dating to
the Late Period and Ptolemaic Period, the finds were made near to the sacred
Esna Reliefs Revealed
Restoration work by a German-Egyptian team has revealed the original colours
of the reliefs at the Temple of Esna. The team have cleared thick layers of
soot and dirt from the reliefs in the Roman era columned pronaos, the only
part of the temple that survives.
The Spanish team excavating at the Middle Kingdom necropolis of Qubbet
el-Hawa near Aswan, have found evidence for a gynaecological treatment in
the burial of the Lady Sattjeni: a fire-damaged cup discovered between her
legs is thought to be part of a fumigation treatment for the vagina, where
smoke from burning foods was used to relieve pelvic pain.
Egyptian Lead Ink
European scientists have found evidence that lead was added writing ink in
Roman Period Egypt specifically to help dry and bind the written words to
the paper, a technique that was used by Renaissance painters to help paint
stick to the canvas.
For more on these and other news and discoveries check out the news section of issue 123
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